11/07/16 1:24pm
Luke's Diner doesn't even serve this flavor. Via Ample HIlls.

Luke’s Diner doesn’t even serve this flavor. Via Ample HIlls.

Perhaps you are a diehard Gilmore Girls fan who is counting down the days until you reunite with your Stars Hollow friends over Thanksgiving weekend. Or maybe, hypothetically, your girlfriend and friends are so obsessed with the show they are throwing a Stars Hollow-themed party this weekend that has its own website and comes with mandatory cosplay requirements (hypothetically). Either way, Brooklyn’s Ample Hills just released the perfect ice cream to add to a junk food binge that would make Rory and Lorelai proud: The ice cream, called They Scoop Gilmores, Don’t They?, is available now and, naturally, it’s coffee flavored. (more…)

09/06/16 9:56am
Ample Hills becoming a world of pure imagination with its Roald Dahl 100th birthday celebration

Ample Hills Roald Dahl tribute month includes this Fantastic Mr. Fox flavor: sweet cream with swirls of apple cider caramel and ginger molasses nutmeg cookies. Via Instagram

The sad passing of Gene Wilder last week gave us a moment to revisit, in teary eyed nostalgia, the greatness that was Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and to remind ourselves again how unnecessary the Tim Burton remake was. I’m no studio executive, but it seems like instead of supplanting a classic movie character with a creepy, Michael-Jackson-inspired simulacrum, Burton and co. should have instead just adapted the book’s sequel, the drastically under-appreciated Willy Wonka and the Great Glass Elevator. That tale takes our heroes into orbit in the famous elevator, encountering a great space hotel and facing off against the nasty vermicious knids and other delights borne of the endlessly imaginative mind of Roald Dahl.

Alas, no movie can accurately capture everything Dahl, who died in 1990, accomplished (see the disappointing reviews for The BFG this summer). But where movies fail, let’s turn to ice cream: Dahl would have turned 100 on Sept. 13, and while the footprint of his joyful nonsense is still appreciated lots of places today well beyond movies, he’s getting a special tribute all month from one of Brooklyn’s own confectionary wizards: Ample Hills. The beloved local chain is offering a special Fantastic Mr. Fox inspired flavor, holding events all month and even bringing in the real-life Matilda for an appearance. Kids, adults and knids (vermicious or not) are all welcome.  (more…)

07/05/16 11:08am
Which ice cream will come out victorious?

Which ice cream will come out victorious?

Happy Summer, New Yorkers! We’re officially post-solstice and now that we’ve gotten all that freedom out of our systems, it’s time to honor the most important summer holiday: National Ice Cream Month. And what better way to celebrate than by yet again doing a bunch of research no one asked for?

Inspired by FiveThirtyEight’s Ultimate Burrito Bracket, I set out to find the best ice cream in Brooklyn. This led to many weeks of existential contemplation: what makes something the “best” ice cream. Is it the most original flavor? The creamiest? The most refreshing on a hot summer day? How much it reminds you of childhood summers? Furthermore, is it fair to compare, say, OddFellows’ Miso Cherry with a classic Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough? How does the shop affect the experience? And isn’t that what ice cream is: an experience? It’s summer and comfort and cool down and love. (Well, as long as you aren’t actually working at one of these shops, serving the sweaty, sun-addled masses.)

In the end, we actually ended up determining the best ice cream shop, rather than flavor, in Brooklyn.

Is our research scientific? No. Is it delicious? What, do you think we ate 30 pints of ice for the sake of selfless journalism? But we put together a fair fight, and in all honesty, you’d be well served by any of these ice creams. (more…)

12/07/15 3:09pm
Ample Hills' Oompa Loompas will soon be doing their thing in Red Hook (NOTE: Do not actually refer to them as Oompa Loompas). via Facebook

Ample Hills’ Oompa Loompas will soon be doing their thing in Red Hook (NOTE: Do not actually refer to them as Oompa Loompas). via Facebook

Ever since the news broke that Ample Hills was going to take their big time VC money (and Star Wars money maybe) and open up a giant ice cream factory here in Brooklyn, people have wondered where this modern day Willy Wonka factory was going to wind up. Brownstoner talked to Ample Hills co-owner Brian Smith about the future of the local ice cream makers and found out that the answer is everyone’s favorite neighborhood, Red Hook. Well, it’s our favorite neighborhood anyway. (more…)

12/01/15 3:13pm
The ability to destroy a planet is nothing compared to the power of the Dark Side ('s ice cream flavor profile). via Ample Hills

The ability to destroy a planet is nothing compared to the power of the Dark Side (‘s ice cream flavor profile). via Ample Hills

Star Wars fever: huge swathes of America have caught it, throwing any caution we might have learned from the last time we got excited about a new movie to the harsh winds of Tattooine and embracing this shit like an offer of safe haven from our old pal Lando. As you know, Halyards is showing the films in Machete Order (you can catch the unfortunate Attack of the Clones tonight), and adding to Gowanus’ space cachet, you can now pick up Episode VII-themed ice cream at the Ample Hills Gowanus location, provided you order it online first. (more…)

11/16/15 11:45am
Coming soon to 7-11 near you? via Facebook

Coming soon to 7-11 near you? via Facebook

One of the perks about living in Brooklyn is our easy access to Ample Hills’ ice cream, which is really very good ice cream. Sure there’s the rent and the winter and the being crushed between trying your best to work hard and make it and trying to seem cool and above it all. There’s that ice cream though. Now the rest of America might be easily getting their hands on Ample Hills, because Business Insider reports that the burgeoning franchise is opening up an ice cream factory somewhere in Brooklyn with the goal of selling sweets to the rest of America. (more…)

07/23/15 1:28pm
tk. via Facebook

Mmmmm…ice cream cone. via Facebook

Yeah, it’s summer. Yeah, it’s hot. Yeah, we all want ice cream. But Mr. Softie has some real competition this year, as Brooklyn has flooded with artisanal ice cream shops that bring flavors beyond your wildest dreams. Vanilla and chocolate…that’s so ten years ago.

But with the hype and happy taste buds, comes rapidly reduced pocket money, so we went around the borough, scooping and tasting, to find who serves up the cheapest artisanal ice cream cone in Brooklyn. And then how much the other ones cost, for good measure. (more…)

09/22/14 9:59am
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Finally, a reason to look forward to the mail. via Facebook

Ample Hills is great, but sometimes if you feel like shoving some of their ice cream in your mouth, you wind up waiting on a line that lasts longer than “Stairway to Heaven.” Which you know because you’ve listened to it wile standing on line. If you hate waiting on lines that much but have the patience to wait a whole day or two for a lot of ice cream, good news: Ample Hills will FedEx you six pints of ice cream now, according to the Wall Street Journal. It’ll cost you though. Oh will it cost you. (more…)

07/02/14 4:06pm
ample hills gowanus

It’ll look like this, but you know, finished. via Facebook

Ever since the word first came down that Ample Hills was opening some kind of ice cream Valhalla in Gowanus, the one question on everyone’s mind has been “When will it open?” All the Ice Cream Takedowns in the world couldn’t distract us from the prospect of a larger, second Ample Hills, and now we have our opening date buried in a New York Times feature on other ice cream news. On July 15 at noon, the Ample Hills location in Gowanus, located at 305 Nevins Street, will throw open its doors to ice cream-craving patrons. (more…)

04/14/14 10:53am
leonard cohen

Greenlight Books is devoting Thursday night to the study of fedora aficionado Leonard Cohen

1. Literal genius George Saudners will be at St. Francis College to talk about his great writing, wave around his certificate declaring he’s a genius (Monday)

2. It’s warming up so it’s time to dance, and no more fitting dance party to do it at than Tropicante at Bembe (Monday)

3. Frank Grimes, or “Grimey” as you call him even though he hates it, comes on the scene at the latest screening of the Simpsons Club at Nitehwak (Monday) (more…)