CT ice cream spots?
I recently asked this question on the Tristate board but we all came up short. I figured CT isn't too long of a drive from us folks in Westchester.
I am searching for a mom-n-pop type ice cream shop that makes their own ice cream with no atificial ingredients. (As in the pistacio and mint ice cream will not have green dye in it!!)
No chains please.
I used to LOVE Billy's ice cream in Bethany but I was in there recently to see green mint chip ice cream. I guess they no longer use all natural ingredients.
A bunch of colorings are natural. Some are even organic. So I guess I'm not sure if you are just interested in white mint chocolate chip ice cream, or true "natural" ice cream (which could mean different things to different people). Sounds like this hunt is more marketing induced, but to each their own.
I know of small mom&pop ice cream places not too far off from Bethany - but I'm not sure if they use natural food colouring, artificial food colouring or no food colouring. You can check or call:
Sweet Claudes on Rt 10 in Cheshire
Wentworths on Rt10 in Hamden (also I think they have a spot in Wallingford now)
Ferris Acres Creamery on Route 302 in Newtown....the ice cream is the best in the area, as long as you don't mind the cow smell coming from the farm!
In regards to Organic Ice Cream...
I know if few or any really that make everything from scratch...first..the organic label is controlled by the USDA...so if someone is using "Organic" in the title...the raw ingredients need to come from certified organic farms..and all the ingredients as well...it cannot be made in a machine that has been used to produce "non-organic" ice cream withour being cleaned with a solution that is also sustainable...like a Green Seal product from Ecolab.
Most local manufactureres buy a base...what is in the base is far from organic and usually contains a variety of stabalizers and products designed to retain flavor and freshness...but then again...some people may actually have one...with Organic milk at $7 a gal...imagine what the cream would cost.
One of the biggest falacies? Uconn...the dairy bar...buys their base from a company in Minnisota..they used to use Orfitelli;s in Manchester...so not only does Uconn not produce their own ice cream...sure they put it through the freezer...but they are not milking any cows either...and their decision not to use a local vendor is a problem.
Sustainability...local farms, natural processes but Organic is not usually an option...be aware of what you eat.
The definitely *used* to make their own (I'm talking >10 years ago). Last time I went, about 4 years ago, they told us that they didn't use their own milk because they don't produce enough to meet the ice cream production (although they do still have an active dairy). I had no idea they were using a commercial mix, though. Dissappointing.
They definitely *used* to make their own (I'm talking >10 years ago). Last time I went, about 4 years ago, they told us that they didn't use their own milk because they don't produce enough to meet the ice cream production (although they do still have an active dairy). I had no idea they were using a commercial mix, though. Dissappointing.