Today we have one big shout out to the queen of flavor herself, 3 Parts Chocolate. She’s chocolate-y, swirly, chunky and she’s one of our all-time favorite SweetPea flavors. We’re giving her the spotlight for Chocolate Ice Cream Day (and no, we didn’t make it up. June 7th is actually Chocolate Ice Cream Day #bigfacts). In fact, did you know that chocolate ice cream was actually invented before vanilla? Chocolate ice cream is totally O.G. and we’re here to give you a brief, mostly true history of her invention.
Yeah, we’re going all the way back to 1693 in Naples, Italy. This is where the very first frozen chocolate recipe was published in Antonio Latini‘s The Modern Steward. Frozen chocolate was really just the frozen version of common drinks like hot chocolate! I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely down for some frozen hot chocolate.
According to Italian doctor Filippo Baldini chocolate ice cream was a recipe for medical conditions like gout and scurvy. I don’t know about you, but I think we can all get behind our doctors prescribing chocolate ice cream to cure sicknesses. It certainly cures our hunger pains. #dessertjustified
Okay so before the 1800s ice cream was really just for bougie people (ice was expensive!). It was considered “rare and exotic,” according to the International Dairy Foods Association. But in the 1800s, insulated ice houses were invented. This opened the doorway for manufacturing ice cream—an industry pioneered by a “milk dealer” named Jacob Fussel.
Enter Nancy Johnson, the mother of hand-cranked ice cream churn. (#GirlPower) Nancy revolutionized the ice cream game when she invented the first hand-cranked ice cream churn in 1843. This meant that electricity was no longer needed to make ice cream! (Remember, electricity wasn’t a thing. Edison didn’t patent the lightbulb until 1879.) This lowered the manufacturing cost and allowed for anyone who could afford a hand-crank their own access to ice cream. Without Johnson’s invention, ice cream would still be a luxury only the rich could afford.
You can see where this is going, right? It wasn’t until 1913 that in-home refrigerators became widely available to consumers. Then a few decades later, in 1940, home freezers became available. These freezers were separate containers with storage for more than just ice cubes. (A.k.a. a place to actually stock up on alllll the ice cream.)
A few decades before founding SweetPea, SweetPea’s founders opened an ice cream shop in Virginia Beach. The year was 1987. Imagine it: Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” is blaring on the radio, Michael J. Fox and Bruce Willis are the top teen heartthrobs, and cell phones were plastic bricks that didn’t fit into anyone’s pockets.
But back to the history…
Not all of our founders could eat ice cream. SweetPea co-founder Heather Romens was soon to discover she was lactose-intolerant. This would lead our soon-to-be SweetPea founders down the long and flavorless road of finding the good non-dairy ice cream alternatives.
The results… weren’t great.
Between the chalky aftertaste and icy texture, the soon-to-be SweetPea founders decided the best way to have non-dairy ice cream was to make their own!
Jump to 2019 and SweetPea has been founded and is doing great things to revolutionize the non-dairy, plant-based ice cream game! They’ve perfected their unbelievably delicious chickpea base, and now they’re deciding on flavors. And of course they knew they needed chocolate (duh). Chocolate non-dairy ice cream was actually the very first SweetPea flavor to be developed. The first sample was ready for a taste test in late October 2019.
After four iterations of chocolate, and when everyone who tried it responded with a wide-eyed “WOW!” 3 Parts Chocolate was a go! Between a creamy chocolate base mix, a rich, fudge swirl and dark chocolate chunks, we know Antonio Latini would be proud (and jealous he didn’t think of it). Frozen hot chocolate walked so 3 Parts Chocolate could fly.
SweetPea was officially launched on February 9, 2021. It is now available for purchase online and in select retail stores (with more coming this summer). So no matter where you live in the mainland United States, 3 Part Chocolate (and all the other amazing SweetPea non-dairy ice creams) can make its way to you.
So what are you waiting for? Be part of chocolate ice cream’s storied history by getting a pint today!
We collect two types of information: Traffic Data and Personal Information.
We automatically track and collect the following information about you when you visit our Site: 1) your IP address; 2) domain server; 3) type of computer; and 4) type of web browser (collectively, “Traffic Data”). Traffic Data is anonymous information that does not personally identify you, but is helpful for marketing purposes or for improving your experience on this Site. For example, we use this information for statistical purposes, such as measuring the average time spent on this Site and the pages viewed on this Site. We also use “cookies” (small pieces of information that are stored by your browser on your computer’s hard drive) to help provide additional functionality to this Site and to help us accurately measure usage of this Site. In all cases in which cookies are used, your Personal Information will not be collected unless you expressly agree to provide it. Most browsers are initially set to accept cookies. Further information about cookies can be found at https://www.microsoft.com/info/cookies.htm. Little Bean, LLC may share the traffic data it collects through this Site with third-party web service providers, third-party marketing companies, online ordering processors, Little Bean, LLC employees, affiliates and its retailers.
In order for you to participate in certain activities or access certain services that we offer via this Site, we may require you to provide us with certain information that identifies you (“Personal Information”). We only collect Personal Information, including, but not limited to, names, addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses, birthdays, credit card information, and similar identifying information, when you voluntarily submit this information. We may also collect Personal Information from you about a third party (e.g., our Site might allow you to send an electronic “greeting card” to a friend, in which case we will need that person’s name and e-mail address). We will use such information only for the specified purpose (e.g., to mail the greeting card) and we will not contact the third party again unless and until the third party contacts us. If you communicate with us via e-mail, post messages to this Site, or otherwise complete on-line forms, surveys, orders or contest entries, any information provided may be collected as Personal Information. We may refer to your Personal Information to better understand your needs and how we can improve our products and services. We may also use your Personal Information to contact you. Finally, Little Bean, LLC may share your Personal Information with third-party web service providers and online ordering processors in order to fulfill any activity requests, product orders or service requests that you make via this Site. For example, any purchases made through this Site may require disclosure of your Personal Information, your credit card information and information about the name and address of the person receiving the purchase. The credit card information may be subject to verification by the issuing credit card company or another company. Sales and shipping records will also be generated and maintained. Unless you give us permission at the time we collect such information, however, we will not use this information for any purpose except the fulfillment and record keeping of the transaction. We do not otherwise sell or transfer your Personal Information to any third party. We do not collect Sensitive Personal Information. Sensitive Personal Information includes information pertaining to racial origins, religious beliefs, and sexual orientation.
LITTLE BEAN, LLC DOES NOT SPECIFICALLY OR KNOWINGLY COLLECT INFORMATION ABOUT CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 13. WE DO NOT KNOWINGLY REQUEST, SOLICIT OR COLLECT PERSONAL INFORMATION FROM ANY PERSON WE KNOW TO BE UNDER THE AGE OF 13 WITHOUT PRIOR VERIFIABLE PARENTAL CONSENT. In the event that we receive actual knowledge that we have collected or received Personal Information from anyone under the age of 13 without the requisite and verifiable parental consent, we will delete that information from our data base as soon as practicable. If Little Bean, LLC collects Personal Information from children under the age of 13 with verifiable parental consent, Little Bean, LLC will ensure that: Parents will be given a choice as to whether their child’s Personal Information will be disclosed to any third parties prior to any such disclosure; Parents will have access to their child’s Personal Information upon their request and the opportunity to remove or delete the child’s Personal Information and opt- out of future collection or use of the child’s Personal Information; Little Bean, LLC will not condition a child’s participation in a contest, game or other activity on the child disclosing more Personal Information than is reasonably necessary to participate in that contest, game or other activity; and Little Bean, LLC will maintain the security, confidentiality and integrity of the Personal Information collected from a child.
This Site may contain links to other websites. We are not responsible for privacy practices or the content of such websites. Please understand that any information that is disclosed in these areas may become public information. We have no control over its use and you should exercise caution when deciding to disclose your Personal Information.