how New Orleans does ice cream

Maybe it was just the good lighting, but that’s one of my favorite pics I’ve ever shot. But enough about me. That’s not just any ice cream. It’s Wildflower Honey ice cream. On the bottom is a scoop of Sweet Potato Sassafras Praline ice cream. The place is Creole Creamery. My friends and I found it in the New Orleans Garden District after a nice ride on the St. Charles street car (before we made it to Casamento’s).

For me it was a stroke of luck, because I’d only heard about Creole Creamery that morning, shortly before we headed out. And thank goodness for that. I’m not sure how to describe the flavors. The sweet potato ice cream definitely tasted like sweet potatoes, but there was a touch of nutty saltiness to it that I couldn’t resist after tasting a sample. The Wildflower Honey was more of a floral experience, sweet to the nose.

Choosing flavors to order was a real challenge. Take a look at this shot of the freezer case. It’s a treat for the eyes. I guess I’m a freak for ice cream and always have been, but this place is really special. And yes, the rumors are true — they were serving bacon ice cream the day before we visited. We convinced the counter girl to give us a sample, even though they’d pulled it from their selection already. It was one of those flavors you enjoy trying once, but I don’t think you’d want to eat a whole scoop. Still, they deserve a lot of credit for making it at all.

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