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Vegan Ice Cream


Non-dairy and allergen friendly treats

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Vegan Ice Cream


Non-dairy and allergen friendly treats

 

ice cream for everyone

We believe that ice cream is more than just food, more than just a treat.
It's part of the celebrations and consolations that mark important events
in our lives, and no one should be left out.  That's why we make amazing
dairy free ice cream with options for a wide variety of dietary needs.

 
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What's in it?


We make every batch from scratch, right in our store.  We match every base, whether it's coconut, almond, cashew, or even avocado, to the flavors we add so that each batch is delicious.

Ingredients

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What's in it?


We make every batch from scratch, right in our store.  We match every base, whether it's coconut, almond, cashew, or even avocado, to the flavors we add so that each batch is delicious.

Ingredients

Made with Love and care

We make everything from scratch, right in our shop.  Every ounce is carefully weighed to make sure every scoop is just as delicious as the last.  We don't add unnecessary artificial colors or flavors: our strawberry ice cream has beet juice to give it the perfect pink blush, and spirulina lends our mint chip a hint of green. We are always looking to source more local ingredients like Hill Country lavender and Fredericksburg peaches. We get most of our ingredients from local distributors like ToGoCo, who provides all of our compostable paper goods,  and Southern Style Spices who brings us toasted cashews. We love working with other Austin businesses to create new flavors and products: try the Yellowbird Hot Chocolate, peppered with Yellowbird sauce; get your sundae with a fudgy chocolate brownie from Capital City Bakery, or bite into one of our ice cream sandwiches made with gluten-free cookies from Better Bites Bakery.

The art and science of ice cream

We went through a LOT of trial and error before we perfected our recipe, and we're still tweaking it every day to make sure our ice cream is always smooth, creamy, cold, and delicious without the dairy.  Since we don't use milk or cream, we've taken a scientific approach to getting it just right, finding the perfect balance of liquids, sugars, fats, and proteins to make it taste just right.  Every new addition changes the balance and we adjust accordingly. Using a wide variety of bases has made us nimble and adaptable.  After making ice cream out of nuts, coconut milk, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, and avocado, we feel like we could make it out of just about anything.  Making vegan ice cream is a beautiful blend of being a scientist in a lab and a painter sitting before a canvas.  We pride ourselves on matching ingredients to provide just the right balance of flavors, and we're always experimenting with new combinations.

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Our Story


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Our Story


a little history

Sweet Ritual first opened its doors on December 15, 2011.  Amelia Raley and Valerie Ward started the company with their combined experience in the ice cream world (Amelia at Toy Joy, Valerie at Amy's) to provide delicious dairy-free ice cream to as many people as possible.  Sweet Ritual opened with two flavors of soft serve (one vanilla, the same classic recipe we use today, and one rotating seasonal flavor).

After about a year, we purchased an Emery Thompson batch freezer (the Cadillac of ice cream makers) and began experimenting with hard-pack ice cream, offering eight flavors daily. As we perfected our recipe, we soon expanded to 16 flavors daily plus classic vanilla soft serve. In late 2014, Amelia and Valerie traveled to New Jersey to study at Ice Cream University with Malcolm Stogo, ice cream impresario and founder of D. F. Maven's in New York. We reformulated all our recipes, offering ice creams with a wider variety of bases including cashew, almond, sunbutter and peanut.  

In 2015 we realized we were quickly outgrowing the space we shared with Juiceland and began looking for a space of our own.  In June 2016, we proudly opened the doors of our very own shop with expanded production and storage to meet the growing demand for our ice cream.  In our new home on Airport Boulevard we are happy to offer an enhanced customer experience, ample parking, and great proximity to other local businesses and restaurants.

Valerie and Amelia remain the only two owners and are jointly in charge of all areas of the company's operation. Sweet Ritual remains committed to making the best dairy-free ice cream and providing an unparalleled customer experience in a way that is sustainable financially, socially, and ecologically to the benefit of the company, its employees, our community, and our planet. We believe in high standards, open communication, and shared prosperity.

Valerie Ward, owner

Amelia Raley, owner