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It’s Pot Pie Season at Zingerman’s Deli!

Handmade Pot Pies chase away the winter blues!

pot pies 2

New Year’s Day kicks off our annual Pot Pie Promotion. During January and February, the Deli is piled high with six kinds of delicious pot pies (Beef, Chicken, Lamb, Turkey, Pork and Mushroom). Each pie is made by hand, a heaping scoop of hot filling between two folded layers of buttery crust. It’s the ultimate comfort food, and a great way to put some steam in you for the winter!

Pot pies are available frozen, ready to heat, or ready to eat!

Zingerman’s Classic Chicken Pot Piepotpie-chicken2
Free-range chicken hand-picked off the bone and blended with big chunks of carrots, celery, potatoes, onions and herbs. Wrapped in a handmade butter crust. It’s the perfect lazy cook winter meal; it’s warm, filling, and easy as pie.

John H. Turkey – Turkey Pot Piepotpie-turkey2
Harnois & Son Farm turkey with big chunks of celery, carrots, onions, potatoes and spiced with Turkish Urfa pepper and fresh herbs, all wrapped in a handmade butter crust.

Fungi Pot Piepotpie-veggie
(vegetarian selection)
A fun pie for the fungiphiles! Michigan Maitake Mushrooms, Tantré Farm Organic Shiitake Mushrooms and a little Balinese Long Pepper, all tucked in an all-butter crust.

Darina’s Dingle Piepotpie-lamb
A salute to the miners on the Dingle Peninsula of Ireland: this pie is made with lamb from Hannewald Farm, Stockbridge, Michigan, loads of potatoes, rutabaga, onions and a dash of cumin and rosemary. Wrapped miner-style (no tin) in a butter crust.

Cheshire Pork Piepotpie-pork1
Made from a 4-H Tamworth hog raised by Nic Harnois a future star farmer from Northern Washtenaw Co. braised with onions, apple cider and spices, and then stuffed in a handmade pastry crust with apples from Kapnick Orchards in Britton, Michigan. Wrapped miner style (no tin).

The Red Brick Beef Pot Piepotpie-beef1
This beef pie is our heartiest one yet. Packed with big chunks of all natural beef from Ernst Farm here in Washtenaw County, carrots, potatoes, and fresh herbs all wrapped in our handmade crust.

To sweeten the deal, we also offer special pricing for quantity: 10% off 10 pies, 20% off 20 pies, 30% off 30 pies!

Stock up and save: Pot Pies are only available during January and February!

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This Week at Zingerman’s 12/30/14

Best of Ari 2014

Most Zingerman’s businesses will be open New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day! 

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Sundae Sundays at Zingermans Creamery

You deserve a treat! Stop by the Creamery for Sundae Sundays! Build your own single scoop gelato Sundae with up to 3 delicious toppings for just $5 (upgrade to a double scoop, add $2). Our amazing toppings include Dulce de Leche, Coop’s Hot Fudge, Hand-chipped chocolate chips, roasted peanuts, roasted pecans, cherries and other fruit toppings, Zingerman’s Candy Manufactory Peanut Brittle, Zzang bars, and much more! Every Sunday in January!


1st Sunday Tour at Zingerman’s Creamery

Join our cheese and gelato makers on Sunday, January 4, 2pm, for an hour long adventure of how we transform local milk into delicious cheese and gelato. On this tour, you will observe Mozzarella stretching, as well as experience truly fresh gelato, as well as taste some of our cow’s milk and goat’s milk cheeses while hearing directly from the makers how they are made. After the tour, make time for tasting our selection of American cheeses and provisions, as well as house made gelatos and sorbets in our cheese shop.

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Brewery Vivant Beer & Cheese Tasting at Zingerman’s Creamery

Jason Spaulding was one of the founders of New Holland Brewing Company back in 1997. Following his heart, he left and enrolled in the Doemens Brewing Academy in Munich. He returned to the states, worked for a year as the Bar Manager at Zingerman’s Roadhouse, then headed west again to found Brewery Vivant in Grand Rapids. Jason Spaulding is a revolutionary brewer with a passion for sour beers and other unique styles, and his reputation is growing. Join us to learn more about Brewery Vivant, and taste their unique selection of brews along with our own Creamery cheese and accoutrements. Friday, January 9, 6pm.

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Home Espresso Class at Zingerman’s Coffee Company

Get the most out of your home espresso machine. On Sunday, January 11, 1pm, learn more about what goes into making a cafe quality espresso. We will start with an overview of the “4 Ms” of making espresso, followed by tasting, demonstrations and some hands-on practice. We will also cover some machine maintenance basics as time allows.This is a very interactive workshop and seating is limited to six people.

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Good-a Gouda Tasting at Zingerman’s Creamery

Gouda is one of the world’s most popular and least-understood cheeses. We’ve selected our favorite Goudas of 2014 and gathered them together for a celebration of this wonderful cheese. Take a guided tour with one of our cheesemongers through a brief history of this famed Dutch curd, and taste delicious Gouda of all different ages, both domestic and imported. Friday, January 16, 6pm. 

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It’s Gin-uary Cocktail Class at Cornman Farms

Gin is herbaceous and floral, warming and refreshing, and can be served in both sweet and savory libations. Join us on Friday, January 16, 7pm, as we focus on the wintry and robust side of this centuries-old spirit as we mix three seasonally appropriate gin cocktails. We’ll start with the hearty Negroni, a classic born in Italy in 1920; then we’ll embrace a new herbal twist on an old favorite with the Rosemary Gimlet; and we’ll end the class with a sweet and satisfying Spiced Pear Fizz. You’ll mix your own cocktails, enjoy hearty appetizers prepared by the Cornman Farms chefs, and then leave with recipes and the know-how to make these cocktails at home.

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See you soon!

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This Week at Zingerman’s 12/23/14

Deli

The holidays are here at Zingerman’s!
And, we’re looking forward to a whole bunch of fun events in January…


Sundae Sundays at Zingermans Creamery

You deserve a treat! Stop by the Creamery for Sundae Sundays! Build your own single scoop gelato Sundae with up to 3 delicious toppings for just $5 (upgrade to a double scoop, add $2). Our amazing toppings include Dulce de Leche, Coop’s Hot Fudge, Hand-chipped chocolate chips, roasted peanuts, roasted pecans, cherries and other fruit toppings, Zingerman’s Candy Manufactory Peanut Brittle, Zzang bars, and much more! Every Sunday in January!


1st Sunday Tour at Zingerman’s Creamery

Join our cheese and gelato makers on Sunday, January 4, 2pm, for an hour long adventure of how we transform local milk into delicious cheese and gelato. On this tour, you will observe Mozzarella stretching, as well as experience truly fresh gelato, as well as taste some of our cow’s milk and goat’s milk cheeses while hearing directly from the makers how they are made. After the tour, make time for tasting our selection of American cheeses and provisions, as well as house made gelatos and sorbets in our cheese shop.

Reserve your seat here


Brewery Vivant Beer & Cheese Tasting at Zingerman’s Creamery

Jason Spaulding was one of the founders of New Holland Brewing Company back in 1997. Following his heart, he left and enrolled in the Doemens Brewing Academy in Munich. He returned to the states, worked for a year as the Bar Manager at Zingerman’s Roadhouse, then headed west again to found Brewery Vivant in Grand Rapids. Jason Spaulding is a revolutionary brewer with a passion for sour beers and other unique styles, and his reputation is growing. Join us to learn more about Brewery Vivant, and taste their unique selection of brews along with our own Creamery cheese and accoutrements. Friday, January 9, 6pm.

Reserve your seat here


Home Espresso Class at Zingerman’s Coffee Company

Get the most out of your home espresso machine. On Sunday, January 11, 1pm, learn more about what goes into making a cafe quality espresso. We will start with an overview of the “4 Ms” of making espresso, followed by tasting, demonstrations and some hands-on practice. We will also cover some machine maintenance basics as time allows.This is a very interactive workshop and seating is limited to six people.

Reserve your seat here


Good-a Gouda Tasting at Zingerman’s Creamery

Gouda is one of the world’s most popular and least-understood cheeses. We’ve selected our favorite Goudas of 2014 and gathered them together for a celebration of this wonderful cheese. Take a guided tour with one of our cheesemongers through a brief history of this famed Dutch curd, and taste delicious Gouda of all different ages, both domestic and imported. Friday, January 16, 6pm. 

Reserve your seat here


It’s Gin-uary Cocktail Class at Cornman Farms

Gin is herbaceous and floral, warming and refreshing, and can be served in both sweet and savory libations. Join us on Friday, January 16, 7pm, as we focus on the wintry and robust side of this centuries-old spirit as we mix three seasonally appropriate gin cocktails. We’ll start with the hearty Negroni, a classic born in Italy in 1920; then we’ll embrace a new herbal twist on an old favorite with the Rosemary Gimlet; and we’ll end the class with a sweet and satisfying Spiced Pear Fizz. You’ll mix your own cocktails, enjoy hearty appetizers prepared by the Cornman Farms chefs, and then leave with recipes and the know-how to make these cocktails at home.

Reserve your seat here


See you soon!

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Cookie Crunch Time

Holiday Baking with Maddie LaKind

The month of December brings with it a mixed bag of emotions. Thanksgiving is over—sad. Snow is coming—happy. Temperatures are dropping—nervous! Christmas and Chanukah are nearing—thrilled. And, perhaps most significantly, cookie baking season is officially here—elated!! On that sweet note, Zingerman’s is bursting with ingredients to help turn all of your cookie dreams into a reality. So for all of you eager bakers out there who are gearing up for endless batches of snickerdoodles, thumbprints, linzers, shortbreads and more, here are my top 10 cookie baking essentials this holiday.

1. Heilala Vanilla Products
Is there any ingredient more synonymous with cookie baking than vanilla? It seems to appear in almost every cookie recipe out there, which makes sense given its flavor boosting capabilities and beautiful bittersweet notes. If you’re looking for a way to really amp up your cookie baking skills, its time to talk beans. Vanilla beans that is. Heilala is a family run business started in 2002 by a father daughter team. After being gifted a plot of land in Tonga (a sovereign state of Polynesia), this team spent three years developing, planting, and harvesting vanilla beans. Their product is now sold to chefs and discerning palettes worldwide and is considered by many to be some of the best vanilla in the world. Heilala produces a wide range of vanilla products from extract, powder, paste, and even whole vanilla beans. Try any of them out in your next baked good or specifically these Heilala Vanilla Sugar Drops.

heilala vanilla

2. Cluizel Cacoa Nibs
Everyone seems to have a chocolate chip cookie recipe in their arsenal. But what about a cacao nib cookie recipe? Cacao nibs are simply a less refined form of chocolate produced by crushing dried/roasted cacao beans. Unlike chocolate chips which have been mixed with sugar, cacao nibs lend a toasty, slightly bitter, coffee-like flavor to pastries. And if you’re going to get your hands on any sort of chocolate this season, Michel Cluizel is the crème de la crème. Based in Normandy, France, Cluizel has been producing beautiful artisanal chocolate since 1948. In addition to maintaining high standards for his actual chocolate products, Cluizel remains firmly committed to preserving direct relationships with all his cacao farmers. Enjoy cacao nibs as a pastry topper or an add-in these Oatmeal Walnut Cocoa Nib Cookies courtesy of the “Joy the Baker” blog.

michel cluizel nibs

3. Bourbon Smoked Sugar
Anyone who has delved into the world of holiday baking knows just how much sugar is involved. Specifically, finishing sugars like powdered sugar or sugar in the raw. Just like adding a fancy salt or drizzle of good olive oil to a savory dish, finishing sugars can add that extra something to a cookie, creating fun flavor and textural combinations. For anyone looking for a sophisticated twist on your run of the mill granulated sugar, this bourbon smoked sugar is a must. Produced by Matt Jamie of Bourbon Barrel Foods in Lousiville, KY— the bourbon capital of the US—this sugar comes to life when grainy raw sugar is smoked from staves of old bourbon barrels. This process imparts an intense smoky flavor balanced with caramely, toasty bourbon notes. Try some sprinkled on top of your favorite shortbread or this decadent grown-up Bourbon Salted Toffee from Bourbon Barrel Foods.

bourbon smoked sugar

4. Mindo Cocoa Powder
If you’re a chocolate fanatic and live in the state of Michigan, then the Mindo chocolate company has probably popped up on your radar a time or two. Founded by two former auto-repair shop workers—Jose Beza and Barbara Wilson—the company maintains a harvesting operation in Ecuador (Jose’s country of origin) and a production facility in Dexter, MI. It is here in Michigan where all of their beans are ground and tempered by hand and then turned into a variety of unique products. While Mindo has a whole collection of delicious treats available for sale, their cocoa powder is the real showstopper. The flavor itself is rich, dark, and slightly acidic. Not only was it ranked one of the best cocoa powders in the country by “Food and Wine” magazine, but it also makes incredible cookies like these chocolate World Peace Cookies from famed baker Dorie Greenspan.

mindo cocoa powder

5. Halen Mon Sea Salt
Although you might not know its there, almost every cookie recipe in existence utilizes salt. It is not typically a discernable amount, but just enough to help balance and enhance the prominent flavors. One of my favorite recent trends in baking though takes salting to the next level by sprinkling a light amount of tasty sea salt or fleur de sel on top of the cookie itself. The contrast between sweet and salty is sublime and a fun way to enhance an existing recipe or experiment with a new one. My personal recommendation for finishing salt is Halen Mon Pure White Sea Salt. This now world-renowned company harvests their salt from the seas around the Isle of Anglesey near Wales and, may I say, it is hands down some of the best salt I’ve ever tried. The flavor is clean, bright, and just a tad briny, while the texture is super flaky. Contrasted with a gooey chocolate chip cookie, like these Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies from the “Joy the Baker” blog, it is pure cookie heaven.

halen mon salt

6. Epices de Cru Cardamom
One of the newest product lines to come to Zingerman’s this year is the Epices de Cru collection of spices. Based in Montreal, this family run company sources hundreds of spices from around the world and is committed to the highest level of quality they can find. While their entire product line is exceptional, their cardamom pods are an exciting addition to any holiday baking lineup. I know cardamom might not seem like the most obvious spice for holiday baking, but its warm, mild spiciness makes it seem perfectly at home among old standards like nutmeg, clove, allspice, and cinnamon. Epices de Cru procures their cardamom from South India’s Cardamom Hills and sells them whole to be ground at home—ensuring freshness and the best flavor possible in your baked goods. Try this Cardamom out in Dorie Greenspan’s Cardamom Brown Sugar Snickerdoodles for a new twist on an old classic.

epices de cru cardomom

7. Echire Butter
Butter. Who doesn’t love luscious, creamy butter? Just like vanilla, salt, and sugar, the quality of the butter you use when baking can make a huge difference in the resulting flavor of you cookies. Two of my personal favorites for cookie baking in particular are Echire Butter and German Butter. Echire butter hails from France and is produced from milk collected from a cooperative of 66 different farms. All of the cows are carefully monitored during grazing in order to ensure a rich flavor and striking golden color in their milk. Once churned, the butter clocks in at 84% butterfat compared to about 80% in your average grocery store butter. The pure, sweet flavor also reigns supreme and is perfect for simple cookies like these Butter Cookies from “Gourmet” magazine.

échiré butter

8. Membrillo
This next ingredient is definitely the odd ball of the list, but here me out. Membrillo is a paste made out of quince (a fruit that falls in the apple/pear family), traditionally paired with Manchego cheese in Spanish cuisine. While it may not seem like your traditional baking ingredient, membrillo’s tartness and mild sweetness makes it perfect for sandwiching between shortbread or filling thumbprint cookies like these Membrillo Thumbprint Cookies from ‘The Kitchn” blog.

membrillo quince paste

9. Crème Fraiche
Crème fraiche found its way into my life fairly recently, but since it has, I’ve become completely hooked. Crème fraiche is simply soured cow’s milk cream that is similar in texture/flavor to sour cream, but with double the butterfat. This means more richness and an even milkier flavor. My favorite variety is produced by Vermont Creamery, a company famous for the exemplary dairy products ranging from cheeses to yogurts and even butters. With its slight acidity, it lends a welcome contrast to heavily sweet ingredients like fruit, or, my personal favorite, chocolate. Give them a whirl in Vermont Creamery’s own True Decadence Brownies for the ultimate holiday sweet fix.

créme fraîche

10. Lemon Curd
Besides peanut butter, there are very few products I will willingly eat right out the jar. Lemon curd is an exception to that rule. With its bright, tart flavor and super smooth texture, curd ranks high as one of my perfect desserts, particularly if it is made by Thursday Cottage, which has been producing traditional small batch curds for over sixty years. Based in England, Thursday Cottage uses all natural, locally sourced ingredients for their curd and stirs each batch in a specially designed curd kettle. While delightful on their own, curds are incredibly versatile in baked goods. Try dolloping some into a thumbprint cookie or sandwiching a spoonful between two shortbread cookies like “Gourmet” magazine’s Petite Lemon Curd Cookies.

lemon curd

To all of you bakers and eaters out there, I hope you find inspiration for your own cookie traditions in this tremendous list of products. Cheers and happy holidays!

- Maddie

Maddie selfie

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This Week at Zingerman’s 12/16/14

Best of Ari 2014

Best of 2014 with Ari at Zingerman’s Events on 4th – 2nd Session

This time of year we pull out the foods that simply amaze us and taste them together. We reflect on the past year and celebrate. Join Ari Weinzweig and the Deli crew on Tuesday, December 16th, 630pm for the most anticipated tasting of the year: an evening of story telling, historical narrative, and ridiculously tasty bites from Ari’s “Best of 2014!”

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ZingTrain Speaker Series: John U. Bacon

Based on John Bacon’s book Cirque du Soleil, The Spark: Igniting the Creative Fire that Lives Within Us All, this session explores how Cirque du Soleil manages creativity in the workplace, generating eye-popping innovations without losing the discipline every organization needs to be successful. And how you can apply some of what John Bacon learned while “embedded” at the Cirque (he tried everything from the trapeze at 50-feet to the German Wheel to, yes, make up) to your organization. Wednesday, December 17, 8-930am. 

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Cocktail Class at Cornman Farms: Jolly Cocktails!

The air is crisp and cold, the ground covered in new-fallen snow; winter is here! Join us at Cornman Farms on Thursday, December 18, 7pm, as we explore three festive cocktails that will leave you feeling toasty and warm on the chilliest winter evenings! We’ll explore an American colonial tradition by making Hot Buttered Rum, salute the cocktail heyday of the early 1900s with a Brandy Alexander, and end the class by experimenting with versions of the classic Champagne Cocktail – perfect for celebrating the winter holidays. You’ll leave with recipes for these drinks and more, so you can mix warming winter cocktails at your holiday gathering, or to ring in the New Year with style. We’ll also include some tasty and hearty appetizers prepared by the Cornman Farms talented culinary team.

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The Many Faces of the Manchester at Zingerman’s Creamery

Drawing inspiration from a traditional Welsh-English soft-ripened cheese, the Manchester has evolved a uniquely delicious identity distinct from its distant cousin, and we are happier for it! We’re so proud of this versatile cheese that we’re hosting a very special tasting to showcase all of the wonderful ways it can light up your dinner table. From a standard cheese board, to Manchester brûlée, to Manchester Puff Pastries, we’ll sample some of the many ways to serve this amazing cheese. Friday, December 19, 6pm. Don’t miss it!

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See you soon!

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Val Talks Zingerman’s Gelato

I scream, you scream, we all scream for gelato!gelato drawing

Gelato is Italy’s version of ice cream. It is to American ice cream what Gucci is to Levi’s. Most Italian towns have at least a few gelaterie, tiny shops that sell nothing but gelato. Big cities will have dozens of them. They’ll usually have at least a dozen flavors prominently displayed, everything from sexed up standards like super dark chocolate to more exotic flavors like Marron Glacé (candied chestnut) or Torrone (nougat). When you pick a flavor, they’ll pile it into a cup or cone using a paddle that looks more like a spatula than a scoop. You eat it with a brightly colored, shovel-shaped spoon that’s as long as a toothpick and as wide as a cheap emery board. But before you pick a flavor and dig in, you have to pick which gelateria to visit.

There are a few factors to pay attention to when choosing a gelateria. Avoid gelato with DayGlo colors. Stay away from gelato mounded six inches above the tub, it probably has tons of stabilizers to help it keep that shape. Don’t go for the spot that has little jars of Nutella or tiny plastic fruits stuck in the gelato to show you which flavor is which. If the menu tells you where ingredients come from, like having IGP hazelnuts from Piedmont or DOP pistachios from Bronte, you might have found a good one. But the best indication of all is a long line—or, since this is Italy, a big, disorganized crowd.

The crowd knows. Those people waiting understand that a particular gelateria makes ice cream with luscious texture and big, bold flavors. And that’s the thing about gelato: when it’s really good the flavors are more direct and pure than American ice cream. The hazelnut tastes like freshly toasted hazelnuts. The strawberry sorbet tastes like fresh, ripe strawberries. I’m sure if Zingerman’s Creamery were tucked away on some narrow, cobbled, Italian alley, it would have a crowd stretching around the corner.

Gelato is made with only four major ingredients so you can’t skimp on any of them and get great flavor.

Zingerman’s gelato maker Josh starts with milk from Calder Dairy, located about an hour down the road from Zingerman’s Creamery in Carleton, Michigan. Calder has a herd of 113 cows that are known by names, not numbers. They’re never given any hormones or subtherapeutic antibiotics. The milk is gently pasteurized and not homogenized, a process that agitates the milk to distribute the cream more evenly rather than allowing it to rise and separate. The result is that Calder produces a richer, creamier, sweeter milk.

To the milk, Josh adds cream from Guernsey Dairy in Northville, Michigan—the same source our Bakehouse uses for the sour cream they stir into every Sourcream Coffeecake. Then he mixes in demerara brown cane sugar. He adds pinch of stabilizer to help the gelato maintain its texture when frozen for a few weeks, and then all that’s left is to add the flavor. And oh, those flavors! His peanut butter gelato is made with Koeze’s atonishing Cream Nut Peanut Butter from Grand Rapids, Michigan. His dulce de leche gelato is made with a super thick and creamy dulce de leche caramel we get direct from Argentina, its home base.

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In spite of great variety, Josh’s vanilla gelato is probably my favorite. “Before I started making gelato, I thought vanilla was just white and sweet,” Josh confessed to me the other day. I’d say that’s a pretty apt description of a lot of vanilla ice creams, but not so with Josh’s. He uses Madagascar Bourbon vanilla—and lots of it!—and the result is a rich, earthy, woodsy flavor that lasts and lasts.

What’s the gelato maker’s favorite flavor?

Burnt Sugar. That’s not because it’s the easiest to make—in fact, Josh calls it “a thorough pain in the ass.” He loves it because it takes sugar, one of the three base ingredients of gelato, and transforms it into an entirely different flavor. He starts with white cane sugar and cooks it with water in a big pot. Over the course of an hour, the water boils off, the sugar melts, and then just as it starts to burn he pulls it off the stove and adds additional water to make a syrup and keep it from hardening into a sticky hard caramel mess. “I put on gloves, and I should probably wear goggles too. Then I yell to get people out of the way. It’s so hot that when I add the water it boils upon impact. It’s like this insanely hot exercise of sweating and trying not to get it on your skin while it cools in the sink.” The burnt sugar syrup tastes like the top of a crème brûlée. The gelato flirts with the line between sweet and bitter. It’s sugar utterly transformed, and the end result is super smooth and creamy with an autumn orange-yellow color and a complex, intriguing flavor.

- Val

You can find our amazing gelato at Zingerman’s Creamery, and the Zingerman’s Deli Next Door coffeehouse. We can also ship gelato through Zingerman’s Mail Order.

Add some sweetness to the winter chill!