Ample Hills Creamery is one of the biggest success stories to come out of NYC. In just 7 short years it’s become a model for artisanal, hand crafted ice cream, with incredibly unique flavors made with high quality ingredients and a dedication to supporting local farms and producers.
The ice cream is produced right here in NYC – at their Red Hook factory – and there isn’t a flavor you can find that doesn’t have multiple components and nuances. Looking for a plain vanilla? You’re out of luck. But if you want something innovative and explosive, then you’ve come to the right place.
Every element is carefully thought out. Take for example Nonna D’s Oatmeal Lace ice cream, which is a brown sugar cinnamon flavored ice cream with pieces of homemade oatmeal lace cookies. Or the Snap, Mallow, Pop! flavor (obviously an homage to the rice krispie treat) with marshmallow ice cream and baked buttery crispy clusters. And the absolute coolest one that gives you the biggest flavor explosion you could ask for, The Munchies, which is pretzel-infused ice cream with Ritz crackers, pretzels, potato chips, and crushed M&Ms.
It’s the Ben & Jerry’s of hand made ice cream, if you will. And you will. And then you will again. In less than a decade, it has gone from one shop to 10, and lines can be long. But the staff is friendly and you’re free to try however many flavors you want, without rushing, before you decide on your scoops. Yes, scoops with an “s” because why would you want just one?
Ice cream is best eaten year-round, by the way. It’s essentially a wishful way of prolonging the summer eternally. So if you want your ice cream fix on the coldest day of winter, by all means, stop on by.
And if you don’t happen to be near a store, they have started shipping pints nationwide. Be warned, though, it’ll cost you a pretty penny (like most artisanal ice creams do these days), so it may end up being cheaper to just book a trip into the city. Seems like a win-win.