The next seasonal menu at Salt & Straw’s new shop in Little Italy rolls out this Friday, February 2. On top of its year-round core flavors, the small-batch ice cream company will run five limited edition flavors for the month; dubbed the Chocolatiers Series, it features collaboration between the Portland transplant’s head ice cream maker Tyler Malek and some of his favorite Southern California-based chocolate specialists.
Available by the scoop or pint through Thursday, March 1, the Chocolatiers Series includes flavors inspired by two local chocolate companies. From Chuao Chocolatier there’s Chuao’s Raspberry Rose Chocolate; based on Chuao’s Raspberry Rose bar, sales of which helps benefit Girls Inc., Salt & Straw adds chocolate stracciatella, freeze-dried raspberries, and rose petals soaked in simple syrup to a chocolate ice cream. And Nibble Chocolate’s single origin 85% cacao Peruvian bar is the base for Nibble’s 85% Peruvian Chocolate Sorbet, a vegan chocolate ice cream created by melting the chocolate bar with sugar, water and a little coconut cream. The February menu is rounded out by Compartés Chocolate’s Coney Island, which mixes tri-colored chocolate “paint” into vanilla ice cream for a rainbow effect and adds in piece of waffle cone and chocolate bar, Bar Au Chocolat’s Poire Belle Helene based on pears candied in sugar and lemon peel, with toasted almonds and a vanilla ice cream made with chocolate fudge, and Milla’s Chocolate Hazelnut Praline which features chocolate shards and homemade hazelnut praline fudge in hazelnut ice cream.