Our Story

"I LOVE ICE CREAM AND I LOVE BEING A NOONA! THE WORD NOONA STANDS FOR EVERYTHING I AM PASSIONATE ABOUT: "THANK YOU" ICE CREAM PINTS, 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

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

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

 

The word noona (누나) means "big sister" in the Korean language.

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.