Review: Ice Cream Flights and Hard Floats at Ample Hills Creamery in Disney World

Ample Hills Creamery arrived on Disney’s BoardWalk in May of this year.

And here’s something you should know: the new Disney location for this Brooklyn-based ice cream company is pretty nice about letting you try samples of their sixteen house-made flavors.

Which is almost a problem. Because choosing between Peppermint Pattie, Cotton Candy, Ooey Gooey Butter Cake, PB Wins the Cup, and the rest  (including the BoardWalk’s exclusive flavor, Sally Sells Seashells) almost gets MORE difficult after you taste them. You just kind of want them ALL.

And that’s where the spot’s Ice Cream Flights come in awfully handy! So we’re back to check out those Flights along with a couple of Hard Floats that hit the scene a little while back.

The Ice Cream Flights are $10.19, and you get to choose six flavors per Flight. It’s a fun way to try several when you just can’t decide. (I mean, sure, they are keen on the samples, but they gotta draw the line somewhere ;) !)

Ample Hills Creamery sign

Ample Hills Creamery sign

My friend and I grabbed a couple flights so that we could try twelve out of the sixteen flavors. Here are some mini reviews to go along with these mini scoops! (By the way, while “bite-size” is obviously different for everyone, I’d estimate that each scoop gives about four-five bites of ice cream.)

Ice Cream Flight

Ice Cream Flight

We’ll start right around 1 o’clock in the picture below with Flight Number One. The Peppermint Pattie Ice Cream is a MUST for chocolate-mint fans. It’s cool and incredibly refreshing, and the mint flavor is very intense. FYI — those are house-made peppermint patties in there.

First Ice Cream Flight

First Ice Cream Flight

Moving clockwise, Chocolate Milk and Cookies Ice Cream is that sole chocolate-based scoop next to it, and it’s essentially your typical cookies and cream with even MORE chocolate (and packed with Back-to-Nature sandwich cookies). Next, PB Wins the Cup is the classic peanut butter and chocolate combo in vanilla ice cream; only the peanut butter cups are really fresh because, like many of the shop’s mix-ins, they’re house-made. The same can be said of the Butter Pecan Brittle with its homemade pecan brittle.

Butter Pecan Brittle

Butter Pecan Brittle

The highlight of the Baked/Unbaked next to it is the chunks of brown butter cookie dough: sweet-and-buttery meets rich-and-chewy. The Sweet Cream n’ Cookies Ice Cream is simply an ultra-packed version of cookies and cream, so you’re not going one teeny bite without a chocolate sandwich cookie.

Our second Flight is starting at about 11 o’clock with the very light yellow Lemon Sky. It’s a lemon ginger sorbet where the ginger is present as just a hint that comes through more in the aftertaste (the sorbet also withstood the heat a little better than the creams).

Second Ice Cream Flight

Second Ice Cream Flight

Ooey Gooey Butter Cake (1 o’clock-ish) is a staff favorite for a reason. When they say “GOBS of St. Louis-style Ooey Gooey Butter Cake,” they mean it!

Ooey Gooey Butter Cake

Ooey Gooey Butter Cake

I thought the Cotton Candy (that’s the blue one in the Flight), would be uber-sweet, but it was mellowed out with lots of vanilla. The end result — to my tastebuds — is that it tastes EXACTLY like the marshmallows in Lucky Charms cereal.

Cotton Candy

Cotton Candy

The Coffee Toffee Coffee is insanely good, because of the authentic coffee flavor; it’s not artificial tasting at all like some coffee ice creams can be. There are several ENTIRE mini pretzels covered in chocolate in the Malty Salty Pretzel Punch. And Nonna D’s Oatmeal Lace is packed with cinnamon spice and reminds me of a holiday cookie.

Nonna D's Oatmeal Lace

Nonna D’s Oatmeal Lace

Obviously, Ample Hills carries many unique flavors; but even the ones that are similar to ice cream flavors that you may have already tried — like Cookies and Cream — seem to be a step above due to the the quantity and quality of the mix-ins.

But here’s some advice if you choose a Flight: DO NOT do what my friend and I did, which was purchase two at once. First, this super-rich ice cream is more filling than you might think, even though the scoops are small. Second, there is no seating inside Ample Hills so your ice cream is left to defend against the — quite often very warm — elements. Our mini scoops were melting quickly, which probably wouldn’t have been as big a deal if we had just purchased one to enjoy at a time. If you want more, you can always go back.

And speaking of going back in, we did exactly that to try two of the Hard Floats (just for adults) that are in line with a trend we’ve seen all over Disney World lately… and restaurants everywhere, come to think of it. We chose the Hard Black Cherry Float and the Lemon Sky Prosecco, with the third choice being a Hard Root Beer Float.

Lemon Sky Prosecco and Hard Black Cherry Float

Lemon Sky Prosecco and Hard Black Cherry Float

The Hard Black Cherry Float is made with Dark Chocolate Ice Cream and McKenzie’s Black Cherry Hard Cider. I really like McKenzie’s Seasonal Reserve Hard Cider for the fall, but I’d never had the Black Cherry. Now, having tried it in the float, I can see where on its own it would be a great drink, but combining it with the rich Dark Chocolate ice cream gave it a real wow factor with the blend of the two tasting like a chocolate-covered cherry cordial.

Hard Black Cherry Float

Hard Black Cherry Float

I was surprised at how close the flavor resemblance was, due to the intensity of chocolate and the more authentic taste of the Black Cherry Cider as opposed to a syrupy-sweet cherry flavor. And for a price breakdown, for $10.00 you’re getting the scoops of Dark Chocolate Ice Cream (a small cup of the same runs $5.79), plus a pretty good amount of the McKenzie’s.

Finally, the Lemon Sky Prosecco (also $10.00) is a flight-sized mini scoop of Lemon Sky topping a glass of Prosecco.

Lemon Sky Prosecco

Lemon Sky Prosecco

It’s sweet and refreshing, with a nice tart hint from the sorbet. And it always feels like a fun indulgence to be sipping from a champagne flute… even if it’s plastic ;) .

Lemon Sky Prosecco

Lemon Sky Prosecco

While very pleasant, it ultimately wasn’t as memorable as the Hard Black Cherry Float, and it has a lot less ice cream.

And if you’re here, I’d say it’s a pretty safe bet that you’re going to want a fair bit of that ice cream! It’s starting to seem like whether you go for a Flight, a Float, a cup, or one of those unique house-made cones, it’s pretty hard to go wrong with a trip to Ample Hills Creamery!

Oh, and if you want to see a little more of this spot, be sure to check out our DFB Video Review!

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  1. Barbara says

    Nonna D’s oatmeal lace was really good!! Ample Hills is a nice addition to the Boardwalk

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