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Mar 16, 2000 12:20 PM

Egg Farm Dairy Ice Cream

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There's an extraordinarily great new Egg Farm Dairy Ice Cream flavor: maple. The only ingredients are maple syrup and cream. It's delicious. But one batch I tried was awesome and another had a weird texture.

And I found another flavor: rasberry/honey blossom. It has just a slight hint of honey and a slight hint of rasberry and it's amazing. The flavors are really subtle, and the two come together as much more than the sum of their parts.

And I also tried their ginger...really strong ginger flavor (though not spicy/hot) and wonderful.


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  1. Is it available yet anwhere in the city?

    1. Abigail,

      This might be the best maple ice cream I've ever had, but it's still the least favorite of the 3 for me.
      The raspberry blossom/honey ice cream is simply extraordinary. I'm sure in a blind taste-testing I wouldn't have had the slightest idea what I was eating, but once you know what's in it, there is an "aha" moment when you realize what a briliant idea this flavor combination is.
      Had a tasting of six different Egg Farm flavors with some friends and the ginger ice cream was the polarizer. Some found it too harsh and unsubtle compared to the other flavors; I love it to death.
      Along with the raspberry/honey ice cream, the vanilla and vanilla clabber ice creams were the big favorites.

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      1. re: Dave Feldman

        "Some found it too harsh and unsubtle compared to the other flavors"

        yeah, there are some tasting traps that are really hard to avoid. If you taste things that are too unlike (e.g. the rip-roaring ginger ice cream versus the other two subtle flavors), it makes people tend to polarize their opinions. If, on the other hand, you taste things that are too similar, it makes people tend to prefer the stronger-tasting thing (e.g. Robert Parker's infamous preference for bigger-richer wines).

        If people tried one flavor per day, they'd be more likely to appreciate each for what it is, rather than play the "what doesn't belong in this picture" game.


        1. re: Jim Leff

          --If people tried one flavor per day, they'd be more likely to appreciate each for what it is, rather than play the "what doesn't belong in this picture" game.--

          Or perhaps have a scoop of lemon in between tastes to cleanse the palate?

          1. re: Neil

            No, it's not a palate problem, it's a psychological problem. Tasting psychology is an unbelievably complex thing. Dave Feldman should write a book about it...

            1. re: Jim Leff

              but dont you think it may go beyond the psychological? Some foods, like hot pepper and ginger, seem to impair the ability to appreciate subtler tastes that follow.

              1. re: jen kalb

                woops...sorry, maybe I wasn't clear. Am talking about tastings--as in several different foods/drinks to sample--as opposd to taste, the human perception.

                as anyone who's been to a bunch of tastings discovers, this is a basically unnatural act, and there are unique skills to be acquired and fallacies to avoid. i was talking about two of the fallacies.


              2. re: Jim Leff

                Yes, tasting is a problem. For example, recently, a group of six of us did a tasting test of six Egg Farm flavors:

                vanilla clabber
                raspberry blossom/honey
                grapefruit sorbet

                In this case, I don't think using the sorbet as a "palate cleanser" works too well. For one thing, the flavor of the grapefruit is very strong, and it lingers. Going from sorbet to clabber is a little like going from sipping white vinegar to snarfing down whipped cream. There were such large variances in fat content as well as flavor assertiveness, that I think the tasting wasn't particularly accurate.

                And as all the respondents have indicated, there seem to be psychological AND physiological factors involved in such tastings. The surgery might not have been successful, but the patients thrived!

                The more assertive flavors did indeed polarize. In this case, the raspberry/honey ice cream was the only one that everyone rated either first or second; the "plain" vanilla also scored surprisingly well.

          2. re: Dave Feldman

            I just wandered over to the EFD website.It made me so hungry that I succumbed to the donuts that have been tempting me at work for hours (too bad they're GREEN).
            On the site they have a "cook booklet" with recipes. For those who love butter crunch candy (you know who you are!) there is an easy sounding recipe for chocolate butter crunch! Everything can be ordered on-line too. They send the ice creams overnight in dry ice packing.pat

            1. re: pat hammond

              And it isn't like this is a faceless organization. If there's a problem, they'll want to know about it and make things right.

              Beware that the vanilla clabber ice cream is by far the richest ice cream I've ever consumed. It's very hard to eat a scoop of it.

          3. Where is this place? Where can I try this? My interest and palate are piqued.

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            1. re: Liza
              Rachel Perlow

              A quick search from the home page found this.

              Please all - try to remember to do a search before asking things.