When the five pints of Chozen ice cream were delivered to my door last Thursday, I thought to myself, “Well, there’s no way I’m going to eat five pints of ice cream! I’ll have to share them with my roommates.”
Well, I haven’t eaten five pints of ice cream… yet. But I am well on my way in that direction because guys, this stuff is amazing. The kosher brand – founded by Ronne Fisher and her daughters Meredith Fisher and Isabelle Krishana and based on classic Jewish treats – boasts unique and amazing flavors like Ronne’s Rugelach, Matzoh Crunch, Chocolate Gelt, Coconut Macaroon and Apples & Honey. I know, right?
I was immediately struck by the freshness of the ingredients – after all, everything is all natural and even the dairy is sourced from a local farm. While a lot of ice cream can seem overly thick and heavy, Chozen’s flavours feel light, which is refreshing but also dangerous as it makes you feel like you can just keep on eating it!
Never one to take things slowly, my first dive into the Chozen world saw me filling a bowl with a generous spoon full of each flavour so that I could try them out all at once. Since I can’t think of a better way to do this, I’ll break down the flavours, starting with my favourite.
Matzoh Crunch:: Vanilla ice cream with chocolate and caramel covered matzoh – do I need to explain? The sweet and salty (they add a dash of kosher salt to the matzoh) works perfectly, giving a nice contrast between the flavours and basically leading me to hide it in the back of the freezer after encouraging my roommates to share in my ice cream bounty.
Ronne’s Rugelach: Somewhat reminiscent of the popular cookie dough flavour, this one has cinnamon ice cream with homemade raisin and walnut rugelach. Whaaaat? So good. Even better when you mix it with the matzoh crunch. I have a problem.
Coconut Macaroon: I’m always super impressed when I can see and taste coconut flakes in things, for some reason, and this is no different – this almond flavoured ice cream is chock full of coconut flakes and oh man, it’s amazing. Also good when eaten with the previous two flavours. Are you noticing a pattern here?
Apples and Honey: Honey ice cream with apple chunks – what could go wrong, right? This one’s quite cinnamon-y and caters to a very different part of your palate than most ice creams (which are based on either a vanilla or chocolate base), so it’s rather nice, if not a little intense. The little apple chunks are DIVINE.
Chocolate Gelt: Chocolate ice cream with chocolate medallions throughout. Listen, I love chocolate and this is a chocolate lover’s paradise. It was almost too chocolatey for me. If you’re asking yourself, Uh, there’s such a thing as too chocolatey? then this flavour is definitely for you.
If you’re desperate to try Chozen and are lucky enough to live on the East Coast, you can pick up a pint at Whole Foods, Garden of Eden, Dean and Deluca and a ton of others. Soon, they’ll even be offering online ordering!
In the meantime, check out the Chozen website and try not to ruin your keyboard by drooling all over it. It’ll be okay, I promise.