TREATS-made with Straus Family Dairy products

We  are proud to use Straus Family Creamery products because their certified organic dairy products are Non-GMO Project Verified, certified kosher and gluten free. Their cows graze on pastures in good weather and we give them only 100% organically grown feeds.  Their cows are never treated with growth hormones or antibiotics. No additives, fillers or artificial ingredients are ever used in any of our delicious organic milk and dairy products. No wonder they all taste so good

They’ve kept their recipe as simple as possible, so that chefs and artisanal ice-cream makers can apply their own artistry to creating unique and specialized ice creams.  Straus Family Creamery Organic Ice-Cream Base is an ingredient used by ice-cream makers and pastry chefs who want to produce their own flavors of organic ice cream in batch freezers.

Because Straus Organic Ice-Cream Base contains 14% fat and the highest-quality custard ingredients – just Organic Cream, Organic Milk, sweet-cream buttermilk, organic sugar and organic egg yolk s– there is ample room for creativity in flavors, texture and add-ins.

Making ice cream first requires the production of a basic pasteurized custard base, in which milk, cream, sugar, and egg yolks are heated together until the base reaches a specific temperature. Pasteurization of ice cream is required by the State of California for businesses selling ice-cream products to the public. State law also requires that an ice-cream making business become a state-certified pasteurizer. As an alternative to becoming a state-certified pasteurizer, ice-cream makers and shop owners can use Straus Organic Ice Cream Base.

Ice Cream vs Gelato

We are often asked what is the difference between ice cream and gelato?

Gelato has less fat because it is made with more milk. Ice cream is churned faster and therefore contains more air. Gelato is denser and often more flavorful because it is churned more slowly.

Gelato is usually served at a slightly warmer temperature than ice cream.

Working Together and Keeping it Local

TREATS is located in a wonderfully unique community. There are no chain stores permitted in our town. All retail businesses, restaurants, farms and wineries are locally owned.   We try very hard to help each other and cross promote each other’s businesses and local events.  

This year for example, TREATS collaborated with Three Forks Bakery and Brewing Company to create an ice cream flavor using their Stout Beer and Gingerbread. We worked with Leo and Deb Chapman of Harmony Valley Farm to produce our Rhubarb Sorbet and with Jo Mcproud and Alan Haight of Riverhill Farm to make our Sweet Red Pepper/Strawberry Sorbet.

Local Author of Living Wild,Alicia Funk encouraged the development of our wild -sourced Native Bay Ice Cream and Douglas Fir Sorbet.   Our Coffee Broaster Ice Cream uses beans locally roasted by FoxHound Coffee Boasters.   For our Raspberry /Chardonnay sorbet we used wine from local wine merchant BYOB and Raspberries from Mounty Bounty farm.   We trade wonderful photographs for ice cream with Outside Innowner Erin Thiem.

Come by to try a taste of collaboration. TREATS is located at in Downtown Nevada City CA.


We love our chocolate ice cream and sorbet flavors at TREATS. Flavors like: Chocolate Espresso Sorbet, Vegan Chocolate Mousse Gelato, and Brownie Bits, Bittersweet, Mocha Almond Fudge, and Coconut Almond Crunch Gelato. Top any of these with our Ghiradelli chocolate sauce or dip top chocolate toppings and you have a very special Chocolatey TREAT. As an extra Special Valentines TREAT we are offering a Sundae of Two, two scoops of ice cream, two toppings whipped cream and two cherries served in a waffle bowl with two spoons. You might like to try our very special dark rich European hot chocolate to warm your heart..