Holiday feast in a cone

By Adrian Danganan

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and I’ve already built up my expectations.

My ideal Thanksgiving is being surrounded by family eating a traditional meal by the fireplace, with extremely cold weather.

However, my ideal Thanksgiving never seems to work with Southern California weather. It’s always warm. In fact, it’s so warm that it’s socially acceptable to eat ice cream year round.

Could you imagine having a complete Thanksgiving meal in ice cream form? The folks at Salt & Straw believe so.

The Portland-based creamery, known for their quality ingredients and upscale flavors, has created seasonal ice cream flavors centered on this week’s anticipated meal.

The thought seems harmless at first. Cranberry, pumpkin or even sweet potato-flavored ice cream is enough to make me jump on a plane to Portland (or drive to their Los Angeles location) and grab a scoop.

But Salt & Straw has exceeded all expectations. Every component of the traditional Thanksgiving meal, from the delicious sides to the customary turkey, has found its way to ice cream form.

This is no surprise to Salt & Straw regulars. The establishment produces these flavors annually.

But for newbies (like me), these flavors are quite interesting.

The Salted Caramel Thanksgiving Turkey is one of their more amusing flavors. According to Salt & Straw’s website, the ice cream combines the flavors of Thanksgiving turkey (caramelized onions, juices and all) with a caramel turkey fat ice cream base. The scoop is then finished off with a sprinkling of “turkey skin brittle.” Wow.

And what’s a Thanksgiving dinner without stuffing? To accommodate the versatility of stuffing, Salt & Straw has made two stuffing flavors: Hazelnut Rosemary Stuffing and Cranberry Walnut Stuffing. The former features toasty hazelnuts, aromatic rosemary and molasses brown bread pudding and is only available at the creamery’s Portland locations. The latter contains tart cranberries, nutty walnuts and molasses brown bread pudding, and is exclusive to the Los Angeles location.

The creamery also focuses on other sides found in Thanksgiving meals. Sweet potatoes are transformed into Sweet Potato Casserole with Maple Pecans, while corn is overhauled to Honey Bourbon Corn Pudding. Talk about over the top.

Of course, dessert has to be reconstructed as well. Salt & Straw does a play on pumpkin pie with Spiced Chevre Pumpkin Pie. The flavor follows more of a pumpkin cheesecake approach with the incorporation of goat cheese. In return, the website states you get a scoop of “spicy, goaty, salty cheesecake.”

I applaud the creamery’s inventiveness. Each flavor is incredible. I mean, who wants plain old turkey ice cream when you can get Salted Caramel Thanksgiving Turkey ice cream? I know I don’t.

Will you be trying any flavors this holiday weekend?


Michael Torres / The Poly Post


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