Thursday, August 04, 2016

Saffron and Rose Ice Cream

Saffron and Rose Ice Cream is a mom and pop ice cream shop in the LA area, specializing in Persian ice cream.  Their shop sells many flavors, including a few for the American palette like chocolate, but also more interesting flavors like pomegranate, cantaloupe, cucumber, and of course their namesake saffron and white rose flavors.

The place gets amazing reviews: 4.5 stars on Yelp with nearly 1000 reviews is no easy feat!  And there is a reason, they take quality and ingredients seriously.  The milk used is organic, hormone free whole milk.  The rose water is homemade.  They use high end spices.  Everything is made in small batches.

But, I haven't actually visited the shop.  Ojan's mother picked up a container of this as a treat for me on one visit, since she knows I like sweets, and their family does not normally have any around.  It was certainly the most successful treat she has ever gotten for me.  Yay for ice cream!
Saffron and Rose Container.
The container had farsi and English on it, describing their craft.
The contents!
And inside, the goods.  This looked quite unexpected!

Bright yellow from the saffron.  Studded with chunks of white cream.  Flecked with pistachios.

The texture of the ice cream was really unique.  It melted very rapidly, like gelato, except for the giant chunks of cream of course.  They melted more slowly.  I think this must be Persian style to have those large chunks not incorporated?

It was a bit too sweet for my preference, a bit too strong from the rosewater.  It was also a bit too floral.  But the texture was awesome, and it was a unique flavor for me to try.

I think it would be even better with a refreshing flavor paired alongside to cut the sweet ... I used whipped cream.
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