Blank Slate Creamery

I’ve now made two visits to Ann Arbor’s newest ice cream shop, Blank Slate Creamery.

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Apparently I was not the only one who got the memo stating that they opened! My first visit was back in August, about one month after they opened, but there was still a line out the door on a Friday night!

Located on the corner of 1st and Liberty Streets in downtown Ann Arbor, their proximity to Main Street makes for a perfect post-dinner stroll for dessert..

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Blank Slate is, in fact, full of plenty of slates – some blank and some full. The walls, countertops, and even the tables are covered in chalkboard, with buckets of chalk for doodling. Fun.

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Patrons can sample any flavors they like before ordering.

I like to think of myself as a fairly adventurous eater, so I rarely sample flavors in ice cream and gelato shops, because I’m usually game for any flavor. I just order what sounds good and hope for the best. I like to be surprised, I guess!

Also, I sort of have a fear of being “that person” who has to sample seven flavors before deciding on one, who holds up the line forever. Maybe I’m a big ol’ stick in the mud.

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Another shot of the interior. I do like the fun, casual vibe of the space. There is a quite a bit of seating available, and despite the crowds, I was able to find a table to sit at during both of my visits.

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Perhaps the coolest thing about Blank Slate is that they use local Guernsey Farms Dairy, sourced out of Northville, MI. Many creative flavors are available – something for everyone.

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On the first visit, I ordered a combination of Wolverine Tracks and Salty Caramel in a waffle cone. This ice cream really tasted like no other ice cream I’ve had before. To me, I find their ice cream to be somewhat tangy, with a really heavy, buttery mouth feel, and a soft consistency. It’s tasty. It’s really, really rich.

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For my second visit, I again ordered two flavors, but this time in a cup:

    • Goat Cheese Balsamic Strawberry – exclusively featured for Blank Slate’s “New Flavor Fridays” this past Friday. This is my favorite flavor of the four I’ve tried there so far. I especially loved that this flavor was not overly sweet, which allowed the tangy goat cheese to shine. I really didn’t taste any balsamic aspect to the ice cream but the strawberry swirl with large berry chunks was tasty.
    • Bananas Foster – This flavor lacked the caramelization and rum flavor that I expect in bananas foster. It tasted more like banana ice cream to me, but it was still good.

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Blank Slate Creamery is absolutely a fun place to visit and a great addition to Ann Arbor. I think they’ve filled a niche that previously did not have all that many options – late-night dedicated dessert joints downtown. (Yes, I’m considering an 11pm closing time on the weekends to be late-night! I am old). Other options (most of which closer earlier than BSC) include Washtenaw Dairy (bit of a further hike, long history and tradition), Iorio’s Gelateria (swoon), Cupcake Station, The Wafel Shop, and Kilwin’s. What else am I missing?

Perhaps not my personal first choice when it comes to frozen treats in Ann Arbor (y’all know where my heart lies!), Blank Slate Creamery is still definitely a solid choice, and I love Blank Slate Creamery’s emphasis on sourcing local, natural ingredients in a fun environment.

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