The adhering to is an extended edition of the short article that seems in our April 2022 situation.

At first made as a restaurant dessert by previous chef Hannah Pollack, Nightingale Ice Product Sandwiches became a ubiquitous nearby take care of soon after she and her partner, Xavier Meers, launched the organization in 2016. At the end of March, they entered the national grocery retail store arena with a new brand, Chomp.  

Nightingale commenced advertising four-packs of its Chomp-branded treats — 50 percent-sized versions of its authentic ice cream sandwiches — at hundreds of Walmart outlets alongside the East Coastline in flavors these as Common, Cookie Monster and Strawberry Shortcake.    

“This year is a actually large year for us,” Pollack says. “Walmart arrived at out to us, and they realized about our brand name and desired to just explore the option to operate collectively. Chomp by Nightingale is an additional step for us.”

Noticing the increase and success of grocers such as Full Food items and community marketplaces and hoping to enchantment to a broader pool of purchasers, the superstore sought out a little-batch item with a local touch. Enter Nightingale.  

When Nightingale’s ice product sandwiches are normally discovered at specialty suppliers and characteristic greater value tags, Chomp permits Nightingale to achieve a wider audience. At just below $5 for each box, Chomp transforms the smaller-batch, chef-driven solution from a splurge-worthy, 1-time address to a snackable and economical possibility.

“We wanted something that could be on freezer cabinets,” Pollack says.

“There are a good deal of men and women seeking for this solution,” Meers suggests, noting that Nightingale can be tough to obtain in the Chesterfield, Henrico and Midlothian spots. “It’s the identical recipe, the exact top quality, just a diverse measurement. It is about earning it extra obtainable for everyone.”  

Also starting at the conclude of March, Nightingale’s standard, total-sized sandwiches in flavors these as Miso Churro and Excess fat Banana — and their newest generation, Cereal Bar — will be offered at every Clean Marketplace site across the nation. And previous year, soon after revamping its in-flight menus, JetBlue released Chomp as the special dessert for intercontinental flights. Nightingale also designed its debut on the world-wide meals website Goldbelly.  

Shifting into a committed generation facility at Hatch Kitchen area much more than a yr back, the partner-and-wife group remains seriously associated in Nightingale’s day-to-day operations. And though they’re conscious that partnering with huge businesses may well be seen as a sign that they are ditching their grassroots origins, they believe that the vast-scale expansion is a mark of their tenacity, as effectively as the results of their product or service.

“It is exciting to see wherever we arrived from and the place we are now and where we’re heading — it is the greatest portion for me,” Pollack suggests. “It’s our enthusiasm, it’s our everyday living, we genuinely crafted this from almost nothing.”

And though the selfmade ice cream sandwiches can now be appreciated throughout the globe, “Everything we make says made in Richmond, Virginia,” Pollack notes proudly. “RVA is the household of Nightingale.”