Long Beach Creamery (LBC) is an ice cream dream in the making. In June 2013, my good friend and neighbor Sasha (who runs FarmLot 59) invited me to a dinner where she served a homemade peanut ice cream. When I asked her how she made it, she showed me her Kitchen Aid freezer attachment. The exact same attachment that I had sitting in a box in my garage. I thought, “Game on, I’m going to try this out”.
I started searching the net for cool recipes and found WeAllScream.net where Lily draws out creative recipes. UPS visited the house tossing new ice cream cookbooks through my front gate. Everywhere I food shopped and everything I tasted – I started plotting how that could be an ice cream. And it has not stopped. I passed the obsession on to the ice cream Tasters who came to our Tasting & Kickstarters events from August 2013 to April 2014.
At a tasting someone (who shall remain nameless) even called the Long Beach Creamery ice cream “ice cream crack”. I love that, but I probably shouldn’t put it on the label or anything. Melissa and I, (Melissa is my wonderful friend who you might have met at the Tastings – the greatest Ice Cream Ambassador out there) had seen Tasters negotiate over the last pint or cup of their favorite flavor. During one tasting, in my backyard, we pledged out of ice cream in 40 minutes and had 150 people wanting more. That’s when the plan to become legit started and I sold my condo downtown to open our shop at 4141 Long Beach Blvd. The Tasters and Kickstarters helped build our shop every pint, cup and pop pledge was put back into the business to build for the future.
Making ice cream is food chemistry. You have to watch the water and sugar content closely so it does not ice up. Some ice cream used to terrify me to make. I’m talking about you, Burnt Caramel. That baby pops and steams at you so much it can give you nightmares. Now it calms me down watching that sugar liquify and turn into decadent caramel. Ice Cream is saving my creative soul and I am so thankful to have that spark flaring again. The best place for updates on flavors and our business will be our facebook page or instagram @longbeachcreamery. If you like ice cream, come on over to our shop at 4141 Long Beach Blvd and have a taste!
9/16/17 P.S. We are now working on shop #2 at 222 Broadway Ave in downtown Long Beach, in the design and permitting stage now – with a schedule to open before the end of the year.