Our History

A Lifelong Dream

Paul N. Nasrani’s passion for ice cream began on a small Pennsylvania farm where he spent the summers of his youth. At the end of a long work day he could always find the energy to help churn a batch of fresh homemade ice cream. The ice cream’s taste and quality was unrivalled and Paul’s dream of creating a company to share it with the world was hatched. Paul’s love for ice cream was only enhanced every August on Lake George where he could eat ice cream at the turn-of-the-century Silver Bay Store each night during family vacations.

Paul spent his years after college in accounting and finance in New York City and eventually became CFO of a mid-size corporation. However, the ice cream dream did not leave him and in 2002 he began producing homemade premium ice creams in a Manhattan studio apartment. He produced far more than he could eat himself and began to share it with co-workers and friends. The response was tremendous and soon an even larger ice cream freezer was necessary to meet demand. To learn more about ice cream production, Paul stopped into every ice cream shop he could find to speak with the proprietor. He also completed the Penn State University Ice Cream Short Course.

On a cold winter Sunday while passing through Grand Central Station, he stopped at an ice cream/custard shop and found an auction was taking place. He walked (literally pushed) away with a batch freezer for ice cream production. It did not take long for the rest of the story to unfold and within a year Paul left his finance career to make ice cream in the North Country and pursue his dream of sharing his ice cream with the world.

Siver Bay Store Early Operations—Silver Bay, NY

With a major piece of equipment now on hand it was a matter of what to do with it. He recalled all of the summers enjoying ice cream at the Silver Bay (YMCA of the Adirondacks). The Silver Bay Store is a century old historic building which has featured ice cream throughout its history. In the last century, ice cream was made on the premises in the 1940’s and then again in the early 1960’s, but had not been made there since. In 2004 Paul founded Adirondack Creamery at Silver Bay to make all of the ice cream for the store which serves over 300 guests a night during the family vacation season. Paul also developed and ran programs for children to make ice cream with a hand crank machine.

In the following summers Adirondack Creamery worked with Silver Bay to form internship positions which brought international students majoring in dairy/food science from Penn State and Cornell Universities to spend the summer developing ice cream flavors, producing ice cream and working in the Store.

The ice cream was fantastic and but Adirondack Creamery was still not able to produce their own all natural ice cream base and the batch freezer was much to impractical to produce ice cream in pints to sell in grocery stores.

Expansion and Getting “Closer to the Cow”

After 5 years of research and three summers of operation, Adirondack Creamery was still missing one important component – the ability to design its own all natural ice cream base using no artificial ingredients, additives or preservatives. Paul always knew that the closer to the cow you could keep the ice cream, the better it would be.

In 2006, Adirondack Creamery found the Boice Bros. dairy in Kingston, NY, which was established in 1914 and continues to be operated by the Boice Family. At long last Adirondack Creamery was now able to design and make their own ice cream based on an old fashioned recipe of cream, milk, sugar and egg yolks. This expansion enabled Adirondack Creamery to release 6 all natural flavors in pint packaging for sale at stores located from Lake George, NY all the way south to New York City. After many years working in finance Paul learned how to run an ice cream factory – to take a look at our early ice cream production at Boice Dairy, please see this video of Paul and Jan Whitebread.

Over the next ten years Paul developed flavors to add to the Adirondack Creamery line up including seasonal favorites such as Pumpkin Pie, Peppermint Stick and Egg Nog.  Limited edition offerings were also created such as Caramel Apple which was made only with ingredients form Ulster County, NY.  Demand for flavors continued to grow and in 2016 Adirondack Creamery expanded its production capacity at a dairy production facility in Queens, NY and now offers its flavors at over 250 stores. See our Store Listing