Pandemic Side Hustle Dre’s Desserts Delivers Delicious Ice Cream


Andre Olivier actually likes sweets. A Flatbush native who grew up and nonetheless lives within the space proper round Brooklyn Faculty, Olivier used to bake quite a bit as a child, however his reign because the “King of Desserts,” as his family and friends referred to as him, appeared to return to an finish when he went to Carnegie Mellon to check civil engineering. After that, he bought a job in building administration, specializing in demolition tasks.

Although his sister Simone bought an ice cream maker for Christmas in 2017, and the 2 of them began to churn out quarts of the stuff collectively, Olivier did not actually have the time to concentrate on perfecting his craft. Then got here the pandemic, and when Olivier bought furloughed from his job final April, he determined to go all in, educating himself the ice cream sport and organising his personal small enterprise, referred to as Dre’s Desserts.

A photo of Andre Olivier, making the rounds


Andre Olivier, making the rounds

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Though Olivier is clearly the driving power right here, Dre’s Desserts is one thing of a associates & household operation. “Throughout early COVID I constructed the web site with my buddy Adam, and my buddy Lilian helped create my emblem,” Olivier advised Gothamist final week. And quite than lease out a industrial kitchen, Olivier is at the moment utilizing his grandfather’s place in Flatbush as his ice cream manufacturing facility. “He is bought essentially the most area out of all of us,” he explains.

Olivier is again doing his day job now, however Dre’s Desserts appears poised to take off. The mechanics are easy: you order $10 pints from his impressively prolonged menu by Thursday of every week, after which Olivier spends the weekend driving round to Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan together with his deliveries, a super-freezer conserving the whole lot stable within the rear of his SUV.

A photo of Peanut Butter and Jam French Toast ($10 pint)


Peanut Butter and Jam French Toast ($10 pint)

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I’ve gleefully made my approach by way of 5 pints of Olivier’s ice cream over the previous week, and might report that his stuff ranks proper up there with among the finest on the town. It is positively on the candy facet—flavors like Cookie Monster, Sticky Icky Cinnabun, Crack Pie, and the Fruity Pebbles-inspired Bedrock Do or Die will try this—however the textures are terrific, and the steadiness between the creamy base and the crunchy mix-ins are excellent.

The Peanut Butter and Jam French Toast was notably nicely executed—it is primarily based on the “a whole bunch” of French Toast PB&Js Olivier ate rising up, so there’s some cinnamon within the combine—as was the Crack Pie, his homage to Christina Tosi’s well-known creation that Olivier’s grandmother used to serve yearly at Thanksgiving. The Large Face Jimmy Espresso was additionally first-rate, impressed by Jimmy Butler’s espresso store within the NBA bubble and loaded with chewy brownie bits and a fudge swirl.

A photo of Big Face Jimmy Coffee ($10 pint)


Large Face Jimmy Espresso ($10 pint)

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A photo of Crack Pie ($10 pint)


Crack Pie ($10 pint)

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Different flavors embrace the straightforward Madagascar Vanilla, festive Peppermint Mocha Chip, and the marginally unhinged Court docket Road, which makes an attempt to mix all of Olivier’s favourite snacks on the Court docket Road Theater—popcorn, pretzels, M&Ms, chocolate chip cookie dough—right into a single scoop. 5 vegan flavors can be found, together with Lemon Blueberry Pie, and there are a number of “spiked pints” on the menu as nicely, that includes a beneficiant pour of bourbon, whiskey, or rum.

You’ll be able to order a half-dozen excellent cookies too, both Golden Chocolate Chip or Crimson Velvet White Chocolate Chip, that are delivered in charmingly DIY vogue: free in a typical Ziploc bag. Olivier’s sister Simone is in command of all of the cookies. “She’s a beast baker,” says Olivier. “She’s 17 and has been baking since she was 9, and has all of the recipes in her head, however she’s learning for her AP exams proper now so we’re conserving that a part of the menu restricted.”

A photo of Golden Chocolate Chip Cookies ($8 per half dozen)


Golden Chocolate Chip Cookies ($8 per half dozen)

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Olivier is taking a wait-and-see method about the way forward for Dre’s Desserts; he purchased a industrial ice cream maker at a reduction from the sadly shuttered Ice & Vice store a couple of months in the past, nevertheless it stays in storage till he can decide whether or not he can flip this facet gig right into a profession.

“Most of my life is figure proper now,” says Olivier, who, along with his full-time engineering job and nighttime ice cream job, additionally coaches soccer at Boys and Ladies Excessive Faculty in Mattress-Stuy and is the co-founder of a salon and barbershop in Crown Heights. “But it surely’s very enjoyable making ice cream. And I similar to consuming ice cream.” Me too, man. Me too.

Dre’s Desserts is at the moment accepting orders for weekend supply on Olivier’s web site,, or through DM on his Instagram.