Vegan Gourmet Organic "Nice Cream" opens in the 818

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If you’re vegan, lactose-intolerant, or just craving a delicious frozen dessert, there’s a brand new place to satisfy your sweet palate. I can’t eat dairy products, so I always settle for a lemon sorbet while others around me enjoy creamy frozen treats. I am happy to report that I finally got to indulge in my own scoop of Mocha ice cream at the just opened Nice Cream in Studio City (near Universal City). Rich, creamy and delicious, this “ice cream” is made without milk, cream or eggs — but tastes just like the real ice cream I still remember. Maybe even better.

(L-R) Co-owners Shelley Young , Mollie Engelhart and Mimi Moss. Photo: Nice Ice Cream

Mollie Engelhart began developing the recipes for Nice Cream seven years ago. She partnered up with friends Mimi Moss and Shelley Young with plans to open an ice cream shop that offers desserts and drinks that are good for the body and for the planet.

As creamy as real ice cream. Photo: Carole Rosner

Small homemade batches of vegan “ice cream” using organic, sustainable, high quality ingredients are what make Nice Cream different than other ice cream shops in town. Ninety five percent of their ingredients are considered “raw” because they are not heated above 104 degrees. This process maintains the nutritional value and digestive enzymes of the food. Mollie explained the “raw” cocoa that Nice Cream uses has more antioxidants than one pound of blueberries and because the cold pressed coffee is brewed without heat, the body reacts more evenly to the caffeine.

The cream base consists of two nut fats (coconut milk or raw cashews/almond milk). It is sweetened with either Agave, honey or maple syrup. Photo: Carole Rosner

Nice Cream is similar to smooth, premium ice cream because the base consists of two nut fats (coconut milk or raw cashews/almond milk). It is sweetened with either Agave, honey**(read explanation below) or maple syrup. There are 16 hard packed rotating flavors daily including Chocolate, Strawberry, Maple Pecan, Chai, Honey Orange and Mint Chip. There’s a soft serve selection too. “Raw” chocolate and caramel syrup, fresh fruit, artisan granola, caramelized pecans, and cocoa nibs are just a few of the topping selections.

Located in a small strip mall next to Good Neighbor. Photo: Nice Ice Cream

Fresh coconut milk and almond milk are pressed here every day and used in the milkshakes, coffees, smoothies, sundaes and the other “raw” and vegan desserts on the menu. Because of Mollie, Mimi and Shelley’s strong commitment to the environment, all the paper goods, utensils and containers at Nice Cream are eco-friendly and bio-degradable too.  Granted, the prices are higher than average because making homemade desserts in small batches is labor intensive and time consuming, plus the ingredients are also on the higher side.

It took a long time for this alternative ice cream shop to open, but for taste and health, it was worth the wait.

(****Important to note: there is controversy in the vegan world about the use of honey. Read the Nice Cream explanation here on their Facebook page).

Nice Cream 3701 Cahuenga Blvd. Studio City, Ca 91604 818.308.6758 Hours: Monday-Thursday 10am-8pm. Friday and Saturday 10am-10pm Sunday 10am-7pm,Free parking in lot or meters on street. Scoops $3.99 and $2.99 for kids; Banana Splits $9.99, smoothies are $6.99/8.99.

About Karen Young

Karen Young is the founder of My Daily Find.