Co-Owners: Ben Ernst, Erica Bernardi
Earnest Ice Cream was born from a simple love of ice cream. When we launched in 2012, we knew we had to create ice cream that expresses our passion for flavour while embodying our local and sustainable food values. That’s why, from whiskey hazelnut to strawberry basil, our flavours highlight the best from BC farms. That’s why we are so particular in our testing and meticulous in our process.
Running small batches allows us the flexibility to experiment with foraged ingredients like fresh spruce bud and elderflower. We feature one-off flavours like these alongside classics like salted caramel and mint chip in our Fraser Street scoop shop. The scoop shop also brews espresso and affogatos with locally roasted Matchstick coffee.
We are the first ice cream shop (we know of) to pack pints in returnable and reusable glass jars. Reuse is a part of our overall goal of being a zero waste company. Our jars can be found in independent shops and restaurants around Vancouver.
Our name represents the honesty and conviction we bring to what we do. Being serious makes the whole thing more fun.
“The first time I tried Earnest’s salted caramel ice cream at Vancouver’s Harvest Community Foods, it took my breath away. My friend and I each had a spoonful of the rich, creamy treat, savoured its bright, buttery sweetness and stared at each other with wide eyes and jaws agape.” – Alexandra Gill, Globe & Mail
“Earnest Ice Cream whips up tubs of ice cream with local milk, cream, and whole food ingredients for a sweet treat that knocks soft serve’s socks off—think flavours like whiskey with butter salted hazelnut, roasted rhubarb oat crumble, or not-so-plain vanilla.” – Vancouver Magazine
“If you see Erica or Ben at the farmer’s market or on their tricked-out delivery bike, make sure you taste some of the creamiest, most flavourful ices this side of, oh, just about anywhere.” – Edible Vancouver
“….East Vancouver’s own Earnest Ice Cream is the best-branded (and tasting) frozen treat around. Like it reads on the jar: “Without ice cream there would be darkness and chaos.”” – Susie Wall, The Province