By Mary Crafts-Homer
It seems my restaurant reviews having been getting much more positive as of late. I don’t know if that’s because I’m just getting soft in my old age or because the restaurant scene in Utah Valley is getting that much better!
As many of you know, I fashion myself a bit of an ice cream connoisseur, so I was hesitant to review the new spot in Provo that’s been getting all the hype. I decided to take my most trusted but most critical review board with me for a trip to Rockwell’s. My children, along with all the grandchildren and my husband, Rick, headed to this new hot spot in downtown Provo.
I was charmed by the old-fashioned decor with whiskey barrel tables, colorful metal chairs, and friendly staff. What a list of flavors! With 14 family members in tow, we were going to sample a lot of ice cream.
Rockwell’s makes their premium ice cream fresh everyday. The flavors are hand-extracted and extremely well formulated. The mint chip actually tasted like mint instead of toothpaste!
Get ready for the lengthy list of flavors we tried: Snickerdoodle, Cookies and Cream, Biscoff, Salted Caramel, Chocolate Malt, Peaches and Cream (with fresh local peaches!), and Cookie Dough. All delicious, but the hands-down winner of the entire visit was HONEY COMB! This flavor was over the top with swirls and chunks of burnt honey sugar, and I had it in a salted pretzel cone for added flavor contrast. Oh, my goodness, now there was some good ice cream!
My two sons ventured into the realm of complete and total decadence by having their ice cream over Rockwell’s caramaleta brownies and peanut butter brownies. We ventured a guess that with 18 percent butter fat ice cream and the calories in the brownies, those desserts came in somewhere around a whopping 1,200 calories each!
There are so many wonderful flavors that I’m not sure I will ever need to indulge in a sundae, cookie sandwich or shake off the Rockwell menu.
The owner, Justin Wilson, opened his doors nine months ago and with Utah’s love affairs with ice cream, it appears he’s in for a long run.
The price tag for 12 ice creams was $48, so it’s not going to break the bank to go as a family, but it certainly costs more than going out for soft serve yuckiness. As we finished every bite, I asked everyone, “So, is it a thumbs up or thumbs down?”
You guessed it! A unanimous thumbs up.
Congratulations Rockwell’s for raising the bar of Utah food and culture.
Until next time, remember to fill your life with scrumptious food and joy!
Mary Crafts-Homer owns Culinary Crafts based in Pleasant Grove, and is a 13-time “Best of State” Caterer.