Banana Pudding Ice Cream? Sign me up. Phin & Phebes is a Brooklyn-based ice cream company, and their Banana Whama ($8.99) is made of fresh banana puree and crushed vanilla wafer cookies. It really does taste like banana pudding in frozen form, only fluffier. I ate half the pint with a spoon and made impromptu ice cream sandwiches with the other half. It's a playful ice cream with intense, unmistakeable flavors; it runs on the sweeter side and is not an ice cream for those expecting sophistication. But who can be serious all the time? Also keep an eye out for the Vietnamese Iced Coffee ice cream—this one's made with a blend of chicory and regular coffee, each spoonful trailing off with a cool finish of cardamom on the tongue.
About the author: Originally from Honolulu, Kathy YL Chan blogs at Kathy YL Chan, where she chronicles her eats and travel adventures between Hawai'i, New York and beyond. She firmly believes that there is always room for dessert.