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Salt & Straw's Thanksgiving flavors this year include Salted Caramel Thanksgiving Turkey, Buttered Mashed Potatoes & Gravy among others.
Salt & Straw's Thanksgiving flavors this year include Salted Caramel Thanksgiving Turkey, Buttered Mashed Potatoes & Gravy among others.
via Salt & Straw website

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Thanksgiving this year is espected to be a scorcher, with some temperatures in SoCal reaching as high as 97 degrees. So, if you don't feel like roasting alongside your turkey, Salt & Straw is offering a full Thanksgiving meal in ice cream form.

Salt & Straw employee Chuy Hernandez shows off a tasting flight of Thanksgiving ice cream flavors.
Salt & Straw employee Chuy Hernandez shows off a tasting flight of Thanksgiving ice cream flavors.
KPCC/Leo Duran

Take Two producers Leo Duran and Lori Galarreta visited the Salt & Straw in Downtown L.A. to have a three-course meal. 

Take Two producers Leo Duran and Lori Galarreta prepare to eat some Thanksgiving ice cream flavors.
Take Two producers Leo Duran and Lori Galarreta prepare to eat some Thanksgiving ice cream flavors.
KPCC/Leo Duran

First up: Salted Caramel Thanksgiving Turkey

Salt & Straw's Salted Caramel Thanksgiving Turkey ice cream flavor.
Salt & Straw's Salted Caramel Thanksgiving Turkey ice cream flavor.
via Salt and Straw website

This flavor seems like your standard salted caramel ice cream until you come across a crunchy, caramelized and salty turkey skin. 

Leo's take: "Once you bite down into that crystal crispiness, then all of a sudden you'll go, 'Oh I know that flavor, that's totally turkey meat.' It's actually pretty good."

Lori's take: "I like it. Honestly, I'm getting very, very low turkey vibes. It's good."

General consensus: The one ice cream flavor that was agreed on. It was tasty and weird in a good way.

Second course: Buttered Mashed Potatoes & Gravy

Salt & Straw's Buttered Mashed Potatoes & Gravy ice cream flavor.
Salt & Straw's Buttered Mashed Potatoes & Gravy ice cream flavor.
via Salt and Straw website

Definitely the most savory of the flavors. It's very dense and made with real chicken broth and potatoes. The website describes this as tasting "sweet and salty with hints of chocolate, coffee and yes, baked mashed potato." 

Leo's take: "It's not too sweet. It's just sweet enough that makes it ice cream, but it still has enough of that mashed potato flavor where you're like, 'Oh yeah, that's totally mashed potatoes.'"

Lori's take: "It goes counter to everything I love about mashed potatoes because I love nice fluffy warm mashed potatoes, but this is that mashed potato taste but...cold."

General Consensus: Split. Leo was feeling this flavor and how similar it was to the actual product it was trying to mimic. Lori put the spoon down pretty quickly.

Third Course: Spiced Goat Cheese & Pumpkin Pie 

Salt & Straw's Spiced Goat Cheese & Pumpkin pie flavored ice cream.
Salt & Straw's Spiced Goat Cheese & Pumpkin pie flavored ice cream.
via Salt and Straw website

Pumpkin pie is a Thanksgiving staple. When making this flavor, Salt & Straw focused on the pie's custardy-creaminess by using the spiced goat cheese ice cream as a base and tossing in mashed pumpkin and spices.

Leo's take: "It kind of looks like a pumpkin pie covered in whipped cream. I think goat cheese and pumpkin pie...those flavors kind of match."

Lori's take: "There's just some really strong notes of goat cheese in that. I'm not a huge pumpkin pie fan, so I'm gonna move on to the sweet potato."

Consensus: Split. Leo was digging the flavor mashup of pumpkin pie and goat cheese, while Lori moved on to the sweet potato casserole with maple pecan ice cream.

BONUS: Sweet Potato Casserole with Maple Pecans

Salt & Straw's sweet potato casserole with maple pecans ice cream flavor.
Salt & Straw's sweet potato casserole with maple pecans ice cream flavor.
via Salt and Straw website

This flavor contains roasted sweet potatoes, maple-sugared pecans and marshmallow. It's REALLY sweet and even has hints of spice.

Leo's take: "We are on the opposite end of the spectrum. I never liked sweet potato casserole, so to this, I'm like 'meh, it's okay.'"

Lori's take: "It's just sugar on sugar, I love it. It's perfect because you can have the pumpkin pie and I will take the sweet potato casserole."

Consensus: Split once again. But it works out. Leo liked the goat cheese and pumpkin pie. Lori liked the sweet potato casserole and maple pecans. Everyone's happy, and no one has to share.

Here are some other options to stay cool

If a full course ice cream meal doesn't sound like your thing, fear not. There are many other options in Southern California that are feeling the Thanksgiving spirit.

To hear the Salt & Straw Thanksgiving flavors taste test, click the blue play button above.