Written by Jesh Orquina
Photography by Hannah Beltran
Graphics by Elena Salazar
All ice cream is made with cow’s milk, right? Wrong. The Blissful Story Creamery sells ice cream that is made from carabao milk! Last week, I had the pleasure of meeting the owners of The Blissful Story Creamery, Joan and Joseph Cruel. I loved their ice cream and the story behind the business so much, I couldn’t wait to share it with everyone.
Here’s all you need to know about this delicious brand of ice cream:
It is made from carabao ice cream and 100% natural ingredients.
Not from cows but from carabaos!
During the interview, Joan revealed to me that she started making carabao ice cream without any business pursuits in mind. “My husband really loves ice cream but he’s also lactose intolerant, especially to cow dairy. Commercial ice cream is full of artificial food coloring, fillers, and other artificial ingredients like emulsifiers, preservatives, and stabilizers [which are] all included to enhance body, texture, and shelf life [of the ice cream]. Because of carabao milk’s lower lactose content, he can usually enjoy carabao ice cream. I just tried to see if I can make carabao ice cream for my family that is all natural, using the finest locally available ingredients I can find,” she explained.
It is not your typical ice cream.
Just look at how fresh and creamy that is!
The Blissful Story Creamery’s ice cream is unlike any of the ice cream products you usually see in the market. All of their ice cream products are made from scratch, using all-natural ingredients. Unlike big companies, they don’t load up their ice cream with additives such as corn-syrup and non-fat milk solids. Instead, they use real butterfat from carabao milk and egg yolks. Everything, from the pastes to the mixins, is homemade and never store-bought.
Its ingredients are locally sourced.
Yay for supporting local!
The carabao milk and eggs used for the ice cream are all locally sourced from Bulacan. Not only does this guarantee the quality of the ice cream they produce, they are also able to support our local farmers by getting ingredients straight from them instead of from the market. Yay for local!
Their ice cream is slow-churned and old fashioned.
All ice cream products of The Blissful Story Creamery are slow-churned. That means there’s less air in the product, making it a lot denser and creamier. More importantly, they handcraft their ice cream in small batches so it’s guaranteed their ice cream is always fresh and delicious, unlike mass-produced ice cream that has been in the freezer for who-knows-how-long.
It is made with love.
Don’t they all look blissful?
There’s something special about products that are handmade. One of the things I love most about The Blissful Story Creamery is that they are run by a family. In a world where nearly everything is made in factories, it’s refreshing to discover businesses run by people who put their every effort into what they make.
You can actually taste the love from every pint of ice cream they make. The emotion you feel the moment you taste a spoonful of their ice cream is just pure bliss!
They deliver straight to your place.
Ice cream delivered to your doorstep? Yes, please!
Whether you need 20 pints of ice cream for your meeting or you’re simply craving frozen dessert, The Blissful Story Creamery can deliver it to you! The Blissful Story Creamery ensures that the quality of their ice cream isn’t diminished during the delivery process by shipping out the ice cream pints “sealed in individual bags, wrapped with enough dry polymer ice packs all in an insulated bag while in transit.”
They won’t ship out the ice cream if they can’t guarantee that it will get delivered from their place to you within half an hour through their partner Lalamove. But don’t worry! Joan and Joseph will coordinate with you to make sure that it will get delivered to you on time. Also, they’re planning to set up a physical store by the end of the year so watch out for that!
They have delicious and unique ice cream flavors.
Best ice cream I’ve ever tasted, I swear.
We’ve all heard of vanilla and chocolate ice cream flavors. But have you heard of Butter Pecan Brittle or Mexican Hot Chocolate?
The Blissful Story Creamery is very creative when it comes to their ice cream flavors. Joan explains, “They say a particular dish can transport us to a time and place where we first experience it. We try to capture that memory (or flavor) and turn it into an ice cream dessert. It’s like trying to get a deeper understanding of what made that dish or drink memorable, taking it as inspiration and reinterpreting it as a frozen dessert. All the ice cream flavors we’ve created has some significance for each of us in the family and we’re hoping it will be for others, too.”
Here are all their flavors: Butter Pecan Brittle, Pistachio Brittle, Strawberry Rose, Mexican Hot Chocolate, Mango Sauvignon Blanc, Sweet Corn Fudge, Bourbon Coffee, Matcha Green Tea, Dark Trinitario Chocolate, Cookies & Cream, and Burnt Sea-Salt Caramel.
Supermom Joan Cruel is very passionate when it comes to her business.
Joan’s personal favorite is the burnt sea-salt caramel. Mine, too! Just a warning, though: once you taste their ice cream, it’s gonna set the bar so high that no other supermarket ice cream will be good enough for you.
The Blissful Story Creamery