McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams
Samples – Banana & Salted Caramel, Churros Con Leche, Double Peanut Butter Chip, Earl Grey Tea & Shortbread Cookies, Eureka Lemon & Marionberries, Turkish Coffee
Gooey Butter Cookie
Breakfast of Champions Shake – Sweet Cream Ice Cream, Cornflake Steeped Milk and Cornflake Crackle
Having once sampled McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams at Grand Central Market, a key oversight missing out on the “Breakfast of Champions” Shake, it only seemed appropriate to follow-up dinner at Kismet with a stop at the scoop shop on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Feliz, the purveyor of frozen treats from Santa Barbara continuing to show why they have been one of the best in the business since 1949.
Undoubtedly a known entity to Californians for decades, but only recently ramping up production to the point of expansion by way of updating freezers, equipment and The Old Dairy founded in 1934, McConnell’s has continued to evolve in recent years by focusing on perfecting its techniques while tightening the control of its product all the way from sourcing to production, the result a pure and smooth base with a creamy consistency that coats the palate without being overly sweet.
Not quite as wild as Salt & Straw in terms of flavors, nor as innovative as Jeni’s when it comes to flavor pairings that meld in unexpected ways, those entering McConnell’s newest location will immediately be taken by the clean lines and bright lights hanging over a long countertop featuring fifteen daily flavors, the samples given by metal spoons almost as big as the actual portions sold in some of Italy’s famous Gelato shops.
Finding the store relatively quiet at 7:20pm on a Saturday, Go Get ‘Em Tiger closed and the weather a bit brisk, it was after tastes of six unique flavors that the inevitable decision was made to order the item for which the storefront had originally been entered, a lone Gooey Butter Cookie also rescued in the process and proving every bit as soft and decadent as the signature wedges popularized by Paula Deen and originally created in St. Louis.
Seeing others in the group enjoy their Earl Grey and Shortbread or Eureka Lemon and Marionberries, both admittedly quite tempting though the Banana & Salted Caramel as well as the Churros Con Leche were a bit less flavorful that one would have hoped, it was with nearly 4oz of Whole-Fat Milk plus a hefty scoop Sweet Cream Ice Cream plus topped in fresh-whipped Cream that the thick shake was first attempted by a straw before abandoning such futility in favor of utensils, the flavors reminiscent of childhood coming across as a mix of sweet and slightly savory with a texture that is mostly homogenous save for the occasional housemade Cornflake Crackle chunks.