The founder of Scratch Ice Cream started making frozen yogurt for relatives Yo Mama

Christine M

When he was younger, Ryan Bovlick would do an ice cream night ritual. Sometimes it was a milkshake, sometimes a scoop with chocolate syrup. Many nights he let the ice cream sit outside and reach the right consistency, then get as much ice cream as possible in one huge scoop.

After all these years, building a business around his favorite treat made sense.

Scratch Ice Cream started in 2015 with its basic vanilla and chocolate recipes, and has moved on to add-ons like caramel and brownies all made from scratch. Each pint is a small batch and hand packed. His brother, Justin Bovlick, joined him in 2018 as the business grew.

Now, Scratch Ice Cream has moved to a new location with a larger kitchen, where Justin oversees daily production. The new space also offers indoor and outdoor seating and nearly two dozen flavors daily, including some popular cheesecake options. The new Scoop store is located at 2205 N. Calhoun Road, Brookfield, in the Ruby Isle Shopping Centre.

Scratch ice cream is also available at Crossroads Collective, 2238 N. Farwell Ave., Zocalo food truck park at 636 S. Sixth St. , as well as pints at retail outlets including Beans and Barley, Riverwest Co-Op, Sendik’s, Outpost, Metcalfe’s, Woodmans, Sentry in Delafield and Leighton Fruit Market.

Indoor and outdoor seating is available at the new Scratch Ice Cream location in Brookfield.

New space for Scratch

Rayan: This Brookfield space used to be Yo Mama, which is owned by my aunt and uncle (Becky and Scott Berger). We started out wholesale to groceries and restaurants, then opened at the Crossroads Collective in the food court, and then the Zocalo food truck park. We bought a food trailer, even though we don’t get it often.

We’ve always wanted our own brick and mortar space. When this opportunity came the space allowed us to place our kitchen here as well.

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