Humphry Slocombe

September 15, 2011

Humphry Slocombe. No, I’m not just saying random words that are wonderfully melodic and a little humorous (go on, say it out loud). Humphry Slocombe is an ice-cream store.

Possibly one of the worlds cutest ice-cream stores, with a black and white checkered linoleum floor, red vinyl swinging stools and pictures of Campbell’s Soup with ice-cream flavour names on the walls. It’s kind of like a funky vintage ice-cream diner. They even have ice-cream sundaes on the menu – how cute is that?

I first read about this store when trawling through David Lebovitz’s blog for San Francisco food recommendations. He mentioned it as a place to get a one-of-a-kind ice-cream experience (word, was he spot on). I just want to say, thank you, Mr Lebovitz.

I have spoken before of my love for gelati, and yes this fondness does extend to the creamier cousin, ice-cream. Perhaps my affection is not so poignant as Ben’s – I am very likely having an ice-cream Wedding Cake, my friends, after much insistence on Ben’s part. I even recall him saying, “It’s my day too” – true story. Even so, I do adore it in my own little way, with a loving, quiet affection.

And so this little ice-creamery, which is decidedly out of the touristy area, made my San Francisco ‘must visit’ list. Humphry Slocombe has a range of weird and wacky flavours, all incredibly enticing, I had a really difficult time choosing what to have. The Secret Breakfast (with cornflakes and bourbon) looked devilishly delicious. As did the FlufferNutter (although I’m still not sure what was in that one…)

In the end I went for Salt and Pepper, as I knew my Dad would love to try this flavour (he loves making his own ice-cream and is always one to try interesting creations). I also chose Brown Butter – do I really need to explain why I went for this one? I didn’t think so.

The Salt and Pepper ice-cream was…exciting! Tasting flavours that you originally would think should just not be in ice-cream form and experiencing such a foreign flavour combination – what a revelation that is. Ultra creamy ice-cream with pungent pepper flecks and a sprinkling of salt – each mouthful tasted more and more intense. As a result, I could only make it through about a third of my generous scoop. But, wow, I loved every crazy mouthful.

The Brown Butter ice-cream was just flat-out ridiculous. A super rich and creamy base, that still somehow managed to feel light, was lovingly folded with a divine, sultry, buttery, caramel train. Food-gasm, people. There’s no other way to describe it.

I really need to get friendly with my hand-me-down ice-cream maker…

Heidi xo

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  • Michelle Chin September 15, 2011 at 8:52 am

    i want to have salt and pepper ice cream too!

  • Leah September 15, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Oh my, a buttery ice cream sounds so indulgent!!!!Just my kinda thing.

    I love that your having an ice cream cake for your wedding:)

    I had a magnificent ice cream cake on the weekend, white choc and mango. Changed my perspective on ice cream cakes forever!!!!

  • Hannah September 15, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    And so do I 🙂 I've had a few salt and pepper chocolates that have been great, and ohhhh, brown butter. And now I'm imagining brown butter ice-cream flecked with peanut brittle..

  • Heidi September 15, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Michelle – I wish I could send you some!

    Leah – thanks for the encouragement 🙂 actually you're right, it might be kind of cool, I just find Ben amusing 😛

    Hannah – oooh and now I am too…. 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • Chutneyandspice September 15, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    salt and pepper ice cream sounds bizarre, a bit like the strawberry and pepper craze. I love the sound of the brown butter ice cream.

  • The InTolerant Chef September 15, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    Great idea for the wedding cake, I just hope it,s not to warm! I prefer sorbet, but a good icecream is sublime. I just went out to dinner and we had a sour cream icecream, and a gin and cranberrysorbet, yumm…

  • Ashley September 16, 2011 at 12:23 am

    Siiigh, I wish we could have ice-creameries like this back in Melbourne. I want someone to excite me with ice-cream flavours! Salt and pepper is so unusual! I woulda jumped all over that secret breakfast flavour…!

  • Heidi September 16, 2011 at 7:45 am

    chutneyandspice – strawberry and pepper sounds so interesting, I love it!

    InTolerant Chef – wow, sour cream ice-cream – awesome! & yes, haha hopefully it won't melt 😛

    Ashley – totally, we need some of this here in Melb!!

    Heidi xo

  • Lisa September 16, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Wow, what amazing icecream flavours! I too have a hand-me-down icecream maker and had been planning on making some vanilla icecream as soon as the weather warms up (home made vanilla is just spectacular) but maybe I need to get more creative!

    I think an ice-cream wedding cake could be amazing, you just need to find somewhere divine to make it for you.

  • Girl on Raw September 17, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Yes you do NEED to get friendly with it. I have some wonderful raw vegan ice cream recipes that you wouldn't even know didn't have dairy in them, that you must try. Whoa on the salt and pepper concoction and kudos to you for even trying it and not being frightened off. It's very Heston Blumenthal.

    Such a dreamy foodie holiday you had.

  • Heidi September 18, 2011 at 8:06 am

    Lisa – vanilla has it's place too 🙂 then get creative, I think!!

    Girl on Raw – I will definitely go check them out! I've made banana 'soft serve' before, loved that. Maybe going vegan for ice-cream will be a nice intro. Thanks, lovely 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • Julia @ Boredom Abounds September 19, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    I love finding ice cream parlours with weird flavours. We went to one in Nice, France that had things like basil, lavender and green olive. So strange!

  • Heidi September 19, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    wow, green olive sounds interesting!! I've seen olive oil a couple of times but never tried it. Must be something to it 🙂 xo