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The Native’s Guide to Sweets: New Orleans Ice Cream Company

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Hurricane Isaac finally moved his slow behind on. Power's coming back on (more slowly for some areas) and favorite small businesses and restaurants are opening back up just in time for the Labor Day holiday.

And what better way to celebrate this hot Labor Day than with some ice cream? I mean, ice cream has got to be one of the greatest inventions ever. Who can forget eating Neapolitan from K&B? Or making your own with your childhood ice cream maker?
Now don’t get too nostalgic…even though K&B and your childhood ice cream maker may be long gone, ice cream is not, thank goodness. And what’s better than just regular ol’ ice cream…LOCAL ice cream. That’s right. Move on over Ben & Jerry’s and Blue Bell, the New Orleans Ice Cream Company is all you can dream of and more!
Think we’re playing??? Ponchatoula Strawberry, Creole Cream Cheese, Coffee & Chicory, Satsuma Dreamsicle, Praline Crunch, Lemon Doberge Cake…can’t get no more local than that!

New Orleans Ice Cream Company, founded by Adrian Simpson, makes all of its ice creams with two highly important ingredients: passion and love. And we can sure taste it in them, too! In addition to passion and love, you’ll also find other high quality ingredients. “Everything in New Orleans Ice Cream is all natural and locally sourced, from the cream to the sugar to the pieces of bits and things in there, as well,” said Adrian. “It’s all about being local. We make the best product that we possibly can and don’t compromise on anything.”
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He added, “The ethos of New Orleans Ice Cream is to spread the flavor of New Orleans around. When it went into the first store, it sold out in a couple of days. Then, we went to 20, then 50, 100, 200, 500, and now we’re aiming for 1,000 stores! Now we have a Nationwide distribution deal. We’re getting bigger and bigger, but we’re still keeping it New Orleans.”
And keeping it New Orleans is exactly what they’re doing. Café Au Lait & Beignets,  Hubig’s Apple Pie, Cajun Rum Raisin (inspired by Cajun Spiced Rum from Old New Orleans Rum), Bananas Foster…in addition to many more flavors for a total of 22 (with a few surprises coming after Mardi Gras)!
New Orleans Ice Cream |“We decided to just use our imaginations for the flavors. We went around to a few of the restaurants and partnered with other companies like The Nectar Soda Company and Old New Orleans Rum to make local flavors. For example, Antoine’s Restaurant does a ‘Baked Alaska,’ which is a hot meringue dessert made with sponge cake and fruit or jam in it. It’s delicious and also one of our flavors! We also do a lot of work in the community. We’ve worked with the Make it Right Foundation for the mint chocolate chip ice cream where we give a donation of every one sold to the organization.”
New Orleans Ice Cream can be found around New Orleans and the country at Rouses, Dorignac’s, Whole Foods, and others. If your local grocer doesn’t carry New Orleans Ice Cream, then be sure to let them know! Cuz we sure wouldn’t want you to miss the Toasted Coconut, Chocolate City, and Mississippi Debris! “As a small and growing company, we’re trying to keep everything on the shelves,” Adrian said.
Next time you’re looking to satisfy that sweet tooth, it’s not a bad idea to head to Rouses for some New Orleans Ice Cream (you might actually find one of the IntheNOLA members looking for the Creole Cream Cheese or Lemon Doberge Cake, two of our faves)! I scream, you scream, we all scream…New Orleans Ice Cream!
For more information about New Orleans Ice Cream, please visit their website, Facebook, and Twitter.
Last modified on Sunday, 09 September 2012
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