SALT & STRAW’S SCARY-GOOD ICE CREAM
CAPTURES THE ESSENCE OF THE HALLOWEEN SPIRIT
Seasonal ice cream concoctions packed with candy, sinister spices and even real bugs trapped in amber are sure to leave eaters shocked and delighted
PORTLAND, Ore. (June 29, 2015) – To celebrate the Halloween season Salt & Straw head ice cream maker Tyler Malek and his team have concocted a menu of flavors that will shock and delight. Hair-raising flavors such as A Potion of Malicious Delight and Creepy Crawling Critters (with real creepy crawlers encased in an amber hard candy) or sweet options like ike Great Candycopia, a mash up of house made snickers, Whoppers and Peanut Butter Cups provide the most delicious trick and treat this October.
Typically, Salt & Straw’s monthly menus highlight seasonal ingredients and recipes, but the Halloween Series showcases a more playful approach to creating ice cream flavors that reflect the spirit of the season. The Halloween variety pack is $65 and available for nationwide shipping through Salt & Straw’s website www.saltandstraw.com. The flavors will also be available by the scoop, flight or pint at all Salt & Straw scoop shops, Oct. 2 – Nov. 5.
“No one really knows what ghosts or potions or creepy crawly critters in grass really tastes like, it’s up to the imagination, which is why we love Halloween! Our October menu encourages to forget what they think a flavor should taste like and, instead enjoy a totally new, maybe spooky, maybe sweet experience,” says Tyler Malek. “For example, the sherbet “Essence of Ghost” is literally body-chilling, the flavor is a mysterious combo that draws on childhood memories, and the color is pale white with gentle wisps of gray like ghosts floating through a foggy field.”
Creepy Crawly Critters
Picture yourself in a lush green field. The air is fresh, the sun is shining, and tall soft grass bends beneath your hands. You notice a single grasshopper, flitting from place to place. He lands on your hand, and you gently try brush him away, but find that you can’t. You find an ant on your shirt, then several more on your cheek, and as you try to catch them they scatter. Suddenly a horde of insects is crawling, buzzing, and flying around you. They land on your hands—their hairy legs sticking to your skin. You try to run, but you trip, and fall headfirst into a teeming, squirming world of Creepy Crawly Critters. This may sound dramatic, but it’s not as far-fetched as you may think. Put yourself in this scene, with a light and fresh green-grass ice cream that hides swarms of real grasshoppers, ants and other insects, trapped in fragments of hard candy amber. … Wait, did that one just move?
You skim your spoon over the colorful cross sections of this quintessential Halloween candy-inspired flavor. You take a bite, and experience the white, orange and yellow. A delightful sweetness settles on your tongue, and you detect the slightest hint of citrus—or do you? Next, you carefully work your way through each layer, the cool sweetness of white, smooth and heavy orange, and the buttery richness of yellow. Do you taste three colors? Do you see three flavors? Maybe one more spoonful will tell…
The Great Candycopia
You’ve spent weeks on the costume, days planning your walking route, and hours canvassing the neighborhood door-to-door, harvesting that delightful bounty that October 31st yields. You’re finally home; proudly eyeing the pile of precious Halloween loot, ready to enjoy the fruits of your labor. But you have a dilemma: which of your favorite Halloween candies do you eat first? Thankfully, we offer a solution. Big chunks of completely homemade Snickers, Whoppers and Peanut Butter Cups. You won’t have to waste any time deciding which candy you like best this year; you won’t even need the costume.
A Potion of Malicious Delight
London, 1885: Dr. Henry Jekyll longed to become someone else, if only for a short time. He devised a potion so wicked, that it would transform him into something completely unrecognizable, and would ultimately lead to his downfall. The moment you dig your spoon into this mysteriously transformative concoction, your taste buds are plunged into the unknown, and your own journey begins. The first taste of exotic fruitiness sends your mouth into a warm daze of tropical relaxation. Then, a wave of sinister spice stops you cold, in a mouth-numbing trance. Finally, an unexpected eruption of bubbly elixir galvanizes your mouth back to life. You slowly come to realize you’re not entirely sure where you’ve been, but you know you want to go back.
Essence of Ghost
You walk alone, down a dark and drafty hallway. One small lamp struggles to cast light into the inky blackness, but as you pass it flickers out. You reach for the wall to find your way, and something ice cold brushes across your outstretched hand. It could have been a draft, but there is a distinct essence in the air, you can feel it, smell it, and almost taste it—the essence of ghost? This thrillingly light and chillingly cold flavor will make you think you’ve just tasted an apparition. Frigid sherbet quickly gives way to lingering smokiness, while notes of bitterness keep your taste buds guessing as to what they just experienced.
About Salt & Straw Ice Cream
Salt & Straw Ice Cream is a chef-driven ice cream kitchen with scoop shops in Portland and Los Angeles that partners with local artisans, producers and farmers to serve unusually creative and absolutely delicious ice cream. Each ice cream is handmade in small batches using only all natural cream from local farms in each city. Flavors showcase the best local, organic and sustainable ingredients from Oregon and Southern California farmers and artisans as well as imported flavors from small hand-picked farms from around the world. The company started in Portland, OR serving eight flavors from an ice cream cart in May of 2011 and now has three scoop shops in Portland and one in LA. Scoops of hand-made, small batch ice creams, sundaes, milkshakes and floats as well as pints to go are available at each with an ice cream sommelier of sorts who will gladly take you through a tasting of all the flavors. Favorites, seasonal, design your own variety packs and pint club memberships are available for online purchase and can be shipped anywhere in the United States. Salt & Straw’s ice cream cart is available for catering parties and events. Find more information at www.saltandstraw.com or call 971-271-8168. Follow us on Facebook at Salt and Straw Ice Cream, Twitter and Instagram @SaltandStraw.