Chocolate. Vanilla. Chocolate Chip Mint.
No matter your favorite, ice cream is a sweet staple in anyone’s summer diet.
Strawberry Basil. Pizza. Bacon Bourbon Caramel Sea Salt.
Don’t worry. We’re still talking ice cream, but these flavors are for the dessert eater who is looking to add a little more savory to their cold, creamy treat.
At Posh @ The Scranton Club, customers will get a little bit of both during its month-long celebration of National Ice Cream month. The five creations of Chef Jourdan Azevedo will be available throughout July.
Co-owner Paul Blackledge said they were looking for a way to celebrate the month in a “innovative, different and unique” way.
“We wanted to do something where ice cream wasn’t just a dessert,” he said. “We wanted to integrate it into the whole menu.”
And integrate they did.
Diners can start with dessert while getting the flavors of a three-course dinner.
To begin, indulge in a sweet salad of strawberry ice cream topped with delicate pieces of basil and balsamic beads. Move on to the entree — a deliciously classic plate of chicken and waffles.
A fluffy, homemade waffle is topped with a piece of freshly fried chicken that is topped with a hearty scoop of caramel sea salt ice cream and finished off with a drowning of caramel sauce. Pick up a knife and fork for this meal.
The chicken and waffle is the most popular item on the menu, Blackledge said, with the strawberry basil dish coming in at a close second.
The final course includes vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two homemade chocolate chip cookies.
If a three-course meal is too much, Posh is offering an a la carte menu to satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth. That menu includes any of the items found on the three-course menu with the addition of its Pizza Ice Cream and Bacon Bourbon Caramel Sea Salt Milkshake.
Blackledge said they looked at the most popular food items in the area and pizza was at the top of the list.
“We wanted to find a way to integrate that into the menu,” he said. “That’s a very popular food in our region.”
Imagine a slice of pizza with a cool, creamy consistency with a hint of sweetness. That’s the pizza flavored ice cream. House made Parmesan flavored ice cream is served on top of a crispy Parmesan crisp. It’s topped with tomato powder, balsamic vinaigrette, crispy prosciutto and a bit of micro basil. This flavor is sure to amaze the taste buds.
The milkshake, or after dinner drink if you will, is a blend of caramel sea salt ice cream, bits of bacon and a shot of bourbon. The rim comes salted, adding that extra savory taste. You’ll need a spoon for this one, as the average straw just isn’t big enough to slurp up those bigger bits.
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Did you know:
President Ronald Reagan declared July as National Ice Cream Month in 1984. His presidential proclamation stated: “I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim July 1984 as National Ice Cream Month and July 15, 1984, as National Ice Cream Day, and I call upon the people of the United States to observe these events with appropriate ceremonies and activities.”