On a recent trek through the historic core of Downtown Los Angeles, I stopped by Peddler’s Creamery for a double scoop of organic ice cream in a handmade, flaxseed waffle cone. Jasmin, an employee at the shop, stacked a scoop of Dark Chocolate on top of a scoop of Chocolate Peanut Butter.
What made my indulgent treat so unique was that the ice cream had been churned the night before by the shop’s stationary churning bicycle. The bike sits at the center the shop with its chain running through the back wall and then connects to an ice cream churn. Pedaling is the only method used by Peddler’s Creamery to make ice cream.
One of the best parts of churning ice cream by bicycle is that it is a portable operation. One of the shop’s “peddlers” rides the original churning bicycle (the shop has two bikes) to the farmer’s market in DTLA every Sunday, to create ice cream magic with every push of the pedal. She sets up their mobile unit at the market so pedestrians can purchase a scoop or two of the rich, freshly churned ice cream.
Owner Edward Belden used a Kickstarter campaign in 2012 to raise funds to set up a permanent location for his mobile churning bike business. The campaign was successful and Belden held the grand opening celebration of Peddler’s Creamery in conjunction with the 2013 CicLAvia event. On that evening, all nine flavors sold out.
Pedaling a bicycle to make ice cream is reason enough to check out Peddler’s Creamery, but their use of quality ingredients is the stand-out feature of their product. All ingredients are certified organic and the chocolates, coffees and vanilla are all certified fair-trade. The shop also offers sorbet made from fresh fruit with exotic and interesting flavors such as: Kumquat, Strawberry Basil, Orange Carrot Ginger, and Fig Ginger. That same creativity is displayed in stand-out dairy and vegan flavors, such as Simply Cardamom, Raspberry Poptart, and Local Lavender. But, as I found during my recent visit, even classic flavors like Dark Chocolate can be a delicious adventure. – KO