Tea•rrific! Ice Cream of Norwalk: To-tea-lly Redefining Ice Cream in NY and CT

26 Apr
Ahhh, om nom nom nom (photos by Paul Johnson)

Ahhh, om nom nom nom (photos by Paul Johnson)

A local artisan ice cream maker, Tea•riffic! Ice Cream, recently took home some major awards at the 2013 CT Specialty Food Association‘s Product Awards Competition.  They took home first place for their Chunky London Mist and Masala Chai flavors, took second for their Ginger Matcha, and placed third with London Mist.  The judges (food writers, chefs, and local media personalities) evaluated food based on taste, flavor, texture, aroma, appearance, and color.  So, to get recognized for all of these qualities was great, but it’s also more impressive when you consider that there were over 30 different products in various categories in the competition.

But, these aren’t the only awards that Norwalk based Tea•riffic! have won.    They were also named Best New Product in the “Edibles Category” at the 2012 World Tea Expo East in Philly.  Trying to understand why they have been recognized for great ice cream isn’t very difficult, though.  It all began with Mario Leite (co-owner with his wife) wanting to put out ice cream using his two favorite teas:  Thai Iced Tea and Earl Grey.  From the start of production in October 2012, he saw the importance of using local ingredients whenever possible (Connecticut doesn’t exactly have too many exotic spices and teas that grow here).  In addition, he believes that the more simple the ingredients, the better.  No need for preservatives or other added junk.  Keep it real, keep it pure, keep it yummy.

Chunky London Mist!

Chunky London Mist!

Here are some nomworthy descriptions from their site that are sure to get your drooling and checking out down below where you can get these flavors:


The best chai you ever had… in a cup or a cone! For our Masala Chai (or “spiced tea”) we freshly brew a fabulous blend of Assam black tea, rooibos herbal tea, cardamom, ginger, clove, and several other spices and peppercorns. We then add that to our luscious sweet cream base along with an extra helping of our own mix of spices for good measure and balance. As a result, you won’t resist eating scoop after scoop of this sweet and savory flavor!

The flavor that started it all! The combination of rich malty Assam black tea and the bright citrus notes of bergamot make this flavor both distinct and refreshing. For our London Mist we add a freshly brewed blend of organic Assam black tea and natural bergamot oil to our luscious sweet cream base. A splash of Madagascar vanilla adds a sweet aromatic note that enhances the experience of eating this uniquely delicious flavor!
We wanted to put a delicious twist on the classic green tea ice cream and paired the bright yet earthy flavor of Matcha green tea with the refreshing zing of ginger. For this flavor we take premium Matcha green tea and fresh ginger juice, which we juice ourselves, and combine those with our luscious sweet cream base for a perfectly balanced blend of sweet, creamy, earthy and zingy. This is a delicious flavor that is also a great palate cleanser, making it a particularly fabulous end to any meal while leaving you wanting more!

Our distinctly delicious London Mist ice cream made more decadent with rich semi-sweet Callebaut chocolate flakes and dry roasted pecan chunks. For those of you who love the taste and texture of chocolate chips and nuts in your ice cream, this unexpected combination of the malty and citrusy notes of Earl Grey tea with the subtly bitter sweetness of rich Belgian chocolate and buttery crunch of lightly roasted pecans is one that must be tried…again and again!


Where to buy and eat Tea•riffic! in Connecticut

Palmer’s Market

264 Heights Road
Darien, CT
Phone: (203) 655-2077

Thai Basil Restaurant

95 Railroad Avenue
Greenwich, CT
Phone: (203) 618-9888

Bambou Asian Tapas & Bar

328 Pemberwick Road
Greenwich, CT
Phone: (203) 531-3322

The Mumbai Times

616 Post Road East
Westport, CT
Phone: (203) 226-0211

Spic & Span Market

329 Pequot Avenue
Southport, CT
Phone: (203) 259-1688

The Pantry

1580 Post Road
Fairfield, CT
Phone: (203) 259-0400

Ancona’s Market

720 Branchville Road
Ridgefield, CT
Phone: (203) 544-8436

Nature’s Temptations

32 Prospect Street
Ridgefield, CT
Phone: (203) 438-5443

Ridgefield Organics & Specialty Market

109 Danbury Road
Ridgefield, CT
Phone: (203) 894-8102


477 Main Street
Monroe, CT
Phone: (203) 452-9500

New Fairfield Food Ctr.

1 Brush Hill Road
New Fairfield, CT
Phone: (203) 746-2255

Tea with Tracy

16 Bank Street
Seymour, CT
Phone: (203) 881-5484

Elm City Market

777 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT
Phone: (203) 624-0441

Nica’s Market

603 Orange Street
New Haven, CT
Phone: (203) 787-5919

Caron’s Corner

147 Montowese Street
Branford, CT
Phone: (203) 488-5857

Thyme & Season

3040 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT
Phone: (203) 407-8128

Siam Valee

20 Ives Road
Wallingford, CT
Phone: (203) 265-6331

Healthy Harvest

477 S. Broad Street
Meriden, CT
Phone: (203) 235-2092

Hot Basil Thai Café

565 New Park Avenue
West Hartford, CT
Phone: (860) 523-9554

The Blue Elephant Trail

7 South Main Street
West Hartford, CT
Phone: (860) 233-4405

Max Downtown

185 Asylum Street
Hartford, CT
Phone: (860) 522-2530

Granby Village Health

10 Hartford Avenue
Granby, CT
Phone: (860) 844-8608

Mrs. Bridges’ Pantry

292 Route 169
South Woodstock, CT
Phone: (860) 963-7040

Where to buy and eat Tea•riffic! in New York

Garden of Eden

7 East 14th Street
New York, NY
Phone: (212) 255-4200

Elm Health 

56 7th Avenue
New York, NY
Phone: (212) 255-6300

Agata & Valentina

64 University Place
New York, NY
Phone: (212) 452-0690

Concord Market

91 Tillary Street
Brooklyn, NY
Phone: (718) 522-1930

Zeytuna Market

59 Maiden Lane
New York, NY
Phone: (212) 742-2436

Brooklyn Fare

200 Schermerhorn Street
Brooklyn, NY
Phone: (718) 243-0050

Gourmet Fresh

437 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY
Phone: (718) 797-3352

Key Food

493 5th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Phone: (718) 499-3663


517 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231
Phone: (888) 832-3333

Balanced Life

624 5th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY
Phone: (718) 768-1091

Table Local Market

11 Babbitt Road
Bedford Hills, NY
Phone: (914) 241-0269

Sgaglio’s Marketplace

127 Katonah Avenue
Katonah, NY
Phone: (914) 232-9444

Associated Supermarket

1968 2nd Avenue
New York, NY
Phone: (212) 369-2974

Key Food

242 Bay Ridge Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11220
Phone: (718) 836-5545

Associated Supermarket

592 Fort Washington
New York, NY 10033
Phone: (212) 543-0721

Frank’s Market

807 West 187th Street
New York, NY 10040
Phone: (212) 795-2929

Fine Fare Supermarket

1239 St. Nicholas Avenue
New York, NY
Phone: (212) 781-4476

Pioneer Supermarket

380 Lenox Avenue
New York, NY 10027
Phone: (212) 427-4614

Fine Fare Supermarket

37 Lenox Avenue
New York, NY
Phone: (212) 222-2211

Fine Fare Supermarket

1891 3rd Avenue
New York, NY 10029
Phone: (212) 987-8059


51 Maple Street
Croton-on-Hudson, NY
Phone: (914) 271-5600

Old World Food Market

40 Route 59
Nyack, NY
Phone: (845) 512-8882

Agata & Valentina

1505 1st Avenue
New York, NY
Phone: (212) 452-0690

Gastronomie 491

491 Columbus Avenue
New York, NY
Phone: (212) 974-7871

Foodcellar & Co. Market

4-85 47th Road
Long Island City, NY
Phone: (718) 606-9786

Ernest Klein & Company

1366 6th Avenue
New York, NY 10019
Phone: (212) 245-7722


830 3rd Avenue
New York, NY
Phone: (212) 355-9855

The Garden

921 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11222
Phone: (718) 389-6448

City Gourmet

535 9th Avenue
New York, NY
Phone: (212) 594-3393

Bravo Supermarket

785 Grand Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Phone: (347) 889-6279

Organic Planet 2

43 Bogart Street
Brooklyn, NY 11206

Key Food

575 Grand St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Phone: (718) 388-2776

Green Tomato

295 7th Avenue
New York, NY
Phone: (212) 352-9174


159 North 3rd Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Phone: (718) 302-5533

Associated Supermarket

409-427 East 14th Street
New York, NY 10009
Phone: (212) 254-1509

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