Salt & Straw

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Salt & Straw
Founded2011; 8 years ago (2011) in Portland, Oregon
FoundersKim Malek and Tyler Malek
ProductsIce Cream Edit this on Wikidata

Salt & Straw is an ice cream company based in Portland, Oregon. The company was launched in 2011 by cousins Kim Malek and Tyler Malek.[1]

Company history[edit]

Salt & Straw began as a food cart on Alberta Street, Portland, Oregon and three months later the company opened its first brick-and-mortar location. Since opening in 2011, Salt & Straw has opened three other locations in Portland and offers a home delivery service throughout the US.[2] In order to ship ice cream nationwide delivery, the company packs its ice cream in dry ice and kraft paper.[3] Salt & Straw has locations in Portland, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, and Seattle.[4]

List of flavors[edit]

Salt & Straw ice cream

Since opening, Salt & Straw has gained national media attention for its exotic ice cream flavors, some of which are monthly. Standout flavors, such as Bone Marrow with Bourbon Smoked Cherries and Arbequina Olive Oil, have served as some of the main reasons Salt and Straw has been included on lists of America's best ice cream.[5][6][7][8][9] Flavors offered at the ice cream shop vary depending on the seasons and ingredient availability, as all main ingredients are locally sourced. A list of regular Salt and Straw flavors follows (though these differ by location):[10]

  • Double fold vanilla
  • Pear and blue cheese
  • Sea salt and caramel ribbons
  • Chocolate and gooey brownies
  • Strawberry balsamic and black pepper
  • Coffee and bourbon
  • Almond brittle and salted ganache
  • Freckled woodblock chocolate

In 2015, Salt and Straw partnered each shop with different elementary schools to create flavors designed by children. Stop, Guac & Roll (avocado-vanilla ice cream with cinnamon-sugar-dusted fried tortillas) and Honey Bear (vanilla custard with chocolate honeycomb candy and edible glitter) were two of the flavors created.[11]

In 2016, Salt & Straw developed new flavors from "food waste"-edible by-products of the food production process. New flavors were made with overripe strawberries, spent brewing grains and near-expiration date vegan mayonnaise. Proceeds from the sales of the featured flavors from its Portland stores ($3,000) were donated to Urban Gleaners, a Portland, nonprofit. Salt & Straw creates little food waste or scraps, because its products are frozen. When an item is no longer offered on its menu, any leftover ice cream is donated to a nonprofit.[12]

List of locations[edit]

Salt & Straw was initially started in Portland, but has since spread across the West Coast.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Anderson, Jennifer. "Salt and Straw: quirky, tasty, green". The Portland Tribune. Retrieved 6 May 2014.
  2. ^ O'Hara, Gail. "Portland, Oregon: Salt and Straw". Retrieved 6 May 2014.
  3. ^ "A Visit to Salt and Straw". Retrieved 6 May 2014.
  4. ^ Russell, Michael (April 25, 2018). "Salt & Straw is going to Disneyland". Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  5. ^ Aiken, Kristen. "Salt & Straw's Newest Ice Cream Is Made With Bone Marrow". Huffington Post. Retrieved 6 May 2014.
  6. ^ Li, Laura. "31 Days of Artisan Ice Cream". Redbook. Retrieved 6 May 2014.
  7. ^ "10 Ice Cream Shops You Need to Visit". GQ. Retrieved 6 May 2014.
  8. ^ "Bits and Bites: News You Can Eat". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 6 May 2014.
  9. ^ Hanel, Marnie. "Salt and Straw Portland Chef Ice Cream Series". bon appetit. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  10. ^ "Salt & Straw Flavors". Retrieved 6 May 2014.
  11. ^ Centoni, Danielle. "Portland Kids Create Salt & Straw's Newest Flavors and They Rock". Eater. Retrieved 12 May 2015.
  12. ^ Cook, Dan (September 26, 2017). "Wasted". Oregon Business Magazine.

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