Ample HIlls Creamery Hype overwhelms reality
One of my neighbors had been marvelling bout how the prosperous local stroller set was clusttered around this new store eating candy and cookie flavored expensive ice cream. Massive media campaign surrounded its opening and then closing. Well I gave it a couple of months, and then my son came to town and we decided to try it. We had originally decided to try basic flavors - vanilla, say,(me) and chocolate (him). Instead we wound up with the enthusiastic recommendations of the seller, for me a cup of icecream that supposedly tasted like bananacream pudding with cinnamon (bananamon, I think) and a triple chocolate concoction for son.
My banana ice cream did not even read like ice cream or banana cream pie or pudding as described - it was heavy, sludgy and and doughy - like somehone had compressed wetted vanilla wafers with sweetened milk, banana and tons of cinnamon . this texture was throughout the scoop, not merely in lumps interspersed in the cream No creaminess at all, or egginess, for that matter.and only a mild banana flavor.
Son wanted chocolate - and didnt get it. The icecream featured a white chocolate base with brownie dough lumps and small pieces of dark chocolate - he said it didnt even read as chocolate(
Price was high - 1 scoop in a cup - 1 scoop was more than either of us wanted however.
Maybe I will go back and try the simple ice cream (how can they mess that up?) , but I think there is a serious lack of culinary judgement here - an adult should be called in!.
Ample Hills Creamery
623 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Ample Hills has more "creative" flavors than Blue Marble, and has a few flavors I really like, but is not remotely close to them in the sophistication of flavor.
Personally, I think Blue Marble's strawberry ice cream might be the best ice cream ever made. By anyone. Anywhere. Ever.
(Except maybe not the strawberry they sell in pints -- it seems to have a different, fluffier mouthfeel. I think they pump air into it to save money.)
I went here and had the salted caramel ice cream and it was good--slightly too sweet, but with a decent bitter edge and great texture. Someone I know also raved about cinnamon.
However, both these flavors are smooth and not what I think of as "ben & jerry's style chunky with everything thrown in" flavors. So maybe they fall down on those.
Did I think it was better than blue marble? No. But I would go back.
Have yet to try Van Leeuwen, so can't compare those.
I've enjoyed all the flavors I've tried, with the favorites being the malted milk ball and the peppermint pattie, which I think is the best. I think consistency is excellent, but I do find all the ice creams to be a little excessively sweet.
As for Van Leeuwen, Miss Masala, I've had it a number of times from the truck. Mostly, I give it high marks, but even though I like the smooth style and am not usually looking for ice cream crammed with stuff, I don't understand why a strawberry ice cream, for instance, wouldn't have any strawberries in it. Fine strawberry flavor, mind you, but I miss the actual fruit.
Except for the cracked caramel, the ice cream at Ample Hills has more of a well made low-fat yogurt taste than a rich ice cream base. Even the added flavors seem to be muted somewhat. Blue Marble seems to get it more right in terms of base & flavor, IMO.