Sweet Melissa’s is a traditional little ice cream shop in downtown Ithaca, but after many dairy-free requests, Melissa decided it was time to include some non-dairy options. But rather than purchase a mix or brand, she makes her own vegan recipes using coconut milk, sugar, and guar gum as the base. She says these ingredients are the key to dairy-free creaminess.
Sweet Melissa’s typically offers at least two dairy-free flavors at a time, and the options rotate often. Melissa is always dreaming up new flavors and welcomes customer requests. Just some of the vegan flavors she’s churned up include vanilla, cookies and cream, peppermint chocolate chip, pumpkin, almond black sesame, chocolate chipotle, and chai latte. If there are enough dairy-free flavors available, you can even order a vegan ice cream flight!
And there are options beyond simple scoops. Melissa is also happy to whip up a vegan milkshake or ice cream sandwich. Sometimes she even bakes vegan cookies or other treats for even more dessert options. They usually have some vegan ice cream bars, too, and pints to go are available locally.
Where to Find Sweet Melissa’s Ice Cream Shop
Location: 200 W. Seneca St., Ithaca, NY
Phone: (607) 277-0090