09/26/16 2:41pm
Get yours before they're all sold out

Get yours before they’re all sold out. via Ample Hills / IG

If a drinking game wasn’t enough to sate your taste buds for the presidential debates tonight, then this is a sher-bet: Ample Hills just released two presidential ice cream flavors, Food & Wine reports: The “Madam President,” after Hillary Clinton, and the “Make America Orange Again,” after Donald Trump.

The Hillary flavor is spicy chocolate, and Trump’s is orange-marshmallow. Unsurprisingly, the second one sounds like a pretty disgusting combination. (more…)

07/11/16 8:52am
Which ice cream will come out victorious?

We’re down to two flavors and it’s time to get fudgin’ serious.

[Get caught up on round 1 and round 2 here]

This is it, the LeBron vs. Curry of our ice cream competition. I think we’ve all gotten a little wiser and a little fatter. With any luck, we won’t be completely sick of ice cream for the rest of the summer.

We’ve tried to remain impartial, but after two rounds of tasting, we’ve developed biases. We’re advocating for the flavors we’ve begun to love from our individual judging rounds. Even after tasting the more artisanal ice creams, Hartnett is still impressed by Uncle Louie G’s Vanilla — and she’s convinced Morawa. Meanwhile, Silver is arguing for Blue Marble’s Sea Salt Caramel. “It’s got that wow factor,” he tells us, more than once. (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…)

01/26/16 1:28pm
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One of the project’s subjects with his portrait. Check out more of the progress on Sunday.

We’ve been following local artist Rusty Zimmerman’s Free Portrait Project for a while now, which involves him painting 200 portraits of his Crown Heights neighbors. It’s a cool project that he’s taking on to leave a physical document of the changing neighborhood and let people who might otherwise not be able to afford an oil painting of themselves get one. In a phone interview today, Zimmeran announced that he’s hit the halfway point with 100 paintings. Now he’s giving you the chance on Sunday to check out the progress, meet more of your neighbors and party with beer, music and some free ice cream too. (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…)

08/03/15 12:38pm
Do you heart ice cream? Us too. via Facebook

Do you heart ice cream? Us too. via Facebook

1. It’s your penultimate chance for the waterfront lit series Books Beneath the Bridge. This week Word Books showcases fantasy novelists Naomi Novik and Peter V. Brett. (Monday, FREE)

2. Relive your youthful g-l-o-r-y—or create some glory your young self never knew—at the Williamsburg Spelling Bee. With any luck, you might even get m-e-m-e-d while you’re at it. (Monday, FREE)

3. If spelling’s not your thing, prove you’re not just some sucker MC at Hip-Hop Trivia, hosted by rapper / producer / funny man Donwill. (Tuesday, FREE) (more…)

07/23/15 1:28pm
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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…)

Phineas & Pherb is just one of the ice cream brands you'll be able to scream for there. Please ask nicely instead of screaming, though. via Facebook

Phin & Phebe’s is just one of the ice cream brands you’ll be able to scream for there. Please ask nicely instead of screaming, though. via Facebook

How do you beat the heat in the summer? Don’t cry in a vain attempt to spread some moisture on your face, that’s just gonna dehydrate you. Instead, eat ice cream! Brooklyn has a few ice cream shops, and now it’s about to get another one in Fort Greene, from mini-Fulton Street empire Greene Grape, who’s opening an ice cream shop on June 24. (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
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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…)