Lexington: Crank & Boom Craft Ice Cream Brings the Boom
If you don’t like ice cream, well, then I don’t even know who you are. And if you don’t like ice cream from Lexington’s Crank & Boom then you haven’t had it yet. Crank & Boom’s slogan is “Here Comes the Boom,” and bring it they do.
Even bad ice cream is good ice cream, but in always grabbing a quart from the grocery freezer we make our taste buds forget what truly great ice cream tastes like. Crank & Boom will wake your taste buds up.
At my local farmer’s market on Southland Drive I stumbled across the Crank & Boom booth, and was pulled in by the prospect of flavors like Kentucky Blackberry & Buttermilk. Why, yes, please!
One does wince at $4 a scoop, which sets you up for the marketing genius of two scoops for $5. I’d be crazy not to try that, right?
So Kentucky Blackberry & Buttermilk along with a scoop of Blueberry Lime Cheesecake it was. Blueberry and lime was sure to hit my buttons. There’s nothing I like better than blueberries, and few things equal a good Key Lime pie. And it lived up to my expectations, creamy and rich with a wonderful consistency. The ice cream wasn’t served overly cold and hard as you often find.
But as much as I liked the Blueberry Lime Cheesecake, I don’t know that I’ve ever tasted better ice cream than the Kentucky Blackberry and Buttermilk. It is well that I was limited in supply and funds or I would still be standing there eating it.
Crank & Boom Craft Ice Cream was born at Lexington’s Thai Orchid Cafe, a project of Toa Green. She began with an at-home Cuisinart, selling the results at the family restaurant (where you can still find it, of course). She has kept the ingredients “real”—cream, milk, and sugar—and embraces local Kentucky ingredients to create imaginative flavors. The batches are small to keep quality high.
You can find Crank & Boom ice cream at several restaurants and shops around Lexington. But also look for their roving vendor stands. There is a list of locations and schedule of vendor appearances on the website.
I look forward to catching up with Crank & Boom again (and by “catching up with” I may mean stalking) I need a few more scoops of Kentucky Blackberry & Buttermilk.