Have you ever tasted a farm? More to the point, have you ever tasted a farm in an ice cream cone? We did at The Bent Spoon in Princeton. A New Jersey basil farm right under our noses.
That’s the basil scoop right on top there. Perfume-y and heavy, I felt like I was putting my face right in a big basil plant. The ice cream isn’t too dense, either. Two scoops of ice cream can sometimes be work because the scoops are so cream-laden. Not this. It’s creamy, light and just begs you to eat more.
And, that’s just the first scoop of FIVE that we tried. If you haven’t been to The Bent Spoon, you’ll want to go by the time you reach the end of this article.
The other scoop on that cone is Fresh Mint Nib. Jersey-grown mint and cacao nibs that lend crunch as well as both a chocolate and coffee taste to each bite. Notice that I keep mentioning New Jersey flavors? The Bent Spoon tries to source as much as possible from nearby farms. The whole cone above is all Jersey flavors. Basil and mint bought from local farmers. No wonder you can taste the freshness. They even have New Jersey shirts for sale. They love our state almost as much as we do!
OK, OK, enough about the sustaining local farmers and eating the freshest possible flavors. More about ice cream!
Right on top is another scoop of that crazy good basil. Then, there’s a scoop of Old Bay Sweet Corn, a scoop of Indian Alphonso Mango sorbet and finally a scoop of Vanilla Salted Caramel. The Mango sorbet was so brimming with mango flavor that it was like eating a frozen mango more than sorbet that was flavored. Even the picture above looks like there’s just a scoop of mango in there. The Vanilla Salted Caramel was mild with more than a usual amount of nice chunks of salty caramel. The Old Bay Sweet Corn had that delicious Jersey Sweet Corn that we all love and the Old Bay added a little depth and smokiness but it wasn’t too spicy. We heard lots of people proclaiming their love of the Old Bay Sweet Corn and it’s well-deserved love. It was a fascinating flavor.
The Bent Spoon is a very busy storefront in Palmer Square in Princeton. We went on a warm Sunday afternoon and you can see the lines it caused. We can only imagine what it’s like when school is in session!
Note, that they are cash only. The good thing is that it’s not too expensive if you’re wallet is a little light. Our medium cup and small cone were less than $11 and that was for six scoops of gourmet ice cream. Not bad!
35 Palmer Square West, Princeton
Mon – Tue: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Wed – Thu: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Fri – Sat: 11:00 am – 11:00 am
Sun: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
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