Pumpkin pie ice cream from Adirondack Creamery

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It's like pumpkin pie -- but, you know, without the crust.

By Jessica Pasko

I'm kind of a sucker for fall flavors, be it apple, sweet potato or pumpkin.

So when I spotted this pumpkin pie ice cream from Adirondack Creamery the other day, I felt obligated to try it.

Pumpkin Pie ice cream container.jpgI'm a little picky about my pumpkin flavors.

I'm into pumpkin-flavored cocktails, pies and soups, but not so much into say, pumpkin lattes. Sorry, I'm just not a flavored coffee kind of woman.

I was a little dubious because some of the pumpkin pie ice cream I've had has been way too sickly sweet and far too fake orange. My own recent attempt at making the stuff myself turned out tasty flavor-wise, but strange texturally.

Adirondack Creamery's stuff is delicate. It's redolent of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove, but the spice is well-balanced with the pumpkin flavor. It's not at as pumpkin-y as, say, pie, but it clearly has a strong pumpkin flavor and a pale orange color. I'll probably be picking up another pint to take to Thanksgiving dinner. I suspect it would be really good served alongside some good vanilla bean ice cream, too.

Even if pumpkin isn't your thing, I highly recommend Adirondack Creamery's other flavors. I tried the Kulfi-Pistachio Cardamom just other day and really dug the mix of sweet and spice. One of things I like best is that they have a commitment to only using natural ingredients. So don't look for the highly-maligned high fructose corn syrup or Red 40 on the ingredients list because you won't find it.

The company originally started out in Silver Bay, NY in the 'dacks but has now moved operations to Kingston, despite the name. All the milk and cream comes from dairies close to Adirondack's headquarters through the Hudson Valley Fresh Group, which is basically a cooperative network of HV dairy farmers. The Times Union's Jennifer Gish did a cool little profile of the company over the summer. The owner, Paul Nasrani, actually quit his finance job in Manhattan to make ice cream full-time. Pretty cool, huh?

But back to the ice cream. It's good stuff and the pumpkin pie flavor is only available for a limited time, so I highly suggest picking some up soon. I found it for $4.69 a pint at Delmar Marketplace, which is a little steep but I don't usually mind paying a little extra for quality and to help support what seems like a really good venture. You can also get it at the Honest Weight Food Co-op , and It's Only Natural in Stuyvesant Plaza, among other places. Here's a full list of where to buy it.

Earlier on AOA: Carrot cake ice cream at Stewart's


Comments

I just bought some of it this week-end. I consider it one of the best pumpkin ice creams around. (Tollgate has a good one, too.) As you say, the balance of spices and pumpkin is just right. Too many versions go overboard on the spice and the pumpkin is barely discernible.

Don't bother trying It's Only Natural--I just ran over there and they didn't know what I was talking about when I asked for this. EATS doesn't have anything except a couple of plain-ish flavors of Ronnybrook Dairy ice cream. Rats--foiled for now!

@Xena - That's so weird. According to the company, the store carries it. Maybe that changed recently.

@jess--I know, and the man working there said they only usually carry soy-based stuff, and then he checked his store records and they maybe had it once some time ago (or something like that), but he's never seen it or heard of it, and I go there a lot and have never seen it. Company websites can be so misleading as it seems many are not updated frequently--it pays to call first before making a special trip!

I bought it at the Honest Weight on Saturday. I also saw it a couple of weeks ago at the Delmar Market.

I was intrigued and bought some for dessert after dinner on Thanksgiving. I am looking forward to it!

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