Sunday, October 9, 2011
Cravings can be completely unobtainable. Pureed Mango I make at home doesn't taste like the puree I have had in the sweltering heat of India. I crave that Mango from India but I also crave the memory of eating that Mango in that sticky sweaty heat with my best friend. I still love that craving and that memory even when it can't quite be satisfied. Your ice cream cravings remind me of those unobtainable cravings and those cravings just out of reach. Customers constantly tell me that I need to bring back a said delicious ice cream flavor because they can't stop thinking about it. It is always something that we aren't featuring at the moment and then when we switch those flavors - someone comes in and says - NOOOOO bring it back... I am craving Salty Caramel, Raspberry 5 Spice, Candy Cane, Pumpkin... anything. I love this. I love your cravings! Enjoy that want and the wait because your favs will be back and you will love them and they will be just like you remembered...maybe even better. These cravings are obtainable at Sweet Peaks - you might just have to wait a little longer.
I also love reading Facebook posts from our out-of-town customers who have returned to their homes or winter retreats and CRAVE Sweet Peaks. Do we ship? Not yet - but maybe we will ship sometime in the future. For now - keep telling me about your cravings for Sweet Peaks or anything else for that matter. I will tell you about mine, too. (Right now it is Apple Cider with Caramel and just a dollop of cream! And carrot soup and tomato soup and the perfect Gruyere grilled cheese and...) Oh, and Salty Caramel. I will get right on that. I know you have been telling me LOUD and CLEAR that you might not make it through the winter without a cone, pint or quart. I hear you. I am in the kitchen whipping it up. I promise!
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Saturday, May 7, 2011
|Our logo will go on this front counter.|
|Once a kitchen and now an ice cream counter.|
|I love these stools. Love them!|
|This breakfast nook is now our stool spot.|
|I might have to leave this at my house.|
Thursday, April 28, 2011
|We Need You in Bigfork!|
• Welcome and thank every customer
• Offer customers samples and menu suggestions
• Scoop scoops, make sundaes and mix shakes with love
• Follow health, safety and sanitation guidelines
• Keep counter, seating, bathroom and kitchen areas clean
• Wash ice cream pans and dishes throughout your shift
• Run register; Math skills required
• Like kids of all ages!
• Have great communication skills and a professional, friendly attitude
• Attention to detail, professionalism, cleanliness and ability to follow instructions very important.
• $7.35/hour starting wage + tips with incremental, merit based raises
• As much ice cream as you can eat!
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Friday, February 25, 2011
We will be doing the drawing at NOON on St. Patty's day.
We will notify the winner on our blogs and corresponding FB pages.
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Valentine’s Day: A celebration of love and all things red and pink and sweetly delicious.
I have always loved Valentine’s Day. It might sound peculiar because I was never the girl in elementary school or high school with the boyfriend or secret admirer. I didn’t receive candy-grams or roses at school from an overzealous mother. I don’t even think I have ever been on a real date on Valentine’s Day. I would have loved a secret admirer, a candy gram and a real date but despite not having those things, I loved and still love Valentine’s Day. I love it because of the homemade cards that I labored over with my grandma when I was little. I love it because my favorite childhood candy shop (Electric Avenue Gifts in Bigfork) still stocks sour gummy hearts and I love it even more now because I get to create delicious holiday themed ice cream treats. Red, pink and chocolate treats will soon be created as lovingly as were those glittery doily layered cards I would make with my grandma.
Creating new flavors at Sweet Peaks just might be one of the best things about my “job”. I dream in ice cream flavors. I have a little red (I also love the color red) notebook where I write all our recipes and all my future flavors. So many flavors, so little time. Lately, I have been thinking about one particular flavor thanks to the suggestion of my friend Shama: Red Velvet Cake Batter Ice Cream. I can imagine it now scooped into a waffle cone and shared between sweethearts or devoured from a pint container while watching a romantic comedy. Just imagine… chocolate cake batter with a required tinge of red and a creamy ripple of butter cream frosting. The frosting is going to be the key here. I have seen a few recipes for either butter cream or cream cheese frosting on red velvet cakes. We will be churning a few test batches of each before they are unveiled. But -I will say that I am a slave to the cream cheese frosting. It had me at “Carrot Cake and Cream Cheese Frosting”. (Do not fret – I have Carrot and Cream Cheese ice cream on the flavor list!)
Our Candy Cane Mint was a hit during the holidays and while we have pulled it from the dipping cabinet to make room for more seasonal flavors, its popularity has me thinking. What Valentine’s Day candy makes me swoon? Candy hearts? No, thank you. I will keep the chalky message hearts in the box. Dove Chocolates? Yes, they are melt-in-your-mouth delish but, no. This is something that appeals to my love and need for spice. RED HOTS! I am thinking that those little red hard candy devils would be quite lovely layered in ice cream. Like their cousin the candy cane, once crushed they are sure to melt in pink and red swirls. I just have to locate these little candies. If anyone happens to know what local grocer keeps a large stock – you know where to find me.
The final touch to a dipping cabinet brimming with holiday love would have to be the classic strawberry – chocolate combination. We have a summer regular who would bring in chocolate sorbet recipes for me whenever she could get her hands on them. I promised I would begin experimenting with a dairy-free chocolate lovers option as soon as I could find the time. The time has come and I have been delving into chocolate sorbet varieties and reveling in my creations. If you love dark chocolate and I mean dream and crave and deeply desire dark chocolate you are going to swoon over my chocolate sorbet. You might actually fall over in a fit of Valentine’s Day flavor inspired passion when you try my chocolate sorbet with chunks of Strawberry. Seriously, I am warning you. It is that good.
February 1st we will be unveiling new flavors and as always I welcome your flavor suggestions as I continue to create. Your flavor could make it into my little red book and then wind up in the dipping cabinet for all to try. Take a look at our Facebook page to see what our customers are requesting and craving this winter.
I recently asked one of my pint-sized customers what he thought would be good for V-Day. He devoutly responded, “Chocolate Love!” He is right. We will have plenty of Chocolate Love on hand and some lovely chocolate ice cream cupcakes, too!
Did you know that two ice-cream-entrepreneurs sat in the First Lady’s box during the State-of-the-Union? Their scoop shop in Santa Cruz opened in August thanks to an SBA Loan. The pair created a YouTube video saying thanks for the loan and it made its way to the VP’s desk and then an invite from the First Lady Michelle came quickly after. Ice Cream owners are the new cool and the new face of small business. Hip Hip Horray for ice cream makers everywhere! Do you think Sam and I could get invited next year?