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An Interview with Melissa of Tipsy Scoop

Tipsy Scoop, our beloved partner known for their liquor-infused ice cream that will make you tipsy, will be opening up their first retail space in Manhattan this Spring!

Launching their “bar-lour” came at the request of their fans, who were showing up in crowds to

Tipsy Scoop’s East Harlem production facility on a quest to buy some boozy ice cream. Realizing that their factory couldn’t adequately host all those looking for a scoop of boozy bliss, Melissa Tavss and her team started working to find a retail location they could call home. Today, we have the pleasure of interviewing Melissa about her Tipsy Scoop journey!



Tipsy Scoop is such a fun concept! How did you come up with the idea of mixing liquors with ice-cream? 

I started around three years ago. My great-grand mother was actually the former President of the Ice-Cream Alliance of Great Britain, so ice cream making runs in my family.  I also worked for over 5 years and have extensive experience with the liquor industry after having a career in marketing for various liquor brands. I was inspired to craft specialty ice-cream flavors after seeing clients request caterers to make different confections with their alcohol. A year into starting the business, I was joined by former co-worker from the Liquor PR biz, Lyz Nardo, and we started expanding the boozy ice-cream line, selling to stores, specialty retailers, and restaurants throughout the Northeast.



How did you come up with the flavor combinations, and what’s your personal favorite?
 

We are inspired by different flavors in the liquors we work with. My personal favorite is the spiked hazelnut coffee made with cold brew, Cafe Patron, and hazelnut liqueur.



Tell us a little about  the concept of the barlour. Will there be exciting, in store-only desserts?
 

Yes! We will have over 15 boozy ice-cream flavors available year-round and limited edition seasonal flavors each month that can only be found at our storefront.

When you are not creating fun ice-creams for

Tipsy Scoop, what's the favorite thing you like to make?

I like making pasta dishes! My favorite is orchiette, broccoli rabe, and spicy sausage.

What’s your favorite New York guilty pleasure? 

Boozy brunch

What's your favorite restaurant in NYC?

Right now I really love Patrizia's of 2nd Avenue and live right around the block- so that’s very dangerous!

Can’t wait for the

Tipsy Scoop store to open? Try the boozy ice-creams now on Sweetist!

Photo credit: Tipsy Scoop’s website and instagram

5 Pies to Celebrate National Pi Day with in NYC

Happy National Pi(e) Day! Sweetist is here to help you celebrate with some of the best pies in New York City. So without further ado, here’s our list of the best pies for you to shove in your piehole this National Pi Day.


1. Little Pie Company Sour Cream Apple Walnut Pie

While none of the pies from Little Pie Company disappoint, our favorite (and their bestseller) is the Sour Cream Apple Walnut, layers of thinly sliced apple all topped with a crunchy, crumbly brown sugar walnut streusel.

And for the entire week of Pi Day, if you buy a large pie in store, you’ll get a free sugar cookie shaped like the Pi symbol. So what are you waiting for? Go check them out!

(or if you’re too lazy to move, get one delivered here)

Little Pie Company / @eatdrinknomad


2. Four & Twenty Blackbirds Salted Caramel Apple Pie

Four and Twenty Blackbirds offers up a twist on the classic apple pie with their Salted Caramel Apple Pie. This slice features an apple filling with a barely there touch of caramel, topped with a flaky crust studded with coarse salt. Make sure to ask for some of their homemade whipped cream on the side!

Four & Twenty Blackbirds / @shinyamadaaa


3. Petee’s Pie Company Almond Chess Pie

If fruity pies aren’t your thing, Petee’s Pie Company has got you covered. While their cherry crumb and blueberry pies are fantastic, that’s not what you’re here for. No, you’re here for a slice of one of their chess pies, available in almond, chocolate, salty (!) chocolate, lemon poppyseed, and even sesame varieties. Our favorite is the Almond Chess Pie, with a crisp top of layered almonds that gives way to a gooey, buttery custard. Here’s a tip: order it black bottom and get a thin layer of dark chocolate ganache at the bottom.

Petee’s Pie Company / @fiery309fashionista


4. Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pies Key Lime Pie (obviously)

Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pies takes it back to the basics with a key lime pie made from only five ingredients: fresh key lime, condensed milk, egg yolks, graham crackers, and butter. They don’t sell slices, so order a mini pie or bring some friends and split a whole one (or eat it by yourself, we won’t judge). When it gets warmer out, opt for a Swingle, a chocolate-dipped mini key lime pie served on a stick.

Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pie / @deargracie


5. Butter & Scotch S’mores Pie

Butter & Scotch’s S’mores Pie definitely lives up to its name. With its sticky scorched marshmallow, smooth chocolate custard, and graham cracker crust, it’s essentially just a giant s’more. Which isn’t a bad thing. If a slice isn’t enough, you can also order any slice of pie as a milkshake, blended with your choice of ice cream.

Spare yourself the trek to Brooklyn and order one here.

Butter & Scotch / @delicategodzilla

La Newyorkina: Best Paletas in NYC

This month’s Dessert Spotlight features a new addition to Sweetist: La Newyorkina, the Mexican paleteria/ice creamery/all things Mexican dessert shop run by Fany Gerson, also head of the Dough donut empire. While La Newyorkina’s carts and its refreshing paletas have been a feature of New York City summers since 2010, its first brick-and-mortar location in West Village has only been open a few months.

The shop features an expanded menu, including not only its famed paletas, but also other frozen desserts, like handmade nieves de garrafa or helados, and other Mexican confections. And with a portion of their profits going to Crea, an organization based in Mexico that helps women from low-income households create and run small businesses, La Newyorkina is truly redefining the term “guilt-free dessert.”

Head over to La Newyorkina to try some of these frozen treats, or learn how to make your own with Fany’s upcoming book, Mexican Ice Cream: Beloved Recipes and Stories (preorder here).

Our Picks:

Nieves de Garrafa

 Nieves de Garrafa is a hand-paddled water-based sorbet that Gerson describes as “custard in its purest form” is handmade in store daily. Flavors rotate everyday, but our favorites are the mango (pictured below) and the queso fresco, a soft Mexican cheese.

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La Newyorkina / @lycynthialy

Horchata Ice Cream

With flavors ranging from pumpkin seed brittle to corn, horchata might not be the most creative flavor on the menu, but does that really matter when it’s this good? La Newyorkina’s horchata is creamy, but not overly so, with bits of cinnamon and sugar providing some much needed grit (pictured below with scoops of the coco-choco, a fresh coconut cream with dark chocolate bits, and the Oaxacan chocolate).

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La Newyorkina / @lanewyorkina

Available for delivery in hand-packed pints here.

Paletas (duh)

While you can’t go wrong with any of La Newyorkina’s paletas, from either fruity or creamy, or even a blend of both, our favorites are the canela and cajeta, a Mexican cinnamon ice encasing an oozing cajeta, or goat caramel, filling and the equally gooey fresa con crema (are you sensing a theme yet?), a strawberry paleta with a condensed milk center (both pictured below).

canela and cajeta

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La Newyorkina / @lanewyorkina

fresas con crema

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La Newyorkina / @lanewyorkina

Available for delivery in packs of 12 in fruity, creamy, fruity & creamy, and classic flavored selections here.

Learn more about La Newyorkina out here!

5 Ways to Treat Yo' Self This Valentine's Day

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Valentine’s Day is stressful. We’re here to help.

1. Take a breather

Life is busy, but sometimes you’ve just got to take a moment and smell the roses (or some rose flavored macarons from Mille-feuille).

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Mille-feuille Bakery Cafe / @eatinggirl


2. Get creative!

Make something. Don’t just smell those rose flavored macarons, bake your own in Mille-feuille’s macaron-making classes.

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Mille-feuille Bakery Cafe / @daleborchiver


3. Snuggle up.

All you need is a fuzzy blanket and a warm drink. A sea salt chocolate chip cookie from Sweet Corner Bakeshop wouldn’t hurt either.

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 Sweet Corner Bakeshop / @sweetcornernyc


4. Literally treat yo’ self.

Be a little sweet on yourself. With $5 off your first order and a selection of cookies, cupcakes, and other desserts from New York’s best bakeries delivered right to your door, Sweetist has got you covered.

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Magnolia Bakery / @magnoliabakery


5. And finally, donut worry.

Preferably with this toasted coconut donut from Dough. No one actually likes Valentine’s Day.

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Dough / @michellecircle

An Argument for Cold Desserts in Cold Weather

It’s safe to say that we’re all done with winter and its temperamental days of temperature. First it’s cold, then it’s warm, then it’s Jon Snow north of the Wall cold? How are we supposed to cope with these mixed messages? Personally, we like to go down the stuffing our faces with Morgenstern’s ice cream route— which is also the route you take for bad break-ups and Friday happy hours come to think of it. Despite the thirty degrees and the insane wind chill factor, we’re perfectly happy with our frozen faces munching on frozen novelties, because seriously you guys: cold desserts in cold weather is the best idea since sliced bread.

No Lines to Get Your Favorites

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Or at least a shorter line. As New Yorkers, we’re expert level line waiters (be it for cronuts or to get into that new club) but let’s be honest: we won’t wait in a line wrapping around the block for ice cream during a snowstorm. That would just be nuts… well technically nuts. Nuts for most people, at least, which is why it would be an ideal time to go wait for, say, the $15 milkshake monsters at Black Tap. Because who would want to wait for an hour and a half outside while it’s freezing? Not many. Not many except you of course.

Your Seat for the Picking

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Have you ever gone into Sprinkles ice cream during the summer when everyone’s crowded around the counter trying to decide and there are lots of kids bouncing everywhere and you just wanted to sit and eat your cone in peace? Winter gets rid of most of those hurdles, freeing up seating while those dessert noobs are back in their cozy homes binge-watching Netflix. They don’t know what they’re missing out on.

You’re Probably Sweating Under Those Layers

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You’re probably sweating in your down coat and your layers of heat tech, which was all well and good during your chilly walk to the subway this morning but is now slowly melting five pounds off your body in a very unattractive way. It especially stinks because your office has the heat on so high that it rivals Hades and your skin feels like you just ran a 5K under all those layers. So of course you should treat yourself to a cool, soothing scoop (or five) of gelato at the nearest parlor. You already sweated off most of the calories anyway.

No Melting

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Eating an ice cream out while it’s in the low thirties sounds like a bad idea in theory, but is a brilliant idea in practice. Understandably, we eat ice cream cones and sundaes during summer to keep ourselves cool, but when we eat frozen treats when it’s freezing outside, we can take our time to really savor the experience. Think about it: there’s no time limit (ie: melting)! When you take a delicious ice cream cone outside, you don’t have to worry about the ice cream slowly dripping down your hand. You don’t have to eat it in a hurry. You don’t have to worry about a mess. No, instead, you can leisurely lick your cones as the frosty air nips at your nose and keeps those tasty scoops whole.

To Trick Ourselves that We’re Hot

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Think of it as reverse psychology. Don’t repeatedly remind yourself of your poor, cold feet and your frozen faces. Instead, imagine walking down the avenue during a bad summer heatwave when the sun is beating down your back. You’re sweaty and sticky, and all you want is a cup of shaved ice to cool you off. You have to trick your brain as much as you can with this one— yes, even if you are still in a heavy puffy coat— and the best way to trick yourself is to treat yourself with that cup of shaved ice held by your wool mittened hand. Bonus: your mittens protect you from the frost bite you might get while holding a cold drink in the middle of winter. In our book that is a win-win.