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Glace’s sweet corn ice cream is one of summer’s ‘most unique,’ Vogue says

Farm-fresh sweet corn and candied ginger ice creams and watermelon sorbet at Glace Artisan Ice Cream.
Farm-fresh sweet corn and candied ginger ice creams and watermelon sorbet at Glace Artisan Ice Cream.

Few things say summer in Missouri better than sweet corn, and that’s why Vogue wants readers to check out Glace Artisan Ice Cream.

Christopher Elbow’s popular sweet corn ice cream — unhusked for a short time each summer at his 4960 Main St. location — received a nod this week in Vogue’s “From Rosé to Basil Goat Cheese: This Summer’s Most Unique (and Delicious) Ice Cream Flavors.”

Here’s their scoop:

“It’s all about local and organic produce at Kansas City, Missouri’s Glacé Artisan Ice Cream. The roasted-peaches flavor is delicious, but the real standout is the sweet corn: There’s just something about that Midwestern corn straight from the farmers market that captures the hearts of the locals. Try it on its own or get it in one of the weekly sundae specials that’s announced on the shop’s Instagram.”


No better way to celebrate #nationalicecreamday than @glaceicecream with this sweet corn ice cream and blueberry Sundae!

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Elbow describes his sweet corn ice cream as similar to creamed corn, but with a fresher, off-the-cob flavor.

“It’s one of my favorite flavors, and we only do it when we get really good sweet corn,” Elbow said when contacted about Vogue’s shoutout.

The recipe is based on Mexican elote ice cream: Corn is cut off the cob, and the kernels and cob are steeped in a mixture of cream and milk. The base is strained so no kernels remain after they have imparted their flavor. He adds “just enough salt to kind of amplify the corn flavor.”

Elbow said he just received a batch of fresh peaches, so expect the roasted peach flavor to be in the case by early next week. He also has a batch of organic strawberries waiting to be churned.

“I’m a sucker for really good strawberry ice cream,” he said. “The older I get, the simpler my tastes.”

Meanwhile, other unusual Kansas City flavors that Vogue might consider for next year’s list include pandan (a tropical fruit), ube (purple sweet potato), mango-tomatillo and, yes, even barbecue ice cream.

Betty Rae's Ice Cream owner David Friesen will unveil a new flavor July 16th: barbecue ice cream, made with Joe's Kansas City sauce and burnt ends. Video by David Eulitt, story by Jill Silva

To reach Jill Silva, The Star’s James Beard award-winning food editor: 816-234-4395, @kcstarfood