Summer heat leads to ice cream cravings. Where can you find the best in Bama? According to Food & Wine, the answer is Big Spoon Creamery in Birmingham.
Ice cream—it’s essential
Food & Wine is no stranger to surveying—and taste testing—food and desserts across the country. But with a boom of ice cream shops on nearly every corner, how did they manage to choose just one creamery per state?
According to the article, the decision was “almost too difficult.” So instead of focusing on old or new ice cream shops, they focused on “what feels essential.”
Props to you, Big Spoon Creamery, you’re officially an Alabama essential! How cool is that?
You can find Big Spoon Creamery first on the list. Okay, so the list is in alphabetical order, which puts Alabama at the tippy top. But let’s be real, in our hearts, Big Spoon Creamery deserves the top No. 1 spot.
Behind Big Spoon Creamery
Don’t know much about Big Spoon Creamery? Here’s a bit about them.
Big Spoon Creamery is a small batch, artisan ice cream company founded by Geri-Martha O’Hara and Ryan O’Hara—both with extensive chef backgrounds in the country, including Birmingham.
The company’s main goal is to create a menu that focuses on seasonal flavors using local ingredients, as well as to bring a new innovative approach to ice cream classics.
Some of their most inventive flavors include:
- Buttermilk Corn Cookie
- Goat Cheese Strawberry Hibiscus
- Lemon Verbena Blackberry
Getting its start in 2014 via an old-school ice cream trike, the business has now grown to include two storefronts.
Find them here:
- Avondale: 4000 3rd Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35222
- Homewood: 927 Oxmoor Rd, Homewood, AL 35209
From ice cream to donuts
Big Spoon Creamery and founders of Steel City pops, Jim and Amy Watkins teamed up to create Sons Donuts. For bite-sized rings of goodness, check them out at 4000 3rd Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35222. (Next door to Big Spoon Creamery.)
Congrats to you, Big Spoon Creamery. Expect to see us soon for a celebratory scoop.