Unless it is, in fact, pork roll ice cream
When it comes to John Taylor Pork Roll, you essentially have three types of people in the world: Those who call it “pork roll,” those who call it “Taylor ham,” and those who say, “I don’t know what the hell you’re talking about, but keep it out of my ice cream.” As for those first two groups, though pork and ice cream might not seem like natural bedfellows, no matter what you call it, any devotee of this processed meat will probably be excited to hear this news: A farm in New Jersey has created a Taylor ham ice cream.
Windy Brow Farms in Fredon, New Jersey—that’s North Jersey, or “Taylor ham” country, as opposed to South Jersey, where “pork roll” is more prevalent – has recently released what it’s billing as the state’s first Taylor ham ice cream. Assuming that’s true, it’s likely the world’s first Taylor ham ice cream too because most people outside of the greater Jersey area don’t even know what Taylor ham is.
For those who need a clarification, pork roll,the creation of which is credited to New Jersey’s John Taylor,is kind of like a large pork sausage that, when cut into circular slices, bears a bit of a resemblance to Canadian bacon.
If that doesn’t sound appealing as an ice cream ingredient, Windy Brow Farms actually kind of agrees with you. Though the farm obviously set out to create a treat using the local staple, they admitted that ice cream with only Taylor ham would be “gross,” according to NJ.com. So instead, they went for a grander vision: a “Taylor Ham + French Toast” flavor, part of their “Only in Jersey” series.
Windy Brow Farms Managing Partner Jake Hunt said he wanted a “really good balance of super sweet and super salty,” so they start with two pounds of Taylor ham for every 2.5 gallon container of ice cream, chop it up, caramelize it, bake it in the oven, pan fry it, and finally toss it with cinnamon and sugar. From there, all that ham gets mixed into a maple ice cream (made with local maple syrup no less) along with the farm’s homemade challah bread.
Out now, this Taylor Ham + French Toast ice cream will be available until at least the end of July. Meanwhile, other Only in Jersey flavors will continue to be released every three-to-four weeks including one based off another regional specialty… tomato pie.
Okay, we don’t really have time to get into what “tomato pie” is right now, but it’s not like an apple pie made with tomatoes. It’s kinda like a pizza without the cheese. But it’s different. Ugh, I said we don’t have time to get into this right now!