Village Ice Cream
Samples – Melted Chocolate, Cardamom, Toasted Coconut, Spiced Banana
Double on a Waffle Cone – Phil & Sebastian Coffee with Coconut Milk, Maple Pecan
Salted Caramel Ice Cream Sandwich
Not particularly Ice Cream season, a Tuesday in January with temperatures hovering around 3⁰C at ten o’clock at night, there was nonetheless a short line when I arrived at Billy Friley’s Village Ice Cream on 10 Avenue SE, the small-batch scoop-shop continuing to impress villagers and visitors with the sort of creamy base and all-natural flavors that are rarely seen.
Truly a locally grown enterprise, the owner’s commitment to local dairies, bakers, farmers, importers and Coffee roasters featured prominently in stories available to read on the walls as patrons wait, it is with big spoonfuls that the curious are invited to taste several flavors before committing to a decision, the Melted Chocolate and Toasted Coconut both exceedingly smooth, yet full flavored, while the Spiced Banana and Cardamom deliver a hefty hit of spice that is felt deep from the tongue to the nostrils.
Tucked into a wooded space at the edge of a park, the outdoors perfect for sitting or standing during warmer months, it was after a few more tastes that two big scoops were loaded into a still-warm Waffle Cone, the Maple Pecan a perfect balance of sweet and savory with just a hint of smoke on the finish while local roasters Phil & Sebastian lightly roasted Beans blend beautifully with velvety Coconut Milk.
Unable to pass up Friley’s famous Salted Caramel, the housemade combination of Butter, Salt and Cream optioned as an inch-thick layer between two Chocolate-Fudge Cookies, those who think they’ve seen everything that can be done with this flavor are encouraged to reconsider that position as this one comes across with an almost torched-sugar tinge that remains sweet despite a touch of bitterness.