Sky Ice: Daring New Flavors in Ice Cream

VideoBy Liza de Guia on Jun 18, 2013
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“I make ice cream for two reasons: I want to introduce these wonderful things we have in Asia and in Thailand to people, and I also miss these flavors. So, I make them because I miss them too.”

Meet Sutheera Denprapa, the ice cream designer and co-owner of Sky Ice, a small, artisan, all-natural ice cream shop based in Park Slope, Brooklyn. When Sutheera was a young girl, she hoped her parents would one day own an ice cream shop. That was her day dream, her little kid wish. It also tells you just how much she loves the stuff. As her husband, Jonathan explained, “few people are as passionate as Sutheera on ice cream”. I believe it. Get her talking about new flavors she’s inventing, and she could go on and on.

I came across Sky Ice on a food message board one day last fall, someone was flipping out over an ice cream flavor they’d just tried, and it immediately piqued my interest: Sky Ice Black Sesame Seaweed. As soon as the words rolled off my tongue, I was half way out the door ready to taste it. It seemed so daring – such a curious, savory idea for a flavor. And I had to know it. I had to understand it. So off to Park Slope I went, to this little, corner ice cream shop that smelled, oddly, like Thai food.

Sky Ice, you see, doubles as a Thai restaurant, explaining the scent confusion and the unique flavor selection: lychee rose, mangosteen, Thai iced tea, Thai coffee, toasted coconut, cherry blossoms and green curry, to name a few. They even carried a hard to find durian flavor – the fruit my Filipino mom says, “smells like hell and tastes like heaven”. Right away, you understood that someone making the ice cream had roots, a more tropical taste vision. A new take on flavors based on a childhood somewhere far away. This wasn’t going to be a normal ice cream experience. This was something different. And it was Sutheera’s plan all along.

So enjoy her story! Some new flavors that’ll blow you away: wasabi peanut butter, dark chocolate campfire and their white miso with sliced almonds, you won’t want to miss. Definitely my new favorite ice cream shop. I hope you make it out there!

Thanks for watching food. curated.! Happy eating!



  1. Mark Birch says:

    “As soon as the words rolled off my tongue, I was half way out the door ready to taste it.”

    Come on, let’s be honest…no one is ready to taste seaweed flavored ice cream. I am not saying that it couldn’t be good, but that the food blogger hyperbolic writing styles are getting a little out of hand. Just be honest about it, that is a weird as shit ice cream flavor.

    • Liza de Guia says:

      Hey Mark. It’s true! I did. And it’s soooooo good. No joke. The black sesame seaweed is one of the shop’s most popular flavors – in such demand that local stores in Brooklyn are now carrying it. I really hope you try it. That’s why I did a story about her, she’s creating wild flavors that actually work. It’s pretty unique, savory and special. I think the seaweed flavor along with the white miso with almonds are my current faves, but you can’t go wrong with her Thai iced tea flavor.

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