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To me, ice cream is more than just a sweet treat. It’s a nostalgic trigger that brings back memories of celebrating softball victories with a cone, losing my first tooth eating ice cream bar and my parents taking my brother and me to the Dairy Queen drive-thru to get Blizzards before bed in our pajamas (which we jokingly called PJ-rolling).
However, ice cream has truly evolved over the years and these nine brands are churning out modern, innovative flavors that you don’t even have to leave home to enjoy. While many of them have brick-and-mortar scoop shops (that you too can roll up to in your pajamas if you so choose), they also deliver nationally across the U.S. via Goldbelly.
Goldbelly is a food delivery service that makes it easy to get your favorite local and artisan foods delivered nationally. Say you have a favorite New York City pizza slice. Well, you can get it delivered in Cleveland, Ohio. Want to try a new ice cream flavor based in Dallas, Texas but live in Portland, Oregon? No problem.
So, make your own memories with new flavors or a classic ice cream you constantly crave. These ridiculously good ice cream brands that deliver are worth the shipping fees.
Where to order: eCreamery website
There’s almost no limit to the types of ice cream flavors you can find on eCreamery, and that’s because you can can create completely custom ones. Choose whether you want your base to be ice cream, sorbet or gelato and then select your flavor and your mix-ins.
If you’re lacking in creativity, the brand also has standard ice cream flavors that have customizable labels for special occasions.
This small batch gelato and sorbetto brand is made by two-time James Beard Award winning chef Nancy Silverton. As the former head pastry chef at Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant Spago in Los Angeles and founder of La Brea Bakery, Silverton knows her sweets.
For her ice cream, Silverton exclusively uses fresh ingredients from local markets to produce 11 artisan flavors including Roasted Banana with Bourbon and Pecan Praline, Coconut Stracciatella with Bittersweet Chocolate Strands, Passion Fruit, Italian Custard with Marsala and Citrus Caramel Swirl and more.
Malai is a Brooklyn-based ice cream brand that draws inspiration from South Asian ingredients, aromatic spices like ginger and cardamom and founder Pooja Bavishi’s upbringing.
According to the brand’s website, Malai translates to “cream of the crop,” which his fitting, seeing how this high-quality ice cream brand uses only globally-sourced, whole ingredients and is churned with very little air so the flavors are more robust and textures are extra creamy.
Flavors include Rose with Cinnamon Roasted Almonds, Red Chili Chocolate, Spiced Peanut Crunch and Masala Chai.
Where to order: Daily Harvest website (To get $25 off your first box, you can use the code ITK25 at checkout.)
Daily Harvest is known as a plant-based frozen meal delivery service that makes clean eating easy. All of its meals are created with whole ingredients. And this summer, the brand launched dairy-free scoops that get a gold star, based on an editor taste test.
You can add the frozen treat to your regular Daily Harvest subscription or get a box of pints delivered weekly or monthly. The flavors include Strawberry and Rich Rippled Berry Compote, Vanilla and Salted Swirled Black Sesame, Mint and Dark Cacao Chips and Chocolate and Ooey-Gooey Midnight Fudge.
Ice Cream Jubilee is known for making fun flavors inspired by childhood treats, international travels, fancy desserts and even cocktails.
Founder Victoria Lai writes on her brand’s website that she started making ice cream in her NYC apartment in 2009. She found she loved inventing flavors so much that she took time off from her corporate law career to apprentice at a Brooklyn pie shop. Soon after, she moved to Washington, D.C. for her dream job, working as a presidential appointee at the Department of Homeland Security. Even as she worked long hours, she still found time to invent new ice cream flavors, host tasting sessions for friends and eventually created her own award-winning ice cream brand.
Ice Cream Jubilee uses all-natural cream and milk from a local creamery to create high-quality, small batch flavors like Banana Bourbon Caramel, Thai Tea, Honey Lemon Lavender, Whiskey Toasted Marshmallow and more.
If the lines of people standing outside of Van Leeuwen’s NYC ice cream shops say anything about its vegan and artisanal ice cream flavors, it’s that people can’t get enough. The Brooklyn-based brand is a local favorite that started out as one ice cream truck in 2008. Today, it has expanded to over 15 brick-and-mortar shops.
While not all of its flavors are vegan, those that are are made extra creamy with housemade raw cashew milk or oat milk, coconut cream, raw coconut oil, pure cocoa butter and pure cane sugar. We especially love the chocolate vegan flavor. Even non-vegans will love its rich taste.
Van Leeuwen Ice Cream’s specials change each month in-store, but you can get any of its classic flavors — like Brooklyn Brown Sugar Chunk, Honeycomb, Earl Grey Tea and Mocha Cookie Crumble — delivered nationwide.
Coolhaus is a women-founded and led ice cream brand that produces modern twists on classic flavors, serving up ice cream pints (dairy and dairy-free), as well as cookies and ice cream sandwiches.
According to the brand’s website, founders Natasha and Freya left their jobs in architecture and non-profit real estate development to launch Coolhaus in 2009 “because they did not feel represented by any of the dessert brands on shelves… not as millennials, not as women, and definitely not as gay women.”
Today, Coolhaus is available in select grocery stores across the U.S., has scoop shops in Los Angles and Dallas and ice cream trucks in LA, Dallas and NYC. Some standout flavors include: Milkshake and Fries, Cereal Dreams and Take the Cannoli.
Where to order: Cajou Creamery website
Cajou Creamery is a dairy-free, plant-based ice cream company that’s made in Baltimore, Maryland by wife and husband duo Nicole Foster and Dwight Campbell.
“Molded by our deep Caribbean roots, we are passionate about real food,” the brand’s website reads. “We grew up picking most ingredients for our meals right from our own backyards. The pleasure we felt from eating from the land is indescribable.”
However, both of their children turned out to be lactose intolerant, so they began making dairy-free ice cream with homemade cashew and almond milks using mainly natural ingredients that are locally sourced. The flavors are inspired by the family’s global travels. Flavors include Horchata, Baklava, Cortadito, Sweet Potato and Kulfi (coconut and cardamom).
Unfortunately, Cajou does not deliver nationally (yet), however it’s available in Baltimore farmer’s markets, gourmet grocers and on some dessert menus of restaurants and hotels across the city. They also do local “porch drops” of pints in the Baltimore area. The brand launched only two years ago and is planning to open its first scoop shop in the DMV area. If you live in the area, order a few pints and if not, you can support the company on Kickstarter.
Where to order: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream website
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream was launched in 2002 by Ohio-based Jeni Britton Bauer, who is well-known in the food world for creating really great ice cream. Bauer is the author of the New York Times best-seller “Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home,” which was dubbed the “homemade-ice cream-making Bible” by The Wall Street Journal and earned her a James Beard Award in 2012.
Jeni’s makes both dairy-filled and dairy-free ice creams that are made with high-quality ingredients bought directly from the growers, makers and producers, and doesn’t use any artificial flavorings or colors.
Today, she has scoop shops in over 14 different states across the U.S. and ships her treats nationwide straight from her website. (Jeni’s also has a pint club, which ships four pints, four times per year!)
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