I'm not a big ice cream fan. I don't dislike it, but I don't ever feel the need to run out and get some. (okay, if hot fudge and a brownie are involved, that could be a different story--but I don't crave it.) However, after eating ice cream from the Parlour (one of Durham's fabulous food trucks, or, ummm...buses) today, I might be in trouble. You see, I tried it, and it was incredible!
I had the vanilla malt chip (yum! malt flavoring in vanilla with chocolate chips) and my two year old had the chocolate. The vanilla malt chip was delicious and the chocolate wasn't bland, weak, chocolate--I'll call it chocolate with a presence. It was fantastic! With offerings from the traditional to their famed salted butter caramel to strawberry basil, banana rum sorbet and champagne mango sorbet (going vegan? they've got it!) to the their chocolate stout ice cream featuring Fullsteam beer, they have something for everyone. Oh, and how could I forget? They have toppings for your ice cream, and they also serve up sizeable shakes and ice cream sodas!
Prices aren't super-cheap, but I can promise you that we've spent more on chain frozen yogurt, and not gotten half the flavor or experience.
Ice cream on a food truck (it's a bus)? Yes! They make it in small batches at the Cookery in Durham, and use as many local ingredients as possible, including dairy from Jackson Dairy and Homeland Creamery. They also use lots of local fruit from Lyon Farms, and the coffee they use comes from Joe Van Gogh. How's that for going local?
If you haven't already tried it, run, don't walk, to find the Parlour! Their website below will tell you where they are on any given day. Their ice cream is well worth tracking them down. But forewarned is fairwarned, it's addictive. Thank goodness for the Mom in Chapel Hill Fitness Challenge--otherwise, I would be in trouble!