I’m really not much of an ice cream guy. I’d say I crave it maybe once a year? And even then, I’d much rather take a cookie. But charcoal “nice cream” topped with coconut? That’s an innovation I can get behind. It’s the tip of the iceberg at the new summertime Ingrained pop-up at Graze, marking the first time ever that Sydney Verwilst will have a brick-and-mortar presence for her nondairy, banana-based nice creams, and, boy, does the dessert lineup look good.
The pop-up takes place on the first floor of the Flats property Bush Temple in River North, serving up retro-inspired vibes with a healthier twist. This means fruity push-pops, protein-rich “mylkshakes,” and superfood puddings alongside a lineup of nice creams and banana splits. In addition to charcoal, said flavors include matcha, something called blue majik, coffee, and mint chip. Of course, requisites like chocolate and strawberry are available, and each flavor comes with a suggested topping, such as sesame, hemp, and cacao. Make any nice cream a banana split for a surcharge, and CBD can be added, as well.
As for push-pops, look for fruity refreshers like pineapple, cucumber, lime, and coconut, while decadent puddings come in chocolate, peanut butter, flax, coconut, hemp, and cacao options. In case all that weren’t enough, Ingrained also makes its own plant-based raw bars, truffles, and granola.
Listen, I like a good sundae at Margie’s Candies as much as the next sweet tooth, but honestly, goodies from Ingrained sound more like the kind of thing I can graze on all summer long (pun intended).
The Ingrained pop-up is open Monday–Friday, 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; weekends, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.