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Ice cream maker partners with Opera Grand Rapids

March 23, 2016
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Love’s Ice Cream in Grand Rapids sells handcrafted ice cream from organic grass-grazed dairy and vegan gelato. Courtesy Local First/Matt Oberski Photography

An ice cream maker is introducing three new limited-edition flavors in honor of Opera Grand Rapids’ spring productions.

Love’s Ice Cream is crafting three unique flavors for Opera Grand Rapids’ productions of “Orpheus and Eurydice,” “Romeo and Juliet” and “The Student Prince.”

The new flavors will be available at Love’s Ice Cream in the Downtown Market for two weeks leading up to each opera: March 27-April 9; April 17-30; and May 29-June 12.

Opera Grand Rapids is also offering discounts to its upcoming productions for anyone who gives the flavors a try.

Love’s Ice Cream sells handcrafted ice cream, vegan gelato, sorbets, baked goods and confections using organic and locally sourced products.

Operatic flavors

The “Orpheus and Eurydice” flavor, The Darkest Depths of Hellth, features a dark chocolate base, cocoa nibs, matcha green tea and spirulina.

The flavor's hues of darkness embody Orpheus’ "voyage to the depths of hell to save his love," with healthy ingredients "offering hope for a happy ending" to Opera Grand Rapids’ modern production of the baroque opera.

With a black pepper and sweet-cream base, salted chocolate swirls and pink peppercorns, the “Romeo and Juliet” flavor, Fortune’s Fool, encapsulates the romantic story.

The flavor emulates the "sweet sorrow of the star-crossed lovers," with the contrast between vanilla and chocolate and salt and pepper.

The flavor Three Golden Apples takes its name from the inn in the operetta “The Student Prince.” It is a place where the characters meet to drink and be merry.

Like the operetta, the flavor offers a lighter treat with apple ice cream, cider caramel swirls and apple-streusel crunch.

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