There’s a scene in Pulp Fiction where Uma Thurman’s character orders a $5 shake. 1994 John Travolta is gobsmacked by the price and that his boss’ wife is prepared to pay that much for it. When the shake arrives, Travolta is pretty keen for a try. He loves it, while not sure whether it’s worth the $5, he’s sure he loves the free taste he got. Whenever I see a tub of Kohu Road Ice Cream in the freezer, I think of that movie scene, because purchasing a one litre tub won’t see you get much change out of $20.
On top of that, the flavours are unapologetically succinct. We’re not rippling the ice cream or adding bits except for Cookies and Cream. It’s all about single flavours done well: Banana, Milk Chocolate, Macha, and Vanilla to name a few. Just about every tub I’ve picked up has a little gold badge on it boasting of the NZ ice cream award it’s won.
Today we’re talking about Dark Chocolate. I enjoy an ice cream company that knows how to optimise your experience. They advise you to put the tub in the fridge for 15 minutes softening before tucking in. I look forward to the ice cream company that tells me what the best ambient temperature and soundtrack are to pair with my tub of softly served confectionery. This ice cream is rich, Barry White singing to you through a solid gold microphone rich. Prepare for a reverberation through your taste buds in a way that sticks to your soul and leaves a sensation of a fine and playfully bitter dusting of ground cocoa particles on the palate.
Is it worth $20? Well, you’re probably asking the wrong person if you want a considered budget breakdown. Let me just say that this isn’t the first time I’ve shelled out for their ice cream, and I’m pretty sure it won’t be the last. There are times when I think the occasion calls for this sort of ice cream. I can thoroughly recommend their espresso flavour, even as someone who doesn’t care for coffee, and their Golden Syrup is also worth a look. I think if you pressed me I’d say that for this particular Dark Chocolate flavour, the budget conscious might spring for Little Paddock’s Chocolate Brownie ice cream and look forward to a close enough rich chocolate experience, with a few brownie pieces thrown in.
Serve all at once with someone you love with the shades pulled down, the lights low, and smooth music on in the background.