Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Fosselman's Ice Cream Co.

Fosselman’s has been churning out ice cream for over 80 years. It has won numerous awards and is considered an institution. All ice cream is made on the premises. This is super premium ice cream (16% butterfat) and does not contain any preservatives. They use only top quality ingredients and fresh fruits in their ice creams, sherbet and sorbet. They typically have over 40 flavors at any one time, and this can change daily depending on the season and what’s available.

Their Banana Walnut Ice Cream is made with fresh bananas and big chunks of walnuts. There are small chunks of bananas throughout their ice cream, and biting into one of these nuggets is a real treat. It has a smooth mouth feel, and melts slowly in your mouth. The ice cream is not overly sweet, but its subtlety is part of its charm.

The Lychee Ice Cream is another spectacular treat. Mixed in throughout the ice cream are small pieces of lychee fruit. Upon putting in my mouth, I really didn’t taste anything, just a creamy, delicate top notch ice cream. As the ice cream ran down my throat, big waves of lychee flavor exploded in my mouth. It tastes like a fresh picked lychee, full of flavor, strongly sweet then slowly dissipating leaving that wonderful taste on your palate.

The Taro Ice Cream has a shockingly purple hue for those who don’t know what taro looks like. For those who have tried poi before, don’t worry; it tastes nothing like poi. It has a slightly earthy taste upon hitting the palate, but then quickly mellows out into a creamy, slightly sweet treat. Upon first tasting it, it had a strong coconut like flavor, and one would think that this was actually coconut ice cream with a Barney-like purple disguise. Upon further tasting, one can distinguish the taro taste coming out. There are also very small pieces of taro throughout the ice cream. When I first ran across one of the taro pieces upon eating, I had to take it out of my mouth to make sure it wasn’t coconut. After being re-assured that it wasn’t coconut, the whispery taste of taro could be discerned.

It’s hard to call yourself an ice cream fan if you haven’t tried Fosselman’s. The employees are super friendly, and being in their small store gives you a sense of nostalgia.

Fosselman’s Ice Cream Co.
1824 W. Main St.
Alhambra, CA 91801
(626) 282-6533

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