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Lick It! Ice Cream Comes to the Pearl

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Goat cheese, honey and thyme. Smoky melon and sea salt. Carrot and tarragon. Dark chocolate with olive oil and sea salt.

What flavor will it be?

What flavor will it be?

Which ice cream flavor will you try first?

That’s the question people will have to decide once they get inside Lick Ice Creams, which has opened at the Pearl Brewery in the space formerly occupied by the CIA’s Bakery and Cafe.

This is the first San Antonio location for the Austin-based ice cream maker, which has gained a national reputation for using the finest, freshest local dairy as well as its unique flavor combinations.

There’s Texas Sheet Cake, rich with nuts and just enough batter to remind you of its namesake cake. Too Hot Chocolate has a great burn on the finish from a winning combination of chiles. Roasted beets with fresh mint gets a natural sweetness from the beets, which is tempered by the cool mint.

Sure, there’s a Hill Country Honey and Vanilla as well as a Milk Chocolate for purists, but why stick with tradition when you can have Texas au lait, featured roasted coffee with plenty of milk and cream to smooth it out.

lick1The dairy comes from Mill-King Market & Creamery in McGregor, Texas, which has built its reputation on raising dairy cows that aren’t fed GMO-corn or soy. Plus, it’s low-temperature pasteurized.

Lick was founded by Anthony Sobotik and Chad Palmatier in 2011. In addition to gaining a natural reputation for their “honest ice creams,” as they call their product, Lick was also chosen as one of the foods Rachael Ray served at her South by Southwest house party in 2013.

So, what are you waiting for? You know you want to try one of the seasonal flavors, such as Fromage & Fig or PB&J, before they’re gone.

Lick Ice Creams, 312 Pearl Parkway, is open 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday as well as Tuesday-Thursday and 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday. It is closed Monday.

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