The Block is Hot: 10 Black-Owned Ice Cream Shops to Visit During the Summer Heat

The Block is Hot: 10 Black-Owned Ice Cream Shops to Visit During the Summer Heat

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by Robin Mosley

Taharka Brothers Ice Cream | Baltimore, Maryland

Founded in 2010, this Baltimore based company serves small-batch ice-cream flavors — vanilla and chocolate as well as some nontraditional flavors such as olive oil & sea salt, Honey Graham and cardamom. You can find Taharka Brothers ice cream in several locations across Baltimore. For more information on specific locations check out Taharka Brothers and for inquiries 410-961-2899.


  1. Cajou Cream | Washington, D.C. (Online)

Founded by attorney Nikki Foster, Cajou Cream is a dairy-free, using natural flavors to bring you ice cream combinations such as vanilla & cinnamon, ginger and sweet potato & cinnamon all using nut milk. Her products are sold online, so if you are interested in purchasing ice cream in the comfort of your own home, check out Cajou Cream.

  1. Goodies Frozen Custards & Treats | Washington, D.C.

A food truck based in D.C. Goodies Frozen Custards & Treats is bringing Wisconsin-style frozen custard your way. Goodies is located at 1400 Independence Ave. SW Washington D.C. 20250 and you can contact the company at 202-260-9133.

  1. Hank’s Ice Cream Parlor | Houston, Texas

Opened in 1985, this Houston-based business founded by Hank Wiggins and his wife, Okemah, serves old-fashioned, handmade ice-cream with flavors ranging from their traditional vanilla to banana pudding, butter pecan and sweet cream. You can find Hank’s Ice Cream at 9291 South Main Street. Houston, Texas77025 and their number is 713-665-5103.

  1. Island Tropical Ice Cream | Silver Spring, Maryland

If you are interested in tasting traditional island flavors — mango, coconut, banana, Pina Colada, Caribbean cherry and passion fruit, Island Tropical Ice Cream is a place for you. Island Tropic is located at 9324 Georgia Ave. Silver Spring, Maryland20910 and their number is 301-589-2138.

  1. Mikey Likes It Ice Cream | East Village, New York

Founded by Michael “Mikey” Cole, Mikey Likes it Ice Cream has served ice cream to notable people such as Hilary Clinton and Jay-Z. Using locally sourced ingredients and using Hip-Hop and Rock names for his creations, you’ll get flavors ranging from Ice Ice Baby — triple vanilla, Dough Boy — chocolate brownie dough and chocolate chip cookie dough and Mint Condition — natural mint and triple fudge. You can find Mikey Likes It at 199 Avenue A. New York, New York10009 and his shop’s number is 212-673-0199.

“Mikey” Cole the founder of Mikey Likes It Ice Cream.

  1. Miyako Old Fashioned Ice Cream | San Francisco, California

Tom Bennett, owner of Miyako Old Fashion Ice Cream Shop moved from Philadelphia to San Francisco and opened his shop in 1993. From mango to ube, there are both traditional and new flavors that will satisfy any ice cream craving. Miyako is located at 1470 Fillmore Street. San Francisco, California 94118 and the shop’s number is 415-931-5260.

  1. Ruby Scoops Ice Cream & Sweets | Washington, D.C. 

Chef and owner Rabia Kamara opened Ruby Scoops in 2014 and has a variety of cold sweets such as sherbets, sorbets and ice cream to cool down the hottest of summers. Ruby Scoops is located at 1110 Congress Street. NE Washington, D.C. 20002 and the business number is 240-516-6897.

  1. Crème & Cocoa | Brooklyn, New York

Brooklyn’s Crème & Cocoa offers ice cream, sorbets and smoothes. The Caribbean based shop has everything. Want rum and raisin? They have it. Want tamarind? It’s there. They have tres leches, malta, sour sop, island coconut and more. Crème & Cocoa is located at 1067 Nostrand Avenue. Brooklyn, New York11225 and their number is 718-245-6286.

  • Shawn Michelle’s Homemade Ice Cream | Chicago, Illinois

An ice cream shop located in Chicago, Shawn Michelle’s is owned by Nataki and Yahya who creates butter pecan, Jamaican rumraisin, cookies & cream, grape nut, strawberry cheesecake and more. Their new permanent location is at 46 East 47thStreet. Chicago, Illinois60657 and the number to their shop is 773-615-3238.

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