Thank you for your interest in Lafayette Creamery. We are honored to have your attention and are eager to serve you with a super-premium hand-dipped ice cream cone, a sundae, ice cream soda, a fresh milkshake, malted, an ice cream pie, or a container for you to enjoy later.
Lafayette Creamery ice cream is different. Our ice cream is great because we use great ingredients--generous amounts of fresh cream, fresh roasted nuts from a local roaster, all while minimizing anything artificial. Instead we rely upon the goodness of Michigan's rich soil and hot summer sun to do our bidding as we create simple, yet great summer flavors such as Strawberries & Cream, Blueberry Cream Cheese, Cinnamon Peach, and other fresh fruit flavors.
Our ice cream has great flavor because of our great ingredients and talented production team, but our flavors sets us apart as well--Sea Salted Olive Oil, Habanero Caramel, Mac & Cheese, Banket, Speculaas, and new flavors coming out regularly.
We hope you'll stop by soon and often. We’re glad for your interest in our ice cream and we hope that you’ll feel welcome to come spend some time with us during our summer season and all year long as we serve up goodness in our shop and through a small, but expanding network of grocery and specialty shops.
Located at 7933 South 8th St., Kalamazoo MI 49009 at the intersection of 8th St. & Centre Ave. (aka Q Ave.) in the heart of Texas Corners and within walking distance of the Texas Corners’ Farmers Market, Texas Corners Brewing Company, Zeb’s, and The Cheese Lady.
A great biking destination on the Texas Drive Trailway near Texas Drive Park and Al Sabo Land Preserve.
HAND-DIPPED ICE CREAM $2.75/$4.05/$5.25
sugar cones/waffle cone or bowl $.35/$.55
chocolate/funfetti cone $.75
SUNDAES (single/double) $3.55/$4.80
MILKSHAKES (20oz) $4.80
ICE CREAM SODA (20oz) $4.80
MALTEDS (20oz) $5.25
CONTAINERS (16oz) $4.65
ICE CREAM PIES:
Lemon Curd—a 10” graham cracker crust filled with nearly 1/3 gallon of refreshing Lemon Curd ice cream and topped with a few swirls of lemon-zested white chocolate.
Pumpkin Cream Cheese—a 10” graham cracker crust filled with nearly 1/3 gallon of Pumpkin Cream Cheese ice cream and topped with random fall treats.
Southern Butter Pecan—a 10” graham cracker crust filled with nearly 1/3 gallon of Southern Butter Pecan ice cream and garnished with a few large, candied pecans.
White Chocolate Peppermint—a 9” Oreo-pie crust filled with around 1/4 gallon of White Chocolate Peppermint ice cream and seasonal deliciousness. Available in gluten-free crust as well.
1. Amaretto Cherry w/Almonds
A core flavor at Lafayette, we start with fleshy Bordeaux Cherries steeped in cherry juice then add high quality vanilla, some amaretto flavoring, and finish it off with a few sliced almonds. The result is a smooth, creamy deep pink creation with both soft and crunchy texture.
2. Apricot Sumac
The answer to your first question is “No”. We are not harvesting Poison Sumac and incorporating it into our ice cream. Sumac is a Middle Eastern spice derived from a deep-red-colored berry that has citrusy qualities and a fruity-tart flavor. Chefs are known to use it to add depth to white meats and fish. We’ve coupled sumac with apricot preserves. The only “itching” you’ll develop is one to return to the shop to pick up more.
3. Bacon Caramel Corn SEASONAL FLAVOR—JAN, FEB, MARCH
Dots of caramel in a popcorn cream mixture combined with smoked bacon fat----we are certain that both your cardiologist and your personal trainer would give you two thumbs up on this consumption!
4. Banket SEASONAL FLAVOR—DEC., JAN., FEB
Say the “a” as “ahh” and then enjoy our version of this Dutch, almond paste filled pastry which coincides with the Christmas season and celebration of Saint Nicholas Day. We start with a vanilla base, add almond extract, and then add dots of almond paste and sliced almonds for texture.
5. Bittersweet Chocolate
A core flavor at Lafayette Creamery, our version has no interruptions from chips or chunks or other texture items. Our suggestion--sit back and let this dissolve slowly on your tongue or pair it with cherry syrup in an Ice Cream Soda.
6. Black Forest SEASONAL FLAVOR—JULY, AUG., SEPT.
Based upon the decadent German Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte dessert, the Lafayette version starts with our Bittersweet Chocolate, adds texture with a flat chocolate chip, flavor depth with a hint of almond, and a generous helping of fresh Michigan sweet cherries. A seasonal flavor at Lafayette available when sweet cherries are in season.
7. Blueberry Cheesecake SEASONAL FLAVOR—JULY, AUGUST, SEPT.
Fresh Michigan blueberries, cheesecake chunks, and a little bit of texture via crumbled graham crackers. Available seasonally when fresh blueberries are harvested.
8. Blueberry Cream Cheese SEASONAL FLAVOR—JULY, AUGUST, SEPT.
We trounce over to the Texas Corners Farmer’s Market (Fresh on Q!), Husted’s on West Main or any number of local blueberry purveyors for fresh Michigan Blueberries to which we add a little sugar, reduce and then couple with cream cheese. Researchers point out that blueberries contain antioxidants which work to neutralize free radicals that are linked to cognitive decline, cancer, cardiovascular disease, and other age-related conditions. Blueberries also contain high amounts of manganese which promotes bone development; however, the great flavor, texture, and color of this ice cream will provide maximum happiness—perhaps a greater benefit to your health than all those scientific findings!
9. Blueberry Sorbet SEASONAL FLAVOR—JULY, AUGUST, SEPT.
By definition sorbets are dairy-free and use fruit--not dairy--as their base. Judging by the reaction of a number of local chefs, it seems we’ve finally nailed the recipe for Blueberry Sorbet.
10. Caramel Apple SEASONAL FLAVOR—SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER
Lafayette starts the process by making applesauce with fresh Michigan apples, adds these to the heavy cream bath, and then adds caramel upon extraction. Its especially refreshing after peeling all those apples.
11. Caramel Toffee Twist
Proof positive that we act on customer flavor suggestions. This simple flavor combines crunchy toffee covered with chocolate and pairs it with swirls of buttery caramel. Simple, easy, delicious, and available on a year-around basis when other flavors do not take precedence.
12. Cherry English Walnut SEASONAL FLAVOR—JUNE, JULY, AUGUST
Prunus cerasus---Fresh sweet Michigan cherries are the basis for this delicious seasonal flavor. We’ve coupled prunus cerasus with Juglans regia and then stick them on the top of a waffle conus for you to enjoy. You will likely use the multi-functioning licking device attached to the floor of your mouth to tell friends and enemies alike about this great flavor.
13. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
What kind of shop would we be without a great cookie dough ice cream? Every shop has a cookie dough, we set ours apart with maximum chunks and a high quality flat chocolate chips. This flavor is available year around.
14. Cinnamon Peach SEASONAL FLAVOR—JULY, AUGUST, SEPTEMBER
Ahh, the blessed peach tree. It must endure at least 45 days of below-freezing temperatures just to have the opportunity to bud. It then does its hardest work in the most unfavorable conditions of summer bearing its greatest weight in the hot, humid conditions of late July and early August.
We think the peach tree would be pleased to learn of the fine accommodations in which its offspring reside---a light dredging of sugar and cinnamon and then a spin in a heavy cream bath.
15. Coconut Almond Fudge
Toasted coconut flakes and sliced almonds surrounded by a thick layer of fudge. It is like one of those candy bars that used to be a lot bigger when we were kids, but is really small now and its frozen.
16. Cookies & Cream
One of the most popular ice cream flavors for years running—you might enjoy ours in a milkshake or malted with an extra serving of crushed cookies.
A slight variation on our Mint Chocolate Chip, we extract the Andes’ Mints and add in a crème-filled chocolate sandwich cookie. Its simple, features the great green color that draws the eyes of youngsters, and tastes great.
18. Habanero Caramel
Sweet—check. Salty—check. Hot--check. Cold—check. We struggled to come up with a great caramel flavor that would stand out from other shops, but hit pay-dirt when we hooked up with local chocolatier and candy maker Cherri Emery of Cherri’s Chocol’art. You’ll notice a hint of sea salt along with the generous cream usage early on and then a little burn down your esophagus. We used to cycle this flavor out of the dipping cabinet when new seasonal flavors were introduced, but after the numerous customer reprimands we maintain it as a core flavor.
19. Key Lime Pie SEASONAL FLAVOR—MARCH, APRIL, MAY
“That tastes like key lime pie”! It seems like a strange thing to say that something tastes like something is supposed to taste, but it likely points to the fact that so many Key Lime Pie ice creams don’t really taste like they should. Lafayette’s version comes complete with crumbled graham cracker sprinkled throughout. Would make an excellent addition to an Easter table in container or pie crust.
20. Lavender White Chocolate SEASONAL FLAVOR—March, April, May
This flavor is not as anticipated as spring itself, but its coincides with the hopefulness of the season as snow banks recede, green grass emerges, and the shine of the sun begins to cut through the still crisp air. You’ll pick up hints of blueberry in this flavor right before the lavender aroma runs up through your nostrils. You’ll be sure to want to include this flavor on Easter table, pre-order yours to make sure we set some aside for you and your family.
21. Lemon Curd
A refreshing summer-time treat that leaves a nice clean finish. We start with lemon curd that we craft in house, add a bit more lemon juice and start churning. When in season we combine this great flavor with fresh blackberry sauce. We also make ice cream pies during the holiday season from this refreshing flavor.
22. Mac ‘N Cheese AKA Bourbon Apple Cream Cheese SEASONAL FLAVOR—SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER, NOVEMBER
Introduced for the 2017 Cheese Lady Mac ‘N Cheese Bake-Off where Lafayette took home the “Most Unique” award, Mac ‘N Cheese is a liberal interpretation drawing on our use of MacIntosh variety apples, cream cheese, and topped with a bourbon glaze. Mac ‘N Cheese has become a fall flavor staple.
23. Madagascar Vanilla
What’s with the fancy name on your vanilla?
Does Madagascar Vanilla taste any different from “regular” vanilla?
The above represent valid and common questions with which we are often presented. Tastes, flavors, and preferences are all personal matters, but the vanilla we use in our Madagascar Vanilla certainly requires additional effort to produce and has distinguishing characteristics. Madagascar farmers leave the vanilla pods to mature on the vines for a few weeks after “traditional” harvest to enhance the flavor and aftertaste.
24. Mint Chocolate Chip
We rely on our Mint Chocolate Chip to add a dash of great green color to our dipping cabinet while kids rely on it for a great green tongue! We supplement the Crème de Menthe flavor with chopped up Andes mints. Mint Chocolate Chip is a core flavor which you can enjoy as a milkshake year around.
What a delicious mistake Mocha is…after mixing one of our first batches of Tarraz’u Coffee we decided to make a batch of Sweet Milk Chocolate. We quickly realized we had missed a step in the process, but then recognized a great flavor. Available year around, but we retire it periodically through the season to make room for other seasonal varieties.
26. Pineapple Sorbet
Fresh Michigan Pineapple is the basis for this----hold on--- non-dairy treat. Ok—we can’t use local ingredients for every flavor.
27. Peach Sorbet SEASONAL FLAVOR—AUGUST, SEPT.,OCTOBER
Imagine biting into a slightly frozen peach.
I know that sound disgusting, but if you remove the skin and the pit it changes the image substantially. After perfecting our other sorbet flavors (Strawberry, Blueberry, etc.) we were feeling out oats a little bit and thought we should extend our newfound skill to other fruits. As with most of our other offerings we use fresh local peaches from the Texas Corners Farmer’s Market, Husted’s on West Main, J&S Farms in Climax, Allen Farms in Grand Junction and any number of other growers of quality peaches.
28. Peanut Butter w/Spanish Peanuts
Tastes like chunky peanut, because it is made with chunky peanut butter. Actually, that is not entirely true—we use creamy peanut butter and crush the roasted Spanish peanuts to ensure maximum freshness and crunchiness of the peanuts. Goes great on top of a strawberry scoop or a chocolate scoop or as part of a Sundae.
Our pistachio stands out more what it is lacks rather than for what it includes—in this case it’s the artificial green coloring. Instead ours is a simple recipe with pistachio extract and fresh-roasted, chopped pistachios.
30. Pumpkin Cream Cheese SEASONAL FLAVOR—SEPT., OCT., NOV., DEC.
Remember the pumpkin bars with the great cream cheese frosting that appear every fall? This fall staple appears in late September and extends through the holiday season and is now available in ice cream pies with your pre-order from our website. Lafayette Creamery is pleased to help lighten your work load this and every holiday season with this great flavor.
31. Rainbow Dash
Blue Moon with Chocolate M & Ms. We made this flavor and title with kids in mind, but you’d be surprised how many adults have been waiting their whole life for a tasty Blue Moon flavor.
32. Raspberry Beret SEASONAL FLAVOR—JULY, AUGUST, SEPTEMBER
This is what happens when there is a bumper crop of fresh Michigan raspberries and you have exhausted your sole recipe for raspberry ice cream. Knowing that chocolate and raspberries are a great paring we threw in a bunch of flat chocolate chips into a batch of deep-rose colored fresh raspberry ice cream. We then relied upon our customers to name the new flavor. We had many wonderful submissions, but ultimately Raspberry Beret edged out such great names as “Razz-a-ma-Tazz” and “Razz Hands”. The boss lobbied hard for “Razz Hands”, but ultimately lost because it would have required all employees to break out into upon every order.
33. Raspberry Ricotta SEASONAL FLAVOR—JULY, AUGUST, SEPTEMBER
Our 2018 entry into the Texas Corners Mac ‘N Cheese bakeoff combines sweetened ricotta cheese hand-swirled into raspberry ice cream made from fresh Michigan raspberries and nothing artificial. We did not win any awards from the voters in 2018, but don’t mistake this for some “Miss Congeniality” flavor. It will be part of our seasonal rotation going forward.
34. Salty Pecan Cookie
SPC is the result of letting the production team follow their instincts. Cookie dough chunks containing little chocolate flecks are combined with crunchy roasted pecan pieces and a pinch of salt to create one of Lafayette’s favorite flavors. This considered a core flavor and is technically available on a year around basis—except when we cycle it out of the dipping cabinet in favor of seasonal flavors. It is; however, an autumn staple when we recommend pairing it with our Bourbon Caramel Glaze. Salty Pecan Cookie is available year-around in pint sizes in local grocery and convenience stores.
35. Sea Salted Olive Oil
Some accounts identify Olive Oil as a favorite flavor of nobility in the Roman Empire—with so much history, it is hard to believe this flavor generates such intrigue and confused, crinkled faces. Come check out what so many find interesting.
Introduced in the summer of 2018. we start with a vanilla base then add sizeable chunks of chocolate, crusted graham crackers, and torched marshmallows. Sounds like the perfect late- night snack for the “Glamping Crowd”, eh?
Does anyone have some apple pie with which to couple this flavor? This will be great on your holiday table or your fall dessert bazaar. This too is a core flavor and available year around in grocery and convenience stores.
38. Southern Butter Pecan
What makes our butter pecan southern you might ask? The answer to that is, “Its proprietary”, but we can tell you that a certain southern chef would glowingly approve of this recipe. High-quality roasted pecan pieces are coupled with a bit of flavoring and a secret ingredient to make this core flavor. SBP is available in our shop year around and in pint sizes in local grocery and convenience stores. This is also available as an ice cream pie during the holiday season, pre-order yours from the website.
Speculaas are spiced Dutch cookies (ginger, nutmeg, and others) formed into shapes and designs—often times taking the form of a Dutch windmill. Making speculaas cookies is a Dutch tradition associated with the celebration of Saint Nicholas day in early December. Today speculaas are available year around and, according to at least one local neurologist, make a great bedtime snack when dipped into milk (or hot cocoa, coffee, tea). We think you’ll agree these cookies are quite delicious when surrounded by our super-premium ice cream.
40. Strawberries & Cream SEASONAL FLAVOR—JUNE, JULY, AUGUST
I cannot begin to tell you how many times customers have remarked that this flavor tastes like the Strawberry ice cream they enjoyed as a kid. The great taste comes from the Michigan sun and soil—we don’t put dirt into our mix—but it is responsible for the great taste. Strawberries & Cream is as clean label as can be---fresh strawberries, a little sugar, and then a dip in the milk pool reveals a great smelling ice cream. If you are lucky you’ll arrive in the shop just after we’ve boiled off some of the excess strawberry juice and take in the great smell of fresh strawberries.
41. Strawberry Sorbet
Per the definition sorbets are dairy-free and use a fruit—not dairy—as the base ingredient. When in season we use fresh Michigan strawberries.
42. Tarraz’u Coffee
We mix grounds with a little bit of chocolate and fold the mixture right in the freezer. The grounds originate from the Dota Valley region in Costa Rica which are then processed using the white honey method at the Monta as del Diamante coffee mill. If you’ve got a great tongue you might pick up notes of white grape, honey, and nut.
43. White Chocolate Peppermint SEASONAL FLAVOR—NOV., DEC., JAN., FEB.
Smooth and creamy pink ice cream with little chunks of high-quality white chocolate---the clean, fresh finish is sure to make you forgive us for contributing to Christmas Creep as we roll this out before Thanksgiving. WCP is available in our shop along with Banket and Speculaas during the winter months. We also make it available in a pie form with a delicious oreo-cookie type crust (Pre-order yours today). It will also be available in pints in local grocery and convenience stores beginning in November 2018.
2018 BUSINESS HOURS
*** January 1, 2018 – March 24, 2018 ***
MONDAY -FRIDAY CLOSED
SATURDAY 12:00-6:00 pm
*** March 29, 2018 – April 28, 2018 ***
MONDAY - THURSDAY CLOSED
FRIDAY 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm
SATURDAY 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
April 30, 2018 – October 27, 2018
MONDAY - THURSDAY 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm
FRIDAY 1:00 pm – 9:30 pm
SATURDAY 12:00 pm – 9:30 pm
*** November 3, 2018 – December 29, 2018 ***
MONDAY – FRIDAY CLOSED
SATURDAY 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
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One of the first questions we encounter relates to the name “Lafayette Creamery”—here is how it developed. A number of years ago my 5 year old was taken with books on military history, we read book after book of George Washington and the Revolutionary War. Within one of these contained a snippet on the heroism of General Marquis de Lafayette and the important role he played in securing victory. It is beyond the scope in this place to detail his many accomplishments and beliefs except to say that he was a strong and inspirational individual. Be encouraged to read more through Cornell University’s collection of manuscripts by clicking this link.
The story of this enterprise stems from a humble upbringing involving those blessed beasts that make ice cream a possibility. Though Lafayette Creamery is opening its doors in 2016, it has existed for many years in my head and in my heart. We are proud to join the ranks of the many courageous American entrepreneurs who chase dreams seeking to fulfill their vision while seeking to provide something better to the public.