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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The Chronicles of Creams

I can make fun of Serious Eats all I want.  I can say they're ridiculous, dorky, obsessed beyond  a realm even I can fathom, etc.  I can say the writing can be described as "cutesy" or "precious."  Yes indeed, I can say these things and more.  Yet, at the end of the day, they provide absolutely vital intelligence.  To wit: they recently ran a list of the 7 best ice cream sundaes in New York. I'm not sure if this excuses them of all their sins, but it comes close.

Now that I've ranted, I would like to mention a creamery mentioned on the list: Ample Hills.  I went there a year ago and had the crack caramel ice cream, which I remember being underwhelmed with. I also remember there being no sundaes on the menu  Then, last week I went to Smorgasburg and sampled the crack caramel again, and this time thought it was rather divine.  Fast forward to a few days ago, and you can imagine my surprise when I saw Ample Hills on the list of best sundaes.  They must have introduced one since last year's visit.  There was clearly momentum gaining in favor of Ample Hills, and I had a feeling they would produce a fine sundae.

So, a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, one day after work I mounted my trusty bicycle and rode like the wind, all the way to Ample Hills Creamery in Brooklyn, a distance of some 11 miles. I'll get straight to the point: it was indeed a fine sundae.  You have the option of a brownie or "ooey gooey butter cake" as a base, then your choice of ice cream, hot fudge or salted butter caramel, and homemade whipped cream and sprinkles.

After much encouragement from the friendly ice cream consultant, I chose the ooey gooey cake, to which I added cinnamon ice cream, hot fudge and  caramel, and of course the whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles.  The cake was indeed ooey and gooey, richly buttered, and perfect for soaking up my lightly cinnamoned creams.  Indeed, this titular butter cake propelled the sundae into the realm of excellence.  The whipped cream was very light - I prefer a denser cream, but its quality was undeniable. 

I think it is safe to say that Ample Hills is not only a wonderful neighborhood ice cream parlor but also destination-worthy, whether journeying by bus, train or horse (bicycle). 

Ample Hills Creamery
Prospect Heights, Brooklyn