Ice Cream To Match My Soul At Little Damage

Imagine: it's a hot day in Downtown Los Angeles. You've been running around the city all day, sitting in traffic, and braving the crosswalks. Finally, you've done everything you need to do for the day and you let yourself have some ice cream. Now, imagine that the ice cream is your favorite color: black.

Very rarely do foods and beverages come in my favorite color. Eating something black usually means stained lips, teeth, and tongues due to a whole lot of food coloring, which is just gross. However, thanks to the rise of charcoal as a food coloring additive, black food and drinks are on the rise, and I'm a happy girl. So after a long day running around downtown, I decided to stop by an ice cream shop that I'd heard had black ice cream: Little Damage.

Little Damage is a family-owned ice cream shop that's known for its seasonally rotating flavors and - you guessed it - black ice cream and waffle cones. They make all of their ice cream in small batches and create unique and interesting flavors. They even always have at least one vegan option available. All of their ingredients are locally sourced and organic. The signature black cones are colored with natural charcoal instead of food coloring and are freshly-made throughout the day.

When I went, there were two flavors available: a pastel blue flavor called Unicorn Tears, and a grey flavor called Dark Cinns. Obviously, I chose Dark Cinns to go with my black waffle cone. While I have to admit that I was a little reluctant to try this flavor, I knew I just had to go with it. I guess I was afraid that I would just be licking the ice cream version of a Red Hot (ew), but that wasn't the case at all.

The best way I can describe the flavor of Dark Cinns is like the milk at the bottom of a bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch after all of the cereal has been eaten. Dark Cinns wasn't overpowering or even really spicy, both good things for an ice cream. It was smooth and creamy and I ate the whole cone quicker than I would like to admit.

Getting a cone from Little Damage does take some patience, but it's worth it. There was a line out the door and around the corner if the little shop, but since Little Damage only sells one type of fairly simple food, the line moved quickly. Inside, seating is a little cramped from the people waiting for their cones, but once you grab a stool, you'll notice plenty of Instagram-able spots. Whether it's the fresh wooden shelves, the white tile walls, or the famous neon sign, you'll be sure to find the perfect spot to snap a picture of your treat.

Photography: myself