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Creative Q&A #17 – Sam Kopicko

June 17, 2009

ice cream

As promised, here’s this week’s CQ&A. Today I’m interviewing Sam Kopicko, the sweat treat mastermind/ice cream mad scientist behind Denver, Colorado’s Sweet Action Ice Cream. I stopped by a few weeks back while J and I were decompressing in Denver after all the wedding madness before our flight out that evening. Sam runs the shop with her boyfriend Chia – who was on hand to aid in my ice cream selection. They tend to have 24 flavors available at any time and have many more inventive flavors in their arsenal to rotate in. You can check their Twitter to see what flavors are hot (cold) off the press. Check out my interview with Sam after the jump!

CR: What’s your creative background?
Sam Kopicko: When we lived in Brooklyn, I worked in publishing, and Chia worked in photo studios.  But as far as making ice cream goes, we’re pretty much self-taught.

CR: What’s your favorite medium to work with?
SK: Ice cream – we love to experiment with different flavors and spices that aren’t really traditional ice cream flavors.

CR: What medium would you like to work with?

SK: Definitely doughnuts.

CR: Do you have a favorite personal work? If so, what is it?
SK: Hmm… probably the garam masala or the salted butterscotch ice cream.  Maybe our vegan cinnamon roll ice cream.  I don’t know… we also do really fun things with beer ice cream, like our raspberry white chocolate ale.  All of them are completely original recipes – and we think that they’re so freaking good we want to cry sometimes.  We have so much fun making stuff – it’s a cop-out to say we love all of it, but it’s true.

CR: Who’s blowing your mind right now?
SK: Always David Lebovitz.  And Ryan Berkely. We are obsessed with his art.

CR: What’s in heavy rotation on your iTunes, or CD player, tape deck, record player, etc?
SK: Well, we’ve been listening to a lot of punk rock at the shop.  A lot of Night Marchers and the Thermals, too.  A friend of ours gave us this song called “Here Come the Girls” by Ernie K. Doe – it might be our favorite thing ever.

CR: What’s next for you?

SK: It’s hard to say.  We’ve been so focused on Sweet Action, and it’s been a lot of hard work for both of us – we’re just hoping to get through this summer in one piece.  We certainly want to grow our business, but we’re not sure exactly what shape it will take.  The future’s kind of a blank slate for us right now, which is actually pretty nice.  We get to make what we want out of it.

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