WALPOLE, NH -With warm weather comes that great warm weather treat - stopping at one of the many ice cream shops in the area and having a delicious ice cream cone. One of the best places to enjoy that pleasure is at the Walpole Creamery on Route 12 in Walpole, NH.
The little Walpole scoop shop gives scant indication of the fact that Walpole Creamery ice cream is some of the best in the world - and they've got the awards to prove it. Their ice cream has been named the best made-from-scratch in New Hampshire in 2009 and has won numerous newspaper reader awards as the best ice cream in the region.
Walpole Creamery is owned by Dave Westover, Steve Caswell and Tom and Sharlene Beaudry. The Beaudry's own a dairy farm in Walpole that provides the raw milk used to make the ice cream. They also provide the maple syrup that is used in the maple flavored variety.
Caswell said that the use of raw milk and all natural ingredients - as much of it locally produced as possible - is what sets Walpole Creamery ice cream apart from all the rest.
The raw milk is combined with cream, sugar and powdered skim milk, along with guar gum and carrageenan, a seaweed extract, as stabilizers and thickeners. The ingredients are then heated to over 150 degrees for 30 minutes in a pasturizing process. It is then sent through a homogenizing process to keep the milk and cream from seperating, then rapidly cooled.
After that natural flavors are added creating 25 to 30 varieties and varying by what is available seasonally. Caswell said that the most popular "flavor" is the initial unflavored mix called Sweet Cream Vanilla.
Try some, either at the scoop shop in Walpole, or from one of the many New England stores that carry the ice cream.