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Pumpkin Spice

Flavors, Hard packed Pints, Ingredients | posted on October 19, 2015

Every Thanksgiving we put Pumpkin Spice in the soft serve machines – it just seems like one of those flavors that everyone wants.  I have never been an avid pumpkin person during the fall, as I am equally satisfied with apples, pears, quince, and bourbon.  But Pumpkin Spice Everything is a fun game to play this time of year, and I didn’t want to sit on the sidelines watching anymore.  For the spice part we use Quatre Epices – a combination of four spices usually used for pates and other charcuterie.  The two previous years we used black pepper, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves.  I wanted to try another variation on the blend that I had heard of, so this year we switched it up.  We use black pepper as the base note, and add cinnamon, allspice, and mace.  A fun fact is that mace is actually what is wrapped around nutmeg (in what is called “blades”- two spices from the same plant.  I am loving this combination so far.  It is spicy, peppery, subtle, and exotic all in one.  You can purchase some Pumpkin Spice in the store or online.

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Salty Peanut Ice Cream

Flavors, Hard packed Pints | posted on August 13, 2015

I haven’t blogged in a really long time, and so I wanted to start off this post with an apology.  There have been little posts in my head that I think of and then never get to.  As much as I love shopping at the farmers market and sharing my little recipes with my readers, this season I haven’t had much time for sharing.  Anyway, this Summer has been quite busy here at the shop, and we have been streamlining our offerings so that we can be more efficient, and do what we do best- make delicious goat milk ice cream.  I have been spending more time trying out new flavors of our hard packed ice cream, and working on getting them into stores.  Our most recent flavor is one of my favorites (we all know, they are all my favorite, but hey).  We are offering a Salty Peanut made with old fashioned peanut butter and salted peanuts.  I love peanut butter ice cream for no better reason than the fact that it just tastes so good.  But I prefer it with salty peanuts to give it that slight savory crunch.  I had a delicious chocolate peanut butter ice cream recently at the Oyster Club in Mystic, CT, and when I got back to the City, I felt the driving force to make me try out a peanut butter flavor.  We ship our ice creams now from our Shopify site.  We hope you order some if you don’t live near our shop.

Salty Peanut Goat Milk Ice Cream

Salty Peanut Goat Milk Ice Cream

 


#NameOurVanilla Contest!!

Events and Occasions, Flavors, Hard packed Pints | posted on June 11, 2015

Victory Garden needs a new name for our Vanilla ice cream, and we are asking our customers to help us find it!

Did you know that vanilla is the second most expensive spice after saffron?  That is because it only comes from one type of orchid, which has to be hand pollinated under ideal conditions in order to produce this exotic spice.  What is so plain about that?  Absolutely nothing, we say!

We are using Mexican vanilla beans from the region of Veracruz, Mexico, where vanilla originated.   A flavor as delicate, exotic, and classic as Vanilla deserves a special title. Especially one as delicious as ours.  We take a lot of pride in the origins of this renowned spice and we want to celebrate it with a special name provided by our wonderful community of goat milk ice cream lovers! So please help us #nameourvanilla.

Here is how it works:

Step 1: Think of the best vanilla name in existence.  It should scream “Vanilla is not plain”, “Viva Mexico” (optional), “Vanilla is the best flavor ever”, “You gotta try this vanilla”!

Step 2: E-mail it to us at , submit it in the store with your name and contact info, or post it on our Instagram feed @victorygardennyc, on our Facebook page /victorygardennyc, or on twitter @victorygardenny.  If you go social, be sure to include #nameourvanilla

Step 3: Wait till June 30th

Step 4: Win a whole lot of goat love. If we like your name best we’ll put you, our Vanilla Victor, in our Goat Notes newsletter and send you a free shipment of our ice creams (including a pint of  the newly named Vanilla).  We will even include the newest edition of our Victory Garden T-shirt!


Saffron Ice Cream

Hard packed Pints, Ingredients | posted on June 4, 2015

My favorite spice shop in the city is SOS chef in the East Village.  The owner, Atef, always has something special there that makes me feel so happy to work in food.  Usually it is some amazing honey from some exotic part of the world that she gives me on a beautiful wooden spoon.  She carries all sorts of spices, spice blends, teas, grains, floral and herbal essences, etc.  I always try something new or see something that I haven’t seen before when I go there.  The last time I stopped in, she had Persian saffron that was so fragrant, that I could not resist buying some.  I bought a few grams and made some Persian Saffron ice cream with it the other day.  I was thinking of what I would mix into it, and almost stirred in some pistachios, but when I tried the ice cream in its purity, I felt like it would be a sin to marr it by adding something superfluous.  It is just what it says it is, Persian Saffron ice cream.  Made with the most valuable spice in the world.


Fennel Pints

Flavors, Hard packed Pints, Ingredients | posted on April 16, 2015

Fennel is in my top 10 favorite flavors of our ice cream.  I love desserts with anise, and the fennel flavor that we do encapsulates the wonderful versatility of this refreshing vegetable.  We cook down about a dozen bulbs in some olive oil and goat butter, then combine them with fennel seeds that we toast and grind, as well as some fennel pollen.  The result is fennel heaven.  Since we are now able to offer hard packed versions of our flavors in our freezer, we will be offering some of these more popular flavors for the fans who miss it after it is gone from the soft serve machines.  We have about 2 dozen pints of this VG classic.

Fennel Ice Cream

Fennel Ice Cream


Orange Blossom Time

Flavors, Hard packed Pints, Ingredients, Seasonal Beverages, Smoothies | posted on March 16, 2015

Every year when the weather starts to change, and Spring starts to creep in, I am always haunted by a deep sense of nostalgia.  I can never pinpoint exactly what the nostalgia is for, but it is there, burdening me all Spring long.  My favorite way to cure my feelings is through orange blossom and neroli.  There is something about the floral that reawakens and recenters.  I shower with neroli body wash, I make cocktails with orange blossom and kumquat, and at Victory Garden, we make orange blossom vanilla ice cream.  We have always made this flavor, as orange blossom is as connected to my brand as goat milk.  The combination of orange and cream is not new, it exists in our culture as it does in many others.  Our orange blossom smoothie, after all, is modeled after the Dominican shake, morir soñando, or to die dreaming.
Last week we received fresh orange blossoms from California and made a real version of our Orange Blossom Vanilla.  The blossoms are subtle, yet intoxicating.  We recommend this with a touch of orange marmalade boiled down with some water. These pints are only available for what we have in stock.  We hope that you pick up a pint and you too, die dreaming, of how delicious this Mediterranean creamsicle is.  Enjoy!
Orange Blossoms from California

Orange Blossoms from California


New Labels!

Events and Occasions, Hard packed Pints | posted on March 7, 2015

We are really excited to present you with our new labels.  We love our hard packed ice creams, and we hope you do too.  Even though we would love to have custom labeled pints in bright and beautiful designs, this is a step by step process.  We have to see what people think of our products and try an improve them as much as possible before going ahead with larger projects like that.  For now, we have these really awesome labels that allow us to experiment a little bit in the meantime.  We are offering our Vanilla Blackflower, Date Oasis, Salted Caramel, Chocolate Victory, and Honey Lavender every day, and will be featuring seasonal flavors as we find really special things that we want to freeze in a moment of ice cream time.  What you can do to help us (besides popping by for a pint or soft serve) is to request at your local grocer that they carry our product.  And please let us know where you are located and where you like to shop!

Goat MIlk ICe cream

Chocolate Victory Goat Milk Ice Cream

 


Valentine’s Day Sundae!

Hard packed Pints, VG Special Sundaes | posted on February 9, 2015

This Valentine’s Day we are offering a sundae made of Rose Petal Ice Cream, Raspberry Sauce, Chocolate Tonka Sauce, and a heart-shaped Gluten Free Brownie.  We want you to show yourself some love this Valentine’s Day, and indulge in something beautiful.  Come by the shop for some conversation hearts, old-school valentines, and love.  Oh, and take home a pint of Rose Petal Ice Cream!

Love yourself this Saturday.

Love yourself this Saturday.


Our Hard Packed Ice Cream Lineup!

Hard packed Pints | posted on January 29, 2015

We have finalized our hard packed ice cream flavors to be Chocolate Victory, Salted Caramel, Date Yogurt, Honey Lavender, and Vanilla Blackflower.  I am going to write individual blog posts about each flavor, telling you their story, and how they each came to be.  Anyway, our ice cream tasting was a big success, and it proved to be fun (who knew?!).  The results really surprised me.  Instead of Salted Caramel stealing the show, Chocolate Victory reigned supreme.  It was the #1 flavor out of all.  We hope you not only try all of them, but that you also go to your local supermarkets and ask that they look into carrying our product!

Victory Garden ice cream lineup

Victory Garden ice cream lineup


Midnight. . .

Flavors, Hard packed Pints, Ingredients, Soft Serve | posted on May 12, 2014

I am really excited about our newest hard packed pint flavor.  It is called Midnight. . .

A full moon, full from a meal, an empty glass of drunken espresso, a piece of dark chocolate, sobremesa with friends, a cotton sundress; no cares, just the Mediterranean sea.  This is Midnight in. . .  Bodrum (or you fill in the blank).
A dark chocolate base with dark chocolate pieces, roasted cardamom, and Ethiopian Yrgacheffe coffee.

Midnight- Chocolate, Coffee, Cardamom


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