The Tropical Dreams Ice Cream Company has manufactured gourmet ice cream on Hawaii Island for over 25 years. While best known for Tropical Dreams super-premium ice cream, we also produce two other lines of premium ice creams and real Italian style gelato. In addition, we manufacture sorbets, frozen yogurts, sherberts and most recently, Hula Cow fresh Big Island butter.
Tropical Dreams is considered a “super-premium” ice cream. It is handmade with cream containing 18% butterfat and a low overrun. This means that less air is mixed in during the freezing process. The result is a true gourmet ice cream that is dense and very rich tasting.
Big Island and Hilo Homemade ice creams are classified as premium ice creams. They are made with 16% butterfat and a slightly higher overrun. Our true Italian style gelatos and sorbetos contain less than 10% butterfat while maintaining rich and intense flavors.
We have been cited in a number of publications for the high quality of our products. Hawaii: The Big Island Revealed, a popular guidebook series, states “also consider stopping by Tropical Dreams. They have outstanding ice cream. We unselfishly review it every time we are here.”
Tropical Dreams is also featured in Emily Luchetti’s cookbook A Passion for Ice Cream. Emily is an executive pastry chef in San Francisco and was a recipient of the James Beard Foundation award for Best Pastry Chef in 2004. She has written numerous other cookbooks. We are very proud to be included in her publication.
We participate in a number of organizations in Hawaii that are promoting agricultural products.
ACF Chef’s de Cuisine Kona Kohala Chapter
Tropical Fruit Growers Association
The Hawaii Tea Society
Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation
Hawaii Cooperative of Organic Farmers
We have over 120 customers in the State of Hawaii. The following represents different segments of our market
Tropical Dreams Ice Cream
Merriman’s Restaurant and Hula Grill
Kohala Coffee Mill
Kuki’o Beach and Golf Club
Kimo Bean Coffee Company
Discovery Antiques Kealakekua
Whole Food Markets, Hawaii
R Fields (Foodland Markets)
Four Seasons Hualalai, Big Island
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Big Island
Hilo Homemade Ice Cream
Ueshima Coffee Company Hawaii
Hilo Tropical Gardens
Big Island Ice Cream
Huggos / Kope Lani
Kona Brewing Company
We were honored this year by the American Culinary Federation Kona-Kohala Chapter for over 20 years of participation in their fundraising efforts on the Big Island which includes Christmas at Kona Village and ‘Q’uisine of Hearts. Money raised at these events is used to support educational programs for young children. Other fundraising events we participate in include Evening in Paradise which supports Hawaii Island United Way, Kona Coffee Festival, and Kona BrewFest.
Seal of Quality
The Hawaii State Department of Agriculture has given us the right to use the state’s seal of quality. Only companies that manufacture or grow products using local ingredients have been given this endorsement. We are the only ice cream company in the state that has the seal of quality. Hula Cow fresh Big Island butter is a small batch, premium butter made at our facility from Big Island cream. 100% of our cream is produced by Big Island dairies. We also use local fruit whenever possible and actively collaborate with the Hawaii Tropical Fruit Grower’s Association. We do this to develop new flavors and increase the use of Big Island grown fruit.
We are happy to introduce a Philanthropic Partnership with Smile Train.
We have forged this relationship because we feel Smile Train perfectly embodies our motto “Ice Cream Makes You Smile.” Unlike many charities that do a multitude of different things, Smile Train’s mission is focused on solving a single problem, cleft lip and cleft palate. They treat the “whole child” with the best comprehensive, total rehabilitative care including speech therapy, general dentistry and orthodontics. They provide free cleft surgery to hundreds of thousands of poor children in developing countries and also train doctors and medical professionals in over 80 countries.