In celebration of the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, a small ice cream shop based in Washington, D.C. is offering five Asian American-inspired flavors for nationwide shipping.
The ice cream flavors include Red Bean Almond Cookie, Roasted Barley Tea, Matcha Green Tea, Thai Iced Tea and Coconut Lychee Lime (vegan).
“I’m thrilled to embrace the flavors and experiences that reflect my Asian American heritage and celebrate them as ice cream flavors — the ultimate American treat,” said Victoria Lai, founder of Ice Cream Jubilee.
“Growing up in Texas, dessert flavors like red bean and barley were considered odd to my childhood peers, but now this diversity helps us make more unique flavors of ice cream.”
Lai started making ice cream in her apartment kitchen in 2009. It became so interesting that she had to take a break from her corporate law career to work as an apprentice at a pie shop in Brooklyn.
Soon, Lai moved to Washington, D.C. to accept her dream job as a presidential appointee at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Despite the long hours, she kept making ice cream and eventually founded Ice Cream Jubilee.
Red Bean Almond Cookie – Sweet red beans and crunchy almond cookies are mixed in a sweet almond ice cream (contains nuts, gluten, dairy).
Roasted Barley Tea – Inspired by Korean and Japanese boricha barley tea, this deeply rich flavor has nutty overtones that are reminiscent of sugar smacks cereal milk.
Matcha Green Tea – The health benefits of ground green tea leaves are well documented, but we love the bright color and smoky flavor of this classic Asian ice cream, which is enhanced with our super-premium cream.
Thai Iced Tea – The strong flavor of bright orange Thai tea leaves and sweet cream makes this ice cream taste just like the Southeast Asian drink.
Coconut Lychee Lime (vegan) – Rich coconut milk and delicate lychee fruit come together in a creamy, tropical non-dairy sorbet.
For every 5-pint (2.4-liter) purchase, Ice Cream Jubilee will make a donation to nonprofits fighting the growing hate toward Asian Americans amid the COVID-19 crisis. One of them is Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAAJ), which documents anti-Asian incidents and teaches intervention methods for bystanders.
“Since the coronavirus outbreak there has been a spike in anti-Asian hostility across the United States, fueled by xenophobia, racism, and misinformation. I am doing what I can, even as a small ice cream shop, to highlight the wrongs that we can correct together, to encourage the diversity that makes America strong, and to support solutions that will heal our country,” Lai added.
Ice Cream Jubilee has two locations in Washington, D.C. They are open from 2-9 p.m. on weekdays, and 12-9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, for pick-up and local delivery purchases.
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