Ice Cream & Music at Emack & Bolio’s

Ross Malcolm Boyd onstage at Emack & Bolio's, Albany, NY | In Search of a Scoop

Ross Malcolm Boyd onstage at Emack & Bolio’s, Albany, NY

Last September, on our way through upstate New York, my husband Ross was eager to play an open mic. He found one in Albany, and though it took some doing to find a safe and free place to leave the RV for a while, we did just that before heading into the city to perform.

Well, as it turns out, Ross had chosen an open mic at an ice cream place. And it wasn’t just any ice cream place – it was one I’d read about before!

Emack & Bolio’s is full of personality, with super-premium

Books and gifts at Emack & Bolio's, Albany, New York | In Search of a Scoop

Books and gifts at Emack & Bolio’s, Albany, New York

ice cream at locations in five states and in many Asian countries too! It has an artsy, indie vibe, at least in Albany, New York, and they also sell coffee and pastries there. This location hosts live music every week, including an open mic, and they also have a fireplace, a garden patio and a neat selection of books and gifts.

I was so excited that after we played our three songs (and were asked to be the featured artists whenever we return to the area!) we got to get ice cream.

Extra ice cream at Emack & Bolio's, Albany, NY | In Search of a Scoop

Extra ice cream at Emack & Bolio’s, Albany, NY

Plus, when they misunderstood my initial order, I ended up with some extra ice cream…so yes, I had two bowls of ice cream here! The flavor report:

Pumpkin – It’s delicious, smooth and tastes like real pumpkin, as it should. You’ll need to love pumpkin to enjoy this. It’s subtle and lovely.

Chocolate Moose – This is a smooth chocolate – they have a few different chocolate flavors. It’s an outstanding, rich flavor! Maybe top 3 or 4 chocolates I’ve had so far?

Vanilla Bean Speck – This is a very “real” tasting vanilla. I love when you can study the vanilla bean. Yum.

Bananas Foster – This is cinnamon, with chunks of roasted banana. Really delicious!

I found the texture to be fabulous, with high marks across the board here. It absolutely lived up to the hype. There’s tons of indoor seating as well as a great outdoor stage with tables, and the live music is definitely a draw.

Pricing was on the higher side, but appropriate for a city like Albany and the clearly higher-quality ingredients they’re using. This is a must-stop if you’re in the area!

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Ice Cream From Royalty in Milton, DE

Okay, royalty-based ice cream is a little silly. But this is from the same person who lived in a townhouse sandwiched between Dairy Queen and Burger King, leading for us to refer to it as the Royalty House.

But ice cream isn’t silly. It’s delicious! King’s Homemade Ice Cream Shop in Milton, Delaware is on a cute street in a cute town.

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The reason we made the visit was to visit Dogfish Head Brewery (well worth the visit, even if you don’t drink beer!) but this ice cream shop, with “homemade” in its sign, caught my eye. It turned out to be the shop I’d seen reference to in a couple of articles under a slightly different name, so I’d never been able to locate it!

My husband, Ross, indulged me and said yes, go ahead and get some ice cream. So I did!

They were happy to let me combine multiple flavors in a small cup. Their portions were ample, and they had fantastic service, letting us try as many flavors as we wanted. They also offer some really fun-sounding yogurts.

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It’s an adorable ice cream parlor – but there is no bathroom, so be prepared! They sell exclusively ice cream – no soda or coffee – and it’s a really nice place if you’re looking for an old-fashioned ice cream parlor. Here’s what i settled on.

Butter Brickle: This has a delicious butterscotch flavor. It might be a little cheap-tasting? But I really enjoyed it.

Scoops of ice cream in a paper cupMocha: This is a strong and distinct coffee flavor, with chocolate covered expresso beans. Yum!

Dutch chocolate: This is a very pleasant, rich medium chocolate flavor. It has a light and smooth texture, and it’s soft.

Overall, all of the ice cream was great, though not life-changing. The ice cream was soft so it will melt quickly if you take it outside in the heat.

After visiting another less stellar Delaware ice cream parlor, I was delighted to stumble on King’s Homemade Ice Cream. Thanks for the treat!Two 50s style tables and Norman Rockwell paintings near an ice crema bar

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How Much Ice Cream Can You Fit Into a Week?

Do you ever ask yourself this question? Do you struggle with the desire to stay healthy while eating lots of ice cream? I certainly do. 

This past week I flew back to New Hampshire. The combined stress of travel, mild family drama and life combined with my ice cream-craving brain in a major way. Suffice to say that I ate too much dairy, sugar and fat. And when I thought about how to write about it, I realized just how intense it was. It’s like I scheduled it out with a desire to eat as much as possible. 

So be shocked, or use this as a guide for yourself on how to eat too much ice cream and sweet treats. 

Wednesday – A small hazelnut soft serve frozen yogurt with raspberries at Pinkberry at the Baltimore airport. A kiddie size Wild NH Black Bear – vanilla with red raspberry swirl and chocolate raspberry truffles – from Lang’s, who serve Blake’s ice cream. 

Thursday – A large with cotton candy, coconut cream and Wild Maine Black Bear, a red raspberry ice cream with dark chocolate truffles, for lunch at Jordan’s Creamery. 

Friday – A dish of Coconut Bliss‘ Cherry Amaretto (coconut-based, dairy-free) with fun toppings at a pre-wedding dinner. 

Saturday – A dish of Round Top’s Salted Caramel ice cream with hot fudge at a wedding dinner.  

Sunday – A small Wild NH Black Bear with hot fudge at Lang’s after dinner. 

Monday – A scoop of ice cream with two flavors, Moose Tracks (vanilla, amazing fudge ripple, peanut butter truffles) and Peppermint Stick, at Merrivale Ice Cream next to The Pizza Man

Tuesday – A small dish of Milk ( low-fat frozen yogurt) at Pinkberry with lunch. A small hot fudge shake at Sonic with dinner. 

Have you ever eaten this much sweetness in a week? What does your dream ice cream week look like? Tell me about it!

Odd Fellows in N.Y.C.

This summer’s quick jaunt to New York City was fabulous. We fit in two shows and three ice cream places! (If you missed it, I reviewed Morgenstern’s last week.) The second stop of our trip was Oddfellows, nestled near Playwrights Horizons and other off and off-off-Broadway theatres. 

We knew from the moment we saw Odd Fellows that they were unique. They’re famous for their ice cream sandwiches, but we were already pretty full from our first ice cream stop! So we settled on sticking to ice cream. 

Lime Tarragon – It’s a sorbet! Ross thought it tasted like Pickety Place, known for using their own herbs in their lunches (and also where we got married, incidentally). I loved this, it’s unreal! The tarragon wakes you up and takes this to the next level. It isn’t watery at all…much more than I expected from sorbet. Almost creamy. 

Green Matcha – Ross tried this but passed. He said it just wasn’t the flavor he expected. 

Olive Oil Strawberry – The strawberry is very real, almost more sorbet-like, and it’s woven with olive oil ice cream which is really complex and has a real aftertaste of olive oil. It wasn’t my favorite but it’s super interesting, rich and creamy. Ross described it as everything he is looking for in an ice cream!

Our single scoops came to $4 each with tax, which seemed reasonable for New York City. They rotate flavors and keep eight in stock.  We were delighted to see ice cream and frozen yogurt trucks throughout our travels. If you have a favorite, let me know! And finally, it’s not ice cream-related, but we saw the amazing show Shuffle Along while we were in town. Phenomenal cast and production team, and an incredible story that brought back memories from my independent study in high school, where I wrote about the depiction of African-Americans in American musical theater. A few photos are below! 


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Sweet Scoops and Slopes in Lincoln, NH

 

I’m working in Lincoln, New Hampshire, this summer, so I’d be slacking if I didn’t try out all of their ice cream offerings.

The main game in town is White Mountain Creamery. Their delicious homemade ice cream is served up at two locations – one indoor parlor in Lincoln called Udderly Delicious, and one outdoor stand in North Woodstock called Coneheads.

One word of warning? They advertise 24 flavors of soft serve. Those are basically never homemade (the flavors are out of a package) so stick to their homemade stuff if you want the good stuff.

I visited both locations – of course and can report they’re both worth a visit, depending on what’s more convenient. North Woodstock has parking behind the building if it’s too busy on the street – and you can walk to the river which is really pretty.

Here’s what my husband and I had at Coneheads, with a report of course!

Black Raspberry Chip – Ross, my husband, loves this. It’s nice and smooth, although it’s a bit milder of a flavor than I’d prefer.

Caramel Cup – It’s a caramel ice cream, with caramel swirl and chocolate caramel truffles. The caramel base is great, and this is pretty luscious with awesome truffles. I really enjoyed it.

Coffee Cookie Dough – This coffee flavor is my favorite! But unfortunately she gave me coffee oreo…delightful but not as unusual as what I asked for. 🙂

Chocolate chip cheesecake – This is really fun. It’s a great flavor, though not the best cheesecake I’ve had – that distinction goes to Slick’s. The chocolate chips are small and tasty, not super rich but sufficient. Creamy and not too thick!

Chocolate – It’s rich, dark and not too sweet. Super good!

Prices are very reasonable – $4.25 if you stick to a reasonable 2 scoops.

Next I visited Udderly Delicious in Lincoln. I got three scoops (couldn’t resist!), and Ross got one repeat (I’d gotten it last time) – the chocolate chip cheesecake.

Ginger Snap – Ginger ice cream – so delightful!!! It is very strong with tasty chunks of cookie, which is pretty soft and chewy. The base is smooth and creamy.

Banana Oreo – This base is super fun, not too sweet. It reminds me of banana bread. The big chunks of oreo are a very nice compliment to it too. lf you like banana, check this out.

Coffee Cookie Dough – The base is light and full of flavor, just like the coffee oreo – this type of coffee always reminds me of Brigham’s. And the cookie dough pieces are a fun treat.

With tax, for 3 scoops and one scoop, I paid $10.30 or so. Probably the same at both locations I believe.

(I was clearly so eager that I forgot to take a photo at the start!)

You’ve also got another ice cream option in Lincoln, and from the street passing by, you wouldn’t necessarily know which one had homemade and which one got their ice cream elsewhere.

As far as I know, Ice Cream Delights doesn’t make their own ice cream, but without any idea that there was any homemade ice cream in Lincoln when I first visited, I stopped here and was astonished by how affordable it was. I’m not sure whose ice cream they carry – let me know if you know!

During my most recent visit, here’s what I got.

Blueberry Cheesecake Yogurt – I’m a sucker for a good yogurt, particularly for dinner. I know I tried this one a while back and I had to review it. It was a tad icy this time, so it must not be very popular, but it’s wonderfully creamy, not too sweet and the cheesecake is very good – rather astonishing for a yogurt! I will probably get this any time I go here (though realistically, I’d always choose the homemade options first) because this yogurt is so good!

Cappucchino Crunch – This is a coffee base with chocolate swirl and toffee bits. The base is excellent, the toffee is delicious and the chocolate swirl reminds me of moose tracks ice cream. Fantastic!!!

This place isn’t homemade, as far as I know. But it’s super cheap – $3.76 for a medium which seems large to me. I also love that they serve it in big bowls, like Slick’s, so you can reach all of the flavors at once. So although the flavors probably won’t be as consistent as White Mountain Creamery, so far I’ve had excellent luck here!

Whenever you’re in Lincoln, whether it’s to ski or hike or see a show, you’ve got lots of options. Enjoy and thanks for stopping by!

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Bishop’s


Bishop’s is a Littleton, NH institution. I first discovered it while I was working at the Weathervane Theatre in Whitefield, NH in 2007. Bishop’s makes seasonal, homemade ice cream (although the Littleton Food Co-op carries some flavors year-round) and has been owned by the same couple since its founding, as far as I know. They also sell charming t-shirts and hats!

Although I’ve know they have great ice cream for a long time, I avoided them for a long time when I was generally just eating frozen yogurt. Despite what the sign out front says, they only carry one flavor of yogurt at a time – and it’s usually a fruit flavor, which isn’t my favorite. Despite my silly aversion due to the sign, I was happy to make a return trip in the name of research for this blog – and in fact, I have made two!

On my first visit, I noticed they offer a four scoop sampler. (I believe that’s the only way to get multiple flavors.) I love samplers and this one comes in a long dish perfect for sampling them all and comparing. Ross got one flavor like a reasonable person. One scoop is a little pricey at $3.90 plus tax, but for $6.75 plus tax you can get four! Here’s what we thought.

Butter Pecan: Although it doesn’t have a real crunch to it (which bugged Ross), I loved this buttery flavor with a great consistency. Really tasty!

Grapefruit Sorbet: Wow, this isn’t very sweet – which I loved! The grapefruit flavor is so prevalent. This is light and refreshing and has that sour flavor too of course, it’s full of fruit and so good!!! The only slight ding is that it melts faster than ice cream.

Irish Cream: Very tasty. The texture was a little hard/thick for my taste; perhaps the alcohol contributed to that. It’s a fun, sweet flavor with nice subtlety to it.

Bash: The dark Dutch chocolate base of this ice cream is just outstanding. It includes brownies, walnuts and chocolate chips. Those add-ins aren’t my favorite, but it was worth it for the base. Ross loved it as is.

Coffee: I loved how strong this flavor was! I am very picky about my coffee ice cream and this one really made me happy. Well worth it.


In the name of some more deliciousness, we made a return visit a few weeks later. Our flavors follow.

Mochaccino Flake: A coffee base with a crunchy chocolate mixed in. It’s a great combo, I loved the texture of the chocolate!

Green Tea: It’s an awesome consistency and a fun flavor that oddly reminded me of being a child…not my favorite green tea, but I respect it!

 

Littleton is very luck to have Bishop’s. Make a visit soon before the season ends!

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Sanctuary Dairy Farm

Sanctuary Dairy Farm is a place I hadn’t heard of before starting this blog, but since then, I’ve read a lot about them. The origin story is pretty great. Based in Sunapee, NH on a farm, the ice cream shop began with a nine year old boy’s dream. Beck is the head ice cream maker and now has a degree in ice cream science!

The farm is in the middle of nowhere, in an absolutely gorgeous spot in Sunapee. It’s perfect for kids – they can run around a bit, feed the animals and play. The prices are reasonable, at $4 for two scoops.

Here are the flavors I settled on:

Butterscotch Crunch Yogurt – This is fun and very unique. I’m not sure exactly what was in it – peanut butter chips? Crunchy stuff? I think it was probably a vanilla base with butterscotch. Maybe some shredded chocolate? Pretty great.

Maple Cream Ice Cream – Unfortunately while this was smooth and tasty, the maple is much too light for my taste. Needs more grade b syrup perhaps?

This ice cream (and yogurt) had a great mouthfeel and wasn’t too fudgy or thick, so I would be happy to try others. Also, the Town of Newbury has an awesome parking area with places to explore or picnic on the water – though it’s a ten minute drive, that’s where I ate mine and it was awesome!

Have you visited Sanctuary Dairy Farm? What’d you think?

Thanks for stopping by!

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