Since partaking in our Ultimate Seattle Sundae was such a journey in Part I, I’m going to talk here about the ingredients and what I thought of them. The short answer is that I’m impressed.
KuKuRuZa’s contribution was a bag of their Hawaiian Salted Caramel Popcorn, which is one of the best caramel popcorns I have ever tasted. I’m so glad I got a chance to try it at Voracious, because I was obviously missing out before that moment. All the characteristics of a good caramel corn are there – a crisp exterior, fluffy popcorn, a light but not too sweet caramel, and the added boost of good salt. (Just go try some.)
The Scout Mint ice cream and Strawberry Rhubarb sorbet are very different beasts. Scout Mint is not a delicate mint, but it’s not artificial or cloying. But you can’t escape the Thin Mint taste and crunch that goes into this confection. The sorbet is just a bite of spring, with the strawberry and rhubarb singing loud and clear with nothing stopping them. Both are good, but I feel the Scout Mint is the winner of the two.
We had the peanut butter and chocolate pudding ice creams, packed as we talked. The peanut butter, made with CB’s nuts, has a great taste and texture for peanut butter ice cream, which sometimes can get overwhelming. The chocolate pudding is one of my favorite Bluebird flavors – while it can be granular, which it was a smidge in this pint, it evokes comfort so well I just want to sit there and eat it all day. (I also recommend the marionberry if it’s in season, but I love chocolate and peanut butter together.)
Mike also sent us on our way with a pint of both and a cup of their beautiful hot fudge. As I write this, I want a bowl of chocolate pudding ice cream and some whipped cream, and no one will get hurt. It’s gorgeous, in that toothsome way that I love in good hot fudge.
Theo gave us a jar of their chipotle spice sipping chocolate and candied nibs. The candied nibs, new to the Theo line, are wonderful – the sugary, caramelized exterior is a great contrast to the savory nibs. I think even those who are against nibs would be reformed. It’s a good mix of sweet and savory. The chipotle spice sipping chocolate doesn’t have a strong burn – instead, it slowly builds with a hint of smoke. I also recommend using them in cooking, as Theo’s chocolate candied nibs work great in chocolate chip cookies.
Here’s where you can buy the Ultimate Seattle Sundae ingredients for yourself, and build this delicious sundae at home. We think it’s way more fun to just grab the ingredients as you go. As an added bonus, you get to learn more about the amazing people behind the products.
We hope this post has inspired you to support local businesses in your city. Be sure to tell them CraveLocal sent you!
KuKuRuZa Gourmet Popcorn – 215 Pike Street Seattle, WA 98101, (206) 623-8000
Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream – 1622 North 45th Street Seattle, WA 98103, (206) 547-5105
Bluebird Microcreamery – 1205 East Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98122, (206) 588-1079
Theo Chocolate – 3400 Phinney Avenue North Seattle, WA 98103, (206) 632-5100
Thanks once again to Carrie Brown for tagging along. We’ll have to do this again!