Just about everyone loves Ice Cream. Even people who aren’t supposed to eat it for health reasons love it. Luckily, for you and them, there are plenty of black owned companies who either make ice cream or serve it. Whether you are looking for premium ice cream or Vegan varieties, you can find a black owned brand to satisfy your needs and your cravings. So check out our list here and search our listings for even more great black owned businesses for whatever your need is.
(updated for 2022) Well this post turned out to be prescient in a way. Thanks to Wal-Mart messing up and trying to monetize Juneteenth, Black Owned Ice Cream got really popular this year. While Creamalicious Ice Cream wasn’t in this particular list, they received plenty of support after the Juneteenth Ice Cream from Wal-Mart came under heavy scrutiny. This list also became more popular and we hope to hear from some of you who may have tried these brands. We also have a post coming up on places to get a great milkshake that are Black Owned. We have added a few new brands that we have found over the past year as well, so hopefully you check them out and see how they measure up and which one becomes your new favorite.
Taharka Brothers Ice Cream company has had a journey to this point. This company started as a more traditional one but then transitioned over a period into an Employee Owned Operation. Right now, you can find their ice cream at small locations in the greater Baltimore area, and even place an order for delivery in certain areas. With a family of unique flavors, Taharka Brothers is ice cream worth tasting.
This Brooklyn based Ice Cream company was founded by Shelly and Khalid as they searched through New York for Flavors that brought the feelings of their home, Trinidad. When they couldn’t the couple embarked on creating their own recipe for Soursop flavored ice cream. This led them to enter an ice cream course at Penn State University, where they honed their skills and in 2015, Island Pops was officially born. Now just barely into their 6th year, they operate their flagship store in Brooklyn and even sell their ice cream nationwide.
For a lot of people, regular ice cream can be a problem, however, there are plenty of options. One of the most unique and best tasting is from Cajou Creamery. This is another Baltimore based brand that ships nationwide as well. This ice cream features no soy, no dairy, and all natural ingredients for their range of flavors. Visit their site and place your order today.
For a different kind of non-lactose ice cream, Urban Dessert Lab is a black woman owned company based in New York which makes Oate, a modern ice cream. You can get this at their location, or via their online shop and Goldbelly. You may have also seen them on one of our previous lists because they also offer up gold spoons for the perfect spoonful of ice cream. If you’re in New York, visit their store front in Manhattan for a soft serve cone.
Opened in 2014, Louisville Cream is locally owned and uses local ingredients for their ice cream flavors and treats. They also feature fresh made waffle cones daily and mix-ins and ingredients from more local purveyors. Just take a look at their cones and see how delicious and decadent their treats look.
This Missouri based Ice Cream company is family owned and operated. It can be found in St. Louis City and County and St. Francois County. The ice cream is made at the family farm where you can go to pick up your pints or at several Schnuck’s locations in the area. You can’t get it shipped to you across the country yet, but you can keep up with them to see what new flavors are coming up and any new developments.
The Ice Cream Rollery is a black owned ice cream shop that serves the popular Thai Style Rolled Ice Cream. If you want something less sweet, they also offer up Lobster rolls at their two Ohio locations.
Jamz Creamery in Inglewood, CA can handle all of your ice cream wants and needs. They offer milkshakes, and over 28 flavors of hand scooped ice cream. If you want that classic feeling, then Jamz is the place to be to get a sundae or banana split. They also have their own signature dessert, “The Jazz” to go along with their sorbet and vegan options. Get on down to Jamz and get something for your sweet tooth today.
This Atlanta based company is Moki Pops. This Vegan popsicle brand was started by kids and has steadily grown since its inception in 2016. While this doesn’t strictly fit into the ice cream category, we felt like we should include this business to replace your Breyers fruit bars.
I don’t think a list can be complete if we don’t make sure to add Mikey Likes it to the list. This NY Ice Cream shop is already an institution thanks to the hip-hop themed offerings and the changing air brush design that goes on the gate when it is closed. You can also get some of this ice cream sent to you via Gold Belly or at pop up shops that happen.
Hip Hop star and Mega-producer Jermaine Dupri has been a known vegan for several years now. It inspired him to step into the grocery game with his own brand of Vegan Ice Cream. You can find this via Wal-Mart online in some areas with half a dozen flavors available.
Now, this technically doesn’t fall under the category of Ice Cream but for some people frozen yogurt is a great change of pace. Sweet Kiwi Whipped Greek Yogurt was founded in Washington DC. This Black woman owned brand can be found in DC area Whole Foods locations and ordered online. Make sure you grab some granola to go along with it.
Jermaine Dupri isn’t the only one who is getting into the ice cream game. Bay Area impresario E-40 is also entering the game with an addition to his growing portfolio. The Goon with the Spoon now adds ice cream to his roster for my West Coast folks. Check it out and support 40 in his newest business venture.