Tamara Keefe first learned to make ice cream when she was a child and served her creations to neighbors after church every Sunday. From there, she was hooked.
In 2015, Tamara opened Clementine’s Naughty & Nice Creamery in St. Louis. Now, the infamous micro-creamery has opened its fourth location – also its biggest location – at The Meadows in Lake St. Louis.
Clementine’s “naughty and nice” name comes from its menu of both regular and alcohol-infused flavors, as well as many vegan and gluten-free options. Clementine’s is the only micro-creamery in Missouri and one of a handful across the country. To carry that distinction, all of Clementine’s gourmet flavors are small-batch creations, meaning they are handmade in a real ice cream machine by real people. Clementine’s is also the only all-natural ice cream maker in the state. Every single component, from candied pecans to salted caramel, is crafted in-house.
“If there’s a pie, cake or cookie in it, we make it ourselves,” Tamara said.
Clementine’s uses a higher amount of butterfat and whips less air into its favors than commercial manufacturers for a creamier mouthfeel, lingering aftertaste and overall more decadent experience.
“When you taste Clementine’s ice cream, it’s so rich and so dense that you can still taste flavor a full minute later,” Tamara said.
Speaking of flavors, their most famous is their Gooey Butter Cake. Other favorites include the Salted Cracker Caramel with homemade chocolate cracker candy, and the award-winning vegan Chocolate Coconut Fudge, made with real dark chocolate and coconut milk.
The Lake Saint Louis location even has a separate register specifically for individuals who want to order “Nice Pints” to-go, meaning it’s possible to enjoy Clementine’s flavors at home, or any other time the craving strikes.
20 Meadows Circle, Ste. 208 • Lake St. Louis