The past two days I was in Baroda (Vadodara) and of course I had to take a special leave from my diet and enjoy 7 cups (in 2 days) of what I consider the best icecream on planet earth; its a small shop called Natural Ice Cream (not to be confused with Natural’s — the cheap imitation that’s so popular in Mumbai etc) — a tiny hole in the wall whose quality has not diminished in the least over the past so many years. Its the hand-churned (sancha) variety made the old-fashioned way in wooden tubs, and is so loaded with mawa (khoya) that it leaves a thick coating on the roof of your mouth!
Genuine anjeer (fig), kaju draksh, kesar pista, gulkand…they have just 7-8 solid flavours, including seasonal specialities like sitaphal (custard apple) and tulsi (yes, holy basil!) in summers and ginger honey and even green chilly icecream in winters!
My other two picks for best icecream in the world? Well, anyone you meet from Nairobi will insist that their Snow Cream icecream is the ultimate in the genre; it’s an acquired taste in my book, a bit plasticky, and frankly the basic vanilla is the best, but it’s certainly different from anything you will ever find.
The third contender, and overall the best icecream eating experience in terms of service, decor, options and staff that genuinely love their job, is a small outlet called Trampoline in Melbourne, Australia. Awesome tasting icecream, and such friendly smiling faces behind the counter, leaves an even better aftertaste 🙂
Honestly these are the three best places I have found for icecream, and I have enjoyed icrecream in at least thirty countries, including in the snow in Siberia….