Known for innovative flavors (think Toasted Rice, Golden Sesame or Turmeric & Korean Honeycomb), we make small-batch premium ice creams using fresh sustainable dairy and the best natural and organic ingredients with a little Korean flair! All our recipes and flavors are based on the foods and ingredients found in traditional Korean cooking and driven by a love for cooking, eating and sharing good food with others.
Here at Noona's Ice Cream, we love infusing Korean flavors with our favorite American treat!
We call our ice cream "Korean-Flavored" because all our flavors are created to honor and highlight the ingredients that make our ice creams special. Our ice creams are not overly sweet, and we work hard to always use the finest natural, organic and sustainable ingredients. We keep our flavor profiles simple and unique, providing you with a refreshing new approach on the traditional Korean flavors we grew up with. Enjoy our ice creams straight out of the pint or with cookies, pie or any other favorite treat.
Here’s what you WON’T find in our ice creams: artificial ingredients, pesticides, growth hormones, Carrageenan or GMOs.
Our signature flavor is inspired by our love of rice! We create this flavor by slowly toasting Korean brown rice and whole grains and steeping it like a tea into our base of fresh sustainable dairy until the perfect point. The result? A smooth buttercream texture with a nutty sweet flavor reminiscent of Korean rice tea or the caramelized layer of rice that forms on the bottom of a pan of cooked rice. This layer of toasted rice is called Nooroongji (누룽지) in Korean.
“LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE”
Turmeric is the spice that gives this flavor its yellow sunshine hue. It’s part of the ginger family and we use it to balance the sweetness of our honeycomb. Our honeycomb is inspired by an old-fashioned Korean burnt honey candy called “Ppop-gi”. The taste is like a bittersweet caramel and when folded into ice cream, it creates beautiful gooey caramel-like ribbons sure to make you smile.
As Noona’s favorite, we had to make this Asian classic that much better. Nutty, bitter with slight undertones of chocolate, our black sesame seeds are roasted and stone ground into a paste before being fully blended into our sweet cream. Roasted whole seeds are folded in at the end to bring out the unique complexity of this beloved flavor. Enjoy with your favorite chocolate chip cookies.
CINNAMON GINGER PEAR
"SWEET AS BAE"
Korean spiced tea with pear!
South Korea has a long history of making tea with fruits and the spices from roots and barks of woody and flowery plants. Sujeonggwa (수정과) is a traditional Korean tea made with warm spices, mainly cinnamon and ginger. Often paired with sweet fruit, we reimagined this flavor by blending notes of pear to our base of spiced sweet cream.
The flavor profile of this toasted white sesame ice cream is the essence of Korean cuisine. It has depth, brightness, and the perfect balance of savory and sweet. Made with a touch of toasted sesame oil and whole Korean sesame seeds, enjoy with a drizzle of honey or sesame oil and extra seeds. It’s also our go-to flavor for an affogato - this pairing blew us away!
CHERRY SPICED TEA
South Korea has a long history of making tea with fruits and the spices from roots and barks of woody and flowery plants. Our Cherry Spiced Tea is inspired by a traditional Korean tea called “Sujeonggwa” made with spices, mainly cinnamon and ginger. The spiced tea is often paired with fruit, and we partnered with Brooklyn maker Stagg Jam to create a tart cherry jam that makes this flavor stand out.
"I LOVE ICE CREAM AND I LOVE BEING A NOONA! THE WORD NOONA STANDS FOR EVERYTHING I AM PASSIONATE ABOUT: GIVING THE GIFT OF ICE CREAM, CREATING NEW TRADITIONS WHILE HONORING THE TRIED AND TRUE, AND THE JOY THAT COMES WHEN PEOPLE ACROSS THE WORLD CONNECT THROUGH THE SHARING OF GOOD FOOD AND RECIPES."
- HANNAH BAE AKA NOONA
Noona's Ice Cream is a naturally delicious Korean inspired ice cream company founded by Hannah Bae (aka Noona), a noona that simply LOVES providing joy through good food (especially, ICE CREAM).
Although sweets are not traditionally the highlight of Korean cuisine, ice cream has always been a part of any special occasion in the Bae family. Bae's fondest memories revolve around family meals that always ended with ice cream and the sharing of culture through food and laughter.
Inspired by flavors of home, Bae created a flavor she calls Toasted Rice and is now a signature flavor of Noona's Ice Cream. When Bae shared her Toasted Rice ice cream for the first time in 2014, it stuck with people and word spread. It wasn't soon after that Bae began hand-delivering Toasted Rice pints throughout the 5 boroughs.
In 2015, Noona's Ice Cream was created with a simple mission: to build culture through food and to build a company that cares for the world through its values and community involvement. We are proud to partner with non-profit organizations that focus on opportunities for young people.