Egg Farm Dairy Ice Cream
On a whim I sent my girlfriend six pints of Egg Farm
Dairy ice cream, which I had read about here and which
can be ordered over the internet. (i actually called
with a question about cyber-ordering and ended up
ordering by phone.)
I'm just here to confirm the reports of its
wonderfulness. The intensity of flavor, and the
overwhelming, unmistakable fresh taste of each was
stunning. Pink Grapefruit sorbet is very much a
piercing water ice--nothing but grapefruit and pure
cane sugar. Fall flower honey icecream has a slightly
grainy texture and a delicious honey taste. Ginger ice
cream is strong and creamy. The chocolate is almost
like a block of baker's chocolate--it flakes more than
scoops, and is unlike any chocolate ice cream I've had.
Strawberry rhubarb ice cream and sorbet both scream of
fresh strawberries, the sorbet version being closer to
a sherbet than an ice. I really place this ice cream
on par with the best I've had. I love Berthillon in
Paris, but this definitely tastes fresher (and after
the American way, is much creamier). Having it
delivered costs a pretty penny ($46 for 6 pints) but I
think it's a worthy splurge. Order it on-line at the
Wow! What an ice cream! This was best I've ever had,
beating Young's Jersey Dairy in Yellow Springs, OH. I
stopped in on Saturday, tried half a dozen flavors and
bought the buckwheat honey, ginger buttermilk sherbet,
and Cassis (blackcurrant) sorbet. The latter is
intensely fruity - a real palate cleanser.
In case anyone is headed that way keep in mind that
they only sell ice cream by the pint - no cones (it was
explained to me that they don't have the freezer
space). However, the woman who was working was happy
to give me some dry ice for a cooler.
re: Joe Schumacher
Just received six pints from EFD: I couldn't resist.
I've only just tasted each one, but some of the flavors
are quite good, some less so. Dark chocolate is
nothing like any ice cream I've ever tasted - it's more
like frozen cocoa, you have to chew it as it's melting
in your mouth. It intrigues me, but I'm not sure I'd
want a whole scoop. Ginger is lovely - sharp, spicy
ginger flavor in an unbelievably creamy base. Espresso
was too sweet and not strong enough for my taste.
Vanilla clabber is very interesting - creamy, almost
yogurty, very refreshing. The highlight of the bunch,
I think, is the pink grapefruit sorbet - no bitterness,
just an explosion of tart grapefruit that has the
perfect balance of sweetness. Lastly, I bought a pint
of buckwheat honey ice cream, and I think it may be
rancid - I can't imagine anyone wanting ice cream to
taste like it did. I called them and the woman was
incredibly accomodating, apologized and credited my
account. All in all, I would recommend EFD, but I'm
not positive yet that the steep price is worth the
product. If I had it to do over, I'd get both the
cassis and pink grapfruit sorbets, but I'd give the
honey another try - I just think it could be wonderful
if it tastes the way it's meant to.
The Buckwheat Honey ice cream *is* incredibly
wonderful. If you'd gotten it as it should be, you'd
have no question as to whether it was supposed to tast
like that. It's like really flavorful, but not overly
sweet vanilla. The buckwheat, being such a rich flavor
of honey adds a lot. We had an ice cream tasting, so
there were about 9 of us agreeing that it was worth
getting again. The ginger and grapefruit were also
favorites. Hope you do try it again and enjoy it.
re: the rancid ice cream, call them at the dairy.
They're very nice people and will surely send you a
replacement. But, just as important, they'll want to
track the batch and figure out how it went wrong and
who else might have received bad ice cream.
I'd call 'em right now!
re: Josh Mittleman
I took Josh's suggestion and called about retail
availability in Manhattan. Nothing yet, but the woman
I spoke to said I should check back soon--they're just
establishing a retail relationship with a store in
Baltimore, and are hoping to do so in NYC any time now.
I had some more last night, by the way, and it is
simply unbelievable. Get some Fall Flower Honey ice
cream TODAY!!! (I swear I don't work for them!)
re: JOsh Mittleman
This in today's Food secton of Cleveland Plain
Dealer:"Cream of the crop: Wooster business woos
customers with frozen delights." Apparently, a small
family owned business out of Wooster, OH, has started
Woo City World Class Ice Cream. As reporter John S.
Long states "Who would have dreamed that the nation's
first organic, super-premium ice cream could taste so
good?" They are using Amish Dairy cream at 16%
butterfat, no emulsifiers, sweeteners, or additives.
Flavors include Tahitian Vanilla, Triple Belgian
Chocolate, Organic Coffee,Strawberry-Rose Petal, Rum-
Raisin,("giant raisins that seem to squirt rum"),
Black-Wanut Maple, and Earl Grey. A line of sorbets
and a Tofu,(Woo-Foo), product are to follow. This
super-premium organic ice cream comes with a super-
premium price: 6.49 a pint for ice cream and 4.50 a
pint for sorbets. Apparently they will have a web site
up and running in about 2 weeks for overnight
shipping. I have never seen or tried these products
yet, but I will definitely search them out for a try
and report back if I am successful.