We tried to attend the inaugural Bacon Fest NY in Hudson this past Sunday, but arrived in the afternoon when all the vendors had run out of food! Crisis! Luckily, a Plan B was in place – we would sate our hunger with ice cream. Some of the richest, creamiest hand-scooped ice cream in really innovative, but not overly pretentious, flavors is sold up the way from the Hudson Waterfront Park at Lick on Warren Street.
Hudson Valley’s Best Ice Cream
Lick does not make their ice cream on site, it comes from Jane’s Homemade Ice Cream, based in Kingston NY. I first encountered Jane’s at the Catskill Mountain Foundation’s Mountain Cinema at the Doctorow Center for the Arts, where I tried the Killer Chocolate and fell in love. Jane’s is not currently sold in Albany or points north, so it’s worth a trip to Greene or Columbia county to check it out. It’s super-premium ice cream, and really lives up to the designation.
Lick is in a tiny storefront. The lines may look long, but they move quickly and efficiently so don’t let that scare you. There’s bench space outside if you want to hang out and socialize, or you can just take a stroll and do some window shopping along Warren Street while you enjoy your frozen treat.
True to the trend of the day, when we got to Lick, they were out of the Killer Chocolate – but no need for despair, as they freely offer generous samples so you can test out the other flavors. I went for the Green Tea & Ginger, and it did not disappoint. My husband, the chocoholic-est of all of us, made do with the Mixed Berry Smoothie instead of a chocolate milkshake. Happily, he was delighted with the super fresh fruity flavor, and did not miss having a chocolate fix. This is no mean feat! My son went for the Strawberry Frozen Yogurt, which was stunningly strawberry-ish. Nice chunks of fruit, not too big and icy, are mixed evenly throughout and there’s tons of super fresh strawberry taste in rich creamy base. My daughter went straight for a classic Vanilla Ice Cream scoop with rainbow sprinkles. I don’t know what type of vanilla flavoring is in the recipe, but it is sublime. Using “vanilla” as an adjective for boring just won’t cut it after tasting this variety.
The picture above was taken after a few minutes of “testing”, the strawberry yogurt cone with sprinkles and the dish of vanilla started out much larger! We all found that a single scoop was a generous portion, and we’re pretty keen on big portions of ice cream – Lick delivers.
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253 Warren Street (south of 3rd Street)
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Gina Martin | lives in Coxsackie NY with her husband, their two children, and an assortment of Rottweilers and cats. Gina has been a homeschooling parent since 2003, and is also proud parent of a Tech Valley High School student. Gina is the creator of ModSchooler, her blog about 21st -century learning and fun, and is a contributor to From Scratch Club writing on food and food policy. As lifelong learners, Gina and her tween and teen kids like to go off the beaten path to explore quirky travel destinations, unusual cuisine, and all things geeky. Email: GinaMartin@AlbanyKid.com, twitter: @GinaMartinBlogs