The other day I was at the South Slope Union Market, and as I wandered past the ice cream freezer something caught my eye. Something hand-written. Now I should point out that when I see hand-written labels in a grocery store, it sets off all kinds of excitement alarms in my brain. I had to investigate. What I found was Steve’s Ice Cream, in a few very intriguing flavors: Salty Caramel, Blackberry Honey, Mexican Chile Chocolate, and Sugar Cookie Dough. On that first visit I picked up a pint of Salty Caramel, and it was just as rich and decadent as I’d hoped. A week later I had some people over at my apartment, and I decided that Steve’s Ice Cream would be a good party food. I picked up the Blackberry Honey and the Mexican Chile Chocolate, but somehow it didn’t make it out until the end of the night when there were just three of us left. The Mexican Chile Chocolate was rich as well, but only slightly spicy from cayenne pepper. It was also dotted with pieces of what were billed as chile chocolate, but tasted just like regular chocolate. My favorite flavor of the three was the Blackberry Honey. Yes it was rich and decadent, and tasted wonderfully like blackberries. To my surprise there was a ribbon of pure honey running through the ice cream, lending sweetness and freshness to the ice cream. I couldn’t get enough.
A few days later I returned to try the Sugar Cookie Dough, one of Steve’s soy-based flavors (they also make coconut-based ice creams, though I’m not sure exactly what that means) [UPDATE: I just got an email from Steve’s telling me that the Sugar Cookie Dough is actually a coconut-based ice cream. My mistake.]. I was disappointed to see that Steve’s Ice Cream was all sold out! I’ve since checked back, and haven’t found it. Does anyone out these know where I can get some without going out to their Long Island test kitchen? Help me out, I’m going into withdrawal!