Limited Edition Star Wars Ice Cream Is Pricey and Delicious
A couple of weeks ago I was sitting at my desk recording an episode of The Nosh Show and in my sleepy haze I impulsively purchased some expensive ice cream. During our Nosh or Not segment we discussed Limited Edition Star Wars Ice Cream from Ample Hills Creamery. Four pints of ice cream for $36.00. Add in the shipping cost and the total came to $51.68.My dry ice-equipped package arrived a few days ago and I figured since you probably haven’t had enough Star Wars related merchandising shoved down your throats by this point, I might as well share some pics and my impressions. The ice cream is packaged in collectible containers with original artwork. The Light Side features droid BB-8 and Chewbacca and The Dark Side features villain Kylo Ren.Who/What/Where is Ample Hills Creamery:
Every pint of Ample Hills ice cream is made at our shop in Gowanus, Brooklyn. We are a growing and evolving business, but we still make our ice cream the same way we did when we opened three years ago: pasteurizing on-site, making mix-ins from scratch, and challenging ourselves to make the next best flavor. We hand pack, sticker and stamp every package for delivery. We are a dedicated bunch of ice cream lovers, thrilled to be sharing our product with you.
So it’s four pints of ice cream, but two flavors… The Light Side and The Dark Side.
- The Light Side: a bright marshmallow ice cream with homemade crispie clusters, as well as a smattering of handmade cocoa crispies (to represent the dark side still lurking within the light)
- The Dark Side: by contrast, is an ultra-dark chocolate ice cream with espresso fudge brownies, cocoa crispies, and white chocolate pearls (to represent the light still hiding in the dark, waiting to burst through)
I’m not sure if my recent love of Marshmallow Crispy Oreo Cookies has swayed me to really be into marshmallow flavored products lately, but I liked The Light Side slightly more than The Dark Side. Don’t get me wrong, both flavors are great, it’s just that I’m on this marshmallow kick that just hasn’t reached the point of aversion yet… also I’m not quite sure I’ve ever had marshmallow ice cream. While The Light Side impressed me with its actual base sweet marshmallow ice cream flavor, the mix-ins weren’t much of a standout. The crispie clusters and the cocoa crispies added a little texture variety, but this was clearly an ice cream that didn’t need assistance from a ton of mix-ins. I guess it’s a little boring considering all the different wacky ice cream flavors available these days that are packed with all kinds of interesting mix-ins. The bottomline on this flavor is this: it’s basically a rice krispie treat ice cream and it’s incredible.The Dark Side flavor benefited from its mix-ins a lot better than The Light Side. It’s hard for crispie clusters and some cocoa crispies strewn about mainly for color contrast to compete with espresso fudge brownie pieces and white chocolate pearls. The ultra-dark chocolate ice cream was impressively rich and complemented the espresso flavors to make it a bit more complex than your typical chocolate ice cream. Those little white chocolate pearls didn’t stand a chance against the dark side here which is a shame. The chewy fudge brownie pieces made up a decent portion of the container too so the flavor balance stayed pretty consistent. Chocolate lovers will be very pleased with The Dark Side.