Welcome to the twelfth Edible Eat of the Week! A recurring series, Edible Eat of the Week celebrates the bounty of Long Island by showcasing special, seasonal eats and the people who make them.
The Eat: Pumpkin. Soft. Serve. Ice. Cream. (Emphasis completely warranted.)
The Place: Snowflake Ice Cream Shoppe in Riverhead.
The Story: If ice cream seems like a decidedly summer treat, I have news for you: Pumpkin ice cream is the most fall thing ever, and you need it in your fall life, stat. Every year, Snowflake Ice Cream Shoppe introduces their squash-based dessert to the masses, and this homemade ice cream is just as popular now as it ever was.
But hold on. Pumpkin ice cream isn’t the only incredible fall flavor on offer at Snowflake. Each week, they run a specialty flavor, and those rotating flavors are always a reflection of the season at its finest. Consider the recent addition of caramel apple, which is apple ice cream, a swirl of caramel, and peanuts. It’s a classic fall carnival dessert, transformed into a spoonable treat. And it’s as good as it sounds. For extra indulgence, you can even opt for hot caramel sauce on top.
If maple walnut doesn’t excite your fall-loving taste buds, I’m not sure what will. Pro-tip: check out Snowflake’s website each week to see what flavors have recently arrived. But know that the incredible pumpkin is always available during the cooler months. If you can’t imagine life at home without the addition of pumpkin to your freezer rotation, never fear. Snowflake sells cups and cones, of course, but they’ll also package their hard ice creams up in pints and quarts so that you can take a little bit of autumn home with you. Actually, they sell more than just pints and quarts. True enthusiasts can buy pumpkin ice cream by the half-gallon, gallon, and (gulp!) 2.5 gallon tub. If that seems like a lot of ice cream, well, I say this: There’s no such thing as too much pumpkin.