NYC Bite: Ample Hills Creamery
Of course, the first thing that pops into your mind when you hear "Brooklyn" is a sunny field full of frolicking cows. Nope. But, that's the kind of picture that the owners of Ample Hills Creamery, Brian and Jackie, want to paint in your mind. They opened their corner ice cream shop during the spring of 2011, hoping to create a neighborhood hangout for the community to come and share America's pride and joy--ice cream. What ended up happening to their shop in Prospect Heights, now over four years later, is probably beyond either of their imaginations. Ample Hills Creamery now wholesales all over the city, boasts multiple locations, and has developed a strong enough demand to ship its product around the country. In fact, just four days after the opening of its first store, the ostensibly well-prepared inventory of 130 gallons of ice cream was all sold, leading Ample Hills to close for a couple of days. Yes, this ice cream is that good.
Trying to decide on a flavor at Ample Hills brings up a genuine life dilemma. It's like watching a three year-old on Christmas try to choose which new action figure to play with. With flavors like Ooey Gooey Butter Cake (Creamy Vanilla Ice Cream with Hunks of St. Louis-style Ooey Gooey Butter Cake), The Munchies (Pretzel-infused Ice Cream with clusters of Ritz Crackers, Potato Chips, Pretzels, and Mini M&Ms), and Salted Crack Caramel (Salted-Butter Caramel Ice Cream with Deb's Famous Crack Cookies: Saltine Crackers coated with Butter, Sugar and Chocolate), you're bound to find a flavor you'll love.
I chose Ooey Gooey Butter Cake (lower scoop) and The Munchies (upper scoop). Both of these flavors, like all flavors from Ample Hills, are loaded with toppings. Let me stress the word loaded. And, in my opinion, that's how ice cream should be. Who wants plain vanilla when you can have vanilla with butter cake? Ooey Gooey Butter Cake?? I thought so. But seriously, Ooey Gooey Butter Cake is one of the best ice cream scoops I've had. The vanilla base is so rich and creamy. The cake is soft, chewy, and best of all, there a lot of it! Now, let's talk about The Munchies. First off, this is hands down the best Ice Cream flavor I've ever eaten. The Pretzel-infused Ice Cream is like nothing you've tasted before. It's the perfect combination of salty and sweet. Then, they throw in all the toppings (Ritz Crackers, Potato Chips, Pretzels, and Mini M&Ms) and further that perfect balance between salty and sweet.
I mean just look at that. Look how much stuff is in there!
Ample Hills perfects each order with a cone from The Konery. Another Brooklyn-based artisinal food shop, The Konery infuses classic waffle cones with delicious flavors like toasted coconut, cinnamon brown sugar, chocolate hazelnut, and more. These cones are absolutely delicious. The infused flavors shine through, but the cone doesn't lose its classic taste. I ordered my two scoops in a chocolate chip cone, which was amazing--perfectly crisp and loaded with chocolate chips.
Ok, yes, I didn't go all the way to Brooklyn for this. Luckily, Ample Hills Creamery has a location in Gotham Market, which a foodie's heaven. Located right by the train in the west 40s, this market is home to some of the best, most-acclaimed food in the city. Inside, there's everything from Blue Bottle Coffee, to Choza Taqueria, to Ample Hills. So, I highly recommend making a trip there (with an empty stomach. Or else, it might get ugly).
All in all, Ample Hills Creamery makes the best Ice Cream I've had in the city. That beats all-stars like Mikey Likes It, Van Leeuwen, and Big Gay. So, go and enjoy!