Everything's better with bacon. That includes ice cream. At Good Times Artisan Ice Cream, a massive bacon shard is the crowning glory on the Smashing Pumpkin, a why-didn't-anyone-else-think-of-that-first combo of salted caramel ice cream with pumpkin, peanut praline and caramel popcorn.
Good Times couldn't have opened at a better time, providing cool and creative salvation to Sydneysiders sweltering in a week-long heatwave. It's like the giant neon ice cream sign has become a homing beacon for sweet tooths. The spill of people across the footpath is hard to miss.
Soft serves and ice cream sandwich menu
Good Times is the childhood dream come true for Nathan Sasi (ex-Nomad head chef) and his wife Sali, keen to evoke that childlike excitement whenever the ice cream truck came trundling through. For their first week of trade, they're collaborating with dessert legend Christine Manfield resulting in a remarkably sophisticated menu of soft serves and ice cream sandwiches.
Everything - from the ice cream to the cones to the individual toppings - is made inhouse. That's worth remembering when you fork out $10 for each item and finish it within sixty seconds.
Stoned Pony $10
Chocolate and salted caramel ice cream, chocolate pearls, chocolate nougat crumble, chocolate shortbread
The decor, cheeky ice cream names and quirky flavour combos are reminiscent of Big Gay Ice Cream in New York, an influence that Sasi concedes as "one of his main inspirations".
The shopfront is ridiculously small, with a narrow doorway dumping you directly at the front counter. Military persistence by staff ensure that customers are escorted out the shop to wait for their order after payment. The system works though, and our ice creams arrive relatively quickly.
Our Stoned Pony has a messier "rim job" (their description) of chocolate pearls than the one promised on their Instagram, but this is a terrific ice cream sandwich nonetheless. It's the chocolate shortbread biscuit that I appreciate most, sturdy enough to withstand the ice cream without going soggy, but thin enough to bite through without any problems. The shortbread has a deep chocolatey richness to it too, the ideal foundation for its chocolate and salted caramel ice cream filling.
Ziggy Stardust $10
Strawberry ice cream, blackberry crispies, pop rocks, strawberry powder, gold dust stars
The Ziggy Stardust is pretty as a picture, swirls of smooth and silky strawberry soft serve topped with a white chocolate star dusted with gold. Freeze-dried blackberries and strawberry powder provide zing and a dusting of pop rocks snap and crackle on your tongue.
Smashing Pumpkin $10
Salted caramel ice cream, candied pumpkin chunks, salted peanut praline, candied bacon wafers, caramel popcorn
The Smashing Pumpkin is my favourite of our choices tonight. There's a little bit of everything in there, marrying textures with saltiness and sweet. The candied pumpkin is soft and sticky and that bacon shard doubles as a spoon.
Good Times by all.
Good Times Artisan Ice Cream
87B Macleay Street, Potts Point, Sydney
Tel: 0450 077 290
Tuesday to Saturday 6pm-10.30pm or until sold out
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