Highly recommended by trusted friends, we made our way with anticipation to ICI in Berkely. Immediately our attention was grabbed by a chalkboard notice of “Peppermint Ice Milk”. Well, it turns out Ice Milk is perfect – lighter then Ice Cream, more luscious then sorbet. What a simple, taste-altering concept. So many times, the simple things are the most striking. The purest.
Ice creams, sorbets, candies, and cookies are made in small batches, ensuring freshness, using Local and seasonal ingredients. Cones are hand-rolled with piped chocolate to cover the bottom hole. Organic nut spices and chocolates, as well as Soul Food eggs, Straus Organic and Clover Organic dairy, compliment the astounding variety treats; and of course NO artificial preservatives.
Flavors in Ice creams and Sorbets while we visited: Brandied Cherry, Green Tea, Coconut, Honey Nutmeg, Vanilla, Creme Fraiche Muscat, Candied Meyer lemon, Pistachio Rose, Rocky Road, Earl Gray Tea, Cinnamon, Concord Grape, Maple pine Nut Praline, Lime, Chocolate, Nectarine, Burnt Caramel, Parsley Mint, Honey Lavender…….
Other lovlies are available as well, such as the “Bombes” ice cream cakes, ice cream sandwiches, Bonbons Meringues, Candies Cookies, Macaroons, Nougat, Marshmallows Brittles, Brownies…. and to compliment, they serve Blue Bottle Espresso
Lead Pastry Chef Mary Canales, formally of Chez Panisse), opened the Ici ice cream parlor in September 2006 along with creative Mattea Soreng and Pj Pawalec. They are tight with their ethic (what else would you expect from Berkeley?) all of the packaging and disposable wares are 100% biodegradable and compostable.
Ici Icecream Parlor
(1) 510 – 665 6054
2948 College Avenue
Berkeley, California 94705
2:00 – 21:30 Monday
12:00 – 21:30 Tuesday – Thursday
12:00 – 22:00 Friday – Sunday