Ice cream season is here!

Homemade chocolate ice cream straight from the freezer!

Homemade chocolate ice cream straight from the freezer!

With the fabulous sunshine we have been having over the past few weeks, summer is most definitely here and with that comes ice cream! As a family, we have had a variety of frozen treats recently including ice creams, ice lollies and even frozen fruit to keep us all cool.

Ice cream's origins are known to reach back as far as the second century B.C and it is said that Alexander the Great enjoyed snow and ice flavoured with honey and nectar. They have most certainly come a long way since then!

Ice creams are still very popular amongst most families and there are so many varieties to choose from nowadays. Today more and more ice creams have savoury flavours including Smoked Bacon and Egg, Black Pepper, Chilli and even Black Pudding! The Japanese also have horse meat and the Koreans Green Tea … lovely!

If you’re after an ice cream dessert, then it can’t get better than a Knickerbocker glory.

Did you know that the shape of the knickerbocker glory glass (wide at the top tapering down to narrow at the bottom) got its name from the knickerbockers of Dutch settlers who arrived in New York at the start of the twentieth century? The flared pants were worn tucked into trousers and inspired this now world famous dessert.

On average, each person here in the UK eats 9 litres of ice cream every year. If you’re keen on coming up with your own flavour combination, why not give it a go in our Ice cream maker? You can also use it for making frozen yoghurt too!

Top tip-If you fancy a cooling and refreshing alternative to ice cream, why not try a sorbet?

For a quick delicious sorbet, simply chop a few of your favourite fruits and pop them in the freezer. When the children fancy a cool and refreshing snack, get your frozen fruit out and pop in a blender! Banana, mango and berries are firm favourites in our household.

Ice lollies are also popular in our household and the children love it when there are ice lollies on sale after school on a hot day. We also make our own from their favourite fruit juices or smoothies.

Which frozen treat is your favourite? Are you in love with ice cream or a lover of lollies? Let us know of your favourite flavour too!