Tequila cream with pineapple or salted-peanut cream and cola might sound like flavors for Willy Wonka’s wallpaperings, but in fact, they’re two real recipes OddFellows Ice Cream Co. plans on scooping out when it opens in Williamsburg this Thursday.
Other flavors at the shop will include honey cream with local strawberry and lavender, and toasted-sourdough cream, says Sam Mason, who’s opening OddFellows with his friends Mohan and Holiday Kumar. The old-school ice cream parlor will also serve sundaes, splits, milkshakes, floats, sodas, egg creams and even cotton candy.
“The amount of ideas I have built up is enough for a few menus,” says Mason who has been coming up with ice cream flavors and other sweet-treat recipes as a pastry chef for almost 20 years (most famously working with gastronomy guru Wylie Dufresne at is Lower East Side eatery wd~50). “I get inspired from life in general. New York City is a fascinating place for creativity, even if it is just ice cream.”
All of the milk, eggs and cream for OddFellows ice cream base will be sourced from local farms, and made in-house. Mason and the Kumars plan to donate five cents to the Food Bank For New York City for every serving of ice cream the shop sells.
Mason says that in addition to its location on Kent Avenue between N. 3rd and N. 4th streets, he’s “working on an ice cream cart that will be available at a prominent Williamsburg outdoor location. It is not final yet, but we are close.” He also says they’ll eventually “roll out wholesale pints for grocery stores and some select wholesale accounts for restaurants.”
Can’t wait ’til Thursday? You can try OddFellows’ soft serve right now in Midtown at the Hudson Hotel’s restaurant, Hudson Common.