We stopped by the Village Creamery in Skokie, IL, a close northern Chicago suburb. Village Creamery began as a Baskin Robbins franchise, but the owners decided to abandon the franchise and make their own ice cream. They developed flavors more in line with their Filipino heritage.
Someone in our group started off the ordering with a cone of Carrot Cake ice cream. The ice cream was a tan color with carrot cake flavoring and real pieces of carrot cake included.
I was very excited to see several ice creams that featured tropical fruits. I went with a two-scoop dish of ice cream that included both mangosteen and jackfruit ice creams. These were well-made vanilla ice cream that had sizable chunks of frozen pieces of fruit included. I was excited to get to have bits of both mangosteen and jackfruit, two fruits that I first tried on trips to Singapore but hadn’t had in a few years.
The Village Creamery does have a few even more exotic flavors on their menu. I tried their maize ice cream, which was made from sweet corn and actually had chunks of corn included. If you can get over the idea that you have corn in your ice cream, it’s not necessarily a bad flavor, but isn’t something I can wholeheartedly recommend. I was thankful for sample spoons. They also had avocado ice cream, which sounds a lot stranger than it actually is. Avocado is a smooth and mellow flavor and mixes well with vanilla ice cream. Again, not my favorite flavor, but it does work better than the corn ice cream because there aren’t chunks of avocado included.
One of their specialty flavors is Halo Halo Fiesta ice cream. This is vanilla ice cream with a bunch of ingredients tossed in, based on the traditional Filipino Halo Halo shaved ice dessert. It includes banana, pineapple, coconut, red beans, white beans, and rice krispies. It’s definitely a strange combination of ingredients, but they actually do work together to provide an interesting mix of flavors and textures.
The Village Creamery has some of the most exotic and interesting flavors of ice cream that you will find in the Chicagoland area. Even better, the ice cream is homemade and extremely well made, some of the best you will find.