(SAVANNAH) There is a cool new option to buy a signature Savannah treat. Just in time for the gift-giving season, Leopold’s Ice Cream is launching a delivery option that takes their premium pints of ice cream anywhere in the country. From now through the end of the year, giving the gift of Leopold’s ice cream will actually give back to local children. Owners Stratton and Mary Leopold want to make sure that the community that’s made them so successful benefits from this expansion too.
Leopold’s has been serving up their super premium ice cream for 96 years and the start of a nation-wide delivery option is generating more than interest according to Stratton Leopold. ” We’ve shipped to Las Vegas we’ve shipped to California, it’s a little bit more expensive there, but if we’re shipping to Atlanta or St. Louis it’s less.” said Leopold. He adds that shipping by weight is what pushes the price higher when they send their ice cream farther, but it can ship for as little as $26 dollars. Right now, every pint ordered through December 31, 2015, Leopold’s is donating $1dollar to the Deep Center, a local nonprofit that provides free, fun, and rigorous writing workshops for public school students in Savannah. “Creative writing, of course for me, on my other side in the film business, is vital. the writers are vital and so often i encounter heads of studios that don’t read, that don’t read books. so to get them young, start writing, and to start reading. that, that to me is vital not only for the film business or for ice cream, for the country really.” Leopold’s sponsors a creative writing challenge in the Chatham county school system.
Stratton says it doesn’t take a miracle of modern science to make shipping ice cream possible. It takes a Styrofoam cooler and some dry ice to preserve the premium pints for the trip. Each shipment comes with a warning about dry ice, a letter from Stratton and his wife Mary, and it also includes a genuine Leopold’s hat. Stratton says the new shipping option is drawing orders from across the country and across town. “We had a call from Tybee, two days ago… Can you ship the ice cream?” Statton laughed as he shared the story and he says with a chuckle, the answer is yes. “Leopold’s now ships ice cream.