roasted barley ice cream

Roasted Barley Ice Cream

©2011, Monika Roe

Another wonder by The Penny Ice Creamery in Santa Cruz!

It’s been awhile since I had a chance to swing by and see what interesting flavors the minds behind the Penny have been dreaming up. Finally this past weekend my man and I stopped in. Looking in the case, I couldn’t wait to try the Rose Petal, Rocky Lane (chocolate with marshmallows), Wild Fennel and Roasted Barley flavors.

I thought at first glance I’d end up with the Rose Petal or Wild Fennel. Then I tried the Rocky Lane and it’s rich chocolate flavor was just the type of thing I would normally order. (Usually I lean toward chocolate when choosing an ice cream flavor.) But the great thing about the Penny, for me, is that I can try something totally different and know that I will still be satisfied. When all was said and tasted, we both couldn’t resist the complex deliciousness of the Roasted Barley!

My taste buds told me that the toasty, light almost caramel flavor was accented by rich vanilla and hints of coffee in the background. I tried to confirm my flavor analysis with my man but all he could do was nod his head in agreement and continue eating. I can’t think of a better testimonial than that!

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