I’ll never feel the same about Haagen-Daz again.
Apparently I’m not alone in my assessment of MDI Ice Cream. This is what all of Mount Desert’s best restaurants – including Red Sky, Havana, Café This Way, and Fathom – choose to pair with their homemade puddings and blueberry pies. Red Sky, in fact, has built a banana split with bruleed banana, maple-candied almonds and sun-dried cherries around three flavors of MDI Ice Cream. When Downeast Magazine published their itinerary of what to do in Bar Harbor, their late-night recommendation for the active traveler was a visit to MDI Ice Cream. And this summer both Food and Wine Magazine and Mother Earth News have included them on their lists of best artisan ice creams nationwide.
Still, MDI Ice Cream is a low-key place that avoids sensationalism. No lobster ice cream here. Linda Parker founded it in 2005 in Bar Harbor, where there are now two retail shops, one on Main Street across from Havana and the other on Firefly Lane just off Main Street and across from the Village Green. After six years in Bar Harbor, she has also opened on Exchange Street in Portland.
Taking a look at their flavors, you have no trouble buying into her motto: Fearless Flavor. Chili chocolate, blackstrap banana, candy shoppe, nectarine prosecco, nutella, mango jicama habanero, lemon basil, and cookies. But, believe me. They’re not weird. They’re delicious.
Ice cream and summer vacation go together. And, let’s face it. You can’t take it with you. Like the breeze on Sargent Mountain or the sound of the gulls over Bass Harbor, we’ll enjoy it while we’re here. So, for now, move over Haagen-Daz.