Sweets and I made our way to the hopping Mississippi Street Fair Saturday with friends in the humid Portland weather.
Our entry point into the festivities couldn’t have been better as we found ourselves face to face with the booth for The Meadow. Renown for their offering of over 50 varieties of finishing salts, they had an ingenious offering to bring their high end finishing salts to the masses: salted ice cream.
We had a choice of four salts, each with varying qualities of crunch, size and accent flavor. I chose the Welsh Halen Mon Gold, which was accompanied with a story of being smoked with a downed oak that fell on the salt producer’s property.
The resulting Halen Mon Gold salted vanilla ice cream with cocoa nibs was an amazing revelation in the power of salt. The golden flakes immediately tricked my taste buds… This salt is like an invisible smoked caramel, wrapped in a sultry slow tango around my ice cream. It’s flashy dance moves occasionally jolted my senses back to the reality of crunchy salt, but the heightened sense of sweetness was a wondrous trick. Superlative!
I’ve always been a fan of combining salt and sweet, and yet this pairing has me on an even more targeted search to further flesh out my salted dessert experience.
Now I know, more than ever, to enter the Meadow with a cautious grasp on my wallet. And I haven’t even mentioned their chocolate selection! This could be very dangerous…