Nerding Out Over Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream

Between Life with Zelda & working on The Lil House of the Nerdy, I’ve slipped into Hermit the Fog once again. Weekday evening plans are slightly trickier when it comes to taking care of the NerDoggie and battling rush hour traffic. Thankfully, a cozy group of some of my favorite Central Florida Lady Bloggers met up at Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream. Not only did we have the pleasure of sitting down and chatting with the owners, but they truly treated us to a fabulous homemade ice cream flight. Glad I wore my Thanksgiving Pants because,  you won’t believe the feast ahead! Funko Pop Sting came along for the ride, too!

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#LocalLove doesn’t even begin to describe our experience at KHIC!!

Taking Off on an Ice Cream Flight

Yep. You heard me.

I’ve had beer flights, wine flights, whiskey flights, and even tequila flights, but never have I ever dreamed about an ice cream flight. This wasn’t just tiny sample spoon with barely a lick of ice cream either! Kelly and Scott showered us with full scoops of five of their favorites, served in waffle cone glory. Prior to our smorgasbord, Kelly and Scott sat down for a twenty minute chat about how they got started, how they researched and developed their business, and what services they had available. In addition to their spacious dining area, there is a room for small private parties as well as a ice cream truck which can be hired for events! They also participate in the Lake Nona Market on Monday Evenings! (Dangerous because I could easily stop by on my way home and kick rush hour in the knees).

Featured Ice Cream Flight for 3/29/16

  • Mexican Chocolate: a blend of allspice, nutmeg, & cinnamon
  • Blondie: Golden Oreos, Heath bar, & Ghiradelli white chocolate chips in a vanilla ice cream.
  • Maple Bourbon Bacon: made with bourbon & maple syrup with candied bacon mixed in
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie: chocolate ice cream with Ghiradelli brownies & peanut butter swirls
  • Strawberry Basil Sorbet: sorbet made with strawberries and basil

Trapped in a Fatal Four Way! Sting’s got NO WAY OUT!!

The real kicker is that the ice cream flight is exceptionally priced at $8.25 (+tax) and you can up the ante by transforming it into a sunday for a couple of dollars more! I will be the first to admit that I skipped dinner in the hopes that there would be ample samples, but I waddled out patting my belly like Homer Simpson by the evening’s end.

Tasting Notes & Nerdy Film Pairings

I actually miss going to the video rental store. With the advent of digital streaming services and mail order rental, I have become quite lazy about my film viewing experience. I loved the hunt for the films I wanted to watch, or playing cinema roulette by picking up a random title off the shelves purely based upon title or jacket design. Ice cream always makes me think of summer and as a kid I loved going to the movies with my sister and friends. In Florida, we love beating the heat with icy treats and plentiful air conditioning, so I thought up mini-movie marathons for each flavor!

  • Mexican Chocolate: The spices are subtle, but they pop! Now, I am tempted to sprinkle some cayenne pepper on top to see what happens!
    • Mexican Stand-off1! I could easily enjoy this while watching Chocolat starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp, follow it  up with Julia Roberts & Brad Pitt in The Mexican, and finish with Charlie & the Chocolate Factory!
  • Blondie: The combination of cookie, candy bar, and chocolate with Vanilla offered a great substitute for those who dislike brownies or Rocky Road.
    • Blondes Have More Fun: I could enjoy a watching Napoleon Dynamite dance over a scoop or two, or Alicia Silverstone as Cher in Clueless. Or just about any film featuring Marilyn Monroe such as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

Strawberry Basil Sorbet is the ultimate finishing move!

  • Maple Bourbon Bacon: They had appealed to my inner Canadian with maple syrup, harkened to my Southern upbringing with the bourbon, and yanked on my carnivorous heartstrings with candied B-A-C-O-N. Of the four cream-based flavors, it was my favorite.
    • A Brunch of Dramedies: I’d queue up So I Married an Axe Murderer with ole Mike Myers, or maybe a little Julie & Julia and some Soul Food. Still disappointed that I cannot find the rumored Canadian syrup heist/cartel film with Jasen Segel.
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie: As a Reece’s Peanut Butter aficionado, I loved it which speaks volumes because I am not a brownie lover.
    • 80s Marathon: The richness of the combination reminds me of the potential fortune of pirate “One-Eyed” Willy sought out in The Goonies with a side of Legend (1989) and finish with the love story to beat all love stories: The Princess Bride.
  • Strawberry Basil Sorbet: The Slayer of Summer Heat has arrived. I’ve tried other S&B ices, popsicles,  cocktails, and sorbets, but the texture and flavor made me wish that I had more room in my belly for all of it.
    • Strangely Sophisticated! I would dive headlong into Jaws, lighten up with National Lampoon’s Vacation, and finish with The Sandlot because this sorbet is “killing me, Smalls!!”

vlvspChuck hacks like I write. Big headphones & bottles of wine!

Looking over their rotating flavor menu, I would love to try a flight of their wine sorbets. My curiosity is piqued with their range of flavors including: White Chocolate Pinot Grigio, Blueberry Wine Sorbet, Raspberry Bordeaux, & Champagne! Naturally, films about wine would be a fantastic pairing such as Sideways, Bottle Shock,  A Good Year, or A Walk Among the Clouds. Heck, even the episode of “Chuck versus The Balcony2” would be spectacular. (I’m still looking for a comparable wine to that elusive  1986 “San Giovese with a stable on the label and the stork on the cork.” Any suggestions?)


Delectable Takeaways

I felt incredibly guilty about spending roughly 45 minutes with Zelda between work and leaving for the event. I had even made plans to drop by PetCo and pick up a cookie or special treat for her as an apology for ditching her to motorboat a muffin pan full of ice cream. When I discovered they made pupsicles which were really pup-ular with their discerning four-legged guests, I immediately decided to take two home to Zelda.

The Pup Pops kept on my 25 minute drive home!

Of course, I came in the door and my little Nosey Rosey was doing her best Detective David Mills (Se7en)”What’s in the box, Man?!” She was wiggling and sniffing with a touch of whimpering from all the excitement. She looked crestfallen when I told her the pint wasn’t for her. When I pulled out the Pop, she immediately sat, and her tail started swishing like a windshield set to high in a torrential downpour. She patiently waited, but once I gave her the green light, she went to town. Not a peep out of her until she licked the popsicle stick clean!

 Zelda loved the Pup Pops. Here’s her thorough rave review.

I did take home a pint of KHIC’s Cookie Monster ice cream. If “C is For Cookie” is your jam like it has always been mine, you are going to love their combination BLUE velvet cake mix and crushed Oreo cookies. I should have been a good girl and take a picture, but I’ve learned once the hanger sets in, don’t try to shoot photos. It doesn’t end well, and I really didn’t want to drink blue soup! Just know, that if they have it on the menu, embrace your inner Cookie Monster and go for it!

giphyShare It, Maybe? CM displays how we nerd out over fine dining experiences!

Now before you get all uppity about the prices for the pints and quarts ($7; $12), keep in mind that they are small batch, in-house crafted ice creams and sorbets. Their ingredients are as fresh and locally sourced when possible, and have some of the best flavor profiles I’ve ever tasted. I have enjoyed many a scoop of ice cream in my 36 years on the planet, and I can say with full confidence that this is the best ice cream I have ever had.

Ever.

Ever EVER.

FOREVER AND EVER.


Answer Me, These Questions Three!

  1. Which of the flavors grab your attention most? (Check out their full menu)
  2. Have you ever had an ice cream flight?
  3. What are your favorite comfort films when indulging in dessert?

Notes

  1. As defined by Merriam-Webster: “a situation in which no one emerges a clear winner; also :  deadlock“; TV Tropes as it applies to cinema. It is not meant as a derogatory statement as in the Urban Dictionary.
  2. If you are unfamiliar with Chuck (starring Zachary Levi), I recommend that you start at the very beginning of the series. If you don’t mind spoilers, here’s the synopsis and full episode details.
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5 comments

  1. Go Epicurista · April 7, 2016

    You are a nerdy girl after my own heart! I absolutely loved your ice cream and film pairings! (two of my absolutely most favorite things on earth!) I often pair movie and restaurant outings as fun ways to get friends together. I see the wine sorbet and wine film pairings in my near future. Oh and I agree that Kelly’s is some of the best ice cream EVER! And I’ve been on the “Ultimate Ice Cream Hunt” for a long time! Cheers!

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  2. Dina Farmer · April 10, 2016

    Oh my gosh how fun! I’m sure my son would have fun for sure there!

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    • Karen P. · April 10, 2016

      There are plenty of tables, and kids love it there. I don’t have any little ones, but their ice cream seriously brings out the little kid in me. It was a great night, but you don’t have to have a private party to have the flights either!

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  3. Danielle @ From Girlie to Nerdy · April 10, 2016

    Oh man am I sad I missed out on this event! That place looks amazing and I don’t even know which one I’d eat first. Sign me up for a flight of ice cream any day 🙂

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    • Karen P. · April 10, 2016

      I rotated around the tin, following the order of the menu. I kept going around and around.

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