About

The Ice Kitchen story begins in the summer of 2011 in New York. Whilst on holiday in upstate Woodstock Nadia Roden came across a photo of a transparent lolly with a leaf frozen inside it. It looked so beautiful and it immediately sparked her imagination, which started running wild with all of sorts of flavours and concoctions that could be frozen in ice. She thought it was such a playful and unique idea that she couldn’t help herself from pursuing it.

In no time her nephew and chef Cesar Roden was brought over from London to help launch the gourmet Ice Lolly venture.

The lollies were first sold on the Big Apple’s High Line Park and business boomed. It wasn’t long before Cesar returned to London, ready to give the Brits a taste of what they’d been missing.

Even in the face of demanding Londoners & New Yorkers Ice Kitchen didn’t take shortcuts. Each of our recipes was and continues to be handmade, tasting like the real thing because that’s exactly what they are: Playful yet sophisticated; this is nostalgia on a stick

follow our journey


Our story begins

2010

Ice Kitchen’s story starts in New York in 2010, when Nadia Roden created Lilly Lolly’s Ice Kitchen, the first gourmet ice lolly venture in the city!

Lily Lolly's Ice Kitchen

2010

After chef school Cesar Roden spent a hot summer in NYC helping his aunt Nadia with Lilly Lolly's.

Ice Kitchen is launched in the UK at southbank food market

2013

The response from NYC was so great that Cesar realised the business would also flourish in the UK, especially since there was nothing else like it on the market. So, in 2013 Cesar brought the idea to London and Ice Kitchen was born!

We launch in COOK stores nationwide

2014

We wow the founders of COOK. They loved our lollies and from 2014 they stock them in all their 80+ UK stores throughout the summer

New production facility

2014

During Winter 2014 we moved into a new premises and created 5 new jobs.

BBC One show

2014

Ice Kitchen were spotted by the BBC, and Cesar appeared live on the One Show with Lord Sugar as well as James Martin’s Home comforts and BBC Radio Four.

50 lolly recipes

2014

In July 2014 we released our hardback recipe book: 'Ice Kitchen: 50 Lolly Recipes'. With unique recipes made by Cesar and Nadia, the book was listed as No.1 bestseller in Amazon’s desserts and has since been published internationally in 15 countries.

International Adventure begins!

2016

We met adventurous Dutch entrepreneurs Kees & Maarten who love our lollies and launched them in their chain of sweet shops throughout Holland.

Rewarded with awards

2016

Our gourmet range has received plenty of critical acclaim. We are currently the proud holders of no less than 8 Great Taste awards

Poptail book is launched

2017

Following the success of our first recipe book, we began working on a follow-up, a grown-up collection of alcoholic ice pops.

A Korean adventure

2017

In the summer of 2017 we embarked on an adventure to South Korea, eventually watching our ice lollies sell to thousands of Koreans via TV shopping channels.

Ready to take on the world!

2018

Today, Ice Kitchen is stocked in COOK, Ocado and multiple independent businesses across the UK, The Netherlands and Finland