Mango sorbet, raw chocoalte and coconut ash: superfoods on ice
Four new ice cream spots that are anything but vanilla.
1Danziger Straße 65, 10435 Berlin
When Susanne Jecht opened her all-vegan ice cream shop Kontor Eismanufaktur in Prenzlauer Berg in 2015, it was such a raving success that a Mitte follow-up came not a year later. And for good reason: rather than sticking to boring sorbet, Jecht makes dairy alternatives like soy, coconut or oat milk so soft and creamy you’ll want to turn vegan. At the new Ackerstraße location (and, as of July, at new Friedrichshain shop Balaram Eis), you can indulge in some of the 80 flavours Jecht has invented since opening the shop – including Earl Grey, avocado-lime or all-time customer favourite “Crazy Peanut”, a Snickers-like combination of dark chocolate ice cream with peanuts and caramel. Sugar-free variations like hazelnut have also recently been added to the menu upon customer request. You’ll find 15 flavours there at a time for the fair price of €1.50 a scoop.
2Kurfürstendamm 21-24, 10719 Berlin
After opening pop-up “Pleasure Stores” in cities like Paris, New York and Milan, ice cream bar megabrand Magnum has set up shop in Berlin, smack in the middle of touristy shopping strip Kurfürstendamm. Here, under the watchful eye of Kendall Jenner, you can create your own, personal Magnum bar! Watch the skinny supermodel, reality star and brand ambassador “release her inner beast” on a huge flatscreen as you choose your chocolate dip (white, milk or dark) and pick three out of 15 different “crunch” toppings, such as blackberry, caramel hazelnut or coconut. The only ice cream flavour available is vanilla, but it’s actually smoother and fresher than the Magnum you’ll find at the supermarket, and the crunchy fruits add a nice, summery feeling to it. Then again, for €3.50, it better be good. The pleasure is all yours until September 30.
Earlier this spring, a man in a vest and a fez set up a little ice cream cart on Neukölln’s Hermannplatz and started playing tricks on customers: flipping their cones upside down, whisking them away or letting them fly through the air. This is traditional Turk- ish Eis, served the traditional Turkish way. Ahmed Kurt, a friendly, funny fellow in his thirties, sold dondurma in Turkey for over seven years. “In Kahramanmaraş where I come from, ice cream stands are as common as Döner,” he laughs, but here in Berlin he’s the only one who sells the treat. Made from goat’s milk, it has historically gotten its signature elastic quality from a special ingredient called salep, the powdered, dried root of a rare orchid – tapioca or cornstarch are more common nowadays. Just the three classic flavours, chocolate, vanilla and straw- berry, are available, but the unique texture (you can even cut it in pieces and eat it with a fork) and accompanying “show” make it worth your €2. Hermannplatz, Maybachufer and Mauerpark markets; check Facebook for whereabouts.
4Brunnenstraße 195, 10119 Berlin
It was only a matter of time before the raw-vegan-superfood craze took ice cream form. Young, bearded Klaus Zinsmeister started selling his vegan Eis, made from unprocessed fruit or nuts and enriched with stuff like chia, acai, moringa and lucuma, at a friend’s art gallery in Tribeca, New York, before moving back to Berlin a couple of months ago. Now, he and his brother make eight flavours, plus one “flavour of the day”, in Schöneberg and sell it at special events around town – look for it at Kreuzberg deli Candy On Bone come August. Trends and €2/scoop pricetag (€3 per takeaway cup) be damned, this is some tasty health food. Customer favourites like Chocolate Chili (almonds, cocoa beans, coconut sugar and rice syrup) and Salty Maca Caramel (cashews, maca root, maple and rice syrup, thickened with locust bean gum) are surprisingly creamy, even a little heavy. For something lighter, go for the straight-up sorbets... their mango is the best!