Furniture City Creamery creates homemade, small-batch ice cream. What makes them stand out as an ice cream maker isn’t the fact that every flavor of ice cream they make has a vegan version (which is incredible in itself). Their co-founder Rachel actually uses her background as a process engineer to scientifically calculate the percentage of each ingredient to create some pretty unique flavor combinations that really are off the charts.
After talking with Rachel and her husband Matt, we realize that they have put a lot of thought (and heart) into this business venture. Rachel first learned about small-batch ice creameries by reading about a west coast company in a magazine. A light bulb went off and she thought “I want to do this!” She’s turned that desire into a reality in the form of Furniture City Creamery.
Even without a brick and mortar location they’re still offering their concoctions to the masses. As of this writing, it’s available at The Mitten Brewing Company, with plans to expand into other businesses as well. Their partnership with Mitten is a good choice, as Mitten offers most of their pizzas in both vegan and non-vegan form also. They are even starting to incorporate Mitten’s beer into some of their recipes, like the Peanuts & Crackerjack porter ice cream. This uses the Mitten’s porter of the same name. With a creamy peanut buttery flavor, it’s a guaranteed hit. With the beer, it’s important to note this is not the best ice cream to have for breakfast! (Wait… you don’t have ice cream for breakfast?)
We were able to try 3 other flavors. The other one currently available at Mitten is the No-Bake Cookie. If you’re a fan of chocolate, you are going to love this. We were expecting chunks of cookie in the ice cream, but instead discovered the cookie was spread out evenly. This didn’t bother us a bit. The texture was smooth and creamy and Kolene thought it was the best chocolate ice cream she’s had since going vegan!
All of the ice creams are coconut milk based, and so the next concoction was dreamed up by Rachel pretty easily. It’s called Lime in the Coconut. This one had coconut chunks in it and a hint of lime. It wasn’t very sweet, which is exactly what Jon is into. This was his favorite of the lot.
Last, but not least, and probably one of the sure to be more popular flavors was the Mint Chocolate Chip. This was pretty much what you expected, a perfect mashup of mint flavored ice cream mixed with chocolate flakes.
They come in 4 ounce portions for $3. We think this is a fair price, especially when you think about the time and energy that has gone into creating these recipes. The small batch operation is one that creates a quality product worth splurging for!