Keeping your cool

Keeping your cool

As the temperature soars, ice-cream is hot news. Here are a few local artisan ice-cream makers who can help you get the summer heatwave licked.

Caymanas in Whiteley are well known for their rum cakes, but have just started making boozy ice-creams, including Rum and Raisin and Irish Cream, using real alcohol. They can be enjoyed with the rum cakes, but are also good on their own!

Jude’s Ice Creams, Twyford, started as a hobby back in 2002, supplying the local pub, but now supplies some of the UK’s best known restaurants and venues. This summer’s flavours include Salted Caramel, Stem Ginger, Blood Orange sorbet and Valrhona Dark Chocolate.

Laverstoke Park Farm, near Overton, uses the farm’s own buffalo milk for a creamy, but not too rich, ice cream. More than 15 flavours are available including Chocolate Mousse, Grown-up Coffee, Mother’s Own Dolce, Liquorice, Peppermint, and Mango.

New Forest Ice Cream in Lymington recently celebrated its 30th anniversary and offers an exciting and ever widening choice of more than 40 flavours of ice cream and sorbet. Unusual combinations include Saffron and Rosewater, Rhubarb Crumble, Old Thumper Fudge, Peach Bellini and Apple Strudel.

Northney Ice Cream, Hayling Island, was set up just five years ago and supplies ice-creams, sorbets and frozen yoghurts to retailers, pubs and kiosks in south-east Hampshire. Adventurous flavours include white chocolate, banana and peanut butter and tutti frutti. Plus there are opportunities for groups to visit the farm and watch the ice-cream-making process in action.