Milwaukee: Purple Door Ice Cream

This is NOT your grandma’s banana split. You know the one. Those three classic scoops of vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry ice cream with a banana cut lengthwise in half on the side. It’s then topped with chocolate sauce, nuts, crushed pineapple, strawberries, whipped cream, and a cherry. Well, not today.

While the original version of a banana split is fine and delicious, I knew that Purple Door had more to bring to the table. I’m familiar with their usual outlandish flavors: salted lime margarita sorbet, chai with pink peppercorn, maple nut, among many others. Here, you get to choose three of these flavors to design your own banana split completely from scratch. Add the optional six toppings of your choice, and you have yourself one wild ice cream sundae.

My mom and I shared one banana split, but another person could have easily joined us. It’s quite a heaping helping for less than $6! We decided to choose a fruity flavor profile for our three scoops: raspberry peach pie, blackberry quark, and lemon lavender. We only chose five of our optional six toppings: sprinkles, pecans, waffle cone pieces, raspberry syrup, and chocolate chips. Thankfully, the standard whipped cream and cherry on top were complimentary.

For starters, I cannot rave enough about Purple Door’s ice cream. It’s hand-crafted and super, super soft and creamy! Secondly, when they describe a certain flavor, they aren’t lying! For instance, the tart flavor of the lemon blended perfectly and equally with the sweet floral notes of the lavender. They were able to subtly incorporate my new favorite cheese (the quark from Clock Shadow Creamery, down the street), into their blackberry quark ice cream. The raspberry peach pie was the least intensely fruity of the three, with just enough buttery flavor to remind me of the crust of a pie. We loved how our chosen fruity flavors tasted with bites of the banana. All three – amazing.

We were both extremely satisfied with our choice in toppings as well. We chose the raspberry syrup to keep with our fruity theme. The waffle cone pieces and chocolate chips added the crunch that our banana split needed. Obviously a banana split needs nuts, so the pecans were a perfect addition. The sprinkles certainly did their duty in making our split look pretty.  But overall, I cannot go far enough into detail to fully explain to you how insanely awesome Purple Door Ice Cream tastes. If you think I’m exaggerating, you’ll just have to go find out for yourself! For a completely reasonable price, you too can try three of their many rotating flavors all at once in a banana split!

Purple Door Ice Cream (205 2nd Street, Milwaukee, WI 53204 // 414.988.2521)

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