As Little Rock's biggest Loblolly Creamery fan-boy (bordering on obsessive), I could barely contain myself when they announced that today (December 21) only, all pints of their wonderful ice cream will be on sale for $3 at the Green Corner Store on South Main. This stuff is so good that I think it's a bargain at the normal $6 price, but if you haven't had a chance to try this homemade-style ice cream you should head down and take advantage of the sweet, sweet sale. And for all of you who know how good Loblolly is, make sure you stock up — the creamery is shutting down for three weeks in January for some research and development time.
I spoke with Frozen Goodie Genius Rachel Boswell, and she says that they have double vanilla, chocolate sorbet, salted caramel, chocolate pistachio, chocolate pumpkin, persimmon sorbet, raspberry fromage, spicy thai, peppermint stick, rum vanilla, blueberry port and possibly more flavors available, and I personally guarantee that each of these is worth wrapping your lips around.
The $3 deal cannot be combined with any other coupons or specials, and supplies are limited, so it behooves you all to form a sugar-craving mob and descend with force and fury on the soda fountain to get your fix. The Green Corner Store is located at 1423 Main Street, and the Loblolly crew will be scooping pints from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. (or until the pint containers run out). Ice cream not your thing? Well, I'm sorry for you, but you can still get a fresh-made phosphate, egg cream, or do some last minute holiday shopping from all the local products available. And if the world doesn't end today, you'll be ready for the best New Year's resolution possible: eating more ice cream.
It was Halloween, and despite the unseasonably warm afternoon, a strange chill came over us as we walked from our car to the shadowy depths of the Bernice Garden. Strange shapes began to emerge from the darkening streets — tiny witches, zombies and Power Rangers came forth with high-pitched cries of hunger, begging for tricks and treats and mouthfuls of candy. The chill deepened. Perhaps it was something supernatural, a force from beyond the grave coming to exact revenge on those of us who still drew breath — or perhaps it was the Peanut Butter Buttermilk ice cream cone from Loblolly Creamery that filled my mouth with a sweet, tangy richness that that made me shiver with delight. For Halloween in SoMa was a festive affair, with crowds of trick-or-treating families heading down to the Bernice Garden to sample some local food truck favorites before heading out to score their sugary loot.
We had originally intended to grab the appropriately-named Mortadella Monster sandwich from The Food Truck, but the long line of pixies, lion cubs, and one light saber-wielding Darth Vader made us re-think our plans. We contemplated a cheese steak from Philly's, but we finally decided to try Wishbone's, a gourmet hot dog truck that we hadn't seen before, despite its having been open for nearly a year. Fortified by grilled meat, we mingled with the crowd of horrors and hilarities and made our way to the Green Corner Store, where the mustachioed soda jerk was offering tastes of blood-colored hot chocolate, goblin green ice cream, and the delightful caramel apples pictured to the right. It was a great scene full of people out enjoying the weather, stuffing their faces with junk food, and generally just being neighborly. We read every year that the traditional Halloween ritual of going door to door has fallen victim to the fears with obsess and possess our increasingly more isolated society, but that's certainly not the case on South Main. In SoMa, any reason is a good one for getting together with folks in the neighborhood, with Halloween just an opportunity to dress up like a crazy on top of the general feeling of community.
More pictures after the jump.
By now, I'm sure you're all aware of the wonderful cold treats available from Loblolly Creamery at South Main's Green Corner Store, but ice cream isn't the only summertime refreshment they have available. Loblolly's newest treat is as tasty as it is good for you: house-made kombucha, a naturally carbonated tea-based drink with a crisp and tangy taste that's worlds apart from the mass-produced kombucha drinks sold at places like Whole Foods.
At first glance, the process by which kombucha is made might seem a little strange: lightly sweetened green or black tea is infused with a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast (or "scoby"). The scoby feeds on the sugar in the tea, forming a large layer on top of the tea reminiscent in shape of a pancake. As the bacteria and yeast feed, they produce a variety of acids which give the kombucha what Rachel Boswell and Sally Mengel of Loblolly call "a satisfying tang." Once the kombucha has reached a reached a state of balanced flavor between sweet and sour, it is filtered and bottled. Just before sealing, Rachel and Sally add a bit of flavor to the drink: honey, agave nectar, or one of the several homemade syrups the use in the Green Corner Store soda fountain. This added sweetener allows the kombucha to bottle-condition and develop natural carbonation. Each bottle is labeled with the date it was bottled and served cold from the cooler.
Having sampled both an agave-flavored green kombucha and a citrus-flavored black, I can say that Loblolly's drinks taste like nothing else around. The green kombucha is light and crisp, with a flavor that starts tart and ends sweet. The black has a deeper flavor which reminded me of a home-mixed cola. Both made me want to come back and try more. The drinks are available in two sizes, 7 oz. for $1.50 and 12 oz. for $3.00. Both prices include a $0.50 refundable deposit, and the folks at the Green Corner Store will even make a magnet for you out of the Loblolly logo bottle caps. Loblolly is also accepting donations of empty Corona bottles, Mexican coke bottles or any other clear glass bottles that do not have twist tops - and they'll give you a free scoop of ice cream for every six-pack you bring in. And with the hot weather right around the corner, do you really need any more reasons to stop by?
Oh, yeah. I also tend to like frilly coffee drinks. Mind you, I don’t drink them daily. They are a treat, and if I have one in a week’s time that’s usually it.
So finding a place that does both well was rather exciting. To tell you the truth, I pretty much guessed I’d like Gellattes from the moment I first heard of it. But until I went, I couldn’t be sure.
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