Sweets Week: Day 2: Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream

July is National Ice Cream Month, so I’m doing a Sweets Week with a focus on frozen treats like ice cream and frozen yogurt.

I love Van Leeuwen ice cream.  My favorite flavor is currants and cream, a flavor that is seasonal and often sold out.  I like many of their flavors (except cinnamon, which I think is a bit overdone with cinnamon).  I usually have to chase down their truck on Bleecker Street or in the Meatpacking District, but now they have a permanent store on East 7th Street, so I can visit at my leisure.  On this trip, I got the basics, strawberry and chocolate.

Van Leeuwen

Verdict:  Do you remember when Breyer’s ice cream was all natural and good?  When I taste Van Leeuwen strawberry, I taste that familiar fresh strawberry ice cream.  Van Leeuwen captures the texture and flavor of pure ice cream.  The chocolate is good too, but the strawberry lives up to being called strawberry ice cream.

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