Its getting hot out there and nothing is more refreshing on a hot summer’s day (or night) than a bowl or cone of delicious ice-cream!
More Black entrepreneurs have been entering the frozen dessert industry over the last decade, opening ice cream parlors across America and stocking the shelves of your favorite retail stores with creamy delicacies. Support the Black dollar staying in our communities and show some love to the culture by shopping with some of these businesses.
Here is a list of Black-Owned ice-cream brands to support.
About: Hood Cream is a dairy-free ice cream brand located in New Orleans, LA. Created in 2020 by Nikki Thompson, a local ice cream enthusiast and risk taker. This creamy business started with courageous, and herbaceous flavor selections. Providing exceptional ice cream bar services throughout the metro New Orleans area at vendor markets and events. Hood Cream is a black-woman owned company set to open its first brick and mortar, ice cream lounge, October 2022.
About: Located in Northside Richmond, Va., Ruby Scoops is a local creator of premium small batch ice creams, sorbets, sherbets, and desserts, all handcrafted and scratch made by Chef & Owner, Rabia Kamara, co-owner Emmett Wright, and the Scoops Squad.
Ruby Scoops came to fruition October 2014, when Rabia noticed the increasing rarity of consistent high quality local desserts. She decided it was time to help change that, all the while beginning to take steps to work for herself. Ruby Scoops uses ingredients from local farms to bring you the finest, richest ice creams, sorbets, sherbets and baked goods.
Goodies Frozen Custard & Treats
About: We take you to a simpler place and time where passion, integrity, quality and customer service were more than mere words. A time period, when Dick Clarks’ American Bandstand dominated TV; and Rock & Roll artists like Chuck Berry, Ray Charles, Little Richard, Elvis Presley, Fats Domino and Chubby Checkers ruled the jukeboxes. Allow “Goodies” to take you down memory lane, indulging you with a social experience, while delighting your taste buds with our legendary frozen custard and treats.
About: Happy Ice is an ultra-premium Water Ice product, made from a secret recipe from Philadelphia with an artistic LA twist. It has the smooth, rich, creamy texture of an ice cream and the light, fruity flavors of sorbet and refreshing like shaved ice. Happy Ice is all these amazing product in one, without egg or dairy products of any kind.
Ari’s Ice Cream Parlor & Cafe
About: Ari’s Ice Cream Parlor & Cafe is a local St. Louis business serving great tasting food. We pride ourselves on having exceptional customer service and affordable pricing for everyone, no matter the budget for that specific day. As we continue to grow in the community, we seek to become the best restaurant to serve breakfast, lunch and desserts.
Creamalicious Ice Cream
About: At Creamalicious, each flavor takes you to a place reminiscent of the comfort of family. Whether it’s exchanging a smile with your aunt as she makes fresh pies; seeing your uncle adjust his hat like the coolest man alive; or just playing outside until the street lights come on; each recipe has a story of its own that is steeped in the good ole’ days. A little fun, a little cool, a lot of love, but always memorable.
This is our gift to you. You’re family.
Whipped Urban Dessert Lab
About: We are a Black-Female Owned lifestyle brand that embodies food, culture, and elevated experiences. We call it UrbanLuxe.™
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About: Cajou Creamery (Kah-jū) is a plant-based ice cream company based in Baltimore, MD, committed to crafting super-premium ice cream using whole superfoods, free from chemicals, artificial flavors, or fillers.
Cathy’s Gourmet Ice Cream Sandwiches
About: Cathy’s was founded in the spring of 2018 in downtown Cleveland. Our store’s #1 goal is to serve our gourmet ice cream sandwiches in an upbeat, inviting, and exciting atmosphere. A place where both our customers love to visit and our team enjoys to work.
Goon With The Spoon
About: The inspiration for the “Goon With The Spoon” brand name came from E-40’s music catalog. As a musician, he rapped about being a “Goon With The Spoon” in songs like “Back in Business” and “I Get Down (feat B-Legit)” as an innovative metaphor to describe his entrepreneurial hustle and ambition.
About: kubé is leading the inclusive and full-circle regenerative economy with vegan coconut ice cream womanfacturing that inspires, awakens, and transforms lives. We focus on our triple bottom line of restorative economics and food justice, racial/gender equity, and ecology.
Mikey Likes It Ice Cream
About: We are Mikey Likes It Ice Cream, the world’s first pop culture inspired ultra premium Ice Cream brand. Here, we create homemade, artisan, all-natural ice cream.
Cool World Ice Cream Shop
About: HattieGirl is more than an ice cream company, it is a legacy of ingenuity, entrepreneurship, and really delicious desserts. Founder and CEO James Render launched his company years ago as a means of raising funds for his award-winning boys choir. As his unique Southern-style ice cream flavors and desserts grew in popularity, if became apparent that HattieGirl Ice Cream and Foods was a business that was going places. Now in more than 30 stores and restaurants, HattieGirl is making headway in major retailers such as Meiher.