Sydney Arkin

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Sydney Arkin

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Oakland, CA

Sydney is a displaced New Yorker who’s been living in the Bay Area longer than she realizes. Raised on a classic diet of Froot Loops, Ben & Jerry’s, and Kraft Mac & Cheese (shapes only), it didn’t occur to her that making ice cream could be a career. 


In 2020, she ditched her previous life in advertising and started Bad Walter’s Bootleg Ice Cream. What once was an illegal living room ice cream operation has now grown into a slightly-larger, much-more-legal micro creamery. Sydney is now known for creating flavors with a heavy bend towards 90s nostalgia. That—and all her ice cream is made with real dairy but is lactose-free.