(Twirl & Dip is now closed for business)
The Sweet Life in Golden Gate Park
How many ice cream trucks do you know of that have organic ice cream, fair trade chocolate and handmade honeycomb? Twirl & Dip Soft Serve in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park is the cutest, kindest ice cream company you ever did see.
Owners Meg and Siri and manager Ty put their heart into creating an ice cream experience that is enjoyable for all... with high quality, sustainable offerings and heaps of kind hospitality. Serving ice cream cones, sundaes, popsicles and even old-fashioned root beer floats, there is something for every taste.
Locally + Sustainably Sourced
One of the most lovely aspects is that they source ingredients locally, from purveyors like organic dairy Clover in Sonoma, Berkeley, CA-based TCHO Chocolate and Marshall's Farm Honey based In American Canyon, CA, right next to the Napa Valley.
On our recent visit, we were treated to 'The Beehive' comprised of organic vanilla ice cream dipped in TCHO fair trade 60.5% dark chocolate, sprinkled with Maldon sea salt and topped with honeycomb made with Marshall's Farm Honey. It's one of the tastiest treats we've ever had, along with their other signature dessert, 'The Queen'. The Beehive and the Queen may be in your future! Read on.
Our TCHO Chocolate Crush
It's not just Twirl & Dip that's in love with TCHO, we are too! Berkeley, CA based TCHO "beyond fair trade" chocolate source their beans sustainably from Ecuador, Ghana, Peru, Madagascar and the Dominican Republic with love. Their mission statement reads: "We started TCHO to make the best chocolate in the world, and do it in a way that actually makes the world a better place. So we treat our growers fairly and we source ethically. We do it because it’s the right thing to do. And because it results in better chocolate. And that puts a smile on everyone’s face."
So what does TCHO mean by 'beyond fair trade'? They state, "While we proudly source Fair Trade certified cacao for many of our products, our TCHO Source program and the quality premiums we pay are well above the minimum standards and pricing set by Fair Trade." Can you love chocolate any more than you already do? Yes you can, and you can buy it online here.
Photo credit: TCHO Chocolate
Wildflower Honey from Nearby
Family-owned, local gourmet honey producer Marshall's Farm Honey is raw, 100% pure, organic, and unfiltered. Twirl & Dip chooses their wildflower honey to create their handcrafted honeycomb that gives the 'Beehive' its signature flavor.
Marshall's Farm explains, "The diverse & constantly changing seasonal blooms of the Bay Area (Eucalyptus, Star Thistle, Wildflower, Blackberry & others) produce floral nectars & pollens that differ greatly in taste, texture & color. Spencer harvests after each bloom, isolates the honey harvested from each apiary & thus creates the special flavor nuances & wonderful color variations in Marshall's Farm delectably delicious honey."
You can pick up at local San Francisco Bay Area farmer's markets or have it delivered directly to your home.
We promised we'd tell you about 'The Queen' a bit later so we'd be remiss not to! This dreamy concoction is made with vanilla bean and chocolate ice cream twirled together, dipped in TCHO chocolate and sprinkled with handmade toffee pieces, toasted almonds, and Maldon sea salt.