I understand that Mission Bay is popular. There’s a long walk, three ice cream joints (NZ Natural, Ginellis, and Mövenpick) and it’s where most of the buzz is. However, if good quality ice cream is a joy you take seriously, you’d do well to check out the hum coming from Village Co-Op just a little further along Tamaki Drive. They dispense Joshua’s Ice Cream by the cone or cup full. Joshua’s you might remember from such posts as Raspberry and White Chocolate Truffle. On top of the ice cream, they offer you a little gingerbread man (such a cute and effective ice cream scoop, should you choose complementary flavours) or two chocolate sticks to accompany your selection.
On this happy day, I was able to sample Extremely Chocolatey, White Chocolate and Roasted Hazelnut, Peach Sorbet, and Strawberry Sorbet. I, as is my usual want, went for the flavours that put the cream in ice cream. Extremely Chocolatey was good. 72% chocolate all through the ice cream offered a sweet introduction, with a quick shift towards a bitter cocoa finish. White Chocolate and Roasted Hazelnut was a bit more intriguing. Many ice cream flavours offering white chocolate do so in truffles or chips masquerading as truffles. In this case the ice cream is white chocolate atmosphere, like smooth, sophisticated conversation going on around you in a café. Meanwhile you’re in the middle, with the Roasted Hazelnut giving you its full attention and leaving you plenty of delicious notions to chew over.
The sorbet, you ask? Wow. When I go out for ice cream, I want cream. These two fruity characters, however, are making me reconsider my devotion. Peach was amazing, the sensation of tender pulp was palpable. Somehow they found the best peaches, that have clearly hoarded the warmest and brightest moments of the summer’s sun, and somehow managed to freeze them without losing that sensation of sunshine. Strawberry also got a big tick. Unfortunately it was following Peach’s rather impressive opening act, so the remarkable interplay between sweet and tart (along with the occasional strawberry pip crunch) suffered a little in comparison. Don’t let that stop you if Strawberry is your jam though. I’m seriously thinking about picking up a tub of their Black Doris Plum now. Single flavour sorbet is a big step for me when there are still so many chocolate and caramel concoctions to try, but Peach was just that good.
So next time, don’t stop at Mission Bay, go the extra mile for your ice cream smile.