Mystic Drawbridge – Seaport Salty Swirl
More Maddening than Mystic
In a quaint little town on the sea, this place is one of the most New England ice cream shops ever. There’s a cute cafe, the shop overlooks looks a calm harbor, and atop a bridge that leads to the adorable downtown is an ice cream shop. People from all around love the place, and it has become something of the local port town hero through many people’s eyes.
I, on the other hand, was not convinced. Because before I even go into the ice cream flavor, while in the shop, there was a slight against my honor. I ordered the Salty Fractured Finger (an awesome Butterfinger type of ice cream), but they gave me the Seaport Salty Swirl! Am I still a little salty about this? Well, no more so than the flavor they gave me…
Anyways, now that I had the wrong flavor, I had no choice but to review accordingly. I mean, it’s not like I could have gone back and asked for a the correct flavor or anything, right?
Ice Cream Profile
For the Seaport Salty Swirl, we’re looking at peanut butter, salted caramel, full peanuts, and full chocolate covered pretzels. Now to me, that seems like an awful lot of excess going into an ice cream. And as a result, the mix-ins often get in the way of my licks, so I ended up having to perform some sort of tongue excavation as featured in the picture to the left. I mean geez Louise. It feels like I needed an archaeology degree just to enjoy the ice cream. Who did they think I was, Indiana Jones?
As far as the flavor goes, with sweet and salty combos, there is a fine line that shouldn’t be crossed, and when it is, often times the whole thing goes to shit. This ice cream didn’t go full salt lick, but it got pretty close.
You know how when eating ice cream there is a muted flavor that comes out after your tongue numbs a bit from the cold? And the ice cream just kind of tastes the same after that? Well that kind of happened here, but in a less enjoyable way. After continuous licking, it didn’t even have as much of a sweet caramel finish. The peanuts and peanut butter were the main player, with the starchy pretzel coming in second. Little to no caramel or chocolate is tasted here, and what you’re left with is a creamy bar snack.
I don’t like to be negative towards ice creams too much, so I will say try to end this by saying something nice about it. If you’re watching a football game (your boy Tom Brady) and drinking some beer, this might be a decent ice cream to pair with it. Beer as a diuretic has that natural ability to make the body crave salts, like peanuts or pretzels. This ice cream might not be as salty as those, but you can probably trick your mind into thinking they have salt due to the strong base flavors of peanuts and starch.
Seaport Salty Swirl Conclusion
It would have been better, if it was the ice cream I ordered! Damn, I’m still salty. In truth, because I didn’t get what I ordered, there is a solid chance I am acting harsher than I should. That said, the full peanuts and pretzels are what get my goat the most. They add a lot of extra salt, and they get in the way of enjoying the rest of the cone. At best, it’s a little intrusive, at worst, it’s a debacle. I’m not about to say this this place is no good, but I honestly think I would have enjoyed the Salty Fractured Finger a lot more. However, since I didn’t get a chance to review it, it will be a long time before we find out…
If you want to learn about mystic drawbridge and experience the salty sea for yourself, they are located at 2 W Main St, Mystic, CT 06355.
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