Ice Cream: It's Good for Hart and Soul

Ice Cream: It's Good for Hart and Soul

Ice Cream: It’s Good for Hart and Soul


​            When Sue Rosenstock and her family came down to Pacific Grove for a weekend a few months ago, she left determined to return. Return they did, snapping up the Hart Mansion at 649 Lighthouse in the process. Sue, a New Yorker at heart, left a 20-year career in the world of corporate communications because she’d simply had enough and wanted to do something entirely different. 

       Leveraging the Hart Mansion’s commercial kitchen and a love of ice cream, she arrived at small batch, ultra-premium soft-serve, a favorite of local kids and summertime visitors alike, and Cream & Crumbles came to be. It’s the perfect operation for a home large enough to be a business and interesting enough to be inviting.

​            “We have people coming in here all the time,” Sue says. “What better place for an indulgent ice cream shop than this incredible historic home?”

​Sue has designs for her business as big as the home itself. She envisions table service, a kid’s area and weekend operating hours to start, with expanded hours in 2020 and plenty of discounts for veterans, students and seniors alongside live music and special promotions. Andrew Olsen, Monterey local and chef extraordinaire, will be joining Cream and Crumbles as a manager. She also anticipates opening up the kitchen on Wednesdays to local chefs to give passionate local cooks a chance to share their talents with neighbors, while making some much-needed extra money.

​            “I would love PG to become an innovation hub for new cuisine. The only stipulation is to incorporate our ice cream into the meal. The chefs would not pay for use of the space. We hope to foster community around creative yet affordable dining.”

​            Sue developed the recipes for her business from scratch and offers a rich vanilla along with a vegan dark chocolate made with a coconut base. On top of these two options is where things get interesting. Sue’s ice cream is adorned with “flavor bursts”, strips of colorful flavored syrups that line the edges of each turn of ice cream, in a swirling pattern that resembles a candy-cane. It’s this something extra that makes Cream & Crumbles soft serve the uniquely extravagant treat that it is. Flavorbursts will come in strawberry, banana, mint and birthday cake; and toppings will include fudge, caramel, dark chocolate, pretzels, rainbow chocolate candy, granola and gummy butterflies— with nearly all toppings available gluten free, vegan and nut free. 

     All sundaes will come layered with cookie crumbles — available in snickerdoodle, chocolate chip and vegan/nut-free/gluten-free. While customers can choose their own fixings, suggested concoctions will be named after beloved Pacific Grove landmarks, including Lovers Point, Asilomar Beach, 17-Mile Drive, Butterfly House, Chautauqua Hall, Natural History Museum, American Tin Cannery, Coastal Trail and Caledonia Park. 

​            Sue’s ice cream base will be egg-, peanut- and gluten-free and premium — containing a higher fat content than typical offerings, think 11 percent, instead of 6 to 7% — the stuff most commonly sold as soft-serve in the United States. 

But what difference does just 5% fat content make? According to Sue, it’s all the difference in the world.


Cream & Crumbles is a premium soft-serve table-service parlor at 649 Lighthouse Avenue in Pacific Grove. Cream & Crumbles is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from, 12-8p.m. Visit them in person or online at