First stop was Batch from Dubba's state of Massachusetts. Dubba has reviewed them once before for the site but nothing recently. We sampled their Dark Chocolate Chili, Green Tea and a Roasted Banana flavor. The chili had a nice kick to it but not something that completely burned out your palate. The banana was perfectly ripe for me and one of the better banana flavors I've had. The green tea is something I won't comment on seeing as I hate tea for the most part. My girlfriend on the other hand loved it and it might've been her favorite bite of the show. She went to school in Okinawa, Japan and she said it was better than any green tea ice cream she had there. If that's not a ringing endorsement, than I don't know what is.
Another friend of the blog, JC's Pie Pops was also at the show. We've developed a real friendship over the years and I couldn't be more proud of all she has done. This year she was debuting her new Pie Bites which are shelf stable truffles with their cake coating. While not a frozen dessert, the s'mores version is worthy of a mention. She also had her new line of adorably named, Nudies, there. I tried the Salted Caramel and man was I impressed. For something that's only 110 calories, it sure as heck didn't taste like it. It was rich, sweet with just enough saltiness and not gummy or chewy like low calorie products tend to be. I need to try out the other new Nudies in the near future.
There was another vegan frozen dessert company at the show, Coconut Bliss. I've seen them on the shelves but always passed them up because of my aversion to coconut. Well safe to say, my gut feeling was right. I tried the chocolate hazelnut flavor and all I could taste was coconut and not in a good way either. Not likely I'll be reviewing this brand anytime soon.
Coming off what I thought was going to be the worst bite of the show, we ended up in the Canadian section some how. This brand called Essence was showcasing their ice cream or gelato, not too sure which one. It really doesn't matter because we tried three flavors and each one was worst than the last. And this is why Canada gets blamed for everything.
Last up was our friends at Tea-rriffic. They had their whole line of tea infused ice creams available for sampling. I tried their Sofi Award Finalist and agreed with Dubba's review spot on. I could see it going perfectly with some granola. They also had a new Blueberry Lavender flavor. Seeing as I already spit out a sample in front of them once and also knowing I don't like Lavender, I left that sample to my girlfriend. She thought the two flavors went well together and that the blueberry could've been a little stronger. She even told me I wouldn't be fond of it after she tried it though. If it gets reviewed for the site, it won't be me doing it.
Well there you have it, my first ever experience with the Summer Fancy Food Show. I'd like to thank all the companies I met with for being so kind to me and answering all my questions. I'd like to thank my girlfriend for letting me use her taste buds and stomach for the day. Also for keeping me on track and making sure I didn't walk completely by a bunch of booths like I almost did a few times. I'd like to also thank Dubba for letting me write for the site. Without him, I would've never of had such an opportunity to attend a show like this. Him putting his faith in me and his brand means the world to me. Last but not least, I'd like to thank all of you guys. Without you, On Second Scoop wouldn't exist. Thanks for supporting us day in and day out. Be sure to let me know your thoughts on the show and which brands you'd like to see on the blog in the future. Hope you enjoyed my experience and have yourself a great day. Cheers!