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The New and Improved Sketch Ice Cream (spoiler alert!)

Morton the Mousse | Oct 29, 200704:23 PM     28

I am giddy as I write this, delirious even. Sketch has improved on perfection. You must go there now and see for yourself.

Where do I begin?

They've replaced their gelato case with state-of-the-art soft serve machines. This allows them to maintain an ideal temperature and texture. No air can get in, so there are no problems with iciness. The machines constantly monitor the temperature of the ice cream. The result is something unlike any soft serve I've had. I've always been impressed by Sketch's texture, and this just about floored me. The texture is smooth, silky, and light, with just enough substance to provide a satisfying mouth feel. It's less thick than most soft serve, partially because they don't add any stabilizers. Not much of a change in the flavor profile - I had Kabocha pumpkin, which had a pure pumpkin flavor.

The have cones. Well, cups made from waffle cones, which are much easier to eat than your standard cone. The cone just about knocked me over, the texture is so light yet had a very satisfying crunch. Clean flavor, a bit like a crepe, that enhances the ice cream without interfering. They also offer fresh made waffles from an old fashion waffle iron, which I can't wait to try.

They have toppings. Candied almonds, cocoa nibs, salted caramel sauce, chocolate sauce, pomegranate seeds, figs, etc. The toppings will change with the seasons. Candied almonds were the perfect match for my pumpkin ice cream. Mrs. Mousse and I were fighting over the last one.

The new machines do mean a reduction in flavor options. They had five ice creams and one sorbet, plus two granitas which are in a more traditional ice cream case. The machines are designed with the option to combine two flavors. Personally, I think the trade off of quality over quantity is well worth it. It just means you can't show up expecting your favorite flavor to be there.

There are also some basic improvements in decor: outdoor tables with umbrellas, new seating, new floor, a new case, etc. The shop is prettier and has a warmer feel, though I was really focusing on my ice cream.

Old non-ice cream favorites are still around: cookies, cakes, caramel popcorn, toffee, etc. This time of year they offer a transcendent hot apple cider.

I'm so happy. It was worth the wait. Sketch continues to serve the best ice cream in the Bay Area.

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