Thanksgiving in a Cone? Portland Scoop Shop Reimagines the Feast

Would you try turkey-flavored ice cream? Salted Caramel Thanksgiving Turkey, to be exact – made with turkey-fat caramel and speckled with fried-turkey skin brittle? Bacon has already crossed over into dessert territory, and now at one adventurous ice cream shop, poultry is getting in the game.

This month at Portland’s Salt & Straw, the Thanksgiving feast has been reimagined as a five-course menu of ice cream flavors. Co-owner Tyler Malek and R&D manager Kat Whitehead fine-tuned their seasonal flavors for months, and when FN Dish visited Portland over the summer, they gave us a sneak peek at the process of turning the classic holiday meal into a sweet, creamy flight.

Not surprisingly, channeling Thanksgiving’s piece de resistance – the turkey – proved the biggest challenge for these ice cream artisans. “We’ve been working on that recipe for over two years now!” Malek told us. It took about 20 batches before their final Salted Caramel Thanksgiving Turkey recipe was pronounced ready to scoop. “We were confident this flavor would work,” Malek said. “We tried a couple of different renditions but loved the idea of crispy skin in the form of candied brittle and really pushed the limits on what that could look like in ice cream.”

To round out the Turkey Day ice cream feast, there are flavors inspired by classic sides: Sweet Potato Casserole with Maple Pecans, Hazelnut Rosemary Stuffing and Honey-Bourbon Corn Pudding. “Most of these recipes are actually inspired by my own family recipes,” Malek explained. “I grew up with a family from Montana, so all those casseroles, bread puddings, and ‘salads’ definitely hit home for me. I think the Sweet Potato Casserole is my favorite when it comes to nostalgia.” It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie, so Spiced Chevre Pumpkin Pie ice cream marks the official “dessert” of the flight.

If you don’t live near Portland or Los Angeles, where the latest Salt & Straw outpost recently opened, you can still feast on their Thanksgiving ice creams this month. All of the flavors can be ordered on Salt & Straw’s website and shipped anywhere in the United States. The flavors are also available by the scoop, flight or pint at all Salt & Straw scoop shops from Nov. 1 – Nov. 29. For every Thanksgiving pint purchased at a scoop shop, Salt & Straw will donate a pint to the  Oregon Food Bank for their Thanksgiving meals around the state.

Check out these reimagined Thanksgiving desserts from Food Network.

Photos by Leela Cyd Ross and Sara Levine
Keep Reading

Next Up

A Next Iron Chef Thanksgiving Feast

Food Network Magazine asked competitors in The Next Iron Chef: Redemption for their best Thanksgiving Recipes.

5 Ways to Make Ice Cream Scooping Simpler

Here are five tips to make scooping easier — and thus make summer better.

5 Turkey-Themed Platters for Your Thanksgiving Feast

These festive, shareable platters are just the thing to tide over a hungry crowd before the turkey hits the table.

Here’s the Scoop on Homemade Frozen Treats: DIY Ice Cream, Sorbet and Sherbet

Give homemade frozen treats a try with these recipes for ice cream, sorbet and sherbet. Stars like Ree Drummond give you recipes that come out fruity, extra-chocolatey and absolutely delicious.

Ree Sets the Table for a Cowboy-Friendly Feast on The Pioneer Woman's Ultimate Thanksgiving

Find out what to expect on The Pioneer Woman's Ultimate Thanksgiving, hosted by Ree Drummond.

Hoppy Thanksgiving

Pop quiz: What are the top five grocery items sold during the week of Thanksgiving, excluding turkey?

Thanksgiving By the Numbers

Thanksgiving is famous for belly-busting dinners and pant-splitting desserts. We’ll give you some tips so you can eat to your heart’s content and still save some calories.

Portable Thanksgiving Dishes — Thanksgiving Tip of the Day

If you’re traveling for Thanksgiving and have been asked to bring a dish, keep food safety in mind. Check out these options from Food Network.

Turkey Taboos: What NOT to Do This Thanksgiving

With these words of wisdom in your back pocket, your beloved bird will taste better than ever this Thanksgiving.