Today is National Soft Ice Cream Day, so it’s only right that we share some of our favorite black-owned ice cream shops around the country. The following businesses serve the best in all things frozen from soft ice cream to frozen yogurt and custard. If you know of an amazing black-owned ice cream shop or brand that should be added, comment below!
Husband and wife duo Ron and Kati Cunningham founded Brooklyn Bell in 2011. You can find anything from sweet potato pound cake to freshly-made ice cream and smoothies at their brick and mortar location in Brooklyn. Their ice cream is also available for purchase online and various stores in New York City.
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Owned by Jean and Gayna Alerte, Brooklyn Swirl serves some of the best frozen yogurt in Brooklyn. Although the shop specializes in healthy froyo with a variety of flavors, toppings and syrups, you can also enjoy their fresh smoothies, coffee, and crepes.
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Dream Cream Ice Cream
Owned by Thomas Jamison and Alecia Shipman, Dream Cream Ice Cream allows you to live out your dreams one scoop at a time. They serve a wide variety of ice cream flavors from Banana Cream Pie to Strawberry Cheesecake. Selected “dreamers” are allowed to create their own flavor to raise money for their cause. At the end of the month they receive a portion of the sales from that flavor. Beyond amazing!
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Goodies Frozen Custard & Treats
“Goodies” is Washington D.C.’s first and only “Vintage Mobile Eatery” paying homage to the Rock & Roll era. Creating old-fashioned Frozen Custard and treats in a 60 year-old “Made in America” Metro Van.
Location: Oxon Hill, MD
Hanks Ice Cream Parlor
Hank Wiggins and his wife Okemah opened their ice cream parlor in September of 1985. Today, the parlor is still owned by the Wiggins family and serves super-premium ice cream flavors the old-fashioned way: slowly, by hand, and using fresh ingredients.
Location: Houston, TX
Mikey Likes It Ice Cream
Mikey Likes It Ice Cream combines the best, locally sourced ingredients from New York to create a product that is new, refreshing and unlike any other in today’s food industry. If that isn’t good enough, they donate a percentage of each purchase to help schools facilitate educational and recreational trips.
Location: New York, NY