I have never tried Earnest Ice Cream but heard all the rave about it. I think to myself…$11 for a little tin of ice cream?! That’s too expensive, I am not going to give in! (To be honest, I am simply too lazy to hunt down where I could get a jar…)
Well, now that I know there is a store on Fraser and King Edward…I MUST MAKE A TRIP TO GO! It is so easy to get to I can’t NOT try AND it is FRIDAY!! It is a tiny store, C drove past it once before we found it! TIP: there are lots of side street free parking! YAY!
I love the whole decor of this store – from the outside to inside! Isn’t the ice cream on the door adorable? Everything is so simple and clean with a bit of rustic feel! I do feel the decor is a reflective of their product: natural and simple! It is definitely not a pretentious, ice cream snob kind of place. You feel welcome and comfortable enjoying a great scoop (or multiples) of ice cream. It is a small store and hence limited seating. We came at around 5pm and the place was 70% full. I imagine during peak hours, it could get quite pack! (C: I love the minimalistic decor! It’s like a hip coffee shop)
(C: Quite a decent amount of seating space, considering it’s an icecream shop!)
(C: Matchstick coffee beans are used for their espresso, and that means some killer Americanos and affogato icecreams!!)
The staff members were friendly and eager to share about the products. TIP: they do offer sample! Don’t hesitate to ask and find out what flavour you love most! (of course within reason..) After we went in, there started to be a stream of ppl trickling in and forming a line. The 3 girls tried to help and please everyone as much as they can.
C and I sampled salted caramel, vegan cookies’n’ cream and Tahitian Vanilla. We decided on salted caramel and vegan cookies’n’cream. It was C’s time of the day for his 2nd cup of coffee so what’s not shown in picture is a cup of americano. (C: Tahitian Vanilla was pretty good, but wasn’t as epic as salted caramel and cookies n’ cream. The Americano was good, esp since they use Matchstick beans!)
I loved the salted caramel ice cream!! The ice cream itself is so smooth. It is not overly sweet but you could taste the richness of the caramel. I am not too sure about the salted part. There wasn’t much of a saltiness to it? (C: I loved this one! The texture is out of this world. Delicious caramel flavour, kind of like a malted caramel candy. There are hints of saltiness, but it’s very subtle. I think the blend of flavours is pretty amazing and I would definitely go with this flavour for an affogato icecream).
I am not a fan of this Vegan Cookies N’ Cream flavour. A dad was inquiring about this flavour and it was said that the cookies are oreo! Of course being vegan means no cream/milk and that is quite evident in the ice cream. The richness of what I am used to as cream was lacking in this ice cream flavour. (C: It certainly was lacking in the creamy texture when compared to their other icecream flavours. I really liked the cookies n’ cream taste though – it is not overly sweet and the chunks of cookies were like soft oreos. The texture resembles more of the icecream you would get at any other icecream store or grocery-bought icecream; the fact that they accomplished this with VEGAN icecream though is pretty amazing. I’ve had some terrible vegan icecream before, and this is not one of them. I would have this one again!)
The waffle cone was good! Crispy till the very end. It has a slight sweetness to it which I appreciate! I don’t like it when there isn’t any taste to the cone itself or the sweetness is comparable with the ice cream. This is a good pairing (C: when you take a bite of the waffle with the salted caramel icecream, heavenly!)
Of course, there has to be a place for ppl to buy these wonderful, delicious treat! Well, COME ON DOWN! haha, check out their freezer to take a jar home!
All ice cream are made in the very store and we’ve been told the flavours are always rotating. That day, they had the raspberry, tahitian vanilla, milk chocolate, salted caramel, fresh lemon and vegan chocolate peanut butter!
After I have raved to my family about this ice cream, my sister and I went back on Sunday to try more flavours! We arrived at 4:30pm and this is what we saw:
We were so disappointed! We asked the lady who was writing up this chalk board if there were still jars of ice cream we could buy! She said there are still some for sales! We walked into the store, it is not actually sold out just limited flavours! They only had Fresh Lemon, Vegan chocolate & PB, Tahitian Vanilla and Cardamom. Since my sister wasn’t after those flavours, we bought a jar of Whiskey Hazelnut home!
This is an interesting flavour. Once you have a bite, you will know alcohol is one of othe main ingredients. The whiskey isn’t too overwhelming or dominating but rather it takes a strong presence in the flavour profile. I love how the ice ceam has lots of hazelnut pieces! It gives the ice cream a good crunch and texture. (C: I’m a big fan of the Whiskey Hazelnut. Amazing hazelnut taste with nice chunks of it. The whiskey flavour, to me, is more in the background that slowly comes to the surface after a little while. It’s got a very minor burn that accompanies hard liquor, and that to me is what makes this icecream stunningly good! Fantastic texture as well, and I’m sure this one would be great with coffee).
While we were in the store, we sampled the Fresh Lemon and Vegan Chocolate & PB. BOTH WERE OUT OF THIS WORLD! The lemon is strangely refreshing! It is not comparable to a lemon sorbet because there is also the creamy richness in this ice cream. The chocolate & PB ice cream is vegan and to my surprise it did not have the same problem as the cookies n’cream! This chocolate * PB is apparently coconut base which gave its the richness and flavour! I really enjoyed it even if i am not a PB fan!
My gf apparently went at 5pm, and the store was already closed and locked up! This is the store’s first weekend opening AND it was a super nice, sunny long weekend. I will cut them some slack on not fully stocked to work till 10pm! It is hard to predict/projectile how much ice cream is needed or will be sold when they have only opened for 2 weeks.
If only the ice cream isn’t so expensive, I would definitely visit more if money/health allowed!