Nothing makes summer great quite like a giant scoop of ice cream, but for those with severe allergies, enjoying this hot weather treat isn’t the easiest feat. That’s where A La Mode Shoppe, located at 360 E. 55th St., comes in.
This Turtle Bay joint opened up in March 2015 with one mission: Give children and adults with severe allergies a place to enjoy ice cream. All of A La Mode’s creations are made in their own factory in the Bronx, using only nut-free, egg-free and sesame-free ingredients, with dairy-free alternatives served on-site as well.
Marc and Sandy Roth opened the shop across the street from their home in a storefront that had been empty for five years. They combined Marc’s hospitality background and Sandy’s children’s clothing expertise to create a dual ice cream parlor-children’s boutique.
Marc described the rewarding feeling of giving children with allergies access to ice cream.
“We get kids having the experience of going to an ice cream shop for the first time ever,” he said on his clientele. “You see the hesitance at first, and then they become a kid in a candy shop."
The two winning flavors among kids are “Pink Sprinkle” and “Partly Cloudy,” the bright pink ice cream being a sweet vanilla flavor with rainbow sprinkles, and the bright blue choice a cotton candy flavor with vegan marshmallows. For the adults, Roth said the top flavors are “Wired” (coffee ice cream with chocolate chips) and the salted-caramel ice cream. A sorbet is also always available for a dairy-free alternative.
Besides their brick-and-mortar location, A La Mode Shoppe flavors will be available at ShopRite in three weeks and Costco in the near future.
Check out these bright, fun flavors that will make you channel your inner child.
This shop brightens any sidewalk
Who doesn't agree with this sign?
You can even shop while you enjoy your ice cream
Blue versus pink
Yes, there's even a nut-free "Rocky Road"
Yes, even the spoons are colorful