We all scream for ice cream. The cold, sweet sensation that hits the tongue is somehow comfort after a breakup, relief on a 98-degree day, and positivity to get us through the day all at once. Here at Social Sunday, we love ice cream just as much as we love women entrepreneurs. So women-owned ice cream shops gives us even more of a reason to get ourselves a sweet treat this summer! Here are five ice cream brands owned by women you should know about:
Jeni Britton Bauer is the founder of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, which is known for its exotic flavors. There’s the sweet and spicy Queen City Cayenne and the unlikely, yet genius, Sweet Corn & Blackberries to name a few. Jeni’s also famous for using whole ingredients (often sourced from her home state of Ohio) since the company’s inception in 2002, a pretty amazing feat for its time. There are 10 locations across the U.S. if you want to get a scoop of Jeni’s. But fear not if Jeni isn’t in your area—you can order pints of her ice-cream online to be delivered right to your door, with guaranteed frozen delivery! There’s a minimum purchase of three pints for online orders. So if you have trouble deciding among flavors, try the Pride Collection—a roundup of Nina West’s (from RuPaul’s Drag Race) four favorite flavors. In celebration of Pride Month, 100% of the profits will go to The Nina West Foundation to support LGBTQ+ causes. Talk about a guilt-free treat!
Best friends Alexis Dundas and Jennie Gallivan started Blue Marble Ice Cream in Brooklyn over a decade ago. Now, their ice cream is found in ice cream shops, restaurants, and food markets all over NYC and some parts of New Jersey. Blue Marble has the tastiest (certified!) organic ice cream. The ingredients come from around the world to provide high-quality taste, such as the organic cacao—from Dominican Republic’s ethical farmers—used in the Organic Chocolate ice cream flavor. Blue Marble isn’t just about serving great ice cream; giving back has been a huge part of its mission. Blue Marble Dreams is the nonprofit under Blue Marble Ice Cream, which worked with groups of women in Rwanda and Haiti to build ice cream shops in their cities.
Sophie Gao and Vida Feng are the dynamic duo that started Stax Ice Cream. Although the shop is located in the bustling streets of Manhattan, the soothing aesthetics (think white brick walls and hanging plants) offer comfort and connection for city dwellers to unwind and indulge in confectionaries and conversations with one another. A signature treat at Stax is the Cremella, a donut ice-cream sandwich you can customize. With the different donuts, ice cream flavors (Ube and Jasmine Milk Tea are stand-outs), and toppings to choose from, all of your sweet dreams will come true. If that’s not enough to convince you to visit, let the store’s Instagram feed do the rest of the talking ;)
Booze and ice cream—need I say more? Prohibition Creamery’s Founder, Laura Aidan, has handcrafts alcohol-infused ice cream with flavors that range from the coffee liqueur-based Vietnamese Coffee to Sangria Sorbet. There’s even a CBD-infused ice cream, the Afternoon Delight—a red velvet ice cream with cream cheese frosting. The shop itself is actually a 1920s-style bungalow in Austin, Texas, which is extremely fitting for the Prohibition era. If you’re looking for some sober sweets instead, Prohibition Creamery also serves several non-boozy ice creams, milkshakes, and floats that should be just as good as their alcoholic specials (did we mention there’s a Candy Bar milkshake!).
The award-winning Ice Cream Jubilee brand is the result of a presidential appointee at the Department of Homeland Security following her passion. During founder Victoria Lai’s time working in Washington D.C., she spent her nights and weekends inventing ice cream flavors that would later be recognized in competitions and the media. Ice Cream Jubilee rotates its flavors seasonally, so it’s the ideal place for experimentation. It has an impressive archive of unique flavors, including Coconut Lychee Lime and Sweet Potato Molasses Candy. With four locations in D.C. and Virginia, Ice Cream Jubilee continues to grow alongside its list of flavors.
What are your fave women-owned ice cream shops? Let us know in the comments!