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5 brands offering craft ice cream

You’re familiar with craft brews—both in the beer and coffee varieties—but are you familiar with craft ice cream? In a movement toward smaller batch, locally made goods, it seems that everyone’s favorite dessert is getting the artisan treatment, too. Depending on your location, you can have your attendees all screaming for ice cream at your event. Here are some of the brands behind the tasty movement.     

High Road Craft Ice Cream and Sorbet, Atlanta

The Atlanta-based High Road was started by a small group of chefs who made ice cream to serve in restaurants, and across hotels and resorts. Now in demand, the company’s frozen goods are available in grocery stores across the U.S. (Canada and Mexico, too). Fun flavors include Bourbon Sugar, Cherry Almond Chip and Aztec Chocolate, just to name a few.  

Carmela Ice Cream Artisan Creamery, Los Angeles

Hailing from the City of Angels, Carmela Ice Cream was started by partners Jessica and Zach, who wanted to make ice cream with fresh, local and seasonal ingredients. Originally selling their recipes at a local farmers market, the pair eventually opened additional markets and provided catering services. If you’re in California, look to have them cater your event, or stop by the local farmers market for flavors like Rose Petal, Brown Butter Sage, Candied Pecan and their best-seller, Salted Caramel. 

Toscanini’s Ice Cream, Cambridge, Massachusetts

A successful family business, Toscanini’s makes all its ice cream in-house, taking inspiration from local flavors and other parts of the world. Flavors change often, but popular options include Sweet Cream, Saffron and Peanut Butter Marshmallow, to name only a few. Catering and wholesale are available, and the brand is found throughout specialty grocers and restaurants in the Cambridge area. 

Sherbet Salt & Straw, Portland, Oregon 

With locations in Portland and Los Angeles, and with a “Pints Club” that delivers fresh ice cream monthly throughout the country, Sherbet Salt & Straw is an excellent (and accessible) choice for the ice cream-loving crowd. Fun flavors include Pear and Blue Cheese, Cinnamon Snickerdoodle, Avocado and Strawberry Sherbet, and Honey Lavender, and that’s only the beginning. 

Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream, New York City 

The Big Apple’s Van Leeuwen began serving its artisan ice cream out of a food truck on the streets of New York in 2008, and has grown from there. Using fresh ingredients—both classic and vegan—the company seeks to celebrate the world’s artisan producers and farmers. With flavors such as Honeycomb, Sicilian Pistachio, Chocolate Banana Cream Pie and Earl Grey Tea, sweet-seekers can pick them up in one of the company’s five New York or Brooklyn locations, or in one of three of the new Los Angeles locations. Oh, and you can order online, too.