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July 7, 2009

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Ice Cream Cones

No, we’re not sharing. If you’re more generous than we are, a cone holder is a nice way to scoop and serve for family and guests. Photography by Hannah Kaminsky | THE NIBBLE.

WHAT IT IS: Gourmet ice cream with a special flair.
WHY IT’S DIFFERENT: Gourmet ice cream with big chunks of cake-like cookie dough (not like other cookie dough ice creams) and generous amounts of large chocolate chips.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Wonderful flavors, great combination of textures, exciting to eat.
WHERE TO BUY IT: Telephone 1.718.728.6250, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Time. At this point, you can’t order directly from the website, but will be able to do so in the future.

Ruby Et Violette: The Best Cookie Dough Ice Cream

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More Gourmet Ice Cream Flavors

The glory continues with more outstanding ice cream flavors.

  • First Kiss Ice Cream: Salted caramel is the new hot ice cream flavor in artisan creameries from coast to coast. Here, salty caramel ice cream is mixed with R et V’s First Kiss cookie dough (deep dark chocolate dough with caramel chunks, topped with sea salt) and more dark chocolate bits.
  • Freshly Minted Ice Cream: More for mint lovers. Instead of the chocolate ice cream base of Cool Seduction, here there’s mint ice cream with Crème de Menthe cookie dough and extra dark chocolate chips. The bright mint flavor is gorgeous; we ate the whole pint in one sitting.
  • Lemon White Ice Cream: Here, it’s a good thing to be a lemon. Lemon ice cream is packed with R et V’s Lemon White cookie dough (lemon essence, white chocolate chips) and extra white chocolate chips.
  • Maple Walnut Ice Cream: Maple walnut fans are in for a treat. Maple ice cream is given the royal treatment with Maple cookie dough (tawny maple syrup, walnuts and dark chocolate chips) plus more dark chocolate chips.

Mint Ice Cream
How much do we love Ruby et Violette’s Freshly Minted ice cream? So much that we ate the whole pint in an hour.

Pistachio Ice Cream
Pistachio ice cream fans will find something different in this flavor: a hint of “pistachio marzipan.”

  • Perfectly Chocolate Ice Cream: Chocolate ice cream with Ruby et Violette’s Perfect cookie dough (their semisweet chip cookie is called the “Perfect”) and more dark chocolate chips.
  • Perfectly Tahitian Vanilla Ice Cream: Tahitian vanilla ice cream with Ruby et Violette’s Perfect cookie dough and more dark chocolate chips. Think of this as the best chocolate chip ice cream you’ll ever have.
  • Positively Pistachio Ice Cream: Pistachio ice cream with Pistachio cookie dough and more dark chocolate chips. Pistachio is one of our favorite flavors in general; but if you are a pistachio lover, you may not find that it “follows the script.” The cookie dough uses a pistachio nut paste that layers a pistachio marzipan-like flavor onto the nut flavor that one generally expects. If you like marzipan, you’re in luck.
  • Pretty Woman Ice Cream: Remember Julia Roberts, the Champagne and the strawberries? The ice cream homage is strawberry ice cream, R et V’s Strawberry cookie dough and extra dark chocolate chips.
  • Stuck On You Ice Cream: How sweet it is! Butterscotch ice cream with Stuck on You cookie dough (chocolate dough, butterscotch, caramel, marshmallows and dark chocolate chips), plus marshmallow and more toffee and dark chocolate chips.
  • Touchdown Ice Cream: Peanut butter ice cream with Monday Night Football cookie dough (peanuts and dark chips) plus more dark chocolate chips. It did score a touchdown with our peanut-loving tasters.

Callebaut Chocolate Bits (Callets)

If all this talk of Callebaut chocolate chips has you in the mood for a better chip than the one you use, you can buy Callebaut at But it’s not an easy choice: In addition to the White Chocolate Bits there are Milk Chocolate Bits (31.7% cacao), Semi-Sweet Bits (52% cacao), Thin Bittersweet Bits (60% cacao), Thick Bittersweet Bits (60% cacao), Extra Bittersweet Bits (71% cacao) and single origin bits from Ecuador (70.1% cacao), Madagascar (66% cacao), Mexico (72.2% cacao), Sao Tomé (70% cacao), Togo (61.3% cacao) and Venezuela (66.1% cacao).

Why so many different chocolate chips? Each single origin has a distinctive flavor profile, from fruity to floral and herbal, which pair better with particular recipe ingredients. (See the website for details. Callebaut is certified kosher.)

Back to the ice cream: We ate it all, a pint at a time—and it was so good, we never got so much as an ice cream headache. If that’s not a testimony to “the best,” what is?

— Karen Hochman

Ruby Et Violette Cookie Dough Ice Cream
100 Flavors, 20 Available Seasonally

  • Hand-Packed Pint
    6 Pint Minimum Mail Order
  • Phone Orders:
    Call The Ice Cream Concierge
    Weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Eastern Time


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