We're all familiar with the standard ice cream toppings (sprinkles, walnuts, maybe even berries if you're trying to be psuedo-healthy), but what about halva? For the uninitiated, the sweet Middle Eastern confection made of tahini and honey is having a serious culinary moment in N.Y.C., thanks in no small part to Victory Garden, a buzzy goat's-milk soft-serve shop in Greenwich Village that specializes in quirky seasonal toppings.
The crumbly mixture not only offers a savory twist on the quintessential summer treat—it may just have you swearing off your standard cone accoutrements. "The nutty flavor contrasts with the sweet scoops," says Sophia Brittan, owner of the cult-favorite ice cream parlor, who notes that halva is by far her most popular topping. If you're really feeling the combo, she recommends doubling down on your dose by crumbling halva atop halva-flavored ice cream.
In terms of the frozen swirl, Brittan is a fan of the goat's milk variety in particular due to its vast nutritional and health benefits. "Goat's milk is the most easily digestible milk," she says, before adding that it has fewer allergenic proteins than cow's milk and is also higher in calcium and fatty acids but lower in cholesterol. "It tastes really refreshing and doesn't contain as much fat." Apparently, now you can have your ice cream and eat it, too.
Can't make it to N.Y.C. to give halva a try? Pick some up for $5 at malincho.com.