Personally, I’m a Yankees fan, and a lazy one at that (hold your “boos!” people, to each their own!). The New York Mets, though, are on the upswing, and they’re nipping at the heels of a miracle. In honor of the unlikely trajectory of these underdogs, acclaimed Brooklyn-based ice cream shop Ample Hills Creamery created a limited edition flavor.
The mouthwatering Mets treat calls on quintessential snacks you’d munch on at a baseball game: kettle corn-infused ice cream, peanut brittle, and orange & blue M&Ms for good measure. This week, the Mets secured a spot in the World Series, a contest the team has only won twice in the history of the franchise, the last time almost 30 years ago.
This explains why, when Ample Hills Creamery ran an Instagram naming contest for their new dessert, they chose the apt title “Party Like It’s 1986” commemorating the year of the Mets’ last victory. Other potential names submitted by Instagram fans include “New York Mess,” “Shea Sundae,” and “Mettle Korn.”
Creative names and flavors are Ample Hills’ specialty, with mainstays like The Raw Deal: vanilla ice cream with chocolate flakes and homemade brown butter chocolate cookie dough; and The Munchies: pretzel-infused ice cream with clusters of buttery crackers, potato chips, pretzels, and mini M&Ms. Flavors are constantly being created and added to Ample Hills’ loaded roster.
Okay, so maybe I’m not crazy about the Mets, but I am absolutely ready to root for a delicious sweet and salty ice cream, even if it is singing their praises. Brian Smith, one of the founders of Ample Hill, divulges, “There are some of us here that are quite angry about the Mets flavor and would prefer it if we’d had a Yankees flavor… Personally, I would have liked to have seen both a Yankees and a Mets flavor square off. But it wasn’t meant to be.”
Oh well, there’s always next year.
You can find Party Like It’s 1986 at Ample Hills’ Gowanus, Vanderbilt, and Gotham West Market locations, where the flavor will be in rotation throughout the World Series.