Saturday, November 28, 2015

REVIEW: The Hop Ice Cream Cafe's (Asheville, NC) Sweet Potato


A few weeks ago, I made the move to a more populated part of Asheville, NC. One of the added benefits of living within walking distance of storefronts and restaurants is the immediate access to a local ice cream shop called The Hop. I'd made time to go out of my way and pick up a pint of their Altamont Red & Black IPA ice cream they released back in June, but now I'm sure I'll be added all kinds of flavors to our blog. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, their Sweet Potato ice cream served as the perfect re-introduction. We've only reviewed one other sweet potato themed flavor, Jeni's Sweet Potato and Torched Marshmallow, which sat a very high bar.


The consistency of The Hop's ice cream is along the same lines of many of the super-premium pints you find in grocery stores. That means it takes a few minutes to thaw out after sitting in the freezer for a while, and is absolutely necessary if you want to be able to let all those flavors come full force at your taste buds. Much like their IPA-infused ice cream, The Hop steers towards subtleness with their base ice creams. Where we usually like to see big and bold, that's not what we have here. But that also doesn't translate into a dull or boring experience.


The base ingredients that make up this ice cream are top-notch, the concept fitting for the time of year, and The Hop's attention to detail during the production process still made this an above average flavor. Add in a slice of pumpkin pie and you have the best of both worlds.


Where I Found It: The Hop (Asheville, NC)
Grade: B

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