Leopold’s Ice Cream

212 E Broughton St. Savannah, GA 31401 • (912) 234-4442leopoldsicecream.com

348s

Once upon a time I used to work at one of the best ice cream parlors in the country, East India in Winter Park, Florida. The inventors of Oreo Ice Cream. I know according to Wikipedia Emack & Bolio’s in Boston claims they did it in 1975 and Huggs McShane from Portland claims they did it in 1978 but I can assure you they were both behind East India who had already been serving it for years by 1974.

The reason I bring this up is that I think it gives me unofficial ice cream expert credentials. So, if a court case were to ever break out over ice cream, I believe that I could serve as an expert witness if need be. Thus, it is with great pride and self-proclaimed expertise that I give a resounding two thumbs up to Leopold’s. Even with all the hype, Leopold’s sailed over the bar. Every flavor we tried was a work of frozen magic. Disney’s Elsa, eat your heart out.

My favorite was the Rum Bisque, made with a serious doses of actual rum, making it a clever way to circumvent open container laws. Another clever touch is the addition of hazelnut macaroon chunks throughout, making it more addictive than the alcohol within, if that’s even possible.

A very close second was the Honey & Almond (pictured). So rich with honey, if your eyes were closed you’d swear your tongue was halfway up the ass of a queen bee. But in a good way. It’s just awesome. Almost hard to believe how pure the flavor is, but I guess it’s to be expected from a town that prides itself so strongly on the sticky stuff.

And last but not least, the chocolate chocolate chip. A bit less inventive than the first two, but every bit as delish in its own right. Made with decadent chunks of dark chocolate folded into a rich, creamy ball of cocoa bliss. Screw Coco Puffs. This will make you certifiable for certain.

***Okay, year two and once again we made the pilgrimage to Leopold’s, this time trying a few new flavors, all of which proven to only further solidify my love for this former Hollywood Producer turned ice cream tycoon. The best of the new three being the Frozen Hot Chocolate, complete with marshmallows, of course. It’s basically Rocky Road without the rocks (walnuts). Next for me would be the Pistachio, loaded to the gills with chunks of actual pistachios. And finally, the plain old chocolate. It’s good for what it is, but a touch boring comparatively. But you really can’t go wrong here, no matter what you choose, so feel free to let your cravings guide you.

5 teeth

 

Serendipity 3

225 E 60th St. New York, NY 10022(212) 838-3531serendipity3.com

Serendipity_3_Frrrozen_Hot_Choc

Two words: Frozen Hot Chocolate (pictured). Okay so that’s technically three words, but once you take a sip you won’t care because your lips will be pursed around that straw so tight you’d think you were trying to give it a hickey. And while some may discount it as a glorified chocolate milkshake I would argue that the absence of ice cream makes all the difference, making it icier and lighter than a shake. And while I could practically do a dissertation on the frozen hot chocolate itself, I will spare you, because there are other things worthy of mention at Serendipity as well.

For one, the décor. It has an eclectic, artistic vibe about it, mixed with a touch of shabby, a dash of Victorian and a pinch of bohemian. And I know some call it touristy, but I actually don’t find it to be so. It has been this way for ages. Way before the crowds started pouring in. It’s not like a cheesy theme restaurant in my opinion. I think people just chalk it up as such, now that it has become such a tourist attraction.

Speaking of attractions, the sandwiches are also pretty money. Both the Virginia Slim and the Summer Bries are terrific. The former is made with turkey and asparagus on wheat bread with Russian dressing and melted Jarlsberg. The latter is also turkey, but with, you guessed it, brie. And apples, sprouts and again Russian dressing (seem to have a thing for it here) set between slices of raisin pumpernickel.

So, here’s my advice. If you’re in town, shopping at Bloomingdale’s down the street, pop in here for lunch. And in the summer, be sure to get the frozen hot chocolate. Scratch that. Even if it’s 40 below outside get the frozen hot chocolate.

3 teeth