And what a beautiful time it is to be an ice cream lover. For, dare I say it, artisan producers today are making the stuff better than lollies of my toddler dreams. Gone are the fluorescent orange popsicles of yore! Today we welcome in a wild variety of flavours that, by some miracle, adults have found a way to not only make it taste better, but to make far better for you, too.
Two champions of the endeavour to make ice cream tastier and healthier are the ladies behind London’s newest and most wonderful ice cream tricycle, Somer & Searle. Emma and Xanthe, both Zimbabwean born ice cream lovers living in London, are creating wholesome ice cream in surprising flavours, and cycling it in their blue tricycle (sweetly dubbed, “Fred”) to parks and events around the city. Rather cleverly, they tailor the flavour selection to the event or space they are popping up at. I encountered them at the London Brunch Festival, and am delighted to find breakfast-y flavours such as strawberry jam on rye toast, Rooibos tea and honey comb, banana bread and, my favourite, a perfectly balanced lemon curd. “No shitty sugar,” they promise me, and I can hardly believe this to be true, but it certainly is. Their ice cream is made with only the best natural, locally sourced ingredients. No need to add refined sugar to something with this much goodness and care.