Photo courtesy of Betsy Model | Mora Iced Creamery founders Ana Orselli and Jerry Perez.

Photo courtesy of Betsy Model | Mora Iced Creamery founders Ana Orselli and Jerry Perez.

More Mora: Sweet staple marks 15 delicious years in Kitsap

Even as they prepare to celebrate 15 years of business in Kitsap County, the minds behind Mora Iced Creamery are broadening their horizons.

Having not only made its mark with Bainbridge, Kingston and Poulsbo stores — and an additional commitment to the Peninsula’s economy with the build-out of its factory in Poulsbo — the company is now expanding yet again in both the Puget Sound area and out of state.

For Mora founders, local residents Ana Orselli and Jerry Perez, this is the culmination of a long, strategic 15-year plan, said company spokeswoman Betsy Model.

“Mora’s Orem, Utah store opened a few weeks ago,” she said. “With four more stores under development in Utah alone, and [it] will be joined by two new stores in the greater Las Vegas, Nevada that are also under development.”

Closer to home, the ice cream — routinely called one of the best in the country by outlets like Food & Wine, Williams Sonoma and Huffington Post — will soon be availalbe at two new Washington stores, with franchises currently under construction in both Silverdale and Covington.

Mora Iced Creamery boasts a stable of 70 flavors, about 48 of which can be found on hand daily in their shops. The Bainbridge Island shop, located in downtown Winslow, opened in 2006.

The name, Mora, means “blackberry” in Italian and Spanish, the owners said.

“Customers are always asking us how we chose the name ‘Mora’ for our iced creamery,” they said. “Bainbridge Island is an emerald beauty and home to the wild blackberry.”

The owners say much more than just the name takes its inspiration from the culture of their heritage.

“We churn Old World flavors — Gianduja, Marron Glace and Dulce de Leche — that are traditional in our hometown of Buenos Aires, as well as new-school favorites; Goat Cheese with Fig, Banana Split and Lemon Bar,” they said. “We offer seasonal specialties — Rose Petal ice cream for Valentine’s Day, Lavender in the summer, Eggnog for Thanksgiving — and every day you’ll find eight different choices of chocolate ice cream.”

For a complete list of flavors and franchise locations, as well as shipping details (Mora Iced Creamery delivers anywhere in the continental U.S.), visit www.moraicecream.com.

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