We started Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream in the Spring of 2008 out of a buttery yellow truck on the streets of NYC. We set out to revive the classic American ice cream truck and the art of traditional ice cream making using ingredients perfected by nature, not science. Van Leeuwen Classic and Vegan ice creams are made with just a handful of fresh ingredients. Each flavor is a celebration of some of the world’s best artisan producers and farmers both local and from around the world.
We make all our ice cream from scratch in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The Classic scoops are crafted with nothing more than fresh milk and cream, cane sugar, and egg yolks. The Vegan scoops are made with housemade cashew milk, organic coconut milk, organic extra virgin coconut oil, organic cane sugar, pure cocoa butter, and organic carob bean. Both recipes result in rich, decadent, naturally perfect ice cream.
What we began in the kitchen of our shared Brooklyn apartment back in 2007 has grown into a mini ice cream empire with stores and trucks in NYC and LA, and pints in grocery stores. Our dedication to quality is tireless and we are constantly developing and perfecting our recipes. In June 2015, we released “The Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream Cookbook”, sharing over 100 vegan and classic recipes along with stories from the past eight years.
Ben, Pete, Laura & Team