Yesterday, while I was having lunch at Lac Viet in the North Market (a Number 10, if you must know), a very reliable source stopped by to say I should really try a new ice cream flavor at Jeni's. Butterscotch and Cocoa Nib. For the uninitiated, cocoa nibs are roasted bits of cocoa beans. They have a dry, nutty chocolate flavor with is rich and slightly fatty without being sweet. It sort of reminds me of a chocolate covered espresso bean in texture and style if not in flavor.
But on with the ice cream: if, like me, you aren't a huge fan of the fakey "butterscotch" flavor familiar in certain pudding products, you needn't fear. The butterscotch flavor here is loaded with burnt sugar (in a good way, think of creme brulee tops) and brown sugar notes. The sweetness, however, is completely tempered by the dry crunch of the cocoa nibs, leaving you without that weighed-down, over-sugared feeling.
Although I am a huge ice cream fan, I am ashamed to say I am not usually a cone-finisher; I get through the ice cream, nibble the cone, and then I've reached my sugar fill and pass it on to Husband, who by this time, has been finished with his Strawberry and Rose Petal for a good 10 minutes. But this time, about halfway through, I said "Husband, I think I'm going to eat the whole thing." And I did. And later, we visited the Grandview shop for a pint. Which Husband ate for breakfast.
So I think you now have your task for the week. Go forth and enjoy ice cream. We are having a record temperature day, so I can't really think of a better way to ceebrate it.
Info: Jeni's Ice Cream in the North Market or at 1281 Grandview Ave in Grandview.