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Friday, June 26, 2015

Surf’s up at Beachy Cream in Santa Monica, California



Ann Ryan always reminisced about her time in Cape Cod selling hot dogs and ice cream from a cart. After years of a demanding career in Los Angeles, Ann wanted to slow down and make her dreams of opening her own “ice cream cart” a reality. Ann, and her daughter, Beth Stockwell, began selling her organic ice cream sandwiches in 2009 at local farmers markets. In 2012, she opened a full-service ice cream shop in Santa Monica and a “store within a store” at Vintage Grocers in Malibu. They have also expanded their distribution to 50 stores (and counting) including Whole Foods. With such a demand, a 13,000 square foot factory is almost complete in Long Beach so they can go nationwide.

Stop in for lunch! Hot dogs are made from 100% organic grass-fed beef, but you can also choose from turkey or vegan Tofurky dogs too. Toppings include ketchup, mustard, mayo, onions, relish, sauerkraut, jalapenos, cheese, and chili. Choose your bun: hot dog bun, pretzel bun, or gluten-free bun. I went balls to the wall with an all-beef hot dog on a pretzel bun topped with chili and cheese. The pretzel bun is fantastic with shiny, dark brown exterior with chewy interior. The hearty, chunky chili is flavorful and sticks to the dog. The hot dog is meaty and juicy with a nice snap to it. Rating: 4.5/5

Ginger Wipeout is an ice cream sandwich made with candied ginger ice cream and molasses spice cookies. The ginger ice cream is intense with spicy, sweet ginger flavor with a creamy texture. The molasses spice cookies are the perfect pairing with a sweet caramelized flavor. Rating: 4/5

Key Lime Cowabunga is an ice cream sandwich made with key lime ice cream and coconut oatmeal cookies. If you love key lime pie, you’ll absolutely love this ice cream sandwich. The key lime ice cream is spot on with the flavor. The coconut oatmeal cookies are paired perfectly with a tropical flavor twist on an oatmeal cookie. Rating: 5/5

Bitchin Chocolate Chocolate is an ice cream sandwich made with “hot” chocolate ice cream and chocolate brownie cookies. This is a chocoholics’ delight! The “hot” chocolate ice cream tastes like hot chocolate that you would get in South America. It’s chocolatey but has a spicy chile kick to it. The chocolate brownie cookies are decadent and rich. Rating: 5/5

Strawberry Surfer Girl is an ice cream sandwich made with strawberry balsamic swirl ice cream and sugar cookies. The strawberry and balsamic flavors work really well together. The aged balsamic is like molasses with a slight tart flavor. The sugar cookies are the perfect canvas to make the strawberry balsamic flavors stand out. Rating: 5/5

Surfin’ Safari Chocolate Chip is an ice cream sandwich with vanilla bean ice cream and chocolate chip cookies. If the other flavors are a little too adventurous, this is the one for you. The vanilla bean ice cream is super creamy with in-your-face vanilla flavor. The chocolate chip cookies tastes just like homemade with a good amount of chocolate chips. Rating: 5/5

Da Kine is a gluten-free and vegan ice cream sandwich made with vanilla ice “creme” and chocolate chip cookies. The vegan vanilla ice “creme” is pretty good with an in-your-face vanilla with creamy nutty flavor. The texture is a little different as the “creme” freezes a little differently than dairy cream. The gluten-free chocolate chip cookie is also pretty good and doesn’t have that gluten-free clunky texture that you would normally expect. Rating: 5/5

You can also make your own ice cream sandwich creations with the different cookies baked daily and choose from a bunch of different ice cream flavors. Pre-packed ice cream sandwiches and pints are conveniently ready if you are headed directly home.

I love Salted Caramel ice cream and Beachy Cream has a really great one. It is luscious on the palate with a slightly salty finish. Get a couple of scoops in a pretzel cone (yes, I said, pretzel cone) and you’ll be good to go! Rating: 5/5

Beachy Cream is just “peachy keen” when you have a sweet tooth or trying to find a way to cool off on a summer day.


  • Beachy Cream also is available for catering and events from organic comfort food like Stack Your Own Hot Dog Bar, Ice Cream Cart with Beachy Cream Ice Cream Sandwiches or Create Your Own Sundae Bar to Beachy Cream After Dark where B.A.D. Girls serve up Beachy Cream’s Famous Booze Infused Ice Creams.


Atmosphere: 5 out of 5 stars
Décor: 5 out of 5 stars
Service: 5 out of 5 stars
Food: 5 out of 5 stars

For more information:
Beachy Cream
1209 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90403
+1.310.656.4999


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