Best Of 2018

Best Unexpected Ice Cream Flavors: Hello Honey

Best Unexpected Ice Cream Flavors
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Hailey Bollinger

Cincinnati has an almost gratuitous amount of gourmet ice cream and gelato options in which to indulge: Graeter’s, Aglamesis Bros., Dojo Gelato, Madisono’s. But one of them really takes the cake (or the cream): Hello Honey. This downtown gem scoops from-scratch sweets made by husband-and-wife team Nitima and Brian Nicely. Not only is the small-batch ice cream crafted with fresh ingredients, free from artificial flavors and coloring, but so are the waffle cones, caramel, cookies and gourmet marshmallows. The ice cream flavors rotate based on seasonal availability and have included amazingly interesting and decadent options like banana honeycomb (so good), charcoal black sesame (great), earl grey blackberry (yeah!), brown butter caramel (yas) and basic but delicious stuff like Dutch chocolate (sure). The menu also offers homemade green tea cakes, banoffi pie, affogato and take-home pints. Every item in Hello Honey’s sugary portfolio is worth every single calorie. Pro tip: always ask to top your ice cream with a homemade marshmallow. Nitima uses a cute little brûlée torch to caramelize each fluffy square by hand. Hello Honey, 633 Vine St., Downtown, hellohoneyicecream.com.