Striving for Scrumptious in Longmont, CO

As I’ve been documenting, there’s a lack of great homemade ice cream in Fort Collins, CO and the surrounding area. In search of some, I eagerly drove to Longmont (one of our favorite towns currently) to try Scrumptious, a local ice cream place that also carries ice cream in the Denver area.

I went in full of hope, and the place itself is really cute. My favorite thing was all of the spectacular artwork hanging on the walls – and yes, it’s for sale.

Unfortunately the service was really subpar during our visit. One of the employees was visibly showing her annoyance as we decided what we wanted and asked for a few samples. A second employee also contributed to the feeling that they would rather not be serving us. Because of the service, we felt rushed and unwanted, honestly. The sign also said that you can only try two flavors. Seriously? I usually try at least four or five before choosing. It made me order less than I would have otherwise – who wants to just name a third flavor and hope it’s okay? I did ultimately choose one blind though.

Here’s what we thought, flavor by flavor. I’m sorry we couldn’t try more of them. Scrumptious, Longmont, CO | In Search of a Scoop

Mint Chip – This tastes like toothpaste with chocolate chips. Surprisingly, it’s not the worst mint chip I’ve had. But skip this.

Blackberry Ginger – I found this kind of subtle and a really nice combination of flavors. It’s very creamy. It had a stronger flavor than Walrus in Fort Collins, but I still think I’d enjoy it more if it was a bit stronger or brighter. Perhaps it wasn’t really enough of either flavor? Maybe having one more prominent would have made it better?

Chocolate – This is extraordinarily smooth. It’s like a classic chocolate pudding in texture and definitely in flavor. I found it refreshing and different. Ross found it weird. Scrumptious, Longmont, CO | In Search of a Scoop

Whisky – This is very creamy and tastes like whiskey, but it’s very subtle. I’d enjoy caramel or toffee with it, but they don’t do toppings here. I enjoy it, and it has a great texture, but it could use stronger flavors. When the bottom gets melts, it tastes like a Bailey’s liquor…it was Ross’ favorite part. It would make an amazing shake. It would be great with chocolate sauce too.

This place is trying very hard to be different. And maybe a little snooty. I realized during this visit that the attitude of the employees had an overly large role in determining my feeling about the ice cream, much as I try to taste impartially.

The portions here are very large. You have to get a medium if you want two scoops, and it’s really pretty huge, though it goes down easily.

In addition to wishing they didn’t act so impatient, I could have used more flavor and less subtlety.

And toppings would be nice.

One other fun thing? They have a mystery flavor with whatever they throw in that week. Not for those of us with food sensitivities, of course! They do offer shakes, a giant ice cream sandwich and ice cream sliders. All of which sound fun.

Nothing we’ve had in Colorado has beaten out Glacier so far. And I just visited Walrus a third time, confirming it’s less than exciting to me. But the employee are nice!

Have you had any great ice cream lately? And what did you think of my recent three part series on Boulder ice cream?

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Heifer and the Hen

As you may recall, when I visited Boulder in June, I visited three different homemade ice cream spots. After enjoying a scoop at Glacier and Sweet Cow, my final stop was Heifer and the Hen, an organic creamery, and one with only one location, rather than multiple like both Glacier and Sweet Cow.

Heifer and the Hen, Boulder, CO | Ross and Jamie AdventureI really enjoyed my visit to Heifer and the Hen. It’s a beautiful and modest location with indoor and outdoor seating, and it reminds me a bit of the local restaurant Fresh Thyme in terms of their bravery with flavor combinations. They make bold choices with fresh ingredients and clearly don’t worry about catering to the average ice cream fan. They’re super creative, and I’d truly be thrilled to try all of their seasonal flavors.

On the other hand, the ice cream here isn’t perfect. They’re still figuring them out. I found that the ice cream fell apart quickly. But the flavors themselves were ridiculously delicious, and though this was the priciest of the three Boulder spots, I felt my one scoop (with two flavors) had a decent portion.

Here are the flavors that I tried, and what I thought of them:

Heifer and the Hen, Boulder, CO | Ross and Jamie AdventureHeifer and the Hen, Boulder, CO | Ross and Jamie Adventure

Golden Milk – This one is fun, subtle and sweet with a warmth to it.

Burnt Honey – This has a super strong honey flavor. I will never tire of the sweetness. So tasty.

Mint, Basil and Chocolate – This is a basil and mint base with chocolate chunks that have a little sweetness to them. It’s a really fun combo. It’s a refreshing take on mint for sure, though the mint does get lost a bit with the other flavors. It’s creative, if it didn’t wow me.

Cajeta – This is goat’s milk caramel. It was subtler then I expected. I found it super pleasant and tasty to pair with the blackberry tart.

Blackberry Tart – The blackberry flavor is really pure and natural, a touch sweet. I really dig it. There’s no gluten here; it gets the name because the blackberries are tart, not because of a crust or anything like that.

Spicy Cherry Chocolate – This has a bright, forward cherry flavor; it’s almost artificial-tasting, to me. The spice came later, and it’s very strong. The chocolate was fairly subtle against the cherry. I think I liked the idea of this a bit more than the actual execution.

I really enjoyed my combination of cajeta and blackberry tart, and I definitely recommend this location for ambitious foodies looking for something more original than chocolate or cookies and cream. Although they’re still working out the kinks, the less than perfect consistency isn’t enough to stop me from returning to see what else they’ve cooked up. Keep it up, Heifer and the Hen! And thank you.

(If you missed my prior posts, be sure to read up on Sweet Cow and Glacier, my favorite of the Boulder ice cream spots.)

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