Blueberry Boy Bait. I Have a Dreamsicle. Illuminutty. They sound like B-sides songs from the albums of alternative bands. They are actually just a few of avant-garde ice cream flavors offered by Humphry Slocumbe, a small shop in the Mission district where former pastry chef Jake Godby has made the name Humphry Slocombe synonymous with curious flavors and ingredients not often found in ice cream or sorbet. Case in point their best-seller, and the flavor that launched a thousand Humphry Slocombe fans, Secret Breakfast, a combo of homemade cornflakes and bourbon. It's definitely a grown-up choice. Traditionalists will be happy to find "normal" flavors, too (Here's your damn strawberry), but it's Jake’s ‘beat to your own drum’ ethos that brings out his best work, and keeps people lining up for creative scoops. Pick up a copy of "The Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream Book" in which 40 recipes dare you to try to recreate them at home.
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Devilishly delicious ice cream at Humphrey Slocombe
Everyone seems to try the famous Secret Breakfast flavor, which has bourbon and conflakes, but it's just one of the many creative and creamy flavors at this Mission ice cream stop (which now has a new location in the Ferry Building). I like a combo of Vietnamese Blue Bottle Coffee and Dulce de Leche if you can get it.
Humphrey Slocombe's "Secret Breakfast" ice cream is the best way to get your breakfast, pre-dinner drink and dessert all in one. It’s a deliciously crafted ice cream flavored with bourbon and studded with real corn flakes. You don't even have to work very hard to rationalize this as a late morning snack. And once you've ordered your cone, you can just spin around and head over to the Blue Bottle coffee for a cup of something to sober you up after the bourbon.