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Feb 23, 2008 10:51 PM

Three Twins ice cream (Oxbow Public Market) Napa report w/ pics

This was my first time trying Three Twins organic ice cream. I thought it was pretty good & organic. They have another location in San Rafael.

I got a single in a cup where you can pick 1-2 flavors for $3.25 exactly. Cone: hand-made waffle cone or waffle bowl. $3.65 for single
Twin (1-4 flavors) $4.95/$5.35
Triplet (1-4 flav) $6.50/not good idea for cone
teensy (kiddie scoop 1 flav) $2.25/$2.5

Float 1 or 2 scoop $4.5/$6
Shake 18 or 24 oz $6/$7
organic cola, root-bear or sparkling lemonade $1.25
pint $6/3 for $17
quart $11 ea/2 for $20
ice cream pie (serves 8-12) $30
ice cream cake -price as marked
sundaes 1 scoop $5.25; 2 scoop $6.95

Twinasaurus: 20 scoop sundae served in a pot $45

the world's most expensive ice cream sundae $3,333.33

the world's more expensive most expensive ice cream sundae
$60,000 for 1; $85,000 for 2.

I picked Madagascar Vanilla and Bittersweet Chocolate. Both were pretty good. I also sampled the lemon cookie, meyer lemon sorbet, creme fraiche, milk & cookies, and some others.

They have a cool spinning thing hanging above the counter.

My pics:

Three Twins Ice Cream
610 1st St Ste 1, Napa, CA 94559

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  1. Thanks for the report and photos! The photo makes the ice cream look pretty dense and rich. True? Do you know what kind of chocolate they use? Cool to see they are using biodegradable spoons (they look like the ones made from potato starch).

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    1. re: Carb Lover

      the ice cream was pretty dense and rich. Don't know what kind of chocolate they used. It seems all the eateries at Oxbow Public Market use biodegradable spoons. They had biodegradable bins, trash bins, & recycle bins too.

      Added: They also give you lots of samples if you want and they use regular metal spoons for that.

      1. re: Carb Lover

        I've tasted their ice cream at the farmers' market. I found it simple and bland. Good for kids.

      2. I couldn't stand it ... so I googled what was in the world's most expensive sundae

        " a banana split drenched in three rare desert wines—a 1960s vintage Port, a Château d'Yquem and a Trockenbeerenauslese—that are boiled down to syrup. The dish is served with an antique spoon ... (Gottlieb) plans to donate $1,111.11 from the sale of each sundae to the Napa Land Trust. "I like imaginary rivalry, and Serendipity's in New York has a $1,000 sundae," said Gottlieb. "I thought it would be fun to make a [world's most expensive] food item and tie it in with Napa wine culture."

        Too bad he didn't get to include the human shake machine ... I like the concept ... but don't suppose it would burn enough calories ...

        "One of Gottlieb's green gizmos will be what he calls the world's first human-powered milkshake machines. It will look like a stationary bicycle connected to a milkshake mixer.

        "People will be able to cycle their way to a shake," he says.

        1. I've been several times and I like the density of the ice cream, and that it's not overly sweet. The pre-packed pints often offer different flavors than are available by the scoop. I tried Cardamom on the day they gave away and liked the lingering finish. My husband has liked the Stormy Night, which is dark chocolate with chocolate flecks. He liked the depth of chocolate flavor and that it wasn't too sweet. Another visit I tried the Peanut Butter, and the Cinnamon, which was to me a bit earthy and a bit creamy. On Valentine's Day we got a pint of PB3, which is Peanut Butter with 3 types of cookies, and had a good mix of textures.

          1. Had a chance to renew my acquaintance with Three Twins during last weekend's stroll through Oxbow. I tried four flavors. The orange sherbet was awful, sickly sweet and lacking in acidity. I think that coffee continues to be my favorite of the flavors tried. I ended up with a single cup with a scoop of creme fraiche (that tastes like what I imagine frozen cream cheese might taste like) and lime sorbet (good intensity and zing) on top.

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            1. re: Melanie Wong

              The maple walnut I had there recently was good for that flavor. Don't see maple walnut often.

            2. I went to their original location in a north San Rafael shopping center a few times not long after they opened. I was disappointed every time and haven't gone back. Organic, fine, but it should taste really good and to me it doesn't. Organic ice cream at Fairfax Scoop I like a lot, but not at Three Twins.

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              1. re: Mick Ruthven

                I love Fairfax Scoop and just about everything suits me. At Three Twins, more care in selection is needed. Fairfax Scoop is worth a special trip, not so for Three Twins but I'll take advantage of it when I'm nearby.

                Fairfax Scoop
                63 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax, CA 94930

                1. re: Mick Ruthven

                  I was at Oxbow the other day and tried the chocolate orange chip and the lime sorbet. I was underwhelmed. They were fine, but nothing special. The texture on the lime sorbet was kind of icy and watery. The chocolate on the chocolate orange chip was lacking in depth and complexity. In fact, it wasn't as good as I remember Swenson's as being. Just goes to show you can have good intentions and use good ingredients and still end up with a uninspiring product.

                  1. re: Ruth Lafler

                    They do allow lots of samples. Three twins has been getting better, IMO. They are at some farmers markets and always give out samples. Some of the fall flavors were good. I do prefer Fairfax Scoop over Three Twins when I'm in that area. However, let's put this in perspective ...both Ferry Plaza and Epicurious Garden have Ciao Bella as their ice cream/gelato vendor. In the upscale food mall, at least Oxbow did better than the other two.