Homegrown ice cream is not a new concept in India. That’s what we’ve mostly known– Nirula’s, Mother Dairy, Amul, Havmor, and other ice cream and frozen dessert brands for the longest time. And while there will always be a special place for these, a new wave of artisanal ice cream has begun.
Started about five years back with the likes of Minus 30, it has gradually picked up the pace, and now we have a bouquet to pick from. So, here’s a curated list of homegrown artisanal ice cream in India for you to try the next time.
Zoet Desserts do cookies, cakes, tarts, pies, cheesecakes, and also ice cream. Currently, they have two flavours, ispahan that’s inspired by the famous Pierre Hermé dessert, has notes of lychee, rose, and strawberry with a hint of macaron crunch. And the other being the eternal favourite, tiramisu made with mascarpone and coffee ice cream cream, and coffee-soaked biscuits.
While they’ve rolled out these two as only-ice cream flavours, Zoet does have a bunch of ice cream cakes you can try. Take your pick from blueberry cheesecake, chocolate oreo, almond crunch, mango kulfi, cassata, and coffee cabana.
Contact: +91 81308 95886. They are operational in Delhi NCR.
They make small batches and limited flavours to bring quality to the tub. All their ice creams are made using milk, eggs, and cream only. They have options comprising of coffee, fig & honey, salted caramel, peaches & cream, mint cookie, and cookies & cream. And if the name isn’t enough, their logo with a pup will bring in the cute feels to make you want to try it.
Contact: +91 98104 23991. They are operational in Delhi NCR.
They call themselves India’s first healthy ice cream. And what makes it so? Their use of low fat skimmed milk and sweeteners. The detailed list includes fresh skimmed milk from free-range cows, Fonterra–whey protein isolate from New Zealand, natural flavours and Erythritol–an organic sweetener with zero calories and sugars, found in melons and grapes.
They have all the flavours, from indulgent to healthy: Chocolate Brownie Fudge, Salted Caramel, Keto Very Berry, Strawberry Banana, Keto Belgian Chocolate, Coffee Roasted Almond, and more. They also do monthly subscriptions, which fits nicely if you wish to try something new every few weeks.
Contact: +91 91371 20894. They are operational in multiple cities across India.
Another healthy option, ‘Ice cream that loves you back’ is the motto at Noto. They carry 75 per cent less sugar than regular ice creams, twice as much protein, and a healthy helping of prebiotic fibre. From fun flavours like cereal milk, orange almond, and spicy pink guava to staples such as dark chocolate, mangoes & cream, mocha choco chip, and more. They’ve got both ends of the spectrum covered.
Contact: email@example.com or Instagram. They are operational in Mumbai.
Less than 90 calories per scoop, they’re yet another healthy ice cream on the block. Butterscotch, mango, berries, brownie fudge, coffee, kulfi, sea salt caramel, chocolate, tutti frutti, pina colada, and vanilla are available with them. They call themselves an innovative brand, and that makes us lookout for interesting flavours in the future too. Till then, their fun posts on social media will perk you up even before your order arrives.
Contact: Instagram. They are operational in Mumbai.
This healthy dessert ice cream brand believes in doing limited flavours but doing it well. Belgian chocolate crunch, fresh mango, mocha almond, creamy strawberry, cookie crumble, salted caramel, and blueberry cheesecake are on offer here. All-natural ingredients and a calorie count check in place, Good Fettle encourages mindful indulgence.
Contact: +91 98201 85271. They are operational in Mumbai, Pune, and Bengaluru.
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