These 5 ice cream shops are serving scoops of kindness
What kid doesn’t love a trip to the local ice creamery? There’s nothing like the sweet promise of a scoop with sprinkles or a chocolate dipped cone to induce a huge smile across a child’s face. We all cherish a tasty treat every now and then, but even more than that, we love finding shops that are giving back to their communities. These five ice cream shops are serving scoops of kindness alongside that fudgy cup of Rocky Road - and we are here for them!
Little Man Ice Cream | Denver, Co
Little Man believes that businesses exist to make a difference, and boy are they doing their part. As part of their Scoop for Scoop promise, they aim to help feed those who are hungry and malnourished. For every scoop of ice cream they sell, they give a scoop of rice, beans, or another essential item to communities in need. Little Man often sends their employees out to volunteer their time, and they partner with reputable organizations with boots on the ground. So far, they’ve donated to 9 countries, helping thousands of people, improving lives, and building relationships along the way.
Amy’s Ice Creams | Austin, TX
Amy is serving scoops of corporate philanthropy at her 15 ice cream shop locations scattered across Texas. Rather than spending money on advertisements, they take those would-be marketing dollars and donate to the local community. From local non-profits to children’s health organizations, Amy and her team cast a wide net of kindness across Texas. They’re also the first to open their doors to host an event for a good cause and host free ice cream outing for non-profits whose missions focus on education or healthcare programs for children, the ill, or the under-served. Home to the famous Mexican Vanilla flavor, Amy’s is fun, artisan creamery with a heart.
Sweets and Cream | Tulsa, OK
Sweets & Cream is an ice cream cookie sandwich, bakery and catering shop located on the historic Route 66 area of Tulsa, Oklahoma. It is the first place in Tulsa to specialize in homemade build-your-own ice cream sandwiches. With 12 cookie flavors, 12 ice cream flavors, two brownies and a sugar free and gluten free option, there’s a wide range of choices. They launched a program called Tips for Charity to benefit a variety of charities and organizations. Some of their donations include 5,900 pieces of school supplies to 6 Tulsa area schools; cookies to a local mission; support to Hospitality House - a 'home away from home' for families caring for loved ones in medical crisis and many others. It’s a fantastic way to connect with the community while serving up delicious treats.
Three Twins Ice Cream | San Raphael, CA
When you enjoy a bowl of ice cream from Three Twins, you’re helping to save the rainforest. Pretty cool, if we do say so ourselves! In 2011, this beloved California ice cream shop launched the Ice Cream for Acres project, a brilliant land conservation and out-of-the-box thinking endeavor. When you purchase one pint of their ice cream, you help protect six square feet of rainforest and other sensitive habitats. Their goal is to prove that even something small, like enjoying a Saturday ice cream treat, can have a big and lasting trickle down effect.
Salt and Straw | Portland, OR
Started by cousins in Portland, Oregon, Salt and Straw prides itself on fun, inventive flavors of ice cream. Craving a bit of nostalgia? Get the ‘Pots of Gold & Rainbows’, which is filled with Lucky Charms marshmallows and tastes like the delicious cereal milk of your childhood. Fancy yourself as having a bit more sophisticated palate? Opt for the ‘Silencio Black Tea & Coconut Stracciatella’ and there’s no doubt you’ll be pleased. Not only are they giving customers a unique treats, but they’re also making sure food in their community doesn’t go to waste. In the US, an astounding 40% of food goes to waste. Salt and Straw is taking in some of those scraps and creatively trying to combat the problem by infusing the leftovers into their ice cream. Bruised fruit or spent grains are used to make new flavors and shine a spotlight on food waste issues of today.
These are just a few examples of places creating yummy treats while serving the community. So stop in the next time you’re looking for some ice cream try one of these or look for a shop making an impact own neighborhood. It’s a fantastic way to teach kids about kindness and the scoops of cold deliciousness will ensure you have their attention.