Baltimore: The Charmery

Who says you can't have ice cream for breakfast?  Or second breakfast?

After gorging on nachos (and nowhere near finishing them), my sister took us down the street to The Charmery, which is apparently a Baltimore institution:


The interior was pretty typical for an ice cream shop:


Well, it was until the lights suddenly dimmed and a disco ball started flashing.  Say what?

To be honest, I wasn't all that impressed by the selection of flavors.  Most sounded pretty standard: salty caramel, chocolate chip cookie dough, mint chip, etc.  The lemon stick sounded pretty interesting until I got to taste test it.  Blech.  I have no idea what that was about.

The open sesame was, in fact, interesting.  Instead of the usual black sesame, this one was white.  It tasted...a lot like sesame.

My sister wanted us to try the Old Bay caramel, so that's what we got along with the pistachio toffee:


Two scoops cost us $5.

The pistachio toffee wasn't bad, but the real standout was the Old Bay caramel.  For those of you who don't know, Old Bay is a brand of seasoning typically used with seafood, particularly crab, made with herbs and spices.  Definitely not what one would expect to work well in ice cream.  But it did.  The saltiness of the Old Bay was the perfect compliment to the caramel.  Like salted caramel, but much more intriguing. 

Get the Old Bay caramel.  It'll blow your mind.

As will the plastic COLOR-CHANGING spoons The Charmery uses:


That's right.  The spoon changes color depending on temperature.  Like a mood ring.  But much, much cooler.

I wiped ours down and took them home.  All the way back to California.  Heh.  No shame.


The Charmery
801 W 36th St
Baltimore, MD 21211
(410) 814-0493
http://thecharmery.com/

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