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Straus of Marin County adds new ice cream flavors

Lemon-gingersnap and caramel-toffee are two new flavors of organic ice cream from Straus Family Creamery.
Lemon-gingersnap and caramel-toffee are two new flavors of organic ice cream from Straus Family Creamery. apierleoni@sacbee.com

We’ve been dialed into the Straus Family Creamery ever since we visited the Marin County dairy in 2007 and met owner Albert Straus, who gave us a mini-tour.

His parents founded the dairy in 1941. After returning home from college in 1977, Straus went into business with his father, Bill, and by 1993 had converted the 660-acre property into the first organic dairy farm west of the Mississippi.

After years of wishing the dairy would go beyond its delicious vanilla ice cream, we were delighted when other flavors began to appear in supermarkets and specialty stores. Now it’s hard to choose from among its 11 flavors.

Three new ones have come onto the market recently – caramel-toffee, lemon-gingersnap, and strawberry. While the strawberry is characteristically rich and fruity, taste-testers quickly emptied pint containers of the other two. Pieces of gingersnap cookie in lemony ice cream, and chunks of sweet toffee in caramel ice cream gave crunch to the creamy frozen treats. Given the quality, $5.29 seems like a fair price.

Allen Pierleoni: 916-321-1128, @apierleonisacbe

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