The newest ice cream flavors making an enormous splash from Portland, Ore., based mostly Salt & Straw entails a really cool collaboration with Wunderground, an adaptogenic mushroom espresso and tea firm out of Seattle. Right here’s the news on this restricted version assortment.
Relax and relax
Sure, this trio of progressive ice cream flavors is spiked with Wunderground’s adaptogenic mushroom espresso and tea, however calm down. These candy creations don’t style like mushrooms. Not shiitakes, nor crimini. Positively not psilocybin ‘shrooms, man.
These mushrooms are a completely completely different beast, confirmed to ship feel-good qualities. Right here’s how Wunderground’s founder described the venture’s mission when it launched in June 2021:
“To create scrumptious useful drinks that ship crave-able experiences, encourage marvel and make our minds and our bodies wholesome, centered, and robust—an antidote to the brand new regular of stress and anxiousness. We embrace enterprise practices that encourage significant human connection, construct wholesome communities and decrease influence on the atmosphere.”
Within the spirit of constructing neighborhood, a spirited collaboration with Kim and Tyler Malek’s sensible Salt & Straw, the Mushroom Magic Pack delivers a complete lot of scrumptious.
Salt & Straw Meets Wunderground
Right here’s how the crew whimsically particulars the restricted version flavors:
Brainchild Espresso with 5-Spiced Hazelnut Praline: Enhance your mind sport. Brainchild is Wunderground’s daring, full-bodied roast, crafted with a powerhouse of adaptogens (howdy, Lion’s Mane and Cordyceps!). When these mushrooms come collectively, it’s type of like cardio in your noggin, that means you’ll end up with an excellent sharp reminiscence and a few mega-focus. We begin with their vibrant roast for our ice cream, then ribbon in salted caramel and house-made hazelnut praline. Revered all through historical past, hazelnuts have lengthy been equated with knowledge and inspiration. We sweet them right into a five-spice praline for a crunch that may ignite your tastebuds – and your brainpower. Let’s see what you are able to do. 250 milligrams Natural Lion’s Mane + 250 milligrams Natural Cordyceps in every scoop.
Dream Provide Chamomile and Candied Orange Sherbet: It’s chill o’clock. If Wunderground’s Dream Provide tea was in a Bob Ross portray, it could undoubtedly be pleased little clouds. Drift off on a dreamy chamomile cloud whereas Reishi and Lion’s Mane work collectively to assuage your stress receptors. We steeped the tea with Meyer lemon and honey earlier than churning into cream. Then, we fold in house-made candied orange zest to convey out much more of the tea’s citrusy, floral notes. One ticket to dreamland, please. 250 milligrams Reishi + 250 milligrams Cordyceps in every scoop. (This one’s vegan.)
Hocus Pocus Pink Velvet & Cocoa Nib Fudge: For thoughts, physique, and pleasure. Wunderground’s Hocus Pocus harnesses the facility of Chaga and Reishi (those that assist your vitality and immune system, and kick dangerous vibes to the curb). We amp it up with one of the vital joy-inducing treats on the market: purple velvet. Our coffee-soaked purple velvet tres leches brings a darkish, intense espresso taste that swirls all through salted candy cream. Fudge-y hunks of chocolate ganache studded with candied cacao nibs (one other superfood adored for its antioxidant properties) sprinkled all through add much more unadulterated bliss. Go on and tackle the day – you bought this. 250 milligrams Reishi + 250 milligrams Chaga in every scoop.
Thumbs up at a enjoyable tasting
Whereas the official launch of this lineup of flavors occurred at Wunderground’s Cafe on Seattle’s Capitol Hill final week, the Mushroom Magic Pack is accessible for shipping nationwide for a restricted time.
I received a cargo delivered to Spencer Spit State Park on Lopez Island, the place my husband and I’ve been working as volunteer camp hosts throughout Could. On a sunny Saturday afternoon, I invited the park crew to take part in a tasting and serve up some suggestions.
Brainchild prompted feedback equivalent to “it’s like consuming a gingerbread home,” “loving that spice” and “espresso taste works properly with the pralines.”
Dream Provide was just a few of us clear favourite: “Looks like summer season” “Delightfully easy with a contact of spark on my tongue” and “refreshing, very orange-y and that’s an excellent factor.”
Hocus Pocus prompted a “yummy” and “love the wealthy end” however somebody gave it a tough no, saying it was “too salty.” Effectively, that’s precisely one of many causes it was my absolute favourite, a surprisingly daring distinction to the cocoa nibs and chocolate ganache. An actual temper brightener.