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NOONA

누나 

means "big sister".

 

At Noona's Ice Cream, we take great pride in making classic Asian and innovative ice cream flavors for you to enjoy. We exist to provide the best Asian-inspired ice cream flavors in the world and work hard to grow in the most responsible and sustainable way possible.

Known for our simple and unique flavor profiles, flavors range from the Asian classics of Black Sesame and Green Tea to the innovative flavors of Turmeric Honeycomb and Toasted Rice. All our recipes are inspired by our Korean-American heritage and driven by a love for cooking, eating and sharing good food with others. We look to provide a refreshing new approach on the flavors we grew up with and enrich the communities in which we live and work. 

 

 

INSPIRED BY TRADITION,

MADE IN SMALL BATCHES.

 

Always made with organic and sustainable ingredients.

New York State hormone-free and antibiotic-free dairy.

Pure and Asian-flavored with smooth, full-bodied texture and clean finish.

Celebrating cultures through flavor, handcrafted with a little Korean flair. 

 

 
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DID YOU KNOW?

1. We only use hormone-free and antibiotic-free dairy, a combination of cane sugar and dextrose, and natural plant-based stabilizers to make our ice cream base. No rBST/rBGH. No corn syrup. No artificial ingredients or preservatives.

2. Some take ice cream and add flavors to it. At Noona's, we start with flavors we are absolutely passionate about and make a naturally delicious scoop. It's what makes our ice creams worth digging into!

3. Not overly sweet, we keep our flavor profiles simple and unique. Enjoy our ice creams straight out of the pint or with cookies, pie or any other favorite treat.

 

 

NOONA'S

aSIAN-INSPIRED

FLAVORS

 

GREEN TEA.

TOASTED RICE.

BLACK SESAME.

GOLDEN SESAME.

CHERRY SPICED TEA.

CINNAMON GINGER PEAR "SWEET AS BAE".

TURMERIC HONEYCOMB "LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE".

 

 

 

 
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TOASTED RICE

 

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. 

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TURMERIC HONEYCOMB 

 

 

“LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE” 

Sunshine in a cup? Our Little Miss Sunshine is all you need. Delight in handfuls of organic turmeric, sweet cream and gooey ribbons of old-fashioned Korean honeycomb candy. 

Inspiration: Ppop-gi

Ppop-gi is an old-fashioned Korean honeycomb candy. 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.

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BLACK SESAME

 

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.

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GOLDEN SESAME

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!

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Green Tea

Organic Green Tea leaves stone ground and cold-steeped in our grass-fed dairy. Earthy, lush and pure. This one's a total gem. 

Inspiration: Nok-cha

Nok-cha is the Korean word for Green Tea. On the island of Jeju, off the Southern Coast of South Korea, you can find strikingly rich fields of Green Tea. Green Tea is not just consumed by the cup or used for sweet treats, but added to broths, noodles, beauty products and even hot springs. Green Tea is a way of life. 

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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”. 

Inspiration: Sujeonggwa

Sujeonggwa is a traditional Korean spiced tea made with cinnamon, ginger and peppercorns. It's often paired with fruit, and we partnered with Brooklyn maker Stagg Jam to create a tart cherry jam that makes this flavor stand out.

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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. 

 

Our Story

 
"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
 
 
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Founding noona Hannah Bae at 1 year old with her grandmother ("Halmoni") Tae-hee Bae. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Noona's Ice Cream was founded by Hannah Bae, a noona that simply loves making ice cream and bringing people together. 

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 her Toasted Rice pints throughout the 5 boroughs, and began developing flavors that focused on providing a refreshing new approach to the Korean flavors she grew up with. 

In the Winter of 2015, Noona's Ice Cream was created with a simple mission: to make the best Asian ice cream flavors in the world and build a company that cares for the world through its values and community involvement.

Since then, we've grown steadily and sustainably as a wholesale ice cream business making innovative and classic Asian ice cream flavors for all to enjoy. You can now find our ice creams in retail stores around NYC and Texas, and will be in more states soon enough.