For many people, it’s a ‘no brainer’ to associate the herb basil with Italy…but with ice cream? Not so much, right? Fortunately, some people have great imagination and creativity…and they also make ice cream.
A new shop in Kennebunkport, Rococo, is one of those places. Lauren takes flavors that you might not (heck, that most people would not!) think of as belonging in the same ball part as ice cream (chipotle? goat cheese? hel-lo?) and firmly ensconcing them in that form, making them cone-worthy.
Some of their recent flavors include Goat Cheese with Figs and Strawberry Basil (hmmm…maybe a drizzle of balsamic vinegar on that?).
If you just want your basil straight up, you could check in with Teresa at Arundel Ice Cream (118 Port Rd, Arundel). She recently made up a batch of Crazy Basil Ice Cream from basil grown locally. If you want to check it out, stop by before 9 pm on Labor Day, when they will (sadly) close for the season. If the Crazy Basil has sold out, consider trying another Italian inspired favorite: Italian Cookies and Cream (affectionately known as UBS, or Uncle Buddy’s Special. Uncle Buddy, Teresa’s brother, is the maker of the Italian cookies that are inserted into the amaretto flavored ice cream).
If you want to try to make it at home, you can find the recipe here. The recipe is from the book, Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones by Anne Walker, Dabney Gough, and Kris Hoogerhyde, which you can purchase from your local bookseller, such as Kennebooks (149 Port Road, Kennebunk).
Note to self: plant more basil next year…