We make everything from scratch, right in our shop. Each of our ice creams starts with creamy nut butters and is finished with real fruit, fresh spices, or inclusions from vegan bakeries. 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 Cookies 'n' Creme with gluten-free Better Bites Bakery chocolate cookies or get your sundae with a fudgy chocolate brownie from Capital City Bakery.
Sweet RItual 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 pairing ingredients to provide just the right balance of flavors, and we're always experimenting with new combinations.
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).
Six years later, Sweet Ritual has expanded to include 16 scooped flavors of ice cream, as well as vanilla soft serve. Valerie and Amelia remain the only two owners and are jointly in charge of all areas of the company's operation. Sweet Ritual is 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.