Vegan ice cream is trending nationally, and in Maine, too

On a sweltering July day last summer season, a client made a remark to Ashley Dow that fundamentally altered the course of Sticky Sugary food, business she founded in January 2017 with her sister, Kelley Dow. The pair had actually invested the previous six months offering Thai-style sticky rice in 3 flavors from a stall in the general public Market Home in downtown Portland. Then the heat hit.

\”A customer made a remark about how she wished that she might top her sticky rice with a scoop of ice cream on a day as hot as that one,\” Ashley remembered. \”I keep in mind believing to myself, \’I bet I can make truly good vegan ice cream.\’\”

Her instinct was spot on.The Dow sis worked up a few batches of exactly what they called sea salted maple to run as an unique over the weekend. The dairy-free ice cream included 6 primarily natural components: coconut milk, cashews, Maine maple sugar, coconut sugar, coconut oil and Maine sea salt.

\”Individuals went nuts for it,\” said Kelley. \”And those who had actually attempted our ice cream that weekend ended up informing everyone they knew. Before we understood it, individuals were entering the Market House searching for the vegan ice cream.\”

Ashley said the need was too huge to ignore, causing Sticky Sweet to pivot from sticky rice to vegan ice cream (which Sticky Sugary food calls a \”frozen plant-based treat.\”)

\”Individuals simply kept asking for it,\” Ashley said, \”and everyone who attempted it was blown away by the reality that it was vegan.\”

Soon they produced new tastes (local roasted latte; chocolate nutter butter; mint chunky chip), added gluten-free cones and started selling pints in regional shops. Nowadays the Dow sisters are working overtime to fill orders for the Portland Food Co-op, Lois\’ Natural Market Marketplace in Portland and Scarborough, Frinklepod Farm in Arundel, Morning Magnificence Natural Foods in Brunswick, and Royal River Natural Foods in Freeport.

Kelley Dow, left, and Ashley Dow established the Sticky Sugary food vegan ice cream brand name last year. Kelley\’s cone is mint chunky chip and Ashley\’s is double dark chocolate. Photo thanks to Sticky Sugary food

According to the Portland Food Co-op\’s grocery supervisor Megan Banner Sutherland, the Sticky Sugary food ice cream in the freezer case has actually brought in new customers who are looking for the frozen reward, which sells for $10.79 a pint.

\”They deliver 30 pints on Tuesday, and it sells out by Thursday,\” stated Sutherland, who has aimed to buy more, however Sticky Sweet can not supply extra pints in the meantime. \”It\’s our primary selling item in the freezer.\”

To equal the surging demand, Sticky Sweet has actually closed its Public Market Home stall, and the sisters are preparing a scoop store and production space at 119 Cumberland Ave., near Washington Opportunity\’s restaurant row.The success of Sticky Sweet reflects a larger interest in the ice cream market in plant-based flavors. Ben & & Jerry\’s, Häagen-Dazs, Breyers and Halo Top have all added vegan lines in the previous two years.In Might, Whole Foods Market introduced a line of vegan ice creams under its house brand, 365 Everyday Worth. Trader Joe\’s has actually been selling its own vegan ice cream pints for years. These new pints sign up with established plant-based brand names such as So Delicious, Coconut Bliss and NadaMoo! in the freezer case.The price of vegan pints is similar

to that of other premium ice creams, with those that include organic components commanding the highest costs. While Halo Top charges the very same quantity for its vegan and cow\’s milks ice creams, Ben & Jerry\’s charges$1 more for its vegan pints.Demand for plant-based ice & cream is poised for more growth.

A report from Future Market Insights anticipates the plant-based ice cream market will expand at a yearly development rate of 9.3 percent through 2027. Another local company placed to benefit from the increasing need for plant-based ice

cream is Rosanna\’s in Portland. Rosanna\’s provides ice cream Wednesday through Sunday nights to addresses in Portlandand South Portland. Last summer season, Rosanna\’s included vegan tastes made with coconut milk. Rosanna\’s owner Salli Wason recently opened a short-term pint store at 953 Congress St.( near Union Station Plaza)while she looks for an irreversible scoop store place. Vegan raspberry fudge ripple is one of the plant-based flavors used by Rosanna\’s, that makes house deliveries in Portland and South Portland. Picture courtesy of Rosanna\’s Ice Cream\”I\’ve certainly seen a boost in my vegan sales,\”said Wason, who estimated plant-based pints comprise 20 percent of her organisation.\” People\’s food level of sensitivities are increasing really quick in this country. And there\’s more of a vegan contingent than there utilized to be.\”Rosanna\’s pints(both vegan and non-vegan )cost$8.99 each with a minimum order of $12 for delivery.Wason stated she also has clients who eat dairy but will buy vegan pints due to the fact that they desire a flavor

that\’s just available in the vegan line, such as horchata, fudge ripple or blueberry Oreo.

Her customers know\”vegan things succeeded can be simply as excellent\” as the option, Wason said.Brunswick-based sauce maker MaineFlavor started offering vegan ice cream last summer and has actually seen demand grow. Made with natural nut milks from The Whole Almond and its own artisanal sauces, MaineFlavor vegan ice cream ranges consist of vanilla bean-cashew; spiced

cashew-agave with intense cider swirl; and roasted rocky roadway almond with chocolate chips and vegan marshmallow bits.Over the winter season, owner Susan Purcell offered the ice cream at the indoor Brunswick Winter season Farmers Market. This summer season, she\’s been setting up the MaineFlavor cart behind the Freeport Historic Society during warm days when L.L. Bean is hosting a concert.The MaineFlavor half-pints are likewise sold at Early morning Glory Natural Foods, Increasing Tide Community Market in Damariscotta and Handy\’s in Yarmouth. The recommended market price is$6 for a half-pint. Purcell stated she\’s had interest from other merchants and is ramping up production to

take on brand-new accounts while keeping up with broadening orders from the 3 stores she currently provides.\”There are a great deal of people who are becoming dairy cautious,\”Purcell said.\”It\’s not like they\’re allergic or made a big dedication (to avoid dairy ), but they\’re believing they need to do less dairy or choose a vegan alternative as long as it does not compromise pleasure. \”Here in Maine, we\’re fortunate to have multiple ice cream makers who understand ways to make dairy-free into a decadent, craveable treat.Avery Yale Kamila is a food writer who lives in Portland. She can be reached at Twitter/AveryYaleKamila Send out questions/comments to the editors. This iframe includes the logic required to handle Ajax powered Gravity Types.