Since opening in 2011, we have made hundreds of ice cream flavors inspired by all sorts of things! Some of our flavors are inspired by ingredients (like Snap, Mallow, Pop!), by neighborhoods (like It Came From Gowanus), by movies (like Marty B. Goode), by sports teams (like The Seattle Seahawks’ Caffeine High) and by tv shows (like They Scoop Gilmores, Don’t They?).
We are always searching for new stories to tell and new ice creams to tell them.
But once a year, we pay homage to the flavors of the past and choose 16 retired flavors to go head-to-head for a chance to return to the dipping cabinet-- it’s time for Flavor Frenzy!
We invite you to vote for your favorite flavors online. (Vote here!)
While the first three rounds of voting are online, the final two flavors will duke it out side-by-side in the dipping cabinet. At all four of our NYC shops, we’ll have the final two flavors for sale. The first flavor to sell out across all four shops will take the title and return to the dipping cabinet for an extended stay. This year, we’re adding a NEW element to the final round: the final two flavors will also be available for nationwide shipping; we'll tabulate the sale of these pints to help determine the winning flavor.
Last year, Peanut Butter 4 President reigned supreme for the second year in a row. We’re mixing it up a little this year and giving some other flavors a chance at the title, but don’t worry-- there’s still a peanut butter contender.
Here's a rundown of the flavor match-ups going head-to-head in the first round of #flavorfrenzy. The match-ups are themed in this early round...
Here we have two competing tv show-inspired flavors. For the finale of Mad Men in 2015 we made a flavor inspired by Don Draper's favorite drink: an old fashioned. A sweet cream base made with Don's favorite whiskey, Canadian Club, and sprinkled with glazed orange peel. One More For The Road is going up against a green ode to The X-Files. The Truth Is In Here was made to celebrate the return of the beloved 90s show starring Agents Mulder and Scully. We hosted a flavor contest and wound up with a paranormal pistachio flavor with chocolate covered sunflower seeds, alien blood chocolate swirl and hidden microchips. (Named and created by @danascullystyle and @wirehanded.)
This round is all about white chocolate. These two favorites are returning to the Flavor Frenzy line-up: Bliss vs. Raspberry Blonde. Both flavors are made with a white chocolate base; Bliss features cardamom and Raspberry Blonde includes a swirl of organic raspberry preserves and pieces of housemade malt blondies. Neither flavor has been made since 2013.
PB Melts With You vs. When Spuds Attacks! is all about the mix-ins with these two. PB Melts With You was a staff favorite-- one of the first signs to prominently feature our character, Peanut Butter the pig. It's a vanilla ice cream with delicious chocolate-peanut butter truffle-like meltaways. When Spuds Attack! is made with a potato chip base. You read that right: an ice cream made to taste like potato chips. This flavor is where the beloved mix-in for The Commodore was born-- chocolate-covered potato chip clusters.
The sorbets! Often unrated, but seriously delicious-- these two sorbets should be serious contenders for the finals. Pome-garita Ville was a boozy treat made with tequila, Corona, orange and pomegranate juices. It tasted like summertime. Leaves of Grass was named and created by Andrea Coyle to celebrate the publication of our cookbook. It's inspired by Walt Whitman's book of poetry (where Ample Hills takes its name) and is made with a ton of mint, white rum and lime.
Two cookies face-off: Cookie au Lait vs. Open Face. We've made a bunch of twists on the classic cookies 'n' cream flavor over the years, but these two rise to the top. Cookie au Lait is made with our favorite, Back To Nature brand classic creme cookies, in a rich coffee ice cream. Open Face is our attempt to make the classic flavor entirely from scratch. We made double-stuffed, open face Oreos in-house, from scratch and added them to a sweet cream base.
These two flavors used to be staples of the Ample Hills menu and were featured prominently in our cookbook. Chocolate 3 Ways starts with a milk chocolate ice cream, then we add a white chocolate swirl and then pieces of housemade dark chocolate fudge brownies. It's going up against the appropriately named, I Wanna Marry This!: a maple ice cream with pieces of housemade chocolate-covered bacon toffee. We've brought back this flavor a few times over the years for a proposal and a wedding, but it has not won the sought-after Flavor Frenzy title... yet.
These two flavors were made for current events, but we thought they deserved another time in the spotlight. During Barack Obama's 2012 reelection campaign, we made a flavor called Four More Years using an Ommegang Witte beer to flavor the base and pieces of our housemade honeycomb candy. We were inspired by then President-Obama's white house brewery and beer hives-- a tribute to sweeter and simpler times. It's up against A Lovely Day, which we made to celebrate the passage of New York's Marriage Equality Act (2011)-- rainbow cookies dressed up in white chocolate!
We used to host Moovie Nights every winter where we would screen staff favorite films at our shop and design flavors inspired the movies. It was a lot of fun-- combining our favorite things: movies, ice cream and lots of puns, but as we are gotten bigger and busier, we haven't been able to keep up the tradition. These two flavors were some of our favorites though. For Back To The Future, Marty B. Goode, an old fashioned Marvin (Straw) Berry malted ice cream with Crispin Glover Crispies (made with Cocoa Krispies and Cocoa Puffs) and BOLTS of mini marshmallow plutonium. (Named and created by Kim Edwards.) And for A Christmas Story, You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out!, an ovaltine ice cream with fudge swirls and malt ball BBs. (Named and created by @jchoi321 and Alexandra Hays.) These two flavors feature some our favorite bases ever: strawberry malted and chocolate ovaltine; it's a really hard choice!
That's all, folks! Vote early, vote often. The first round closes on Thursday, March 16th.