Before opening the shop, I never considered ice cream to be a seasonal choice of mine. It actually was always a social choice, or a special treat to be enjoyed in abundance. In college, my friends and I would go to get huge sundaes on our girls nights out. Shopping in the supermarkets in the Winter, I would find a new pint to be enjoyed by my family while watching tv by a fire. And whenever I go to Paris, and it is open, I go to Berthillon for one of their chestnut sundaes, or the poire belle helene in the late autumn. Even in the fall and winter, ice cream still serves as a gathering point, and there are certain sundaes that help it serve that purpose.
The Poire Belle Helene is a sundae composed of poached pears, chocolate sauce, and toasted slivered almonds. I read that traditionally it also includes candied violets, however, I have never eaten it that way. It usually also includes whipped cream, though no one that comes into the shop has ever requested whipped cream, so I keep it simple. We serve ours with poached Boscs from the Greenmarket, vegan fudge from Coops, and a new Vanilla Bean Yogurt flavor to keep it traditional. Toasted nuts complete any sundae. This will be our second half of November, early December sundae. If you want us to keep the apple caramel sundaes, just let us know. We love those too. And we can't wait to show you our special sundae for December and January!!! It will make you smile when the sun is setting at 4pm.