I Scream, You Scream: Ice Cream Powers Alumna’s Culinary Start-Up

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Like all of her mouthwatering recipes, UVA alumna Stephanie Connock started her growing confectionery business from scratch. Now her gourmet ice cream sandwiches and tarts are delighting taste buds across the region, and can be devoured every Monday at Market in the Park.

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As temperatures rise at the height of summer in Charlottesville, one University of Virginia alumna is offering a sweet way to cool down. Stephanie Connock is making a splash on the city’s vibrant food scene with Wonderment Bakeshop & Creamery, her gourmet ice cream sandwich and tart business.

Connock, a 2010 graduate of the School of Architecture, started experimenting with baking early in life and became known among her friends for her confections.

“My ice cream has eggs, heavy cream, whole milk and sugar. It’s really creamy.”

“I got really into baking in high school,” she said. “In my friend group, we used to have what we called ‘parking lot birthdays.’ I would bake a cake or whatever a friend’s favorite dessert was and then we would hide behind their car with it and surprise them for their birthdays.”

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Since then, Connock has expanded her culinary portfolio to include custom delicacies like her s’more ice cream sandwich, a sweet combination of toasted marshmallow ice cream and graham cookies dipped in chocolate. Wonderment customers can also try signature sandwiches like Earl Gray ice cream paired with classic sugar cookies or seasonal options like fresh lemon ice cream between two chewy gingersnap cookies.

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