Taste the World with This Entrepreneur's Ice Cream
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People collect all kinds of souvenirs when they travel, whether that be photographs, keychains, journal notes, or snow globes. But Dennine Dyer, a wardrobe stylist based in Brooklyn, remembers her adventures in a rather unique way — she makes ice cream inspired by flavors and ingredients she’s tasted around the world.
Now, she has a small business that combines her passion for travel and ice cream called Solo Scoop Creamery.
“I have been freelancing in fashion for the past 10 years,” she tells CircleAround. “The 2020 global pandemic changed my life. At the beginning of the pandemic, I started to cook and bake as a new hobby.”
That's when she began experimenting with making her own ice cream.
Dyer missed her ability to travel pre-pandemic most. “Realizing that I had to hold my travel memories near and dear since travel would no longer be the same, these ice creams and sorbets are meant to be a physical replication of my curious eye,” she explains.
These ice creams and sorbets are meant to be a physical replication of my curious eye.
Her first creation was made with soursop, a tropical fruit “commonly found in Caribbean, South American, and Southeast Asian cuisines, where it's used as an ingredient in beverages, syrups, ice creams, or just eaten raw.” Dyer used a low-key production method of two ziplock bags, salt, and ice, creating an icy treat that was a hit.
She experimented with different flavors, testing them out during family dinners. As summer approached, she decided to launch a small-batch ice cream company. Dyer brought her freezer cart to outdoor events and sold her creations in individual, pre-packaged cups. The inspiration for her company's name came from these single servings, but also her solo travels.
One Scoop at a Time
Her tagline is, “Taste the world, one scoop at a time.”
Dyer’s mainstay flavor is Cookie Butter, inspired by her travels through Belgium. It is made with Biscoff cookies, the kind you get from many airlines as a snack option, in case you haven’t been able to try the crunchy, spicy biscuits in Belgium yourself.
Since launching her brand, Dyer has created her own pistachio ice cream inspired by Sicily; pear and lychee sorbet inspired by China; and a grilled peach ice cream inspired by New Orleans. She updates her batches every few weeks, and her products and presence on social media show how ice cream can be a creative way to share travel experiences. Solo Scoop Creamery cups are currently only available in Brooklyn, but Dyer hopes to launch globally and send her creations as far as the original locations where she first tasted them.
Dyer says she feels grateful for the opportunity to explore this new adventure as an artisanal ice cream maker. “As a stylist, you always have to anticipate all the possible options that a client would want… " she stated, in an interview for Snobette. "When I am creating a flavor flight, I tap into that same feeling to make sure I have a flavor secured for all my new clients.”