Our delicious healthy hemp non-dairy ice cream is available by the scoop at Purple Sprout Cafe, 341 E. Dundee Rd., Wheeling (in Riverside Plaza)!!!

Premium ice cream has always been my favorite snack. It was in 2010 that I learned that consuming dairy products was causing me health problems. Unwilling to give up my favorite snack, I decided to try some ice cream alternatives. I was very disappointed in both taste and ingredients, and decided to embark on the task of making a great tasting, premium quality, healthy non-dairy dessert.


First Steps


And so began my quest to create a dairy-free product that would satisfy my ice cream cravings. I also wanted to make something that my family would enjoy.

One thing I have learned over the years is that in order to make a great tasting product, you need quality ingredients. I decided that I would use the finest ingredients I could get my hands on. I also challenged myself to create a healthy, allergy-friendly, low-glycemic product. Hey, if I was going to do this, I was going to do it right!


Stumbling Along


Where to start? There was no model to follow. Needless to say (but I’m saying it anyway), I had some very interesting, unique flavors and textures along the way, including some barely palatable creations and others that didn’t even resemble ice cream.

Each time I thought I finally had it all figured out and started getting excited, my family said it wasn’t quite right.


Finding My Footing


But I was determined to stick with it. I made the decision to write down everything so that I would be able to begin each new trial where I had left off the time before. Looking back, this single decision was the difference between success and dismal failure.

Although I was frustrated many times throughout this period, I refused to give up. I kept trying new things, and my product eventually got better and better.


On Level Ground


Success!! I had three flavors of family-approved vegan hemp ice cream — chocolate mint, cinnamon, and vanilla bean. Whenever I wanted ice cream, I was turning to my own creations. I watched in amazement and delight as my husband Rob, a hardcore ice cream lover, chose my dairy-free hemp ice cream over his usual brand.

I decided to share my vegan ice cream with friends and neighbors and received positive reviews. One thing led to another, and Robin’s Frozen Fantasy became a reality!