Chocolate of the Day
Black Coffee Chocolate Chip (sheep milk ice cream)
Weight: 1/2 cup (85 g.) / 1 Pint (473 mL.) in total container
Calories: 150 calories in 1 serving
Cost: $8.99 for 1 container
Purchased from: Piazza's, Palo Alto, CA
Welcome to Day #14 of Chocolate and Coffee Theme Week(s).
Today's Black Coffee Chocolate Chip sheep milk* ice cream was created by Alex Negranti and team at Negranti Creamery (Paso Robles, CA).
This ice cream had an authentic, rich coffee with milk aroma.
The texture was more like traditional (home made/high-quality) ice milk--hard to find anymore. It was refreshing and satisfying, with an even, relatively quick melt, and with a bit less heavy cream and other residue(s). (The absence of vegetable gums and other ingredients often used in ice creams to enhance "creaminess" was refreshing in and of itself.)
Strong, bold dark, "black" coffee flavor melded with naturally sweet (almost fruity) and faintly nutty notes in this ice cream. Tiny chocolate chunks provided flecks of crunchy texture and added flavor depth.
Ingredients: Sheep milk, cane sugar, coffee, chocolate chunks (sugar, chocolate, cocoa butter, milk fat), tapioca starch.
Allergen-related information: (Contained dairy (sheep milk)). "Made on shared equipment, may contain nuts."
*Why sheep milk? The sheep milk used to make today's ice cream almost certainly contained the easier-to-digest A2 protein (vs. the A1 protein in most cow milk sold in the U.S.). And the sheep were pasture-fed. (A grass diet can contribute to a healthier nutritional profile.)
Also, sheep milk is said to be higher in certain vitamins and minerals as well as having fats that are healthier and easier to digest.
Finally, unlike goat milk's very slightly gamey flavor, sheep milk tends to be neutral and slightly sweet.