Sabrina Carpenter partners with Van Leeuwen for ‘Espresso’ ice cream


A certified bop is getting its own icy treat.

Van Leeuwen Ice Cream announced its partnership with singer-songwriter Sabrina Carpenter to debut “Espresso” ice cream on the heels of her hit single of the same name.

The flavor was inspired by the frothy and fun lyrics of Carpenter’s song-of-the-summer contender, many of which have been memed to oblivion — grande dame of pop Adele said even she can’t get the tune out of her head. This freezer-aisle partnership signifies a growing trend of culinary and music synergy in 2024.

Carpenter herself revealed the news in a since-expired Instagram story over the weekend, showing off the package as her Billboard Hot 100 song plays in the background.

‘Espresso’ ice cream. (Van Leeuwen)
‘Espresso’ ice cream. (Van Leeuwen)

Van Leeuwen said in a news release that Carpenter’s limited-time ice cream will, of course, feature espresso flavor mixed with chewy brownies, chocolate chips and swirls of fudge. The ice cream will be available starting June 28 in all Van Leeuwen shops across the country by the pint and the scoop, as well as on its website while supplies last.

The brand says 50% of profits from the flavor’s sales will be donated to the Ali Forney Center, an organization that protects LGBTQ youth from homelessness.

“Doing a flavor collab with a genuine Van Leeuwen super fan is always a lot of fun,” said co-founder and CEO Ben Van Leeuwen in a news release. “We’re so excited to celebrate Sabrina and her newest hit with this extremely delicious ice cream.”

Van Leeuwen says there was an exclusive sneak peek tasting of the ice cream flavor at Governors Ball on Saturday, June 8. The pop singer performed her hit as well as new single, “Please Please Please” — lucky listeners then got to taste the new flavor at the Van Leeuwen ice cream truck.

Carpenter’s “Espresso,” first released in April, has become a global certified platinum hit, and it’s her first top five song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart sitting at No. 4. It’s also captured the No. 1 spot on the Spotify Global and U.K. charts, and sits at No. 2 behind “Please Please Please” on the music streamer’s U.S. chart at the time of this publishing. It’s retro teen beach movie-themed music video has more than 52 million views.

Carpenter explained what “Espresso” means in a Vogue interview, telling the magazine the song is about a woman sure of her alluring qualities

“The song is kind of about seeing femininity as your super power, and embracing the confidence of being that b----,” Carpenter said.

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