Scoop 21: Key West Chocolate Decadence at Larry’s Homemade Ice Cream, Dupont Circle

by Ice Cream Maker Reviews on June 16, 2006

So, today I ate my 21st “scoop” of ice cream.  Granted it’s probably been more than a scoop a day, so maybe I should say today I tried my 21st flavor of ice cream today.  I wonder if there’s a world record for longest number of consecutive days eating ice cream.  I’ll have to look it up.  I’m guessing it’s much longer than a year.  But the question is, did they try a different kind everyday?
Anyway, tonight I went to Larry’s Ice Cream on Connecticut Ave just north of Dupont Circle.  I’ve only been there once and was excited to go back.  “Key West Chocolate Decadence” was the flavor I chose.  They also had other interesting named flavors including “Libido” (which happens to be Bailey’s and pistachios.  I may have to try that next time.)  When I saw the name of the flavor I thought that it might be chocolate key lime; it turned out to be orange and chocolate.  I haven’t had anything orange and chocolate flavored in a long time.  I used to love the Toblerone orange balls I would get at Christmas.  They were the kind that you had to smash on something to get the pieces to break apart.  I’m not sure what I liked more, the smashing or the chocolate itself.  I also used to eat those chocolate covered sticks.  (I have no idea what they’re called, but they come in lime and lemon and orange and something red/pink.)   So, I have always been a fan of chocolate and orange flavored things.  “Key West Chocolate Decadence” only solidified that fondness.  It was very smooth and creamy, except for the chunks of chocolate.  In all honesty, I didn’t care much for the chocolate chunks.  They gave it an texture that was more “fun,” but I guess I’d rather have plain, boring, smooth ice cream.  Regardless, the ice cream itself was incredibly smooth.  It wasn’t too intensely flavored.  The orange was more than subtle, but it wasn’t overpowering.  Now, to what made the ice cream so incredible: THE CONE.  That’s right, it was by far the best cone I’ve had in three weeks.  It had good flavor and was CRUNCHY.  (My only complaint—the very top was ever so slightly burned tasting.)  For awhile I was starting to doubt that they even made crunchy sugar cones anymore.  I’ve had so many that were stale that I was beginning to think the cone making people were only delivering them to ice cream shops after letting them sit in a warehouse for a year.  When you have a good cone, it makes eating the ice cream that much more enjoyable.  I love the last bite of the cone, with a little bit of partially melted ice cream sitting perfectly in the bottom, and you can just shove the whole thing into your mouth.  Mmmm.

  • Flavor: 4.5
  • Flavor Intensity: 3.5
  • Texture: 4
  • Originality: 4
  • Cone: 4.5
  • Overall- 4.5
  • Cost: $3.50

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