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Rich, Creamy, Decadent and Delicious: Dulce de Leche Ice Cream@Bittersweet

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Rich, Creamy, Decadent and Delicious: Dulce de Leche Ice Cream@Bittersweet

Kenny from Rogers Park | May 27, 2004 03:35 PM

In the mood for something frozen and creamy the other day, and not feeling like my usual choice, an Oreo Concrete at Scooter's Frozen Custard (an unsophisticated order perhaps, but oh so delicious), I made my way up Belmont Ave. and hit Bittersweet instead, based on the endorsement of Vital Information. Bittersweet's ice cream doesn't receive much attention on this board, but I'm not sure why--the flavor I tried, the dulce de leche, was simply fabulous, one of the best scoops (OK, make that 4 scoops) of ice cream I've had in Chicago. The ice cream has a wonderful texture, strongly resembling a homemade recipe produced with a custard base--that is, it achieves an excellent balance between lightness and substantiality, and is neither too dense and hard nor runny. Clearly there are a good amount of egg yolks at work here. I also loved the flavor--each spoonful packed a concentrated carmel taste that was deliciously overpowering, and very different from a lot of meekly flavored "premium" ice cream I've tried. Next time you're cruising down Belmont, stop at Bittersweet for a scoop--the dulce de leche is, in my opinion, easily better than the variety served by the board favorite Penguin, and is incredibly refreshing. One problem: The ice cream served in store was superior to the take-home pint I had. The take-home ice cream was marred by ice crystals whereas the in store ice cream was fresh and perfect. Bittersweet is located at 1114 W. Belmont.

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