Los Angeles, California
In 2008, Geri Czako was expecting a baby girl, but instead of going to the store to satisfy an ice cream craving, she decided to make her own. She used only ingredients that were fresh, delicious, and most of all, organic.
After years of practice and attending the world-renowned Penn State Ice Cream course, Geri created her organic brand of ice cream and named it after her daughter, Lucie.
Because using organic ingredients is part of its mission statement, Sweet Lucie’s became the very first USDA Organic Certified ice cream in Southern California.
In 2009, Geri bought a 1959 ice cream truck that was previously operated in Los Angeles as an actual ice cream truck for over 30 years. After four years of restoration, the truck was finally finished and has been operating as Sweet Lucie’s Ice Cream Truck ever since.
At Sweet Lucie’s, the flavor options and combinations are boundless. There are a variety of super premium, organic, handmade ice creams. These flavors include Banana, Chai Latte, Milk Tea, Oatmeal Raisin, and Salted Caramel.
There are also a variety of sorbet flavors, such as Strawberry Mint Lemonade, Coconut, and Mojito. Available organic toppings include Almonds, Cookies, and Seasonal Fruits. The handmade sauces are Ghocolate Ganache, Creamy Peanut Butter, and Salted Caramel.
Of course, there is always organic whipped cream.
But if you don’t want to wait for the ice cream truck, you can pick up a pint of Sweet Lucie’s ice cream at a Whole Foods near you.
By Jessica May Tang for PeterGreenberg.com