I stopped by the pre-opening event at Ruby Jewel Scoops
last night, and ate the lovely cone above. Owner Lisa Herlinger
, creator of the now-ubiquitous Ruby Jewel
ice cream sandwich, offers way more flavors of her excellent ice cream at the spumoni-toned shop than you'll find between the cookies at farmer's markets and premium grocers across the city.
As of yesterday, Ruby Jewel scoops offers 12 standard flavors. Among them is vanilla, fresh mint flake (pictured above and delicious), espresso, double chocolate, caramel with salted chocolate (amazing—I'm a sucker for salt and ice cream together, but this sweet/salty/bitter combo takes the cake), and honey lavender (already renowned in sandwich form). And there is rocky road (excellent, with housemade marshmallows), banana cream pie (with cookie chunks and swirls of marshmallow cream), strawberry, peanut butter dream (dreamy) and dairy-free raspberry ice (bright, delicious) and cherry-almond ice (even better-what a combo!). A specials board offers even more flavors—this week's was a take on the excellent Bees & Beans honey bar
Pints are available to go for $6. You can make your own ice cream sandwich with Ruby Jewel's cookies for $4 (the cookies can also be bought to go for $6/bag) and the shop offers sundaes with housemade toppings (see below). I tried the Rosemary Langer ($6), which pairs rosemary-salted pecans with dulce de leche syrup and vanilla ice cream. It was great—a savory sundae for adults.
Other toppings include marshmallows, peanut brittle, salted almonds and what the staff call "adult sprinkles"—candy-coated fennel seeds. If you ask me, though, the best way to enjoy this ice cream is on a housemade waffle cone.
Ruby Jewel Scoops, 3713 N Mississippi Ave., 805-8369, rubyjewel.net.