Take heart, goths: Summer may be on its way, but that doesn’t mean you have to surrender to neons and pastels. The proprietor of Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream in New York City has created a frozen dessert as dark as a raven’s wing—and if that’s not enough, this ice cream is actually made with ashes.
Not human ashes, of course. That would be a health code violation. No, Nicholas Morgenstern’s new, dark offering is made from the ashes of coconut shells. Coconut ash is considered a form of activated charcoal, that oh-so-hip ingredient that’s begun appearing in juice bars and organic soaps as a “cleansing” agent. (There’s no evidence supporting these claims.)
But Morgenstern is an ice cream man, not a health food dealer. His priorities are flavor and visual appeal. You wouldn’t know it to look at it, but the new flavor is coconutty to the extreme: coconut milk blended with coconut cream, coconut flakes, and, of course, coconut ash. The resulting, jet-black ice cream is certainly striking: