My first, and only, trip to New Orleans was in the Summer of 2013. I had to do some work in Andalusia, Alabama for a few weeks but before I did, I decided to fly in early and spend the weekend in New Orleans. After I picked up my rental car, I decided that I would need some coffee and beignets asap! I headed over to Morning Call in Metairie, LA and placed my order for 3 beignets and a cafe au lait. I thought the beignets were pretty good but I really loved the cafe au lait. It was the perfect blend of chickory, coffee and milk. It was delicious and I instantly became a fan of that beverage! What does this have to do with ice cream? You will soon find out!
I was lucky enough to get my hands on some New Orleans Ice Cream (Thank you, Adrian!). The first flavor that I knew I had to try out was the Cafe Au Lait & Beignets. This pint is described as "The Famous Taste Of The Old New Orleans French Market, With Cold Brewed Coffee & The Toasty Flavor Of Scalded Milk, Loaded With Real Beignet Pieces, & Finished With A Sugary Swirl"
I took off the lid and noticed a nice light brown base with a little bit of an icing looking swirl in the middle. I took a bite of the ice cream and was immediately impressed. It took me back in time and reminded me of my fantastic time in New Orleans! This was the best coffee ice cream base I have ever had! You could pick out the distinct flavors of coffee, scalded milk and chicory. It tasted exactly like a frozen cup of cafe au lait! I dug a little deeper and got a piece of the beignet dough next. They were nice sized chunks of chewy donut pieces. They had a slight cinnamon flavor to them but after they got softer in your mouth, you could taste the actual dough in its most simple form. They were delicious! I encountered some of the "sugary swirl" next. The swirl is not a typical soft swirl but more of a thick, hard icing swirl. It kind of reminded me of "Magic Shell" but instead of chocolate, it was a cinnamon roll type icing. It was plenty sugary but it almost didn't need to be in the pint. The cafe au lait base and those beignet pieces were plenty enough to make this an awesome, A rated pint even without the addition of the sugary swirl.
Overall, I was very happy with this pint. The coffee base was awesome! If you have ever been to New Orleans and sampled a cafe au lait and/or beignets, you owe it to yourself to pick up a pint of this stuff. It sure was good! I hope that they will start selling this out in my neck of the woods (Arizona)! I would/will definitely buy it again!
Where Timothy Found It: The Ice Cream Source
Timothy's Grade: A