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Good lord, I am addicted and I blame my son…
Okay that’s not entirely true. But it was for him that I recently bought a pint of Sweet Republic’s real mint chip ice cream while I was doing research for my upcoming article for Green Living AZ Magazine‘s November issue.
The story is about food, and well ice cream is food, right?
Sweet Republic makes their ice cream by hand with unique flavors, including lavender, apple-wood smoked bacon and Arizona medjool dates. So in my never ending quest to expose my family to healthy, fresh, local food and ingredients I reasoned since Sweet Republic uses real mint from Maya’s Farm at South Mountain I was killing a few birds with one stone (excuse the reference).
I also figured the ice cream wouldn’t create an issue with me because I’m not really a mint or ice cream person. Never mind all the four and five star ratings on Yelp for Sweet Republic. Or that one of my favorite magazines, Bon Appétit, named them as number 1 ice cream shop in America. Or that Alton Brown voted their toffee banofi sundae as The Best Thing I Ever Ate on the Food Network. I was safe.
Sadly I was wrong on both accounts.
Although my son loves mint chip ice cream, the fresh mint is a bit much for my 4-year-old’s palate.
Mine, however, LOVES the stuff!
The delicate, aromatic mint is so exquisite that I cannot stop sneaking bites every couple of hours…