Unlike most “homemade” ice creams, we never use a commercial base. Instead we handcraft each batch of ice cream using the best ingredients we can find, like local milk and cream, premium spices and teas, quality fruits and chocolates, locally roasted coffee, and wild Maine blueberries. We’re as picky about our ingredients as we are about what we feed our family. That means no stabilizers, fillers, artificial flavors, high fructose corn syrup, or partially hydrogenated anything.
Besides the fact that it tastes great, honey is a natural stabilizer. Adding honey to our base means we don’t have to use the conditioners and emulsifiers-things like guar gum, xantham gum, carageenan, mono & diglycerides, sodium alginate, and sodium dioxide-that are found in most commercial ice creams. Honey gives our ice creams and sorbets a soft, scoopable texture and a depth of flavor, naturally.
Little Bee is made using a Philadelphia style, egg-free base of cream, milk, honey, and pure cane sugar. We love the fresh, fluffy taste of Philadelphia style ice cream, and we have found that keeping our ingredients simple allows our flavors to take center stage.