[NYC - Murray Hill] Tipsy Scoop Barlour - Boozy Ice Cream "Hot" Buttered Rum and Maple Bacon Bourbon
It's one of those shops that you always see show up on your newsfeed in one of those "viral videos." You know what I mean. They make the places seem great and all, but whenever I go, I'm typically a little less than impressed.
This, however, was one of the few and far between exceptions. It did still have some faults, but it wasn't a majorly overpriced disappointment, which is a win.
One thing to note, it's 21+ only. They do card you, so make sure you have your ID out and ready.
So, the prices are never in the videos, as you know, unless it's an exorbitant amount of money. If you're going there with a close friend and you only want one scoop each, definitely go for the two scoops and share. The worker even told us to do that. He heard us contemplating doing the Flight of Four Flavors - the one everyone Instagrams. He said that's not the best deal and you actually get less ice cream and since we weren't super sold on the other two flavors, we should just stick with the double scoop.
My sister and I decided on the Dark Chocolate Whiskey Salted Caramel (top) for one scoop and the Maple Bacon Bourbon (bottom) for the other scoops.
These two scoops actually complemented each other quite well. The salt in the salted caramel and the salt from the bacon kind of melded together to create some cohesion, enhancing the sweetness of the caramel and the chocolate flavors.
The texture was a bit off, though. I liked it because I'm one of those people who likes to let my ice cream sit for a while and get kind of mushy (?). It's probably the alcohol that changes the freezing point. I have heard some people say they don't like that texture and that's why they hate this place. Just as a fair warning.
I don't think I would buy the Maple Bacon Bourbon again, though. It had chunks of bacon in it...I mean CHUNKS of bacon. It was also slightly beyond crisp, you know how sometimes when bacon get overcooked it's slightly powdery? That's what the texture was like. It was also oddly greasy. I mean I'm happy I tried it and maybe it was just an off day for the bacon cooking. I do think if you're a huge bacon fan, you should definitely try it because it REALLY tastes like bacon.
Marissa's opinion: We split a two scoop of the "Hot" Buttered Rum and the Maple Bacon Bourbon. I really enjoyed both flavors. The "Hot" Buttered Rum was had a lot of cinnamon but that kept the ice cream from being too sweet. The Maple Bacon Bourbon had plenty of bacon, but a few of the pieces were burnt. I could have probably eaten the whole portion myself. If you go with a group, you might be tempted to try a flight. It is more cost effective to simply split a few of the two scoop options instead. They do ID as soon as you get to the counter, so be prepared but definitely check it out!
They have some of the flavors out front and some in the back.
This is the menu with prices. There's also a seasonal flavor. You can also take some home with you if you really like it. Tipsy Scoop also partnered with Konery to make their cone bowls.
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