Eggs usually come in a plain carton. Gray, white or brownish cardboard contains small ovals just waiting to turn into a quiche, an egg Benedict, or be part of a birthday cake. Eggs are also a major ingredient in ice cream, and at Humble Cow in southern Olympia you can get creamy delights served in a delicious, colorful egg carton.
Meegan Cronk opened Humble Cow Ice Cream on January 15 in the Olympia Pediatric Dentistry building. She had always made homemade ice cream in small batches for her family and friends, but her business expanded when new construction sprung up in her neighborhood.
“The idea first came when I saw the rendering of the building going up in our community,” Cronk said. “It’s a dense community, but there’s not too much walkable stuff, so I was really excited about the walkability and the community aspect of it.”
On the menu at Humble Cow Ice Cream, you’ll find some of everyone’s favorite classic flavors like Rocky Road, Mint Chips, Chocolate, and Vanilla. The menu gets inventive with flavors like birthday party, cherry chips, coconut cream, and seasonal specialties like peppermint chocolate chip.
Picking just one flavor can be an overwhelming challenge, and that’s where the neon pink egg carton comes in. With room for six scoops, the Taster’s Flight is the perfect answer to the flavor indecision of ice cream.
Cronk wanted Humble Cow’s ice cream options to be a little different. She only uses high quality ingredients, which means partnering with some local businesses.
“The ice cream making process isn’t too difficult, but the ingredients are really the critical part,” Cronk said. “I really want to use an all-natural base and products and wanted the ingredients to be local.”
Humble Cow Ice Cream Base is from Bellingham and uses real sugar instead of corn syrup. The chocolate and fruit are local to the area, and even the logo and website designer for Humble Cow is from Seattle.
Cronk said Humble Cow will always have three dairy-free options for an included menu. There’s also a Pup Cup for the four-legged family members, and Humble Cow’s menu also includes custom ice cream cakes.
“The sole purpose is to connect with friends, family and neighbors and create a sense of community,” Cronk said.
What better way to do it than on a turquoise egg carton overflowing with ice cream?
Humble Cow Ice Cream is located at 4528 Maple Lane Southeast, Suite 104 at Olympia and is open daily from 2-9 p.m.
Lauren Allain is a freelance writer for Seattle Refined. See more of his work here.