June 2, 2010
I think I can see into the future. Nope, none of that important stuff like saving people’s lives or averting disaster – I can see into the FOOD future.
I first stumbled upon Frostbites on my own, during a late night web surf. I read the reviews touting its frozen custard and Italian ice, realized it was down the street from my client at the time, and made a mental note to try it out. A week later, I was listening to a coworker, who had just returned from a gig in Pittsburg, describe her culinary adventures at a particular Pittsburg institution. This institution, “Rita’s Ice”, happened to sell – *gasp!* – frozen custard layered with flavored ices.
…Did that shake up your world as much as it did mine? It’s like I’m the next Haley Joel Osmond! (“I see FOOD things.”)
Okay, even if you aren’t impressed, believe me when I say Frostbites is awesome.
(And, of course, I take a picture of the menu that DOESN’T have the prices for ice cream.)
Before I get into this delicious fruity/creamy delight, I first have to applaud the service at Frostbites for being absolutely fantastic. When we asked for flavor recommendations, the nice girl behind the counter almost threw free samples in our faces (not literally, of course) . I think I tasted three or four little sample cups in a matter of five minutes and almost had to tell her to stop handing them out. (I was getting full!)
Basically the way Frostbites works is this: They have about a dozen flavors of Italian ices in flavors ranging from strawberry and cherry to pineapple and sour apple. They also two flavors of frozen custard – chocolate and vanilla. You can get either the ice or the custard or have a combination of them both, layered within one cup. (Note: My coworker says Frostbites is better than Rita’s Ice because it alternates the layers of custard and ice, whereas Rita’s just has a layer of custard at the bottom and a layer ice on the top. Yup, it’s even better than the original!)
After tasting samples to my heart’s content, I finally settled on a combination of sour apple and watermelon with the vanilla custard, which the girl recommended because it tasted like a Jolly Rancher. (Note: The cherry and pineapple combo was a close second – it tastes just like those Big Stick Popsicles from elementary school!) The Italian ice had the texture of a firmer slurpee or a very, very fine granita. The frozen custard is both richer and creamier than normal frozen yogurt, but without the heaviness (if that makes any sense at all). Tasting both together is like having a creamsicle, but more awesome.
Note: If you get hooked on Frostbites the way I did, make sure you get a customer card! It’s based on the dollar amount you purchase rather than the number of items, and you get get double stamps on rainy days.