Thursday, May 21, 2015

let's talk ginger beer and ice cream!

Please excuse us while we swoon over Rachel Marshall of Rachel's Ginger Beer a bit. We love her hair, we love that she's a smart woman who started her own business, and we love her ginger beer! Rachel has been making from-scratch ginger beer in Seattle using fresh ginger root, freshly squeezed lemons and organic sugar since 2011. She's just so talented and friendly and cool.

Last year we started experimenting with making sorbets out of Rachel's Ginger Beer. We started with RGB sorbet, based on Rachel's classic RGB flavor that's pretty much just ginger, lemon and sugar. And since Rachel uses all kinds of seasonal produce to flavor her brew, we made another delicious sorbet earlier this year with blood orange RGB

We're so excited to be scooping the classic RGB sorbet again! It's fast becoming a spring tradition around here, so in celebration of this excellent partnership, the MM's marketing team got Molly and Rachel together for a little chat. They took a stroll from Molly Moon's Capitol Hill headquarters to Rachel's shop in Pike Place Market, and we hoped they'd talk about their general awesomeness and the culture of women business owners in Seattle. But it didn't quite turn out that way:

"I don’t know if we can talk about the women-in-business thing in the abstract," Molly said.  
"Yeah, that's hard," Rachel added with a laugh.

But these two have lots in common, and they still had a super real conversation about everything from their shared connections in the community ... to parenting a fast-crawling kid.

Rachel: Remember when you said February was blowing out all the knees on her pants?
Molly: Yes!
Rachel: It’s totally happening with Wyatt now!

Molly: Someone told me your mom is amazing ... my banker! My banker is in love with your mother! 
Rachel: Oh, that's so sweet!

They talked about the challenges of growing a business, and swapped funny stories from the past. 

Rachel: I once got fired for wearing Birkenstocks to work.
Molly: No! I got fired from my college ice cream shop job. I got fired for being too bossy – look how that turned out!

It was so fun to get these two together. Rachel and Molly are both working moms who are passionate about creating delicious products from great ingredients, and building community gathering places in Seattle.

Rachel is getting ready to open a new spot on Capitol Hill just a few blocks from our Pine Street shop. We are excited to have her in our own 'hood and to see what the future holds for Molly Moon's and Rachel's Ginger Beer.

So far, combining Molly Moon's and RGB has had some pretty delicious results. Rachel's all-time favorite Molly Moon's treat is a hand-packed pint of blood orange RGB sorbet and vanilla bean ice cream. "It's like having an Orange Julius," Rachel told us, "It's f***ing awesome." 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Mixtape series No. 1: meet Andy P

Music has always been a big part of the Molly Moon’s experience. While the intoxicating scent of warm waffle cones and the tasty seasonal flavor menu are uniform across all Molly Moon’s locations, each shop has its own unique vibe, thanks in large part to the friendly staff behind the counter in every neighborhood - which is why our scoopers make every playlist you hear in our shops.

Today, we’re sharing the first of many amazing playlists created by Molly Moon’s employees,
Andy P Presents: Cool Ladies

Andy works in our Capitol Hill shop and we love his music picks because not only does he have a true talent for matching tunes to mood, he picks songs that are unexpected – some vintage, some obscure, and some beloved modern hits. This playlist is as much a mood booster as it is an impressive women-in-music history lesson.

Cool Ladies is almost seven hours’ worth of slick tunes from female artists with powerful voices and a relaxed vibe, including the likes of Eartha Kitt and Janelle Monàe. Andy explains, “These ladies are ‘cool’ because of the mood they convey. They’re not just cool, like ‘hip,’ or ‘rad,’ but more like a breeze, or a soft rain that washes over you. All of these songs are just chill.”

Monday, May 18, 2015

new today: rgb sorbet

For this month's sorbet, we teamed up with one of our very favorite local businesses -- Rachel's Ginger Beer! RGB makes for a fresh, fragrant and not-too-sweet sorbet flavor, and it's tasting so right on a warm, spring day like today! RGB is made with freshly squeezed lemon juice, organic sugar and good, strong ginger root.

Available through June 14th.

P.S. Check out Molly's convo with Rachel Marshall about life and running a rad business on our our blog later this week!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

mm's on the eastside!

After hundreds and hundreds of emails, Facebook messages and miscellaneous love notes from our Eastside fans, we have finally decided to cross the water and open a shop in historic downtown Redmond!

This will be our first shop outside of Seattle! We're so excited to be moving into a charming building on Cleveland Street next door to our friends at Homegrown, and to start serving ice cream there next year.

Get molly moon's in Redmond THIS summer!

Eastide folks wanting to get their ice cream fix this summer will find the molly moon's ice cream truck in Redmond on Saturday nights! We'll be right in front of our future shop, every Saturday from6-10 p.m., starting June 6 through early September. And starting Saturday June 6, Homegrown Redmond will sell every flavor of molly moon's in pints!

We'll definitely be posting updates as we go. Follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram - or just keep checking your email. Big thanks to our friends at 425 Magazine for breaking the big news for us! Check out Molly in the magazine's 'Love It' section in the July/August print issue!

Monday, May 11, 2015

new today: sasquatch

Sasquatch is back!!! If you aren't already acquainted with this scoop, it's chocolate ice cream (made with lots of Theo Chocolate chunks), with swirls of homemade vanilla bean caramel and our house granola, hand-mixed and roasted in our kitchens. We use gluten-free oats, organic pumpkin & flax seeds, organic Red Ape Cinnamon & PNW honey for the granola. The caramel is made with local cream, local/organic butter and organic vanilla bean. Molly and her friend Adam Zacks, creator of Sasquatch! Music Festival came up with the flavor in 2009, and now we always celebrate festival season with this special flavor! 

Available through June 21st. 

Friday, May 1, 2015

new today: chocolate chip oatmeal cookie dough

Our ice cream window at Hello Robin is BACK and we're celebrating with cookie dough ice cream, obvi! Chocolate chip oatmeal cookie dough ice cream!! It's made with fair trade chocolate chips, Bob's Red Mill oats, local Shepherd's Grain flour, organic nutmeg from MarketSpice and organic, sustainable Red Ape Cinnamon. Free kid scoops for kids 12 & under at 19th & Mercer and Madrona shops 3-5p today! (Cookie dough ice cream available in all shops through May 31st.)

Monday, April 27, 2015

new today: vegan lime toasted coconut

Excuses for ice cream:
#1 sunshine
#2 seventy-three degrees
#3 vegan lime toasted coconut!

Our newest vegan flavor is made with organic coconut milk, toasted organic coconut flake, and organic lime zest. It's like a piña colada garnished with a coconut macaroon, but it's dairy, gluten, and alcohol free, so it's also a legit reason to sneak away from work this afternoon!
Now scooping through May 24th.