Now that I am finally starting to get settled in New Orleans, I have decided to start exploring the ice cream options the city has to offer. The first place I decided to stop was the Creole Creamery on Prytania Street. Home of Tchoupitoulas Challenge (8 scoops, 8 toppings, whipped cream, and a cherry), this ice cream shop is nestled in the heart of Uptown and provides the ice cream lover with a plethora of ice cream experiences. When I walked into the shop, the first thing I noticed was the large selection of flavors. All of the chocolate based flavors are in their own case (there about 8 of them) and the remainder of the flavors are housed in a long cooler spanning almost the entire length of the store.
Traditional ice cream flavors are available as well as several more creative flavors and seasonal creations. I decided to sample the Salted Caramel...good flavor but too sweet for me. Next I tried the Black & Gold (french vanilla and chicory ice cream with Oreos and chocolate chips)...yum! I decided to purchase a cup. I asked the friendly staff if they use eggs in their ice cream. I was informed that my purchase contained eggs (since it was french vanilla) but not all of the flavors included eggs. I started digging in...I was impressed by the consistency of this ice cream. Despite the fact that it is a custard-style ice cream, it had a light, creamy texture and did not feel too heavy on my tongue. I also tasted a nice, mild vanilla flavor that was complemented by a hint of chicory (see below if you are not familiar with chicory). There was an appropriate amount of mix-ins in my scoop.
My family accompanied me on this scoop adventure; my mom also ordered the Black & Gold and enjoyed it very much. My husband ordered the Molasses and Oatmeal Cookie flavor (very good) and my father ordered the Chocolate Pecan Pie (Delectable! great dark chocolate taste that goes very well with the added hint of cinnamon...I have been back since and ordered this one!). I am looking forward to trying more flavors.
You can follow the Creole Creamery on Twitter to receive updates about new ice cream and sorbet flavors. Check them out the next time you are in Uptown New Orleans.
**Root chicory (Cichorium intybus var. sativum) has been in cultivation in Europe as a coffee substitute. The roots are baked, ground, and used as a coffee substitute and additive, especially in the Mediterranean region (where the plant is native), although its use as a coffee additive is also very popular in India, parts of Southeast Asia and the American South, particularly in New Orleans. Some beer brewers use roasted chicory to add flavor to their stouts. (Thanks Wikipedia!).
4924 Prytania Street
New Orleans, LA 70115