means "big sister”.
Noona's Ice Cream is a New York City-based and woman-owned company inspired by our Korean-American heritage and a shared love of ice cream.
We specialize in making small-batch Asian-inspired ice cream flavors and create our flavors only from the best ingredients we carefully source. With an appreciation for culinary technique, we pride ourselves on creating ice creams that are flavorful, balanced and absolutely delicious. Known for our innovative and unique flavors such as Toasted Rice and Turmeric Honeycomb, we are a company of people that are passionate about bridging cultures through flavor.
SMALL BATCH PREMIUM ICE CREAM
HANDCRAFTED WITH A LITTLE KOREAN FLAIR
FOR OUR DAIRY LOVERS:
To create the most amazing Asian-inspired ice cream flavors, we use fresh hormone-free/antibiotic-free milk and cream from Upstate NY and some of the finest organic and certified non-GMO ingredients.
ON A MISSION FOR DAIRY-FREE (hitting shelves Jan 2019):
To create innovative non-dairy ice cream options for all to enjoy, we use fresh coconut milk and some of the finest organic and certified non-GMO ingredients. Our Asian-inspired dairy-free line is 100% plant-based and vegan. Expect flavors like Black Sesame and Green Tea (from our original dairy line), and flavors we hope will delightfully surprise your tastebuds.
Both recipes result in naturally smooth, full-bodied ice cream with a clean finish.
fIND yOUR fAVORITE NOONA
Our signature flavor is inspired by our love of rice! Comforting and simply unique, we make this flavor by slowly toasting Korean brown rice and whole grains, and steeping them like a tea in our base of fresh sustainable dairy until the perfect point. The result? A smooth buttercream texture and a nutty flavor reminiscent of waffle cones and grandma’s rice pudding.
Inspiration: Noo-roong-ji (누룽지)
Noo-roong-ji is a traditional Korean rice snack. The caramelized layer of crunchy rice that forms on the bottom of a pan of cooked rice.
“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 (뽑기)
Ppop-gi is an old-fashioned Korean honey candy and popular street treat. The bright and earthy notes of turmeric balance the sweetness of honeycomb and create this flavor’s beautiful sunshine yellow hue. It’s an instant favorite 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.
Inspiration: Heuk-im-ja (흑임자)
Heuk-im-ja is the Korean word for black sesame seeds. These seeds are a delicious and essential superfood ingredient in the Asian pantry. From morning shakes to a garnish, to pastries and ice cream, the nutty complex flavor of black sesame will have you coming back for more.
The essence of Asian cuisine can be found in our Golden Sesame. Nutty white sesame seeds toasted until they’re golden brown and folded into our sesame-infused dairy. Deep and bright in flavor, our Golden Sesame is a timeless way to connect you to Asian tradition.
Inspiration: Bokkeun-kkae (볶은깨)
The Korean word for toasted white sesame seeds is Bokkeun-kkae. These seeds have a unique nutty flavor that adds brightness and depth to any dish. In ice cream form, this flavor is all about tasting with your mind open. A favorite among those seeking the perfect balance of savory and sweet.
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 (녹차)
Nok-cha is the Korean word for green tea. In Asian culture, the tea has many applications that go beyond tea drinking and ice cream. With its powerful antioxidants, green tea is a special ingredient added to beauty and health products. Green Tea is very much a way of life.
CHERRY SPICED TEA (Online Only)
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: Su-jeong-gwa (수정과)
Sujeonggwa is a 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.
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.
Inspiration: Su-jeong-gwa (수정과)
We reimagined this classic tea flavor by blending notes of pear to our base of spiced sweet cream.