Warm up your winter with Jamaican-inspired ice cream -- made in Prince George's County but available at the Golden Krust in Catonsville.
Island Style Ice Cream from Mount Rainier stocks a freezer at the Golden Krust with pints of its tropically-inspired ice cream. Like the Moorenko's at My Organic Market, this is locally-made, all-natural dessert. The banana ice cream contains just milk, cream, sugar and fruit. But unlike Moorenko's ginger flavor, the Island Style banana gets the big thumbs-up from Mrs. HowChow. This is a rich banana flavor with a rich creamy feel. Like a frozen banana milk shake, said Mrs. HowChow. That is high praise.
According to a 2006 WPost article, Island Style's owner Pancita Brydson makes the ice cream from organic ingredients that she buys from a local food co-op. The shop's Web site talks up a bunch of interesting flavors, including stout, grapenut, ginger and fruits like pineapple, coconut and strawberry.
At Golden Krust, the ice cream makes a great take-out dessert to accompany the menu of stews, chicken, fish and especially the patties that you can carry home. Those patties -- pastry wrapped around meat or vegetable fillings -- are warm little treats, perfect to pair with some island ice cream.
If you are looking to try local ice creams, definitely try the Moorenko's at My Organic Market in Jessup (Columbia East). I think the ginger is delicious. If you are looking for other desserts, scroll through this search to check out other "sweet" posts.
Island Style Ice Cream
3829 34th Street
Mount Rainier, MD 20712
NEAR: Island Style is just off Rte 1/Rhode Island Avenue inside the Beltway. This is just a few blocks east of the DC line in PG County.
Golden Krust Bakery
838 N. Rolling Road
Catonsville, MD 21228
NEAR: Golden Krust is in the same shopping center as the Super H grocery store. It is on Rte 40 just west of I-695. If you are driving east on Rte 40 from HoCo, you'll see a Starbucks and a FedEx at the end of the shopping center. Turn right immediately after the Starbucks. If you miss it, just turn right at the next intersection.