The Ice Cream Files: Stikki Nikki

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So, it’s been almost a year since I’ve done one of these posts.  I’m pretty ashamed of that fact.  Don’t worry, though; it’s not because I haven’t been eating ice cream all year.  On the contrary, I’ve eaten quite a bit of ice cream this year…it’s just that I haven’t stumbled upon many ice cream shops that were truly special enough to be worth writing about.  There  isn’t much of a craft ice cream culture in Turkey, which was not what I had expected before moving here.  The ice cream is all good (I mean, how could it be bad?  I’ts ice cream…), but pretty much every ice cream shop is exactly the same and has exactly the same flavors and same textures (at least from what I’ve seen so far), so my ice cream blogging has been on quite a long hiatus.

And then came Stockholm.  On our way to Drop Coffee, we found this little gem of a shop that was boasting all organic homemade ice cream, so there was no way I was just going to walk by without getting some.  It turned out to be some of the best ice cream I’ve had in a long time!  Here’s the breakdown of my experience:

Taste/Quality:  5/5

You can tell that this ice cream is made with a lot of love.  The organic flavors really, really came through.  It was so fresh and so perfect.  I’m still dreaming about the Lemon Basil…

Variety:  4/5

I’m really hesitant to rate this one because I was only there for one day and I’m pretty sure they rotate flavors.  There weren’t a ton of choices compared to other ice cream shops, but I am generally in favor of quality over quantity, which was definitely the case here.  They only had a few flavors available, but they were all interesting (like Lemon Basil and Coffee Cardamom) and delicious and they always seem to include vegan options, which is a huge plus.

Atmosphere: 3/5

It was a cute shop, but it was really tiny and much more of a to-go place than a sit-down area.

Price: 5/5

5 Euros for 2 enormous scoops of delicious ice cream?  Yes, please!

Wow Factor: 5/5

The vegan Peanut Butter and Lemon Basil ice cream blew my mind!  I never imagined that lemon and basil could go together well as an ice cream flavor, but I thought it was pretty incredible.

Overall Score:  4.4

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Look how happy I am!

Make sure to stop by if you ever visit Stockholm!  And definitely don’t skip the coffee afterward either…I’m pretty sure ice cream and coffee are my favorite combo ever.

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