After the family reunion, we drove from MD back to Philly … with one quick detour.
At about 8:30PM, Pat asks me if we should return to a MD creamery we had visited a couple years ago, pre-blog. I don’t remember the name which pretty much means that I don’t want to return. I reminded Pat that the flavors were lackluster. The only cool thing was that they had a huge bin for milk which they had decorated. Now that we’ve had our ice cream education, we know that the problem was too much air!
Pat quickly found an alternate in Delaware, Woodside Farm Creamery. They self-touted as Best in Delaware. Well our standards are high. We’ve had enough to know what is not good, but let’s start at the beginning.
We arrived 8 minutes AFTER closing. A bit of a gamble. The line was out the door, and we eagerly joined it … In the dark because the creamery definitely doesn’t spend the paper they’re printing on more lighting than necessary.
We talked to a nice family on line who expressed love for Black Raspberry, Butter Brackle, and Dirt. Yes Dirt. Soo many flavors … so we started tasting.
Ms. Rogers quickly chose Butter Pecan and Butter Brackle while Pat and I hesitated. First we tried Banana, Cookies and Cream, Butter Brackle, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Birthday Cake Batter, then we just settled. Our golden rule is that you must purchase after trying flavors, and Butter Brackle was pretty good. Me on Butter Brackle and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. Him on Butter Brackle and Birthday Cake Batter.
Well, no reason to be overly kind. All of the flavors were just OK. The biggest characteristic of everything we tried was cold and sweet. More air than cream unfortunately. More sweet than nuanced flavor. Chunks mixed in that we could hardly detect. It wasn’t what we’ve come to expect from homemade ice cream. I didn’t finish mine.
Sometimes, all we have to enjoy is the hunt. The anticipation of getting there before closing and trying Delaware’s best made our hearts palpitate. Will we be returning, no.