Strawberry Je Ne Sais Quoi

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A splash of balsamic vinegar adds a special little something
Ingredients:

Organic milk, organic strawberries, organic cream, organic evaporated cane juice, organic egg yolks, organic nonfat
milk, organic vanilla extract, organic balsamic vinegar.

Available Products:
16-oz. pints, by the scoop
Nutritional Info:
Serving Size: 1/2 cup (85g)
Servings Per Container: 4
Amount Per Serv.
Calories 150
Calories from Fat 70
Amount Per Serv. % Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 13%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 40mg 14%
Sodium 30mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 16g
Protein 2g
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

The Story of Strawberry Je Ne Sais Quoi

Summary: For the real scoop on Three Twins' flavors, we went straight to the source: Founding Twin Neal Gottlieb. Here’s what he says about one of our most innovative flavor combinations, Strawberry Je Ne Sais Quoi.

Strawberry Je Ne Sais Quoi mixes California strawberries, Madagascar vanilla and a splash of Balsamic vinegar to make an outstandingly delicious strawberry ice cream.

Making strawberry ice cream in its purest form is a challenge. You need a lot of strawberries for a flavorful creation, and strawberries contain a lot of water. Water, folks, is the enemy of all good ice cream. Too much makes for an icy texture and reduces the overall creaminess of the final scoops.

Most ice cream makers, both organic and conventional, confront this challenge by using "strawberry flavor." I'm not sure just what strawberry flavor is, but it certainly doesn’t taste like a ripe strawberry, and neither does its awkward aftertaste. I have never been one to fake it, so I avoid any flavorings that pretend to be something they're not.

Instead, my Strawberry Je Ne Sais Quoi Ice Cream is a rare combination of three surprising flavors. We start with our made-from-scratch ice cream mix and its four simple, organic ingredients: milk, cream, sugar and eggs. We then use our giant liquefier to mix in California strawberries. I avoid chunks of strawberries; in finished ice cream, they freeze into little ice balls that impart little flavor. A healthy pour of our favorite Madagascar vanilla and a splash of organic balsamic vinegar raise the flavor of this gem to something outstanding. While it might not be the pinkest of strawberry ice creams, its flavor is among the brightest and most authentic on the market.

This flavor truly has a certain je ne sais quoi, which is a French colloquialism for a certain little something that you can’t describe. A taste is worth a gajillion words, so rather than having me clumsily describe it, you should dive into a pint and experience it for yourself.

Fun tidbit: About three months after opening the first Three Twins scoop shop, I flew back east for Thanksgiving. My parents, who still lived in New Jersey at the time, picked me up at JFK Airport on their way to Connecticut for dinner with family. This was the first time I saw my parents after starting the company, and it was their first chance to taste Three Twins Ice Cream.

At the time, I hadn’t yet created a good system for flying with ice cream. As a result, the ice cream was a little soft when I arrived and the lid had fallen off one pint of Strawberry Je Ne Sais Quoi, leaving it half melted. My mother didn’t want that precious little pint to go to waste, so she decided that we would enjoy it during the car ride to Connecticut. We couldn’t find a spoon in the car, and since my flight had landed late, we didn’t want to waste any time stopping for one on our way to dinner. Mom’s solution? Use a lollipop as a spoon! To this day, she still lists Strawberry Je Ne Sais Quoi among her favorite flavors.