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Monday
Dec172012

CakeSpy Undercover: Taos Cow, Taos NM

Taos Cow Ice Cream

In Taos, New Mexico, when you drive up a steep road into a sort of hippie utopia called Arroyo Seco, there's a clearing which gives way to a place called Taos Cow.

It's off the beaten path of the town—far from the plaza, or town center. But it's worth a visit.

Taos Cow Ice Cream

One of their specialties is ice cream, which has a most unique texture. In fact, I am tempted to say it's more gelato-like—sort of smooth and with a different texture than say, Haagen daz. In asking the employee what made for that unique texture, she couldn't say—maybe the cows are just happier in New Mexico. 

Taos Cow Ice Cream

Dairy is, after all, one of the major industries in New Mexico, and all of the dairy used in their products is from the state. I tried three types of ice cream: Caramel Pinon (pine nut), which is smooth and mellow and rich, with a deep, sophisticated aftertaste. I wanted to commit to this flavor, but they only had the tiniest bit left so I settled for a taste and got a hearty scoop of another flavor: the strawberry chocolate.Taos Cow Ice Cream

Probably this was one of the nicest strawberry ice creams I've ever tasted, with a distinct strawberry taste and a wonderful accompaniment of bittersweet and white chocolate. The high sweetness of the white chocolate, the slight bitterness of the dark chocolate, and the natural sweetness of the strawberry, all coming together in creamy matrimony, sure made my mouth happy.

A friend got the chocolate pecan ice cream as a shake, and it contained about 6 heaping scoops of ice cream. It was absolutely delicious, and at the end of it, there were nutty bits coated in melty chocolate like a treat at the end of the milkshake road.

Taos Cow Ice Cream

But wait, there's more! Although Taos Cow is famous for their ice cream, it's not all they have to offer. They also have a pastry case full of cookies, pies, and pastries. Taos Cow Ice Cream

For instance, the apple pastry, which had a beautiful, flaky crust and a sweet, brown sugary apple filling. It was most impressive for breakfast the next morning.

Apple turnover, Taos Cow Ice Cream

Taos Cow is a hippie place with tourist prices, but it's certainly a sweet stop in New Mexico.

485 Hwy 150, Arroyo Seco, NM; online here.

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Reader Comments (4)

Ice cream at winter? :D no thanks, at winter i like hot chocolate with hot cake :) Usually i buy hot cakes at Felix Bakery http://www.feliksa-konditoreja.com
December 18 | Unregistered CommenterAgerm
Pine nut?? Sounds interesting! But I really have my eye on that apple tart - it looks so warm and delicious!
December 18 | Unregistered CommenterKelly
Agerm: In Taos it gets quite warm in the day - so it's nice to have ice cream! Especially when it is so tasty.

Kelly: Pine nut ice cream is great - their mellow flavor adds a nice rich caramelly type finish. Yum!
December 20 | Unregistered Commentercakespy
I'm heading to Taos in a few months - any other recommendations?
December 26 | Unregistered CommenterEmily B

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