Millie’s was overjoyed when they made the list of “Innovative Products Bridging the ‘Dairy’ Gap” in the March/April 2017 Issue of Gluten-Free Living Magazine on newsstands nationwide now!
Here is an excerpt from the article but be sure to pick up your copy for the full story:
This past year has been big for innovation in the gluten-free and dairy-free category, with new products appearing across multiple segments. Leave it to these innovators to find new ways to use nuts, pea protein and seeds to create products layered with flavor, rich in texture and loaded with nutrient-dense ingredients—-all without any gluten or dairy.
Gone are the days of chalky and just plain weird textures made with a long list of artificial ingredients. The new products comprised of easy-to-digest, fiber-full ingredients succeed in breaking the “dairy” craving and leave you feeling anything but left out.
Anaheim, CA. February 23, 2017: This year at Natural Products Expo West, the largest natural food expo on the West Coast, for the first time visitors can sample the entire product line of Millie’s Organic Vegan Gelato, and have a chance to win a Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker (winner to be announced after the show) courtesy of brand ambassador, Chef Susan Sbicca, founder of Millie’s. Flavors range from salty and sweet, like their most popular Vanilla Caramel Sea Salt, to tart and tasty, like their Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake. Be sure to find Millie’s Organic Vegan Gelato on the 3rd floor at booth #8056 where everyone is welcome to their Happy Hour on Saturday, March 11th, from 5pm-6pm. They’ll be pouring something special over their NUT-FREE, Strawberry Coconut Creme gelato.
Since it’s humble beginnings at Farmer’s Markets in San Diego, CA in 2011, Millie’s has expanded its sixteen products to over 100 retailers throughout California including Whole Foods, Gelson’s, Bristol Farms, and LA’s celebrity favorite Erewhon Markets. Each small batch is made with care and the best, thoughtfully sourced ingredients. They currently work with UNFI and DPI for distribution as they project to continue to grow throughout the west coast states. They offer 4oz, 8oz, and 16oz cups that range from $4 – $9 SRP.
Using only plant-based ingredients, like sprouted almond milk and coconut cream, Millie’s stays true to the heart of the business through every spoonful, teaming up with local San Diego breast-cancer foundation, Shades Of Pink.
San Diego, CA, December 8th, 2016– Millie’s Vegan Gelato, a plant-based, non-GMO gelato, available throughout California at gourmet retailers, is proud to announce their official USDA Organic certification for all products under their portfolio. Although all ingredients since Millie’s inception have been organic, now customers will see the cert on every flavor from San Diego to San Francisco.
“Being certified organic shows our dedication to quality ingredients and delivering our customers the very best good-for-you-gelato.”, says founder, Chef Susan Sbicca.
The dairy alternatives market is predicted to be worth over $19 million by 2020 and Millie’s is one of the businesses catering to the boom. Millie’s Vegan Gelato offers 8 delectable flavors to satisfy every palette. The menu ranges from salty and sweet flavors, like their Vanilla Caramel Sea Salt & Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake, to their chocolate fan favorite, Mocha Almond Butter Fudge. With the exception of their 2 nut-free flavors made of coconut milk, all flavors are made with organic sprouted almond milk and sweetened with agave.
The Millie’s mission is to offer a good-for-you gelato that is Organic, hormone-free and indulgent while helping bring awareness to breast cancer which impacts 1 in every 6 women. The personal connection to the fight for survivors is one close to Susan’s heart, paying homage to her mother Millie, one gelato at a time.
In just 2 years, Millie’s has grown from being only available at the San Diego Farmers Market to now being found in over 100 stores, including Whole Foods & Gelson’s, from SoCal to NorCal and counting.
Pacific Palisades, August 11th, 2016- Following the success of Moët’s innovative Ice Impérial, the first champagne designed specifically to be enjoyed over ice, Moët launched Ice Impérial Rosé to influential tastemakers in Los Angeles on August 11th.
The exclusive launch party was hosted at the “Riviera White House” in the Pacific Palisades, a property formerly owned by President Ronald Reagan. Top Chef contestant and restaurant owner Chef Phillip Frankland Lee created a special menu to pair with Moët Ice Impérial Rosé and guests gathered around the outdoor communal table to share in the epicurean experience.
As an after dinner treat, guests enjoyed mini vegan cones filled with Millie’s Vegan Gelato featuring their nut-free, Strawberry Coconut Flavor to fit the theme.
DJ & Electric Violinist Kat V set the vibe as the sun set over the Pacific Ocean and Halo Circus (fronted by American Idol Season 8 artist Allison Iraheta) performed a surprise set for guests as the sky filled with bright stars.
LOS ANGELES, May 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — San Diego based Millie’s Gelato, an organic plant based good-for-you gelato company, has launched their new Summer flavors in the Los Angeles at 35 Gelson’s and Bristol Farms markets. With the success of their decadently rich cashew cream and sprouted almond milk based creations, Millie’s is rolling out new, refreshing and nut-free variations for summer.
- Strawberry Coconut Creme: Organic fresh strawberries blended with Organic coconut cream and raw agave.
- Vanilla Coconut Creme: Organic coconut cream, raw agave, organic vanilla extract and a hint of rosewater.
Returning favorites include:
- Chocolate Caramel Sea Salt: A velvety cocoa base with swirls of salty sweet caramel,
- Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake: Creamy lemon cheesecake gelato flecked with tart morsels of organic raspberries.
- Mocha Almond Butter Fudge: Chocolate and organic fair trade decaf coffee with thick ribbons of crunchy almond butter
“As a small business, dealing with the demand afterLos Angeles was named PETA’s #2 “Most Vegan Friendly City” was a challenge, but we survived. I hope our new flavors will be a bridge to introduce the average consumer to the idea of a plant-based diet.” –Susan Sbicca, CEO & Founder of Millie’s Gelato.
San Diego based Millie’s Vegan Gelato was founded by Award winning chef, Susan Sbicca who committed to a plant-based diet in 2010 to repair her health. Her good-for-you gelato, made without dairy, eggs, soy or gluten has been served at various Stella McCartneyevents. Susan started selling her homemade creations at Farmer’s Markets before catching the eyes and hearts of all-natural food powerhouses like Whole Foods and Erewhon as distributors. She is former co-owner and executive chef of the award-winning Sbicca, in Del Mar, CA and the Meritage Restaurant & Bar in Encinitas, CA. In 2006, Susan was named Chef of the Year by the San Diego Chapter of the California Restaurant Association and Chef of the Year at the California Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Hall of Fame Centennial Celebration.
Beverly Hills, CA, July 14th, 2016- DKMS Ambassadors Kimberly & Tyson Chandler along with co-founder Katharina Harf hosted yet another fabulous dinner party in the Stella McCartney flagship store in West Hollywood, California.
Guests were invited to shop during the cocktail hour and then enjoy a lovely vegetarian meal out in the garden followed up with a sweet dessert by Millie’s Vegan Gelato who were invited back for the 2nd year in a row. Guests learned more about DKMS, the processes of donation and listened to an actual stem cell donor talk about his experience of donating. 20% of the nights proceeds were donated to DKMS where 100% of funds went directly to registering potential bone marrow donors.
DKMS is a not for profit organization dedicated to the fight against blood cancer and blood disorders. The organization recruits bone marrow donors to provide a second chance at life and supports patients from day one of their diagnoses.
INSANE ICE CREAM!
It was in honor of Bear’s birthday that I went on a mission to find the most delicious, must try ice cream out there. And with summer kicking off, what a fun time to celebrate super yum dairy free ice creams!
Listed below are my top ten favorite picks, with #1 being the most delicious. Keep in mind these suggestions will obviously depend on your mood and preferences! If you are a strawberry fan, the strawberry picks will rank ahead of coffee for you
I know there are many many companies out there, so please let me know in the comments below what else is an absolute must try! Especially for healthier (cane juice/agave/sugar free) ice creams that still taste insane!
Millie’s chocolate sea salt is great, really easy to eat! Their vanilla flavor is also pretty nice.
- organic sprouted almond milk base
- organic raw agave and palm sugar sweetened
There you have it, all my top picks from my wild ice cream adventure. Please let me know what your favorite ice cream brand out there is in the comments below!
Here are some photos from our testing! We made sundaes, in prep for a birthday treat for Bear. There are so many fun toppings out there! Check them out and enjoy!
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Los Angeles, June 5th, 2016- Tenants, Soho Members and local LA natives kicked off the Summer right with the Boho Brunch Pool Party on Sunday, June 5th at The Camden Hollywood . The rooftop pool overlooking the historic and hip Hollywood and Vine streets had DJ Ash spinning an ambient party vibe. Guests beat the heat with the underwater photo booth by L.A. Photo Party, riding unicorns, and tasting boozy vegan gelato creations by Millie’s Gelato.
Millie’s decided to add a twist to the fun event by creating two boozy recipes using their already yummy gelato. Vanilla Coconut Creme featuring vegan spiced rum and Maple Cinnamon Pecan spiked with bourbon kept guests cool while enjoying the LA heat. Not to mention, the branded gelato cart made it easy
to get around to every guest even the ones in the pool.
The underwater photo shoot by LA Photo Party captured the energy of the event allowing guests to take home their memories of the day.
Primping poolside included hair braiding by Best Coast Braids and henna designs by Nehassar. So whether you came Boho or not, you left Boho chic. Catered by SBE, guests ate mini-sized grilled cheese sandwiches and salmon crostini. The pool bar poured Grey Goose cocktails and mimosas. Guests also got to sip on all natural Spritz sparkling fruit wines by Ludlow’s and sophisticated craft cocktail jelly shots, in flavors like Moscow Mule and Old Fashioned.
In The Hub of The Camden Hollywood, guests were treated to exclusive recipes by Nespresso coffees and milkshakes topped with fresh raspberries, eyebrow sculpting by Fly Brow, personal inspiration bracelet carvings by MyIntent, models strutted in Cantiq L.A. Swimwear, and shopped fine crystal jewelry designed by Hannah Frost.
The new residents of The Camden Hollywood were all invited and our guest list grew quickly as the word of this happening pool party got out.
We are thrilled to announce that Millie’s Vegan Gelato is now available at all EREWHON MARKET locations! Stop by Hollywood or Calabasas (and soon VENICE) and pick up half-pints of your favorite flavors!
Good-for-you gelato! Millie’s Vegan Gelato makes this oxymoron ring true by committing to optimum health and superior flavor. We are painstakingly picky about what goes into a pint of our vegan gelato, using quality organic ingredients and integrity (plus a hefty dose of fun) as our guide.
We start with organic almonds and soak them in filtered water. This releases the enzyme inhibitors and makes them more digestible and nutritious. We blend the almonds to make homemade sprouted almond milk and add organic cashew cream for a velvety smooth base, rich in nutrients.
Then, we select organic ingredients that will dazzle your taste buds and make your heart happy…
We sweeten our gelato with organic blue agave and organic coconut palm sugar. Coconut palm sugar is harvested from the nectar of coconut flowers and it is sustainably grown and harvested.
Millie’s Chocolate Caramel Sea Salt is a mind-awakening, taste bud-thrilling experience. Smooth and silky almond milk base, rich cacao powder and cacao butter are swirled with coconut nectar caramel and Celtic Sea Salt®. Organic, fair-trade, and crafted with love. Need we say more?
Vanilla Caramel Sea Salt features organic fair trade Madagascar vanilla and Celtic Sea Salt® for full luxurious flavor. This unprocessed, whole salt is packed full of naturally occurring, essential minerals and absolutely no additives or anything removed. Swirl in coconut nectar caramel… Sweet and salty heaven.
A touch of himalayan salt is used in other Millie’s Gelato flavors. Himalayan salt is pure, hand-mined salt found naturally, deep within the pristine Himalayan Mountains. Crystallized over 250 million years ago, ancient sea beds were covered by lava, protecting the salt from modern-day pollution, and giving one of the purest salts to be found on earth.
Organic berries and stone fruit are culled from local farmers at the peak of their season so they are chockablock with natural sweetness and nutrients. Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake is another favorite. Creamy lemon gelato with sparkling tart raspberries come together to make a smooth and exciting combination.
Our chocolate-based gelatos are crafted with organic South American cacao and cacao nibs—both high in magnesium and antioxidants for enhanced mood and brainpower. Eat chocolate, be happy.
Each delicious Millie’s flavor is 100% plant-based, gluten-free, soy-free and mostly. Our vegan gelato is designed to be enjoyed on every level by everybody. Whether vegan, gluten sensitive, lactose intolerant or just plain old gelato lover, Millie’s is made for you.
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