Friday, December 21, 2012

Sweet Ritual, Austin

Juice and vegan ice cream sundaes? Sure, why not! In an unexpected location inside of the Daily Juice Cafe is this wonderful, heavenly spot where you can get your ice cream sundae fix. Welcome to Sweet Ritual in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Austin. The two owners, Valerie and Amelia, both worked for ice cream parlors in the past. In fact, Amelia worked for the only vegan ice cream shop in Austin at the time, Toy Joy, and while working there, she developed her own recipe for ice cream. They teamed up to start an old-fashioned ice cream parlor and the rest is history.


The menu is very extensive as they offer 17 different sundaes along with many different toppings so can either choose from the sundaes on the menu or you can make your own. They also have shakes and espresso. Unfortunately, though, there were only two types of ice cream to choose from -- vanilla and the flavor of the week, which was orange dreamsicle. Since we really couldn't decide on just one sundae, we just ordered the sundae sampler, which allows you to taste three smaller sundaes for $13. Okay, maybe we got a bit greedy. We went with the Turtle, Peanut Butter Cup, and RedHotVegans.com.


We sat down and anxiously awaited our sundaes. When they came out, two of them were half melted. The lady apologized saying that she was working by herself and quickly left to attend to the other customers. That was pretty disappointing. That said, they were all delicious. The turtle was vanilla ice cream with gooey chocolate sauce, salted caramel sauce, pecans and shaved coconut. The peanut butter cup was vanilla ice cream topped with creamy peanut butter sauce, chocolate sauce, chocolate chips and salted Spanish peanuts. What a great combo!  Last, but not least, there was the RedHotVegans.com. Luckily, this was the one that wasn't melted because it was the best! It was basically a Smores sundae with graham crackers, spiced chocolate sauce, and roasted marshmallows -- they really were roasted with a blowtorch! This sundae was amazing! If you only get one, get the RedHotVegans.com sundae. This website, by the way, is an Austin vegan lifestyle blog.


So, besides the sundaes being half-melted, they were really good. I would highly recommend you try this place. Just order one sundae at a time.

Sweet Ritual
4500 Duval Street
Austin, TX 78751

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