Henry Brown’s Small Batch Ice Cream


Summertime in the Hammer is really nice. As students, we often get the short end of the stick. We’re here for the winter months mostly, where the trees become ominous skeletons in the night and our heads are often directed to the ground to shield us from the bitter cold. However, as soon as summertime hits, you really get to see how beautiful Hamilton is. I had wanted to visit the Hamilton Farmer’s Market since first year, but I never got around to it due to a hectic school and extracurricular schedule.

Alas, I finally made the trek down to the Market last weekend and was able to see what all the hype was about. Today, I want to highlight Henry Brown’s Small Batch Ice Cream Company, one of the establishments located in the market that serves up ice cream, the classic summer treat, but with daring and innovative flavours. Tucked in the back of the bottom floor of the Market, alongside Pokeh, this hidden gem offers up unique flavour combinations as well as grown-up versions of traditional favourites for both foodies and purists alike.

Ice Cream Selection 2

The handwritten chalk aesthetic helps give this place a very homey vibe, which is what small-batch businesses are all about!

Ice Cream Selection

Look at all those beautiful colours!

The important thing to note about Henry Brown’s is that they operate on a rotating flavour schedule, so they do not carry all of their flavours all at once. However, based on what I was able to sample, I really don’t think you can go wrong with any flavour. Vietnamese Coffee was rich and creamy, and had a certain level of depth to its flavour that store-bought or franchise ice-creams are often lacking. Lemongrass Lime Sorbet and Wasabi Honey were two other flavours that I was able to try. The Lemongrass Lime was extremely refreshing and is a must-have for anyone that enjoys light, citrusy flavours. I’ll be honest, Wasabi Honey, was more of an acquired taste and the flavour combination is definitely an unexpected one, but it is still an extremely popular one. While I settled after the sample spoon, my housemate ended up buying a pint of it because he loved the flavour so much.

Henry Brown Ice Cream Flavour Sample

Here’s a small spread of their flavours displayed on their official website. Top Row (left to right): Almond Cookie Crumble, Aztec Hot Chocolate, Banana Rum Brulee, Biscotti Blizzard. Bottom Row (left to right): Black Sesame, Blueberry Cheesecake, Cake Batter Fudge Wave, Chunky Churros

 

After sampling what seemed like a billion flavours (in reality it was only 5 or so), I finally made the decision to purchase a single scoop of Mango Banana Sorbet. This was an extremely refreshing flavour, and you could tell by the texture of the sorbet that these creations were made with fresh ingredients. So if you’re looking for a sweet treat that won’t leave you and your wallet sobbing afterwards, make sure you check out Henry Brown’s for a scoop of what might be the best ice cream that I’ve tasted. Also say hi to Ed and Denyse, these two amazing people and their positivity are part of what make Henry Brown’s Ice Cream such a welcoming space to be in!

 

For a full list of all their flavours, make sure you check out their website and their Facebook page: https://www.henrybrowns.com/collections/main

Also, for all you Mac students out there, click below for a nifty hand drawn map (okay, we lied, it’s just Google Maps) for how to get down there!

Directions to the Market!

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