Cranberry sauce, roasted turkey and creamy mashed potatoes are just some of the traditional Thanksgiving staples we have here in the United States. Many across the country typically put their own spin on the dishes they serve — and when it comes to ice cream, so does Salt & Straw.
The Portland-founded ice cream company announced four new Thanksgiving-themed flavors: Salted Caramel Thanksgiving Turkey, Sweet Potato Casserole with Maple Pecans, Roasted Peach and Sage Cornbread Stuffing and Cranberry Juniper Sorbet (brb, just drooling over here).
And in typical Salt & Straw fashion, these flavors sound absolutely wild.
Head ice cream maker Tyler Malek said each one is a "deliberate and playful" take on comforting fall and Thanksgiving flavors. Malek recommends experiencing each flavor in the order you would during Thanksgiving dinner.
Salted Caramel Thanksgiving Turkey
What Salt & Straw called the "Thanksgiving table pièce de résistance" — housemade caramel basted with duck fat is paired with "crispy skin" from Diestel Family Ranch in this sweet and salty ice cream.
Sweet Potato Casserole w/ Maple Pecans
Salt & Straw turned this iconic Thanksgiving casserole into ice cream with whipped maple fluff, pecans and brown sugar-cinnamon sweet potatoes roasted slow and low.
Roasted Peach & Sage Cornbread Stuffing
What's Thanksgiving without stuffing? Salt & Straw swapped bread for molasses cornbread cookies paired with fresh sage-steeped sweet cream and tart peach jam.
Cranberry Juniper Sorbet (vegan)
This vegan option is made with kettle-simmered organic cranberries from Starvation Alley in Long Beach, Washington, spiked with juniper.
Malek went a step further and developed two drink recipes using the Cranberry Juniper Sorbet, one for adults and another for children:
Winter "Dreams" Gimlet
- 1 scoop Cranberry Juniper Sorbet in a glass
- Pour 1/2 oz. gin over sorbet
- 1 generous squeeze lime
- top with 4oz of prosecco
- Garnish with lime or sugared cranberries
- Stir before drinking
Cran-brrr-y Chill for kids
- 1 scoop of Cranberry Juniper Sorbet in a glass
- Pour 40 oz. of lime or grapefruit seltzer
- 1 generous squeeze of lime
- Garnish with lime or sugared cranberries if needed
- Stir before drinking
Salt & Straw's Thanksgiving ice cream flavors will be available by scoop or pint at shops starting Friday, Nov. 6. Locations include Capitol Hill at 714 E Pike St. and Ballard at 5420 Ballard Ave. Pints will also be available for local delivery, and gift packages will be available for local and national shipping online.
In other Salt & Straw news: The company is opening its first Eastside scoop shop in Kirkland on Friday, Nov. 20. The shop is located at 12620 120th Ave. NE and will be open daily from noon to 11 p.m. The Thanksgiving flavors, as well as 10 classic flavors, will be available.