Salt & Straw Releases Thanksgiving Flavors, Including Turkey Ice Cream

by Sarah Fritsche | SF Chronicle

Salt & Straw's Thanksgiving themed ice cream flavors: Salted caramel turkey, sweet potato casserole with maple pecans, spiced goat cheese & pumpkin pie, roasted peach & sage cornbread stuffing and roasted cranberry sauce sorbet. Photo: Photos courtesy of of Salt & Straw

Turkey-flavored ice cream may not be for everyone, but at least this is a little more unexpected than your average Thanksgiving dinner.

Portland-based ice cream shop Salt & Straw, which also has three Bay Area outposts, is well known for getting experimental in the flavor department.

Last spring, the San Francisco outposts teamed up with students from local elementary schools for an ice cream inventing assignment that produced outlandish flavors like a rose and lavender-infused sherbet bedazzled with edible green glitter and nacho flavor, featuring cheddar cheese ice cream with tomato jam, candied tortilla chips and avocado fudge.

Now, just in time for the holiday season, Salt & Straw will once again be serving up a 5-course Thanksgiving dinner’s worth of flavors from stuffing to pie.

The nacho flavor created by San Francisco elementary schools, available at Salt & Straw during the month of April. Photo: Salt & Straw

Salted Caramel Thanksgiving Turkey consists of turkey brittle in a turkey fat caramel ice cream; Roasted Peach & Sage Cornbread Stuffing is made with sage ice cream, with cornbread brown sugar shortbread cookies, spiced peach jam and peach vinegar; Sweet Potato Casserole has maple syrup marshmallow fluff and homemade candied pecans mixed in sweet potato ice cream; Spiced Goat Cheese & Pumpkin Pie features “local goat cheese, and streaks of fresh baked pumpkin pie filling”; and for the vegans, there’s Roasted Cranberry Sauce Sorbet.

Salt & Straw’s Burlingame outpost. Photo: Patricia Chang