Wormwood Ice Cream | 72% Chocolate Cake | Quark Chocolate Tile

Why These Flavors Work

The basic flavor profile is comprised of bitter flavors and the way they interact with each other. Wormwood has a flavor reminiscent of Angostura bitters. It is also one of the ingredients in the original absinthe liqueur and is often maligned as a substance that induces hallucinations. Extracts contain a much smaller proportion of thujones (the component that may be toxic in large quantities) and are harmless. The bitterness from the chocolate is more familiar. These two flavors play off each other with a unifying theme but are clearly distinct. The quark chocolate has more of a sweet-sour dairy note that helps bind all of the flavors together and adds texture with its snap.



Plating Procedure

  1. Place the wormwood ice cream on the plate; let it temper for a few minutes.
  2. Place a quark chocolate tile on top of the ice cream.
  3. Put the fried mint leaf in front of the ice cream. Serve immediately.