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[MSP] Pumphouse Creamery and Rogue Chocolate

mtullius Jun 23, 2008 11:29 AM

Barb Zapzalka, the proprietor of Pumphouse Creamery in South Minneapolis, has created a chocolate ice cream made with Rogue Chocolatier's single-bean chocolate. It's available in a little sampler cup for 50 cents, or by the pint for $9.00.

I realize that that's a pretty steep price for a pint of ice cream, but believe me: you have never tasted chocolate ice cream quite like this. If you haven't had a Rogue chocolate bar, you've been missing out. And if you've never had Kopplin's hot chocolate made from Rogue chocolate, well, you get the picture. This chocolate is mighty good, and all the stuff local merchants have come up with to make from it have also been awfully good.

The ice cream starts off with a sort of malted milk flavor, then melts into all kinds of chocolate complexity. It's pretty amazing. I recommend getting over to Pumphouse soon, as I imagine this was a small batch and may not last long.

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  1. The Dairy Queen RE: mtullius Jun 23, 2008 11:43 AM

    Wow--that does sound delicious! I can't wait to get over there...


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      Ummm RE: mtullius Jun 23, 2008 05:29 PM

      ummm chocolate....

      haven't tried Rogue... must try that too...

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        mnxd9 RE: mtullius Jun 23, 2008 08:41 PM

        Well heck I'll just add that to my lunch run tomorrow.

        1. Reetsyburger RE: mtullius Jun 24, 2008 09:01 AM

          Trotter's Cafe in St Paul sells Pumphouse Creamery ice cream.
          Top one of their awesome PB Chocolate Chip cookies or brownies with Pumphouse ice cream, and you're all set!

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          1. re: Reetsyburger
            The Dairy Queen RE: Reetsyburger Jun 24, 2008 04:22 PM

            Funny! I always assumed Trotter's served Izzy's...I guess I should pay more attention!


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              faith RE: The Dairy Queen Jun 24, 2008 08:36 PM

              I guess they don't need to serve Izzy's since Izzy's is right near by.

          2. katebauer RE: mtullius Jun 25, 2008 07:47 PM

            We stopped by tonight and got a sample cup. I have to say, I don't get the greatness. Neither my husband nor I could even really taste a flavor when we first put a spoonful on our mouthes, and then the follow-up flavor is just chocolate. It's not a very sweet chocolate, which is nice, but not mind blowing by any means.

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            1. re: katebauer
              Loren3 RE: katebauer Jun 26, 2008 12:06 PM

              That may be less about the Rogue chocolate and more about Pumphouse ice cream. Chowspouse and I tried their ice cream last summer for the first time and came away thoroughly underwhelmed. It had perhaps too delicate a flavor coupled with the texture and mouth feel of ice milk. Neither of us plan on going back. Your report sort of confirms that. Great ideas undercut by poor execution.

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                katebauer RE: Loren3 Jun 26, 2008 01:23 PM

                I agree completely, and said almost the exact same thing to my husband as we were walking home last night. I'd take Grand Ole Creamery over Pumphouse because they have great texture and taste, if I'm thinking of places in my neighborhood. Too many Pumphouse flavors have left me underwhelmed or have a weird texture. I'm thinking especially of the multiple flavors that taste really greasy.

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                  The Dairy Queen RE: katebauer Jun 26, 2008 02:43 PM

                  I've only been to Pumphouse once or twice and don't recall a greasy taste, but I think that's because my tastebuds are less refined than yours and Loren3's. (Or maybe I just lucked out on getting a non-greasy flavor. I think one was salted caramel...) What is the cause, do you think, of the greasy taste? I'm just wondering what I should be noticing about ice cream that I'm missing...


                  1. re: The Dairy Queen
                    katebauer RE: The Dairy Queen Jun 26, 2008 02:47 PM

                    Last summer we (Chowhounds :) had diagnosed the greasiness to be related to the Newmans-Os cookies in flavors like cookies and cream. However, someone posted that they also experienced greasiness and didn't have a flavor with cookies in it, so I'm not completely sure what the culprit is.

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                      The Dairy Queen RE: katebauer Jun 26, 2008 02:52 PM

                      Hmmmm... Maybe I'll have to try one of the cookies flavors just so I can get with the program here. At least see if I can taste what you all are talking about!


                      1. re: The Dairy Queen
                        getgot211 RE: The Dairy Queen Jun 26, 2008 04:01 PM

                        the website says they use non-homogenized milk/cream. could this be the reason?

                        FWIW, the one time I used the same at home my ice cream felt greasy.

                        1. re: getgot211
                          The Dairy Queen RE: getgot211 Jun 26, 2008 05:57 PM

                          Actually, that probably could do it. Good guess. Not to get too far off track, but did you ever find anything more about the fish market at MGMkt?


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                            faith RE: The Dairy Queen Jun 26, 2008 09:04 PM

                            I think the greasiness is a newer development possibly from the
                            switch Pumphouse has made from Cedar Summit to Crystal Ball
                            (or something like that) dairy. At least I'll say that the first year
                            or two Pumphouse was open I went several times and never had
                            any issues with the texture- thought it was all great, including the oatmeal cookie flavor. I liked it better than Izzy's etc because
                            it wasn't as sugary. I could see that folks who like a higher
                            sugar content could find Pumphouse bland. Most recently I
                            tried 2 different pints of Pumphouse from the Wedge and they
                            both had an icky waxy greasy mouthfeel. Haven't had any
                            since then.

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