As the mercury rises, we've recently been savoring Sharon's Sorbet passion fruit sorbet. It's tangy and amazingly creamy, despite the fact that it's made solely from passion fruit, sugar, water, and pectin. Find it at your local grocery or online for $4.99/pint from icecreamsource.com.
I recently discovered 5 Boroughs Ice Cream, which features flavors that are frozen custard shout-outs to New York neighborhoods -- from Staten Island "Landfill" to Upper East Side "Rich White Vanilla." I took home a pint of "Bakla-Wha?!" which honors Astoria's Greek community with a cinnamon-powered ice cream studded with chunks of nutty baklava. $4.99/pint at Gourmet Garage or find a location near you.
Ben & Jerry's has announced that it is honoring mock pundit Stephen Colbert with a new flavor called Stephen Colbert's Americone Dream, which combines vanilla ice cream with fudge-covered waffle cone pieces and caramel ("the sweet taste of liberty in your mouth"). "I'm not afraid to say it. Dessert has a well-known liberal agenda," Colbert said in a statement. "What I hope to do with this ice cream is bring some balance back to the freezer case."
With this sweltering heat, Californians have cold foods on the mind. The importance of local ice cream vendors has never been greater, but for those who are too damn hot to venture out, what better time to splurge on a New York treat? il Laboratorio del Gelato ships nationwide, and their ricotta, hazelnut and green apple flavors refresh particularly well. But this indulgence is only for those who don’t mind spending a pretty penny on their gelato -- four 18-ounce containers packed with the flavors of your choice will cost about a hundred bucks total. Available for online purchase at il Laboratorio del Gelato.
Now that Buenos Aires is in vogue and every freelancer I know seems to be popping down to Argentina for a six-week "sabbatical" -- why haven’t I been hearing more about alfajores? They are a classic Argentinian pastry: a sandwich of two spiced butter cookies with a dulce de leche filling, dipped in dark or white chocolate. But they could also be described as the platonic ideal of cookie-meets-soft caramel thickness-meets-just-the-right amount of chocolate. They are divine and extremely portable, because the best kind are not sold in local pastry shops, but foil-wrapped and packaged. Several varieties range from $5.99 to $19.99 at AmigoFoods.com.
Cacao nibs, the broken bits of roasted cocoa beans, seem to be everywhere—lending their deep, rich, and versatile flavor to things sweet and savory, from muffins to coffee to sausage. New York-based Sweetriot has turned the nibs into a confection, covering the tiny morsels of bean in a layer of dark chocolate and packaging them in small tins for ease of snacking. The all-natural, GMO-free, kosher, and gluten-free candies come in three levels of intensity, the darkest of which has an added kick due to the addition of espresso.