The Man Behind Cronuts Just Sold Me On Kale Ice Cream

I wanted to eat my ice cream but have my veggies, too. So Dominique Ansel, creator of the Cronut, made it happen.


For the latest episode of Creative Director for a Day, I visited Dominique Ansel Kitchen–founded by the famous pastry chef who invented the Cronut, Cookie Shot, and Sundae in a Can–and challenged him to make kale taste good. And I don’t mean sautéed-with-some-garlic-and-olive-oil good. I mean I-can’t-stop-shoving-these-greens-into-my-mouth-while-watching-a-Ryan-Gosling-movie good.


And he succeeded–all while adding a few more flavors to the mix.

Watch the full video below, and if you’d like to make a kale ice cream (“sorbet,” if you must) for yourself, Ansel shared the recipe with us:

Kale Sorbet

Makes 1 pint

For the kale juice:
1/2 pound of kale, stemmed

1. Juice the kale leaves in a juicer, and reserve the juice.

For the ice cream:
1/3 cup kale juice
3 tbsp lime juice
3/4 cup water
2 tbsp vodka
1/2 cup sugar

1. In a medium pot, bring water and sugar to a boil until the sugar is dissolved.
2. Pour in the kale and lime juices, and let simmer.
2. Cool the mixture in the refrigerator. Once cool, add in the vodka.
3. Pour the mixture into an ice cream machine and churn according to the manufacturer’s directions. Serve and enjoy right away. (Because the sorbet is made fresh and doesn’t contain any preservatives, it should be consumed the same day it’s made.)

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Mark Wilson is a senior writer at Fast Company who has written about design, technology, and culture for almost 15 years. His work has appeared at Gizmodo, Kotaku, PopMech, PopSci, Esquire, American Photo and Lucky Peach