Wednesday, August 7, 2013

The $9.25 Banana Split - Aug. 7, 2013

Chocolate of the Day: 

Tin Pot Creamery
Roasted Banana Fudge Ripple ice cream
(part of a banana split)
Very Good
Weight: 1 bowl with 3 scoops of ice cream and 3 sauces - weight unknown
Calories: unknown
Cost: $9.25 for 1 banana split with custom flavors
Purchased from: Tin Pot Creamery, Palo Alto, CA

The Tin Pot Creamery is a relatively new ice cream scoop shop that opened in my neighborhood this summer (June 2013). I sauntered in this afternoon to try some of their specialty, house-made flavors. And, because today was Day #6 of Chocolate and Banana Theme Week, I decided to order up something rich, decadent and calorific: a banana split with three custom ice cream flavors.

The Tin Pot Creamery's banana split was priced at $8.50, but because I wanted to swap out the standard chocolate, vanilla and strawberry shortcake flavors -- for roasted banana fudge ripple, toasted coconut and vegan peanut butter ice creams -- this split cost $9.25. Was it worth it? I think so.

The three sauces (berry compote, salted caramel and chocolate) were good in small amounts, and the whipped cream and nuts tasted fresh. The ice cream flavors were rich, creamy and authentic. The fresh banana, sliced into quarters, arranged carefully, and flame caramelized or "bruleed" in the bowl, was a nice touch as well.

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