Sunday, July 21, 2024


Soy- and rice-based ice cream replacements sound like what you eat when dietary restrictions mean you can’t eat ice cream. Banana-based ice cream just sounds awesome.

Just Bananas Ice Cream – formed this year in Cambridge by five Harvard grads – already sells at Market in the Square in Harvard Square (the only other retail location is Foster’s Supermarket in Greenfield, where it’s made), but gets a pop-up this weekend at Clover in Inman Square as a stop on its path to finding more retail partners.

042915i-Just-Bananas-smallThe company has been selling six flavors (plain, Almond Butter Dark Chocolate Chunk, Peanut Butter Cinnamon, Seasonal Berry, Shaved Coconut and Chocolate Hazelnut Butter) but this weekend will be selling only its most popular – Almond Butter Chocolate Chunk – as well as offering samples of Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter and Mango & Coconut, two new flavors, and handing out prizes, co-founder Giulia Siccardo said.

The product is vegan and fairly healthy, made without added sugar, binding agents or preservatives, and it has about half the calories of most dairy and even non-dairy ice creams on the market, according to company materials. They call the base banana flavor 100 percent fat free.

“Just Bananas Ice Cream Co. was founded on the principle that a dessert that tastes great can be good for you too,” a press release from Siccardo said, acknowledging that this all might sound too good to be true – and challenging doubters to come find out.

The pop-up shop will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Clover, 1075 Cambridge St., Inman Square in East Cambridge.

This item was updated April 30, 2015, to correct what would be available at the weekend popup.