October 27, 2015

spooktacular at salt & straw

Salt & Straw

Does anyone else feel like they’re in Halloween limbo? We’ve reached that time in our lives when we’ve outgrown the insane Halloween parties of our college years (damn, those were a good time), but we’re not quite ready for trick-or-treating and pumpkin carving with the kiddos. Rather than call the whole holiday a bust, we’re taking advantage of the season in a different way this year…

Salt & Straw

…with ice cream! (We might as well just change the name of this blog to “FREAU: Food Rules Everything Around Us”.) Over the weekend, we ventured over to Salt & Straw on NE Division to sample their October Spooktacular flavors, y’know, just for funsies. We slid up to the counter where Zach, the Assistant Manager, took us through each of their five seasonal flavors, spoonful by yummy spoonful. While some were standout favorites (that Potion of Malicious Delight…preggo over here couldn’t leave without a pint), they were all distinctly spooky and “Halloween-y”. We took a few photos from our afternoon at the ice cream shoppe, if you’d care to see.


Salt & Straw{The Candy Corn ice cream tastes just like the candy, minus the waxy coating, so we’d consider it an improvement. A little bit goes a long way on that one! And Halloween candy lovers rejoice – The Great Candycopia is like dumping the contents of your Halloween candy (just the chocolatey ones, let’s not be silly) into a butterscotch ice cream and giving it a churn. Probably the “safest” flavor of the lot, if you’re not feeling overly adventurous.}

Salt & Straw{Zach wanted us to taste this one before telling us what was inside, so we’re not going to spoil it for the rest of you. A Potion of Malicious Delight was our favorite flavor of the day – a little sweet, a little heat.}

Salt & Straw{Salt & Straw’s Head Ice Cream Maker, Tyler Malek, came up with the Essence of Ghost flavor by asking, “What do ghosts taste like?” Texturally, he nailed it…although we’re not so sure about the flavor of this one.}

Salt & Straw{Oh you know, just chomping on dead bugs stuck in crystallized sugar. Every year, Salt & Straw pushes the weirdness envelope with one flavor, and this year happened to be a tequila and orange laced matcha ice cream with shards of real candied bugs.}

Salt & StrawYou can sample the Salt & Straw October Spooktacular flavors for yourself at their Portland and LA locations, or buy a pint pack for delivery. (This is not a sponsored post – we just really love Salt & Straw.)

We’re curious, how will you be spending Halloween this year? We’re planning a fun dinner with friends and a little baking to ring in the holiday on Saturday. (Seriously: FREAU.)