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Nirvana in a jar -- Tucker's ice cream sauce

Ruth Lafler | Mar 10, 200308:45 PM

I neglected to mention that after our little jaunt to Milpitas for seven courses of beef, we returned to Alameda for dessert: a couple of pieces of outstanding tres leches cake Melanie had picked up in Petaluma and some mocha chip ice cream from Tucker's on Park St. in Alameda. I had wanted Melanie to sample their Zinfandel chocolate chip, but it turns out they only make a limited supply at the time of Rosenblum's open houses, and they were between batches.

Anyway, as our ice cream was being packed I noticed a couple of jars of housemade ice cream sauce: caramel and bittersweet chocolate. I bought the chocolate because I was pleased to see it didn't have any corn syrup -- just cream, butter, sugar, chocolate, cocoa, vanilla and salt. Just a few minutes ago I was tidying up the kitchen and decided, what the heck, might as well just open it and sample it.

Simply the best jarred chocolate sauce I've ever had. Better to my taste than Scharffen Berger or Michael Recchuiti. My main complaint with jarred chocolate sauces is the texture: they all are overly gooey and sticky. They don't melt very well and tend to harden and lump up quickly in contact with the ice cream. Tucker's has a smooth, ever-so-slightly mousse-like texture that is easily and cleanly scooped out of the jar at room temperature (no sticky trailing strings). I licked it off the spoon and was transported. My housemate took one look at the blissed-out expression on my face and said I was evil [for bringing more temptation into the house]!

I rushed to the computer to post my discovery, but realized the report would be lacking without trying it over ice cream (ah, the sacrifices I make for chowhound!). So I scooped some into a small pyrex dish (again, no struggling to spoon overly viscous goop), microwaved it, and poured it over some tangerine sorbet. Again, high marks for texture: it flowed nicely, lightly coating the sorbet and puddling in the dish, where it firmed slightly but stayed soft enough to spoon up easily with the sorbet and melt gently in the mouth.

As far as I know it's only available at Tucker's shop -- $7.25/10 oz. jar. Just another reason to come to Alameda!

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