According to the Food Allergy Research and Education organization, one in every 13 children (under 18 years of age) in the United States has the potential to have a fatal allergy to nuts. Moreover, more than 15 million Americans currently exhibit food allergies of some kind.
With that in mind, how crazy is it that, finally, the first-ever 100-percent nut-free ice cream shop in New York City is now open?
A La Mode is officially the first homemade ice cream in the United States that is completely nut-free, egg-free, and sesame-free. This ice cream wonderland is also home to a huge variety of rainbow, sparkle, and jewel-encrusted children’s clothing, accessories, and fun gifts for children (and some adults).
A La Mode came to fruition when Sandy Roth, co-owner, had the dream of opening an ice cream shop that everyone could enjoy. Not only nut-free, it is also offering gluten- and dairy-free options.
“We wanted everyone to come in and enjoy ice cream; it’s a part of childhood and should be for everyone,” Roth said. “We wanted to take an all-inclusive approach and be mindful of a lot of people who have allergies now-a-days. We wanted everyone to be able to indulge in their ice cream and feel safe and happy.”
The five innovative flavors that can currently be found at A La Mode are Wired: coffee ice cream with chocolate chips; Partly Cloudy: blue cotton candy ice cream with mini marshmallows; Pink Sprinkle: pink vanilla ice cream with rainbow sprinkles; Speed Bump: dark chocolate ice cream with mini marshmallows with white and dark chocolate chips; and Strawberry Cheesecake: vanilla ice cream, strawberries, cream cheese, ricotta cheese, and graham crackers.
My favorite? Partly cloudy.
Article can originally be found on The Daily Meal here
132 Orchard Street | Lower East Side
If you find yourself in the mood for an ice cream sandwich, Melt Bakery is your place. You can find them on the Lower East Side all year round, but don’t be surprised to find their stands at the various food markets throughout the city such as Madison Square Eats just west of Madison Square Park. Melt Bakery typically offers about 10 different ice cream sandwich flavors, but our favorite hands down is the “Lovelet”- two red velvet meltcakes with cream cheese ice cream in the middle. We have never had anything like these ice cream sandwiches and recommend them 100%!
Sprinkles Ice Cream
782 Lexington Avenue (at 60th Street) | Upper East Side
When we tried Sprinkles Ice Cream for the first time, we were not let down. While the flavors vary by day, favorites to check out include the malted milk chocolate, cap’n crunch, and the red velvet. However, if you are at Sprinkles Ice Cream and do not try the Sprinkles Sundae, you’re missing out! How could you turn down a scoop of Ice Cream in between a cupcake top and bottom?! We sure couldn’t!
A La Mode Shoppe
360 East 55th Street | Between 1st Ave & 2nd Ave | Midtown East
Very tasty homemade ice cream + a rotating menu of flavors + nut free across the board + family friendly for kids = A La Mode Shoppe! We give this place high marks for its creative flavors like Partly Cloudy (Cotton Candy) as well as its straightforward but delicious Chocolate ice cream. A La Mode is a nut-free facility, so feel free to come in with any and all friends who may have allergies. And they sell children’s apparel and toys as well, so make sure to bring the kids!
10Below Ice Cream
10 Mott Street | Between Mosco St & Park Row | Chinatown
10Below is the first place in New York City to offer Thai inspired rolled ice cream. 10Below was something out of the ordinary. After placing your order, you can then go and watch them make your ice cream on a cold plate that reaches -10° F. After three minutes, you have yourself a huge cup of made-to-order ice cream, to which you can add unlimited toppings! I would recommend either the S’mores or Nutella flavors.
Ample Hills Creamery
623 Vanderbilt Avenue | Prospect Heights | Brooklyn
Ample Hills opened in 2011 and since then had been on our list of places to try. To cut to the chase: their ice cream did not disappoint. Their flavors are extremely creative and fun; no wonder they are consistently reviewed as one of the top ice cream shops in all of New York! All of their ice cream is made on sight, with the freshest ingredients around. They even have their own bakery where they make the add-ins for the ice cream. We got to try the “Salted Crack Caramel” which consisted of caramel ice cream with chunks of caramel cookies, and also the “Munchies” which consisted of pretzel-infused ice cream with clusters of Ritz crackers, potato chips, pretzels and mini M & M’s. We will definitely be back!
OddFellows Ice Cream & Co
175 Kent Avenue | Williamsburg | Brooklyn
Located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, OddFellows is known for their artisanal ice cream flavors, as well as their signature ice cream sandwiches often referred to as “OddPockets.” An OddPocket is an ice cream sandwich that uses brioche bread and is stuffed with your choice of flavor, pressed in a Panini maker, drizzled with a gooey topping, and rolled in a crunchy topping. The Banana Puddin’ and Carrot Cake ice creams were the most noteworthy.
Ice & Vice
221 East Broadway | Between Clinton St & Montgomery St | Lower East Side
We decided to give Ice & Vice a try after seeing pictures of their cream cones all over our Instagram feeds, and let us tell you, we were not disappointed. Ice & Vice is known for their out-of-the-box flavors, and they even have some flavors named after food Instagram accounts such as @foodbabyny and @spoonuniversity. We tried the “Milk Money” which consisted of toasted milk, sea salt, and chocolate ganache, and the “Food Baby” which had Concord grape, donut soil, rainbow sprinkles and raspberry coulis. Ice & Vice also has Konery cones, and top their creations off with toasted Squish Marshmallows.
Rice Cream Shoppe
195 Bleecker Street | West Village
If you love Rice Pudding, the Rice Cream Shoppe is the place for you! This spot offers about 25 different flavors to choose from, including several vegan flavors. There are also 10 different toppings that you can add to your treat. While the Rice Cream Shoppe is known for their delicious and creamy Rice Pudding, they are also the only place in New York City to offer Vegan Gelato! This Gelato is the real deal, and tastes like the real thing too. Located in the West Village near Washington Square Park, this place is in a great location and a must if you are in the area.
Black Tap Craft Burgers and Beer
529 Broome Street | SoHo
I’m sure you have heard of this one. These milkshakes are outrageously over the top. On an average day, you best be ready to wait at least two hours to get your hands on one of these famous milkshakes! We got lucky and went at around 4pm during the middle of the week to the location in the Meatpacking District and didn’t have to wait at all. If you like milkshakes these are seriously the real deal. The presentation of these shakes is hard to beat, and they definitely provide the perfect Instagram opportunity! The burgers also looked incredible and we will definitely be back to try them!
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Serving Nut-free, Egg-free ice cream to toddlers, grandparents, and everyone in between.
by Irene Plax
Few things are better than ice cream. Cold, creamy, sweet … a perfect treat for kids and adults. But if you experience nut allergies, chances are you’ve felt left out at the ice cream parlor. On NYC’s Upper East Side, A La Mode Shoppe has been welcoming ice cream lovers of all ages since March of 2015, serving scoops that are egg-free, nut-free, and sesame-free. There are also dairy free options. No matter your favorite flavor in the range of options, they’ve got you covered. Pink Sprinkles happens to be the kids favorite and soon, they will have Emoji ice cream. For the grown ups, they go a little sexy with flavors like Rosewater.
Co-owner Sandy explained that she was inspired to create ice cream that didn’t leave anyone out when she saw Little League kids crying. When asked, she realized it was because they couldn’t partake in the fun with their teammates so she committed herself to providing a place where everyone, regardless of allergies, could come and enjoy the simplest pleasures. The store is definitely a favorite for families in the neighborhood, with a playroom for babies and toddlers with a boutique of ice cream-themed toys, books, clothes, and accessories. During my visit, a few toddlers wandered around happily with toys in tow, while parents enjoyed some delicious ice cream without worrying about what the kiddos were up to. While we sat or perused throughout the store, co-owners Sandy and Marc chatted with customers with a sense of familiarity that made you feel right at home.
When it comes to the pint size humans in our lives (aka, the kids), Pink Sprinkles and Partly Cloudy are the most popular. Pink Sprinkles is a nostalgic flavor of grade school birthday parties: cake, ice cream, and sprinkles. Partly Cloudy is a blue cotton candy ice cream with marshmallows. The cotton candy flavor is so exact and coupled with the fluffy marshmallow texture, my friend and I had to turn to each other to double check we were actually having ice cream.
“It’s a carnival pop!” he exclaimed.
After allowing ourselves permission to tap into our younger selves, we ventured into flavors for any age. Here’s how they all stacked up:
- The Sea Salt Caramel was luscious and creamy, and even though there is no egg, the taste and texture hinted at custard. The salt melted into the caramel: a beautiful thing.
- Wired, a coffee ice cream, had the extra perk of chocolate chips.
Mint chocolate is always a classic, and they really knocked it out of the ballpark. It tasted like they simmered mint leaves in cream…so fresh and so clean!
- The Green Tea flavor reminded me of tealeaves, boiled just to the point of bitterness, then magically turned sweet and creamy.
- Speed Bump, one of their bestsellers, is a chocolate ice cream with white and dark chocolate chips with marshmallows, and something about it feels like a full meal, it’s so satisfying!
- Blueberry Greek Yogurt: Another flavor that has a “meal” sort of feeling. Visually appealing, it almost borders on savory, and you could really get the full mouth-feel of a blueberry, skin and all, in the best way possible.
- The Rosewater was your standard rosewater flavor – aromatic – but it was supported by a creaminess that took it to the next level.
- A La Mode does ice cream birthday cakes as well. I can image how wonderful that may be. In fact, recently, a customer was celebrating their 70th birthday and for their party, guess which cake that ordered? I never knew but I can’t help but wonder what flavor the birthday girl chose for her cake. At 70, you’ve gotta go for broke!
360 east 55th street | New York, NY 10022
ABOUT a la mode …
is an ice cream shoppe & kids boutique in NYC.
We offer homemade, small-batch ice cream in a nut-free facility offering gluten-free and dairy free options. In our boutique, we carry infant and children’s apparel, toys, unique gifts for children of all ages.
Come check out our party space and fun events for kids monthly!
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For those of you who scored tickets to the Museum of Ice Cream this summer, well done. For those who got shut out (you’re in good company) here’s some exciting NYC ice cream news — especially if you’ve got a kid with nut allergies. There’s a new, nut-free sweet treat shop in town, and we sampled the goods. Delicious!
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Get the Nut Out of Here!
For parents of kids with nut allergies, label reading is old habit. And up until now, if your kid had serious nut allergies, heading to the ice cream store could be quite stressful. Even if servers know which flavors are nut free, do the people who work there know to keep the scoops from other flavors separate?
Well, worry no more! A La Mode’s 100% nut-free flavors are rich, creamy and delicious. Read on for more details on the flavors, colors, and textures that make this dessert spot one you need to try — whether you have allergies or not.
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Tastes for Tongues Big & Small
A la Mode has something for every member of the family. There are enjoyable flavors for the foodie (try Rosewater), the grown up (Wired, aka a coffee flavor), as well as the kids, of course, such as Pink Sprinkle and Partly Cloudy, the latter of which is blue cotton candy ice cream with mini-marshmallows thrown in for good measure .
And those of you that just need a little crunch in your ice cream, even without nuts, A La Mode doesn’t disappoint. Using chocolate chips in the wired and speed bump flavors, the mix of textures keeps this tasting true to form in so many ways.
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Parties, Events & More
With a room for parties and classes (kids can take part in everything from music to crafts here) A la Mode is more than just an ice cream shop. “Cones and Crafts” on Tuesdays is a weekly class for 1 to 4-year-olds that includes a craft, a mini cone for the child and a regular sized-treat for the grown-up, all for the bargain price of $10.
For those who like to do a little shopping while getting their scoops, A La Mode stocks cute clothing and gifts including onesies and T-shirts to bejeweled stickers, patches and even backpacks for the older set.
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What’s Next for this Nut-Free Treat Purveyor?
A La Mode has a new factory in the Bronx that will be distributing its ice cream to larger stores like Shop Rite and Costco, as well as sleepaway camps such as Trails End, so within months more folks with nut allergies will get to experience this yummy treat.
Heads up: There will also be an emoji pop up shop on September 22nd, with a free-to-attend party to celebrate the launch of a new Emoji Ice Cream.
A La Mode Shoppe
360 East 55th St.
Upper East Side
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Nothing makes summer great quite like a giant scoop of ice cream, but for those with severe allergies, enjoying this hot weather treat isn’t the easiest feat. That’s where A La Mode Shoppe, located at 360 E. 55th St., comes in.
This Turtle Bay joint opened up in March 2015 with one mission: Give children and adults with severe allergies a place to enjoy ice cream. All of A La Mode’s creations are made in their own factory in the Bronx, using only nut-free, egg-free and sesame-free ingredients, with dairy-free alternatives served on-site as well.
Marc and Sandy Roth opened the shop across the street from their home in a storefront that had been empty for five years. They combined Marc’s hospitality background and Sandy’s children’s clothing expertise to create a dual ice cream parlor-children’s boutique.
Marc described the rewarding feeling of giving children with allergies access to ice cream.
“We get kids having the experience of going to an ice cream shop for the first time ever,” he said on his clientele. “You see the hesitance at first, and then they become a kid in a candy shop.”
The two winning flavors among kids are “Pink Sprinkle” and “Partly Cloudy,” the bright pink ice cream being a sweet vanilla flavor with rainbow sprinkles, and the bright blue choice a cotton candy flavor with vegan marshmallows. For the adults, Roth said the top flavors are “Wired” (coffee ice cream with chocolate chips) and the salted-caramel ice cream. A sorbet is also always available for a dairy-free alternative.
Besides their brick-and-mortar location, A La Mode Shoppe flavors will be available at ShopRite in three weeks and Costco in the near future.
Check out these bright, fun flavors that will make you channel your inner child.
Original article can be found here on AM New York.com