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Who wants ice cream when you can have booze cream

This is one of those stories that’ll have the tummy rumblin’ as you simultaneously reassure yourself that it’s five o’clock somewhere.

Clementine’s Naughty and Nice Creamery in St Louis is revolutionising the ice cream industry.

While we’ve all heard of (and, to be perfectly honest, are now pretty bored of) microbreweries, Clementine’s is a microcreamery.

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More than just a name, Clementine’s lives up to this moniker by providing chilled confectionary that is small batch, handcrafted, all natural, low overrun (less than 30 percent) and has over 16 percent butterfat.

Oh yeah, and the flavours are divided up into being ‘nice’ and ‘naughty’ – with the latter earning that particular title by being boozy.

And not boozy as in “ooh, that rum and raisin has a bit of a kick,” but boozy as in up to 18 percent alcohol by volume.

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Yet, by all accounts, it still tastes good. Like, real good.

Take Clementine’s Maple Bourbon with Pecans, which is described as consisting of “Real maple and bourbon boozy ice cream with salted, candied pecan pieces speckled throughout. Bourbon hasn’t tasted this good since prohibition.”

Of course, with a one-pint punnet of the stuff selling for the tear-inducing price of US$56 (AUS$77), it’d want to similarly get your mouth watering.

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So how do they do it? Well, owner Tamara Keefe has filed a patent on her process, so isn’t about to give up the secret, but she reckons “It’s been a huge game changer for us and for the industry.”

“There’s been no innovation in ice cream ever. People are still making ice cream the same way they did 100 years ago,” Keefe told Eater.

And Keefe sees her new way of doing things as being the start of a massive shift in her own fortunes, with plans to expand from the current two storefronts to 25 in the coming five or so years.

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Joe likes to write about himself in the third person, even if he thinks it’s horribly pretentious when others do it.

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