New & NowIce Cream & Frozen DessertsSo Hot Right NowCulture

The Ice Cream That’s Black As Charcoal

1 Save

If you like it, save it!

Save and organize all of the stuff you love in one place.

Got it!

If you like something…

Click the heart, it's called favoriting. Favorite the stuff you like.

Got it!

Last month, Little Damage, a soft serve joint that opened in Los Angeles in February, unveiled a flavor it’s dubbed Almond Charcoal. It’s made with almonds and activated charcoal, giving it a tar-black appearance and a slightly metallic-looking finish. Following this flavor's rather meteoric success, Little Damage swapped it out for another, equally arresting vanilla and charcoal variety, Black Roses, last week.

🖤 food for your mood 🖤 Wednesday Adams would approve! 📸: @helloitsroxie @little.damage #littledamage

Advertisement

A post shared by Little Damage Ice Cream shop🍴🌍 (@little.damage) on

Did you know that the @little.damage #AlmondCharcoal flavor gets its color naturally from activated charcoal? Tag a friend to come by & give it a try! 🖤

A post shared by Little Damage Ice Cream shop🍴🌍 (@little.damage) on

Advertisement

▪️ SAY GOODBYE TO ALMOND CHARCOAL ▪️tomorrow @little.damage is putting in BLACK ROSES 🌹⚫️

A post shared by Little Damage Ice Cream shop🍴🌍 (@little.damage) on

You are what you eat! Our Black Roses flavor gets its color naturally from charcoal! 🖤 lick it up at @little.damage @bobbymarc

A post shared by Little Damage Ice Cream shop🍴🌍 (@little.damage) on

Finally, ice cream to match your soul 🖤 the @little.damage Black Roses 🌹 be sure to get in line by 10:30PM! 📸: @m_o_d_a

A post shared by Little Damage Ice Cream shop🍴🌍 (@little.damage) on

Black ice cream isn’t anything new, of course. Japan is home to black sesame ice cream and squid ink soft serve. And last summer, both Morgenstern’s over in Manhattan and Prohibition Creamery in Austin debuted black coconut ash ice cream, which has a similarly morbid aesthetic.

But pitch-black ice cream is enjoying a resurgence thanks to Little Damage, and I’m personally pretty jazzed about it. There's no way around it—those photos are gorgeous. Perhaps my affinity to these photos is colored by Starbucks' Unicorn Frappucino and similar color wheel disasters that have captured the popular imagination. Black soft serve is a welcome foil to the Unicorn Frappucino. Of the recent trends that have seized Instagram feeds, it's basically the only one I’m willing to fully endorse.

Ever have black ice cream? Let us know in the comments.

Tags: little damage, soft serve