Ever want to have one of your homemade culinary creations on the menu at your favorite restaurant? Now’s your chance as you have until May 1st to submit your best milkshake recipe to Hotel Valley Ho’s “Battle Freak Shake” contest.
Once submitted online the Zuzu culinary team will review recipes & ingredients before picking the finalists on June 1st. The finalist will make their milk shake for them and the top shakes will go to “Battle Freak Shake”. The winner will….Have their shake featured as the Showstopper Shake in August, 3 night stay at hotel w/ upgraded guest room, Dinner for 2 at Zuzu and 2 90-minute VH Spa treatments. And of course bragging rights.
3 shakes will be featured at each of the hotel’s Chef + Farmer’s Market events. Guests and chef judges will vote for a winner who goes to the final market event of the summer to be crowned the winning shake.
With cool weather and football in full swing we put the bathing suits away and break out the long sleeve shirts and sweaters as we focus our attention to the Fall and holiday season. Foods are seasonal too and for a limited time Creamistry, where ice cream meets science, is introducing Ice Cream Pies with a seasonal twist at their 4 locations in Scottsdale and Phoenix.
The Earl Grey tea Ice Cream Pie is infused with Earl Grey tea, topped with whipped cream and chocolate curls then sprinkled with dark cocoa powder.
The Caramel Apple Pie Ice Cream Pie tastes like its been home-baked and is made fresh when you order it. The flaky pie crust is filled with apple ice cream, cinnamon apple compote then finished sweet caramel and topped with a crispy streusel topping. Hard to go wrong with these delicious ingredients.
To get these Ice Cream Pies in the Phoenix area these are the locations you can find them at.
Phoenix 4325 E. Indian School Rd. (Arcadia) 100 E. Camelback Rd (Uptown Plaza)
Scottsdale 7135 E. Camelback Rd. (Scottsdale Waterfront) 15345 N. Scottsdale Rd. (Scottsdale Quarter)
For other locations around the country visit their website
Hollis Doherty must have loved ice cream as he now has a flavor named after him at Splurge, the ice cream shop at The Orchard in Phoenix. Hope Through Hollis Mint Chip Ice Cream is named after the 7-year-old whose legacy lives on after Hollis passed away in January from a brain tumor.
Friday September 29th – October 1st Splurge will be donating all sales of the ice cream to the Hope Through Hollis organization his parents Shane and Shawnee started to raise money for this rare disease’s research.
Hope Through Hollis
Hope Through Hollis has partnered with TGen to help find the cure for the Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) tumor. The money raised through the sales of Hope Through Hollis Mint Chip will be used to fund research for the cure where the average life span is 1 year after diagnosis. Hollis passed away after 9 months of fighting.
After the fundraiser
After next weekends fundraiser Splurge will continue to serve the mint chip ice cream and donate a portion to sales to the organization.
Most of us ice cream lovers get to experience its delicious taste for a few quick minutes a few times a month or however often we give in to the craving for the cold, sweet treat. With so many flavors and styles of ice cream we need more time to experience our love affair and for only 3 months starting Dec. 1st the Art of Ice Cream Experience is coming to Scottsdale.
This interactive pop-up exhibit will be housed in a 2 story building near Craftsman Court and 3rd Ave in old town Scottsdale and will offer visitors theme filled rooms such as the Push-Up Pop Room, the Banana Split Room and the Sundae Room. Visitors can schedule 60 minutes to explore the different rooms to learn about, take photos and most importantly taste samples of ice cream that will tempt all 5 senses.
The Art of Ice Cream Experience is good for all ages especially millennials as the exhibits are social media friendly and photos and selfies are encouraged to remember ones tasty experience.
Ice cream lovers can scoop up their tickets now as a limited number of tickets will be available each day during the 3 month engagement. The Art of Ice Cream Experience will be open daily from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Group tickets are available and the pop-up can be used for corporate or holiday parties.
Ice cream fans in north Scottsdale will soon find out what all the excitement is about in central Phoenix, Arcadia and downtown Scottsdale when Creamistry opens its 4th location at the Scottsdale Quarter on Friday, May 26th.
Just in time for the Memorial Day weekend, Creamistry combines science & dessert as they use liquid nitrogen to flash freeze 70 plus flavors and toppings to create ice cream.
Creamistry week long specials
To introduce the neighbors to the concept, Creamistry will be offering 5 days of delicious specials starting on Tuesday the 30th. The daily specials are as follows….
Tuesday–Thursday, May 30-31 and June 1: Buy one ice cream, get one ice cream of equal or lesser value free.
Friday, June 2: A percentage of the proceeds earned will be donated to MASK (Mother’s awareness on school-age kids)
Saturday, June 3: Free small ice cream from Noon-2 p.m
Having it made is half the fun
The Creamistry experience starts when you choose your size or type of dessert(waffle bowl, shakes and more). Then pick your ice cream base(organic, gluten-free, non-dairy, vegan or premium) then your favorite flavor from almost 40 options ( birthday cake, sea salt or blood orange sorbet just to name a few) and to top it off pick your toppings (candy, fruit, nuts and more). Everything is then mixed with liquid nitrogen for a smoky & cool looking freezing process.
Most of us have a sweet tooth whether we have an everyday craving for chocolate, pastries or ice cream we need to satisfy the craving before it gets out of control. Local sweet shops are helping us give in to these cravings with limited time sweet treats and a new permanent menu item. So what’s new……
Le Macaron new Ice Cream Macaron
One of my favorite desserts is an ice cream sandwich as it satisfies my ice cream and cookie craving, so I’m glad to report that Le Macaron has created an Ice Cream Macaron as new menu option. These bite sized treats come in 5 flavors including Vanilla, Strawberry, Mango, Coffee and Green Tea for $3.75 each. Le Macaron is in the Scottsdale Quarter. http://lemacaron-us.com/scottsdale-quarter/
Sprinkle’s Cupcakes sweet treats
Through May 31st Sprinkle’s Cupcakes in Scottsdale is offering it’s Cookie Cupcake which came from a recipe in Candace Nelson’s cookbook. Made with chocolate chips & chocolate chip cookie crumble its tossed with yellow cake batter. Then it’s topped with brown sugar frosting before being rolled in more chocolate chip cookie crumbles. Yum!
Sprinkle’s is also offering a Rolling Stone topped cupcake through May 18th. The bands tongue & lips logo rocks the top of the cupcake. Sprinkles is celebrating the Rolling Stones exhibit at Chicago’s Navy Pier and offering these cupcakes nationwide.
A new line cookie flavors are also available including Snickerdoodle, Double Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter Pretzel Chip. You can pick up your cupcakes or cookies from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Mon. – Sat. and Sun. from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. To place an order call 480-970-4321 or visit 4501 N. Scottsdale Rd (NE corner of Scottsdale Rd. & Camelback) http://www.sprinkles.com/
Starting this month Blue Bell Ice Cream is introducing Italian Cream Cake Ice Cream and bringing back seasonal favorites such as Key Lime Pie and Coconut Fudge to keep you cool. Italian Cream Cake is creamy vanilla ice cream with Italian cream cake, shredded coconuts, roasted pecans and a smooth cream cheese ice cream swirl.
According to general sales manager Wayne Hugo “We’ve created a flavor that not only has all the ingredients of an Italian cream cake in each bite, but there are actual cake pieces in the ice cream too. We have had lots of success with flavors inspired by cakes so we figured we might just be onto something.”
Blue Bell also offers Birthday Cake Ice Cream and Red Velvet cake which became an instant success when it was introduced last year. Hurry because Italian Cream Cake Ice Cream will be in grocers freezers until supplies last. National Ice Cream Month is coming up in July so don’t be afraid to stock up in order to stay cool. Check Blue Bell’s website www.bluebell.com. for current flavors, recipes and money-saving coupons.
Blue Bell Ice Cream rings in the New Year with the release of a refreshing new flavor, Mint Cookies ‘n Cream Ice Cream – a smooth mint ice cream combined with mint crème-filled chocolate cookies and semi-sweet chocolate chips.
“Mint Cookies ‘n Cream is a combination of two of our top-selling flavors,” said Paul Kruse, Blue Bell CEO and president. “If your two favorite flavors are Cookies ‘n Cream and Mint Chocolate Chip, then this is surely a big thing to happen to ice cream. We’ve combined a smooth mint ice cream with the same crunchy chocolate cookies that are in our Cookies ‘n Cream, except these are filled with a mint crème.”
Blue Bell promises several more new and exciting ice cream flavors as well as frozen snack items will be released this year. “Each year we spend months creating and sampling possible new flavors,” Kruse said. “Last year we introduced Red Velvet Cake Ice Cream and it became an instant hit. This year we’ve got a great flavor line-up of your tried and true favorites and a few new creations you’ll love too.”
The Texas-based ice cream manufacturer encourages Blue Bell fans to join its online Country Club at www.bluebell.com. Members of the fan club receive e-mails announcing new flavors before they are available in stores.
Mint Cookies ‘n Cream Ice Cream in available in grocer’s freezer through March. Find more information about Blue Bell and current flavors at bluebell.com