Thursday, August 21, 2014

Creole Creamery: New Orleans, LA

My wife says I'm a strait-laced, by the book kind of guy. I've always followed the rules. I've never been in any serious trouble. I've only received one ticket in my life. My parents taught me that everyone received a response of "Yes Ma'am, No Ma'am. Yes Sir, No Sir." They still do regardless of age. 

But I do have one vice. One so powerful it brings me to my knees in submission. It is the kryptonite to my Superman. The pit of brooding vipers to my Indiana Jones. The self-doubt to my crippled Cyrano de Bergerac.

Ice cream. I love it. It is my one true weakness. It's not unusual for me to buy a half gallon for "the boys" only to sneak a spoonful or three or seven in the middle of the night. I love everything about the sweet mash-up of eggs, cream and sugar. I'd eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; not caring about the rules of when it is acceptable to partake in its glory. In a world of do-gooders and bad guys, I'd be a an ice cream outlaw, and I just found a place with no rules--my ice cream Wild West.

With two locations in New Orleans (Uptown and Lakeview), The Creole Creamery is a mecca for ice cream lovers the world over. It is so popular of a New Orleans haunt that it was featured on Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives hosted by Guy Fieri.

The Creole Creamery was also just named one of "America's Best Ice Cream Shops" by Travel+Leisure. Boasting a laundry list of original and frankly bizarre flavors, The Creole Creamery lives up to their goal of giving you a unique ice cream experience.

Such classics as banana splits and malts grace the chalkboard menu, sharing real estate with some of Creole Creamery's more daring dishes. If you have an appetite as big as the New Orleans skyline, try the Sky Scraper: Their  tallest creation — made with cookies & cream, chocolate and vanilla layered with caramel, hot fudge, and crushed Oreo cookies served with whipped cream and a cherry.

If you really want to make a name for yourself at The Creole Creamery, take an ice cream sundae challenge as big as its name. The Tchoupitoulas (CHOP-ah-TOO-luhs). This outrageous specialty is made with eight scoops of ice cream and your choice of eight toppings served in grand fashion with whipped cream and cherries. And to the victor goes the spoils. Finishing the sundae gets your name on a Wall of Fame; the insulin spike is complimentary. Only 587 people have completed the challenge. FYI: although the Tchoupitoulas is available at both locations, the challenge is only offered at the Uptown location on Prytania Street.

On our quick Road Trip pit stop, my wife had a small dish of Lavender Honey. It was light, smooth and creamy.

The lavender was the star, as can be seen by the color alone of the ice cream. The honey played a vital role and was not second fiddle. There was just enough of its sweetness, almost to the point where you had to slow down and search for it. That slowing down allowed for the discovery of the floral notes of the honey and made me even more thankful for those little striped juggernauts of industry.

I'm a fig fanatic. So when I saw Saffron Fig on the colorful chalkboard I knew my mind was made up. Knowing my insatiable appetite for ice cream and for figs individually, I did myself a favor and upgraded to a bigger serving size than my wife.

To sweeten the deal, I asked for my ice cream in a homemade waffle cone. Perhaps one of the most flavorful ice creams I have ever tried, the Saffron Fig was a cool treat on a hot New Orleans afternoon. 

The Creole Creamery is now an "Eat This, Road Trip" must-stop-pit-stop. If you are staying in New Orleans for a getaway, do yourself a solid and buy a hand-packed pint (or quart) to snack on in the middle of the night--if you can wait that long without polishing off the container.

Like The Creole Creamery on Facebook and visit their website for more information including EVERY flavor they have created.

The Creole Creamery Uptown
4924 Prytania Street
New Orleans, LA 70115

The Creole Creamery Lakeview
6260 Vicksburg Street
New Orleans, LA 70124

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