"SNACK ATTACK:A TREAT CALLED 'SNACK ATTACK' BY LITTLE G ICE CREAM"

 
 
 
July 13th, 2016

July 13th, 2016

 

Don’t let the headline mix you up: this treat from Little G Ice Cream has enough mix-ins already.

Snack Attack (pictured front) is made from scratch by Little G herself, 17-year-old Grace Connor. Connor started baking when she was five, and turned that love into an ice cream company this past January. Now, when she’s not attending high school at Milton Academy, she’s at her headquarters at CommonWealth Kitchen in Dorchester —the youngest entrepreneur there—perfecting her frozen treats.

One of those treats is her Snack Attack blend: vanilla ice cream mixed with pretzels, butter crackers, peanut butter cups, potato chips, and candy-coated chocolates. The ice cream is sold in 16-ounce containers at Formaggio Kitchen in Cambridge, Siena Farms in the South End, and on Little G’s website for $12 a pop.

Aside from Snack Attack, Little G’s has a number of other seasonal and signature flavors available, like Ice White Chocolate Mocha Latte, Confetti Birthday Cake, and Sea Salt Fudge Chunk. Connor says she’s spent months testing hundreds of flavors, hoping to make her treats accessible to all and highlight at least two mix-ins per flavor.

“I spend hours every week in the kitchen whisking fudge, churning ice creams, and hand-packing and labeling containers,” Connor told CommonWealth Kitchen’s blog. “However, it never feels like work, and the time flies by. I love getting up on Sunday mornings when it’s still dark and heading to the kitchen.”

If it sounds like Connor is the boss at Little G’s, it’s because she is. Other than occasional help from her parents—her father drives her around to make deliveries, and her mom helps in the kitchen—Connor handles her own inventory, budget, and food safety management. She even took the time to write her own HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) plan. Connor also prepares all of her ice cream mix-in’s by hand, like baking her own brownie bits and torching her own marshmallow fluff.

Connor says she draws inspiration from local bakers and cooks like Joanne Chang (Flour) and Christina Tosi of Milk Bar in New York. But getting that same recognition at her age has proved a challenge.

“One of the hardest things about being a teen entrepreneur is the challenge of gaining respect from adults,” Connor told CommonWealth. “Although many adults have respected me as a business owner, others have not been as supportive. I have been in meetings with potential buyers who had a hard time even looking at me while I spoke.”

But that hasn’t deterred her. With Connor’s graduation coming down the pipeline, Little G’s has amped up its production and is popping up around the city. The company’s next event is on Saturday, July 16, at WGBH’s FunFest. Connor has her sights set on garnering national recognition, so snack on these treats while they’re small batch.