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Food & drink


11 JULY 2020 • SATURDAY DAILY MAIL


We all scream for ice cream T


he British love ice cream. Whether it’s served to the jingle of an ice cream van or with your toes in


the sand, the icy sweet treat is a symbol of the summer. And this year, our love aff air has shown no sign of slowing. According to market researcher Kantar, ice cream sales soared by 40% in the four weeks leading to mid-May, largely thanks to the UK’s unseasonably sunny weather. But ice cream has come a long


MINT CHOCOLATE CHIP ICE CREAM/GETTY


way from a Mr Whippy by the sea. With more and more Brits choosing plant-based options, the market has seen a huge shake-up in terms of ‘free-from’ off erings, with the likes of Ben & Jerry’s and Magnum now off ering dairy-free products. Even smaller brands are getting on board, too: Marshfi eld Farm, for instance, has added plant-based vanilla and salted caramel ice creams to its range. Health-conscious varieties are now so popular that Halo Top, which specialises in low-sugar, low-calorie tubs, saw a 462% compound annual growth rate between 2013 and 2018 and


now outsells world-famous Häagen-Dazs in Tesco. Dairy aside, however,


we’ve also seen a boom in more unusual, sophisticated fl avours. T e Saff ron Ice Cream Company in Essex off ers a host of summery options, such as lemon curd and meringue, and gin, tonic and cucumber sorbet, while Kent-based Simply Ice Cream has a ‘simply special’ range that includes stem ginger and marmalade, and brown bread fl avours. Nostalgic fl avours have been making a comeback, too, with supermarket Iceland launching a range of ice creams inspired by retro sweets — think Black Jacks, Dip-Daps and Wham bars. Yet, even with all this tooth-


aching choice, we’re still traditionalists at heart. A survey at this year’s Ice Cream and Artisan Food Show saw vanilla take the top spot as the nation’s favourite fl avour, with mint chocolate-chip and chocolate coming in second and third place.


Nothing heralds summer quite as delightfully as the prospect of enjoying a frozen treat in the sun. Rosemary Busch gives the lowdown on the powerful hold this dessert has on Brits


ICE CREAM AT HOME THE MACHINE If you’re tempted by the idea of homemade ice cream, the Cuisinart ICE100BCU Gelato and Ice Cream Maker is a safe bet. It’s sleeker than many professional-standard makers, but still off ers an ample 1.5 litres’ worth of ice cream. RRP: £249.99. cuisinart.com


THE BOOK Ice Creams, Sorbets & Gelati: The Defi nitive Guide is the last word on frozen treats. Now in its 10th year, Caroline and Robin Weir’s book is still as valuable as ever, fi lled with everything from the history of ice cream to stockists and suppliers — and plenty of recipes, too. RRP: £18.99 (Grub Street)


THE TUB Strawberries are a symbol of the British summer — so, as part of its ever-expanding, oat-fuelled empire, Oatly has introduced a new strawberry ice cream, exclusively available at Tesco. It’s vegan and at least 15% of every


tub is simple, mashed berries. £4.50 for 500ml. oatly.com


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