Foodie Trends — What’s Cool with Buyer of Boutique Ice Cream, Paul Abbott

Yes, boutique. As in salon/galleria/café ice creams made with fine artisan quality, excessive butterfat and pure ingredients in super chill flavors. It’s creamy, dreamy and supremely cool. And it’s cold, too, so perfect for a little summer meltdown!

Coolhaus Ice Cream Sandwiches
Invented by two architecturally inspired Los Angeles creatives seeking to push the boundaries of traditional dessert, Coolhaus makes all-natural, handmade cookiewiches with sustainably produced, hormone-free dairy and fresh, local ingredients. Once only available from their cool mobile ice cream trucks at events like the Coachella Valley Music Festival, now you can get them at Market District without having to set up a tent! Available in Vanilla Bean Chocolate Chip, Snickerdoodle Caramel and Mint Chocolate Chip.

Steve’s Ice Cream
It all started in Brooklyn, NY with ice cream “mix-ins” in 1973, long before the gourmet ice cream revolution. Today, Steve’s ice cream has a welcome wealth of varieties and flavor profiles still unheard of in the ice cream world. Imagine Blackberry Crumble, Whoopies Pies & Sweet Cream, Manhattan Cherry Chunk, Salty Caramel and Bourbon Vanilla — to name a few. Clearly small-batch, they are a really big deal if you love ice cream like we do.

Nature’s Basket Frozen Fruit Bars
OK, they aren’t necessarily “boutique” but they are a sweet, cool indulgence on a hot summer day. Moreover, they contain no high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors or flavors and the Strawberry Colada, Grape, Strawberry, and Mango are kosher (the coconut is kosher dairy). Six per box because it’s cool to share!

Zoku Ice Cream Maker
This cooler than cool machine makes customized individual portions of ice cream, custard, frozen yogurt, gelato, sorbet or sherbet. Easy to use, it makes soft serve in as little as 10 minutes and hard ice cream in 20 minutes. And, there’s no electricity required (that’s cool). Just place on any countertop, pour in your chilled ice cream mixture, churn and scrape the stainless steel bowl, and watch as the ice cream freezes before your eyes. Everyone can have their own flavor — how cool is that? Use recipes from Zoku’s Endless Summer Cookbook or create your own — the possibilities are as cool as you make them. Set includes one stainless steel bowl, one protective sleeve and one spoon; comes in your choice of six colors; BPA and phthalate free. Find it in our House & Home Department.