Our vision at Honeysuckle is to combine the rich and smooth texture of gelato with the decadent flavors and desserts of the South.


Southern-Inspired Gelato

Each ounce of Honeysuckle Gelato and Sorbet is made from scratch right here in Atlanta using the finest and freshest ingredients. Our dairy arrives fresh from small Georgia farms, and we use local farmers markets to supply us with high quality ingredients. Whenever an ingredient is not available locally we search the globe in order to bring the most unique and delicious flavors to our customers such as Sri Lankan cinnamon. Our sorbets are made with whole fruits and prepped in our kitchen.

Our wide range of artisanal treats will surely surpass your expectations. Whether you indulge in a cup of our hand-scooped gelato flavors such as honey lavender or sea-salted caramel, or try one of our deliciously refreshing sorbets like watermelon or mango-peach, we assure you that Honeysuckle’s line of frozen desserts is the perfect ending to any meal.

Our Story

In the Summer of 2009, I talked my way into a dream job; making gelato under the tutelage of Jon Snyder, a legend in the business and owner of Il Laboratorio del Gelato. The “lab” was a 500-square-foot madhouse that supplied the absolute finest product to hundreds of the top restaurants in New York City.

Each time I came back to Atlanta, I brought as much gelato as I could pack so my friends and family could taste some of our delightful creations. The more I brought home, the less I could keep up with the requests and before long I realized something had to be done. Every visit, I began making gelato in my parents’ kitchen. A true southern boy, I could not resist the temptation to play around with the flavors and dessert concepts unique to the South. The response I received was overwhelming; not only were people excited, they felt challenged to offer up unique flavor concepts, which only increased demand.

A casual conversation with a long-time friend, and then another, was all it took to put everything in motion. Since then, Wes, Khatera and I have honed our vision for Honeysuckle Gelato and can proudly say that we now offer the South exactly what we envisioned…an ice cream worthy of its decadent culinary roots.

Jackson Smith


Latest News

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Tis the season…to eat Peppermint Bark!! As always, we feel the need to offer something special this time of year and what better than our Peppermint Bark Gelato Cake. We’re accepting orders until Sunday, December 22 at midnight. Monday, December 23 will be our cake production day and we will be at our office from 11:00am until 1:30pm for pickup on Tuesday, December 24. Our Peppermint Bark Gelato Cakes are the perfect dessert for any of your holiday meals.

The cakes are $25 each and will serve 8-12 people (depending on how giving you’re feeling this time of year!). “ITP” deliveries are available for an additional $5 per cake.

There are no minimums and your orders can be placed by sending an email to sales@honeysucklegelato.com. As always, thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing all of you soon!

Happy Holidays from all of us at Honeysuckle Gelato

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The three of us at Honeysuckle Gelato love to create new gelato treats and we may have just come up with our best thing yet! Our newest creation, the Honeysuckle “Blossom,” consists of a delicious brownie or crust filled with a scoop of gelato. The best part of all…there is no spoon necessary! Our cupcakes are intended to be enjoyed like any other cupcake, with your hands and as if it’s the first piece of food you’ve seen in 10 years. While we don’t encourage consuming as much as possible with each bite, we do hope you put the spoon (and definitely the knife and fork) down to get the full experience.

In order to keep things simple we’re offering 4 different flavors to start and they are as follows:

-”The Classic” – A rich fudge brownie topped with vanilla bean gelato, and a swirl of sea-salted caramel
-Strawberry Shortcake – Fresh strawberry gelato atop a shortbread crust
-Red Velvet – A red velvet cake crust, topped with white chocolate gelato
-Pumpkin Pie – A buttery pie crust filled with our fall favorite; spiced pumpkin pecan gelato

We’re offering our first set of “Blossoms” just in time for Thanksgiving! They will come in packages of 12 (3 of each flavor) for $36 plus tax and request that you submit your order by Monday, November at 25 at 12:00 noon. They will be available for pickup at our office on Wednesday, November 27 from 8:00 am until 6:00 pm. Other pickup or delivery options can be made upon request, but a delivery charge may be applied.

Place your orders at sales@honeysucklegelato.com, and as always, thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing all of you soon!

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What’s in Store?

If you’re familiar with Savi Provisions then you know that this neighborhood destination specializes in providing locally sourced gourmet and organic foods. With locations in Inman Park, Brookhaven and the recently opened Buckhead store, Savi Provisions has it all! Not only do they have fresh meal options from sandwiches to wraps and salads, but you can also take one of their delicious chef-prepared meals home for dinner. They offer a fresh selection of gourmet cheese and specialize in sourcing fine and rare wines. Whether you’re stopping in to grab some fresh artisan bread from their bakery section, or picking up a jar of the special sauces, marinades or jams they carry we assure you won’t leave this place empty handed. As though things could not get any better, Savi Provisions Buckhead is now hosting a weekly Farmer’s Market! Every Sunday from 12:30pm until 3:30pm the market will be hosted in a designated sidewalk area of the 3655 Roswell Road location. This is the perfect opportunity to meet local vendors and plan out your meals for the week!

Our Favorite People & Places

Fall is right around the corner! And with Fall comes one of our all time favorite events of the year- the Atlanta History Center’s Fall Folk Life Festival! Scheduled for Saturday, September 28th from 10:30am to 4:30pm this is one of the most family friendly and enjoyable events in the city! Hosted at the History Center’s Tullie Smith Farm, this event allows children and adults alike to enjoy hands on activities and living history presentations. We strongly encourage you to attend this event and enjoy the music, pottery, weaving, quilting and woodworking demonstrations. Oh and did we mention we will be there too serving up some Honeysuckle Gelato. Hope to see you there!

Around Town

The Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory is currently exhibiting a series entitled Antichità, Teatro, Magnificenza: Renaissance and Baroque Images of Rome where guests can view an exciting and temporary exhibition on the representations of the eternal city. Maps, views, and books on Rome from the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries will be on display from August 24th through November 17th 2013. As part of this celebration, on September 12th from 7:30pm to 9:00pm Emory has asked Honeysuckle Gelato to host a class focused on the art of gelato making. Space is limited and registration is required so be sure to check out this link for more details! And whether you make it to the class or not, please mark your calendar for September 19th when we will be on site at the museum from 1pm to 5:00pm selling our Southern Inspired Gelato from the Honeysuckle Gelato Truck- hope to see you all then!

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Whole Foods on Ponce!! Whole Foods on Ponce!! Whole Foods on Ponce!! Please excuse our excitement, but our smiles still have not worn off. Don’t get us wrong, we’re not content with just one Whole Foods Market and hope to continue our growth both in the Atlanta area and beyond, but getting on the shelves at our first Whole Foods is an amazing feeling! And to top things off, we made our first delivery on June 28, exactly one day before our two-year anniversary. Needless to say, the Honeysuckle Gelato crew had reason to celebrate this past weekend.

This would not have happened without all of the support we’ve received and we can’t thank each of you enough for that. With that being said, we would love for that support to continue. For all of you who do your shopping at another local Whole Foods Market, you can now stop by your local store and tell them that you would love to see them carry Honeysuckle Gelato!

With your help, we can get in to all of the metro Atlanta stores but for now you can find our pints at Whole Foods Market, 650 Ponce de Leon Avenue, Atlanta, GA.

Our Favorite People & Places
For all of our favorite Roswell folks, we’re happy to announce that a great new restaurant has opened up in your neighborhood! From the same great duo that brought you C&S Seafood and Oyster Bar on Cobb Parkway, Hugo’s Oyster Bar is now open for business. While both restaurants are committed to “simple seafood preparations that let the ingredients shine,” Hugo’s is not at all a clone of C&S. The atmosphere at Hugo’s is casual and you’re guaranteed to have a laid-back, and affordable, night.

The menu highlights only seafood native to the Southeastern United States, which stretches from the Outer Banks down to the Mississippi Delta with the one notable exception being the top-quality oysters from the Northeast. The catch, and the menu, are seasonal and ever-changing.

And for dessert, they have a wide-range of some great flavors of gelato that you can’t find many other places. Currently, they carry Chocolate Hazelnut, Blueberry Cobbler, Vanilla (plain or in a Root Beer float!), Watermelon-Lemon Sorbet and Red Grape Sorbet.

C&S Seafood and Oyster Bar is located at 3240 Cobb Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30339 and Hugo’s Oyster Bar is located at 10360 Alpharetta Street, Roswell, GA 30075.

Around Town
While the Honeysuckle Gelato truck has been busy this summer with private catering functions (don’t forget to book us by sending an email to sales@honeysucklegelato.com), we’re excited to make a rare vending appearance for the Atlanta Street Food Festival! The organizers did an amazing job last year and this year looks to be even better. With nearly 30 food vendors and 8 bands, there will be food and music to fit all tastes.

You definitely don’t want to miss this event and when you come, don’t forget that the best way to cool off on a hot July day in Piedmont Park is with some Honeysuckle Gelato!

Tickets for the Atlanta Street Food Festival can be purchased here. We hope to see you there!

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What’s in Store?
Who loves key lime pie? Raise your hand please! If you are staring at your computer with one hand in the air then you need to stop by Lucy’s Market located in the heart of Buckhead. This year-round farmer’s market and specialty store now carries Honeysuckle Gelato by the pint, and they are the only place in town carrying our Key Lime Pie Gelato. In addition to finding this creamy, refreshing and perfectly delicious pint of goodness featuring pie crust crumbles and a hint of lime, Lucy’s offers fresh produce, deliciously prepared meals, soups, breads, jams, cheese straws, cookies, cakes, fabulous hostess gifts and so much more. Lucy’s Market is said to bring Southern charm and rural roots to a big city- and we could not agree more. Be sure to stop by Lucy’s Market located at 102 West Paces Ferry Road
, Atlanta, Georgia 30305
(directly behind STG Trattoria next to the St. Regis).

Our Favorite People & Places
We are thrilled to announce that for the 2nd year in a row we have been invited to participate in one of our favorite foodie events of the year- the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival. This year’s 3 day food extravaganza is scheduled for May 30th – June 2nd
So what can you expect at one of the most popular and well attended food festivals in the South? How about presentations from some of the best chefs the South has to offer, including one of our personal favorites, Chef Josh Hopkins from White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails. Another one of our favorites, Kristen Hard from Cacao, will also be a featured presenter at the festival.

The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival will feature tasting tents designed to lead guests through a culinary exploration of the South. A few of this year’s featured themes include tasting “trails” like Southern Grown, Seafood, Craft Beer, Bourbon, The Next Wave, and Southern Sweets to name a few. Last year was an unbelievable experience and this year looks to be even better. Tickets are available for sale now!

Around Town
As the weather has finally started to warm up, gelato season is officially here and we are looking forward to finally having the Honeysuckle Gelato truck out at local events and festivals. If you’re looking for a fun event this weekend, join the Honeysuckle Gelato truck at the CHC International Horse Trials in Fairburn, GA. This is a totally new and innovative event, with added amenities and an entertainment value you will not find at any other competition.

As always, please remember that you can contact us to cater for private parties, weddings and even corporate events. We offer options both with the truck and as an indoor setup. Email us at catering@honeysucklegelato.com to book your next event!

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Sea-Salt of the Earth

Southern SwissWhen we started this company, I had a very solid understanding of how to turn high-quality milk and cream into some damned fine gelato. What kept me up late at night in the beginning, was how I was going to find a dairy supplier that not only had the kind of quality we were looking for, but was willing to work with a start-up.

As our kitchen was being built out, we met with a handful of dairies all over Georgia. Nothing really felt like a good fit. It was during a visit with another dairy prospective that we got lucky. We didn’t know it then. The farmer suggested that we reach out to a friend of his, Jimmy Franks. Jimmy Franks owned Southern Swiss Dairy. He too was in the early stages of his endeavor and looking for any business he could pick up.

In our limited experience dealing with farms, we noticed that farmers always asked that we come out to see their operations. Boys like nothing more than to show off their toys, and I’ve never been one to turn down a field trip. Jimmy was different. It was clear he had no time for tours. He asked that we meet him behind the Buford Highway Farmers Market one day so he could give us a sample and “we’d take it from there.” We took it and never looked back.

Now, there are the technical reasons why Southern Swiss Dairy’s Brown Swiss cows produce dairy that is ideal for gelato. But what we most appreciate about Southern Swiss Dairy is the human side of their operation. So while they do produce, in our opinion, the best dairy in the state, it’s the consistency of the quality of dairy that is so valuable to us. It’s a small family-run business, so when machines and equipment break down, it’s the Franks family’s hard work that fills the gaps. We’re nearly two years in, and they’ve delivered to us nothing short of the best, and we certainly wouldn’t be where we are as a company without them.

I’ve been meaning to write this newsletter for a while. I had a little extra incentive this time, as recently a tornado ripped through the Southern Swiss farm. Thankfully no one was injured, but considerable damage was done to their property. You can check out some of the damage here on their Facebook page. True to form, they delivered to us on Monday as if nothing had gone wrong. They aren’t asking for any charity, other than for people to continue to buy their products. Click here for a list of stores and restaurants that carry their products.

No matter how valid, when a concept like “buy local” is thrown around as much as it is today, it can often turn into white noise. This is one of those times when it really has become tangible to us. Please go out and support Southern Swiss. Whether it’s butter, milk, or yogurt, you’re going to get a great product and make it easier for them to continue doing what they love.

If nothing else, let this be a good excuse to get caught up in the culinary whirlwind that is Buford Highway Farmers Market.

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