Forget the bicycle built for two, Edward Belden, the founder of Peddler’s Creamery has upped the ante. His artisan, bicycle-churned vegan ice creams, dairy desserts, and sorbets may just inspire you to take up cycling. Peddler’s Creamery debuted its ice cream churning tricycle at Los Angeles’ CicLAvia event in 2012 and donated the day’s profits to the bike-centric event. After this initial success, Belden launched a successful Kickstarter campaign and was able to open a stationary location in downtown Los Angeles. Tucked between South Main Street and 5th Street, Peddler’s Creamery is an ice cream lover’s dream come true.
Peddler’s Creamery was inspired by Belden’s commitment to sustainability, love of ice cream, and lifelong affinity for bicycling. Peddler’s Creamery is a certified B-Corporation—a for-profit enterprise with a conscious commitment to sustainability and community. Sustainability is key for Belden, “the certification helped [Peddler’s Creamery] step beyond the store,” to partner with local nonprofits and provide a cheerful, customer-centric atmosphere. Belden describes his bicycle-churned ice cream as, “a concept he came up with right after college—something fun to do,” which stemmed from his love of ice cream. Peddler’s Creamery is infused with a playful sense of fun, from the colorful wall decorations to the Beach Boys tunes, Belden has created a successful hub in the downtown Historic District.
In addition to being locally sourced, Fair-Trade, and sustainably produced, the ice creams and sorbets are inventive and delicious. “Anytime you come across food, is an inspiration for a new flavor,” says Belden. All flavors are original recipes which show Belden’s commitment to high-quality ingredients and seasonal produce. Despite his more adventurous flavor combinations, such as a short-lived caramelized pork belly and licorice ice cream, Belden aims to create a flavor “that is within reach of most people.”
Although hard-pressed to choose a favorite, Belden named Sizzlin’ Summer Swirl as one of his top choices. This seasonal flavor features watermelon jam infused with rosemary, mint, and a hint of chili swirled into a sweet cream base. The Mint Chocolate Cookie ice cream, which tastes like Girl Scout cookies, is also a popular choice. For non-dairy treats, the Strawberry Sorbet and Sweet Cardamom vegan ice cream are exquisitely crafted options. The cardamom ice cream balances zesty spice with a refreshingly sweet coconut-vanilla base and finishes with a palate-pleasingly light texture.
Peddler’s Creamery offers ice cream by the scoop and in fresh waffle cones. Both the house-made waffle cones and chocolate sauce are vegan. Customers can also enjoy ice cream-coffee drinks or a Waffle Nachos Sundae. The spare toppings, chocolate sauce or whipped cream, provide the perfect accompaniment to the fresh and flavorful ice creams. Peddler’s Creamery also offers make-ahead options, such as Waffle Rolls—chocolate lined cones piped with ice cream–and ice cream cakes.
It is easy to be a repeat customer—flavors change daily and span from comforting Sweet Cream to more exotic picks, such as Candied Kumquat. Belden invites customers to churn their own ice cream in store, by pedaling at 15 mph for about 15 minutes, and has a Peddler’s Club for frequent riders. Taking a trip to Peddler’s Creamery is a memorable experience—like riding a bike—it is something you never forget.