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  • Lemeir Mitchell: Philadelphia water ice is very important

  • to the city of Philadelphia.

  • It's probably more important

  • than cheese sticks to me.

  • Customer: This is bomb. Ridiculously bomb.

  • And it's ridiculously refreshing

  • when it's 100 degrees outside.

  • Good job, Happy Ice.

  • Frenchy: What's up, guys? Frenchy here,

  • on probably one of the hottest days in Los Angeles,

  • but it's fine, because today we're gonna try Happy Ice.

  • Lemeir: Imagine if shaved ice, sorbet, and ice cream

  • came together to make one flavor,

  • or one amazing product.

  • It would create Happy Ice.

  • Ted Foxman: Happy Ice is a very easy experience

  • compared to Italian ice.

  • So, when I had it for the first time,

  • I was super shocked that my spoon

  • had just cut right through it

  • like I was eating an ice cream.

  • The texture in my mouth was creamy

  • and rich, like ice cream.

  • Lemeir: I would say our top flavors are

  • Cherry Bomb,

  • our Strawberry Lemon Lush,

  • Pineapple Potion,

  • Blueberry Blast,

  • Mango Madness,

  • Lucky Lemon.

  • We have a bunch of fun flavors

  • where you're able to choose a combination,

  • put it inside a cup, and we can make a rainbow

  • out of any selection of flavors that you make.

  • Lauren DePino: Happy Ice was the perfect thing

  • on a hot LA day. And being from Philly,

  • I'd really craved a water ice,

  • or, as I called it, "wodder ice,"

  • and I told my stepson about it, and he's like,

  • "What? What is that?"

  • And thought it might be gelato or ice cream.

  • My fiancé looked it up and found Happy Ice,

  • so we just rode our bikes there.

  • Lemeir: Because it has the creamy texture

  • of ice cream, fruity flavors of sorbet,

  • but refreshing like shaved ice

  • and is vegan-friendly, dairy-free,

  • and we make it in-house.

  • You make it the same way you make ice cream.

  • So it's like that little extra ingredients

  • that changes the texture.

  • And also I have a authentic

  • Philadelphia water ice recipe.

  • It's a secret recipe.

  • And also it's, like, really just

  • in the inner city of Philadelphia.

  • A lot of people don't go there to try and figure out

  • how to make that product.

  • So, me just being from where I'm from,

  • and I learned from being a family friend,

  • I was able to get the recipe,

  • and then also I'm a artist, so I saw the vision

  • of how, you know, I can deliver that to the world.

  • Frenchy: This is real sweat, people. [laughs]

  • Just come on. Let's go.

  • Hopefully I don't melt before I get inside. [laughs]

  • She got hers.

  • [woman cheering] [Frenchy laughs]

  • Lemeir: I started visiting LA about, like, five years ago.

  • So, during that time I was traveling back and forth,

  • and my brother actually passed away

  • in a motorcycle accident.

  • And I was telling him, like, "Bro, I love it.

  • I want to go out there and try and chase my dream."

  • So when he passed away, I actually,

  • you know, I went for it.

  • Yeah, I started off as a tattoo artist,

  • and during that time of me tattooing on Melrose,

  • I learned about the food truck culture,

  • and I saw that it was a more affordable way

  • to bring a piece of my hometown here.

  • So, you know, I called my mom about the idea.

  • She loved it. She supported me the whole way.

  • And September 4th of 2017,

  • Happy Ice was open with this first truck.

  • Oh, man. Man, what.

  • It was, it was super tough.

  • Whoo. Trying to introduce

  • Happy Ice to Los Angeles was super hard.

  • We had, like, wow factors

  • and stuff that would make people get excited.

  • We started to catch,

  • then we started to get celebrities to come.

  • And, man, today, it's amazing to see

  • the awareness for the brand and the product

  • has grown so much from when we first started,

  • 'cause it was not easy. [laughs]

  • Brooke Murray: My first time going to Happy Ice

  • was about a month or so ago.

  • If I came across anything that looks

  • remotely close to water ice,

  • it's going to catch my attention,

  • because I am from Philadelphia.

  • Water ice in Philadelphia is like...

  • it's like water. You grow up with it.

  • There's water ice places on every corner.

  • Rita's is popular, but everyone maybe

  • has their own neighborhood spot.

  • Lemeir: There's not a part of my childhood

  • where water ice isn't inside of it.

  • As soon as the summertime will hit,

  • your mindset automatically jumped into water ice mode.

  • So that's why, when I came out here

  • and we didn't have it, and there's heat all the time,

  • I was like, man,

  • they gotta experience what I experienced growing up.

  • Cashier: Hey! Frenchy: How you doing?

  • Cashier: You a first timer or a happy camper?

  • Frenchy: I'm a first timer.

  • Cashier: All right, we got a first timer!

  • Crowd: Hey!

  • Frenchy: [laughs] What's up? Cashier: Welcome!

  • So, you can go ahead and choose any three flavors

  • to customize your own cup,

  • or go with one of our combinations below.

  • We have our Time Machine, All Star,

  • and our famous Rainbow Rocket.

  • Frenchy: Famous Rainbow Rocket?

  • Let's go with the Rainbow Rocket.

  • Cashier: What size for you?

  • Frenchy: The largest. It's hot outside! Let's do it.

  • Brooke: It's nostalgia. It just makes you happy.

  • And right now, refreshing above all.

  • I said water ice, but

  • my every urge is "wooder ice."

  • Lemeir: It's crazy, because people say

  • that people from Philadelphia kind of have a accent

  • and they can kinda hear a accent in me

  • when I say water. So, [laughs]

  • so when we say water ice,

  • it's kind of like you're saying

  • "wood" with a -er at the end,

  • so like "wooder ice." [laughs]

  • It's crazy. I didn't know I had a accent,

  • but everybody seems to say I have one.

  • Ted: I was with my daughter. Not unlike a day like today,

  • it was, like, 98 degrees outside.

  • And somebody was walking that direction where we were

  • with what I found out later was Happy Ice.

  • So I said, "Come on, everybody,

  • let's go get one of those, because that looks great."

  • Lemeir: So, with him being behind me,

  • we were able to actually jump to the opportunity

  • of getting our storefront.

  • Frenchy: Decided to get the Rainbow Rocket,

  • and just holding it, I'm already cooling down.

  • I'm super excited to try it.

  • Of course, as you can see, all the colors,

  • keeping it super-duper friendly

  • and super-duper happy.

  • I mean, I guess that's why they call it Happy Ice.

  • As I'm eating this, I'm absolutely cooling down.

  • It's the perfect thing to get

  • on a super-duper hot day in Los Angeles.

  • I promise you, if it looks good on video,

  • then you definitely want to try it for yourself.

  • Brooke: Happy Ice definitely feels more authentic

  • kind of because I didn't know it was coming.

  • It was, like, such a pleasant surprise.

  • And in the middle of a pandemic,

  • it was like a taste of home

  • that was very necessary

  • for anyone who can't make it home.

  • Frenchy: This is good.

  • It's very flavorful, and all the colors

  • absolutely represent different flavors.