Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Hop Ice Cream Café (Asheville, NC)

640 Merrimon Ave, Asheville, NC, T: 828-254-2224

The Hop Ice Cream Café is an Asheville institution. Founded in 1978 it has now two locations – The Hope West opened in 2010 at 721 Haywood Rd in Asheville (T: 828-252-5155) – where it serves “Dairy, Vegan, Sugar Free, Gluten Free, Local Goat Milk Ice Cream & Sorbet Flavors”. All ice creams are home made and several have original bit hippy-esque names. That said, most seems to be fairly similar, i.e. creamy and sweet and with some kind of chocolate flavor.

We share a Brownie Sunday ($6.50): a warm brownie (from City Bakery downtown), two scoops of salty caramel ice cream, homemade hot fudge, whip cream, peanuts, cherry on top. The browny is a bit chewy and crunchy, the ice cream sweet but tasty. Overall mainly a binge. I also get a milkshake of the Vegan Chocolate Banana Cream, though made with real milk ($5): 20 oz., bit odd taste, though fresh and not too heavy.

VERDICT: 80/100
Nice independent ice cream shop, but not very remarkable creamy ice cream.

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