Ice cream-good ice cream- is usually on my mind when the weather starts to warm up a bit more than it is now. Today in Chicago it rained, and hailed! Yesterday it was also rainy and cold, but we still decided to try out a homemade ice cream shop that hides inside a small shopping plaza of mostly Oriental stores. It really can't be seen unless you're stopped at only one of the four corners of a busy intersection. I pass it all the time and wonder if it really is homemade ice cream. It's true, I'm a skeptic. It's not so often that food advertised as homemade or handmade is purely so.
So, low expectations in tow–and nowhere else to really go on a rainy Sunday afternoon, we headed out for our dessert at Village Creamery Homemade Ice Cream in Niles, IL.
Walking in, I couldn't understand where the unique smell was coming from- it wasn't bad, just a fusion of sweet and savory that was difficult to discern. I thought it was just an ice cream store we were visiting, but soon realized they also sold savories like vegetarian egg rolls or meat-filled empanadas, each for under $5. What an interesting combination to pair up with ice cream, although I'm guessing most people won't order both at the same meal.
The ice cream showcase was a wall-to-wall selection of interesting, unique, rare and never-before-heard-of flavors (at least to me). Just imagine the taste of these flavors of ice cream: Avocado, Banana, Bordeaux Cherry, Coconut Flake, Green Tea, Maize, Pistachio Almond, Tiramisu. The sorbet flavor that most interested me was the Blood Orange. And yes, we asked- it's all really homemade. I ordered the Pistachio Almond but I tried Avocado, Bordeaux Cherry and hubby's order of Coconut Flake before that. They were all just terrific.
Village Creamery Homemade Ice Cream is located at 8000 Waukegan Rd. in Niles, IL (847) 9… as well as at 4558 Oakton Street, Skokie, IL (847) 982-1720 . http://www.villagecreamery.com
For those of you who can't get to the Village Creamery, look for other terrific ice cream at a Ben & Jerry's near you. On Tuesday, April 21, participating stores will be giving out a free scoop from 12pm-8pm. Check out this site to search for a location: http://www.benjerry.com/scoop-shops/scoop-shop-locator/