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Big Gay Ice Cream Shop

5 May

I had heard only great things about the treats at the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck and I heard they swapped out the truck to build the brand with some brick and mortar stores in NYC and beyond. They are currently in the East Village, West Village, and Downtown LA.  So when searching for a place to grab a quick treat on Memorial Day, Big Gay Ice Cream Shop came up on the map and decided to finally try it.

The line was pretty long and it took us a solid 20 minutes to get to the front, but boy was it worth it.

They changed over to soft serve in conjunction with Ronnybrook Farms, but in my opinion, the ice cream plays second fiddle to the toppings (and the combination and presentation of them).  You can roll over all the flavors on this website to get the full menu.

I was excited about The Salty Pimp: Vanilla ice cream, dulce de leche, sea salt, and a chocolate dip.  But I also saw that there was a Nutella lined waffle cone on the menu, so I couldn’t resist. The woman behind the counter informed me that what I was asking for was more of a Monday Sundae, but that came with a chocolate vanilla twist ice cream and whipped cream, but no dip.  So I asked for that dipped and she obliged.

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And it was amazing.  Too amazing.

Not only do they put Nutella into the cone before the ice cream, but they also add some ice cream to the bottom, then layer in more Nutella the more ice cream on top and then toppings.  The Nutella in the middle hardens just a bit to create a delicious bite in the texture.  It was heaven.  And the sea salt put it over the top.

This place is dangerous.



Recipe: Nutella + Caramel Stuffed and Salted Chocolate Cookies

14 Apr

As soon as I heard “Nutella Caramel Salted Chocolate Cookies” from an old coworker, I knew I needed the recipe.  She kindly pointed me to this blog: http://www.topwithcinnamon.com/2013/09/twc-feat-sorted-video-salted-caramel-nutella-stuffed-double-chocolate-chip-cookies.html

Now all I needed was a good excuse to bake them.  Superbowl seemed like as good an excuse as any! So these guys I shaped into footballs and used a simple icing to draw on the laces (simple icing = powdered sugar and water!)


I couldn’t find the right candy, so I went with Cadbury Dairy Milk Caramel (not my first choice, and I would probably look for Rolos or regular ol’ caramels if I did it again).


They baked up oh so ooey gooey inside


Another ooey gooey picture just for fun.


GREAT recipe!  Though next time I’d go with a regular caramel rather than a piece of chocolate covered caramel. There were just too many competing chocolates in here.

The dough itself was fantastic, and can probably be used simply on its own to make a delicious salted chocolate cookie. Check out the original post to see a video on how to make them (great video!)

Nutella + Caramel Stuffed and Salted Chocolate Cookies


  • 1/2 cup (110g) butter
  • 1 1/2 cups (350g) light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (55g) cocoa powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 2 cups (260g) all-purpose flour
  • 3.5 oz (100g) milk or dark chocolate chips
  • Flaky salt/ fleur de sel/ maldon salt, for sprinkling
  • Approx. 1/2 cup (8 tbsp) Nutella
  • 15-16 caramel-filled chocolates (or regular salted caramels)


  1. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  2. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C)
  3. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter. Take off the heat and stir in the brown sugar and eggs
  4. Add the cocoa, salt and baking powder and stir until well combined
  5. Add the flour and stir until no floury patches are left
  6. Stir in the chocolate chips
  7. Take 1 heaped tbsp of dough, use your finger make a large indentation the centre of the dough
  8. Fill the indentation with a small blob of nutella (~ 1/2 tsp)
  9. Top it with a caramel-filled chocolate or caramel
  10. Top with a flattened tablespoon of dough, and seal the edges
  11. Sprinkle with fleur de sel and bake for 8-10 minutes
  12. For the video and original recipe, check this link: http://www.topwithcinnamon.com/2013/09/twc-feat-sorted-video-salted-caramel-nutella-stuffed-double-chocolate-chip-cookies.html