Tuesday, February 7, 2023

4 Tempting Lavender Inspired Ice Cream Toppings

A bowl of vanilla ice cream is about as classic as it gets when it comes to dessert. When it comes to the toppings, however, the possibilities are nearly endless. From sweet and salty to fruity and crunchy, the variety of flavors and textures we like to dress our ice cream in is as varied and unique as us. It probably comes as no surprise, then, that we like to top our ice cream with lavender. Here are 4 lavender inspired ice cream toppings we love and think you'll love too!

Lavender Gourmet Pepper

This one might make you pause. It certainly did us when we first heard about it from a long-time customer. As much as we were skeptical, we were also highly intrigued. To our surprise and delight, it proved to be delicious! 

The combination of sweet vanilla and floral lavender with a peppery kick in our Lavender Gourmet Pepper is remarkable. We never would have tried it had it not been at the recommendation of a fellow lavender enthusiast. We always love hearing from you and learning new ways to use our products from you.

Lavender Bittersweet Chocolate Sauce

Drizzling a decadent chocolate sauce atop a mountain of ice cream is certainly not unusual, but make it a Lavender Chocolate Sauce and you have something altogether more rich and luxurious. We are big fans of pairing lavender and chocolate together. Each flavor elevates the other without diminishing any of its own complexity or potency.

For chocolate lovers and lavender lovers, the pairing provides a unique taste adventure of lightly floral notes that blend beautifully with the rich notes of chocolate creating a singular experience. Add some nut pieces  — we particularly like pecans or walnuts – for an added texture complexity and, well, nuttiness.

Organic Lavender Honey and San Juan Island Sea Salt

A beautiful pairing of San Juan Island flavors from both earth and sea. A drizzling of our Organic Lavender Honey and a few grinds of San Juan Island Sea Salt is the perfect balance of sweet and salty.  

Our friends at San Juan Island Sea Salt draw out the rich, briny and bright flavors of our local waters through solar evaporation... a.k.a. "dried up ocean" to create a variety of salts found nowhere else on earth.

From our lavender fields and the Salish Sea that surrounds our island home, these flavors will transport you to the island with each spoonful.


Lavender Peach or Berry Chutney

Here's where things get spicy! Unusual and all together adventuresome, sweetness and spice collide in a riot of flavor when a dollop of our Lavender Peach or Berry Chutney tops a dish of vanilla ice cream. 

The sweetness of peaches, the floral notes of lavender and the zing of red chili and ginger in our Lavender Peach Chutney bring an exotic heat to the rich, creamy coolness of ice cream.

The slightly tart brightness of berries, the delicate sweetness of lavender and the rich warmth of star anise, cinnamon and cloves blended in our Lavender Berry Chutney create a scrumptious and thoroughly cozy taste experience atop a bite of smooth ice cream.

Some of these lavender inspired toppings may be on the more unusual side, but if you enjoy forays into unique flavor pairings we highly recommend picking up a gallon of your favorite vanilla ice cream and having a tasting party with a few good friends. 

For more lavender adventuring in the kitchen, our lavender cookbook and these sweet and savory recipes are a great place to begin your tasty journey.


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