Friday, 4 November 2011

Taste of nostalgia in a lick - Dandelion & Burdock Ice Cream launches

A Dandelion & Burdock flavoured ice cream has been launched by artisan ice cream producer Yummy Yorkshire, and what's more, it is available in time for Christmas!

Yummy Yorkshire, which is based near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, developed the flavour in homage to one its hometown’s best known companies; Ben Shaws, who brought the unique taste of Dandelion & Burdock to the people of the UK.

The retro ice cream flavour is made using a traditional style Dandelion & Burdock drink and has the same distinctive aniseed taste that the soft drink is famous for. It was first launched in August this year by Yummy Yorkshire as a limited edition flavour at the Huddersfield Food & Drink Festival but has now been rolled out due to popular demand.

Yummy Yorkshire’s Louise Holmes who is responsible for the development of new ice cream flavours says: “When I asked the team for ideas for a real Huddersfield themed flavour we knew Dandelion & Burdock was a winner as soon as it was mentioned. It was only intended as a limited edition flavour for the festival but it proved so popular that we took the decision to make it a permanent fixture in our flavour list.

“I think its popularity lies in the fact that it’s one of those flavours that has stood the test of time. It’s as popular now as it was when it first launched over 100 years ago.

“Our ice cream version has the same sweet, characteristic taste of the drink but with an added creaminess. People have said it reminds them of their childhood and that tasting it is a real trip down memory lane. It’s gained a bit of a cult following already.”

Yummy Yorkshire’s Dandelion & Burdock ice cream is available to buy from its ice cream parlour on the cone and in 500ml tubs priced at £3.50 each. It will also soon be available to buy in the 500ml tubs from selected outlets in Yorkshire including Hinchliffe’s Farm Shop and Brosters Farm Shop.

Further new flavours recently launched by Yummy Yorkshire include a range of Bonfire Night inspired ice creams including Toffee Apple, Yorkshire Parkin and Pumpkin.

Yummy Yorkshire is committed to using fresh, locally sourced ingredients wherever possible in its recipes and the Parkin flavour is produced using Elland-based Lottie Shaw’s Seriously Good Yorkshire Parkin, while the Pumpkin flavour is made using fresh, pumpkin roasted with nutmeg and cinnamon for a little kick. The Toffee Apple ice cream consists of crisp apple ice cream with swirls of dulce de leche toffee.

Yummy Yorkshire Ice Cream Company was established in April 2007 as a new addition to the family run PJ Holmes & Son dairy business at Delph House Farm in West Yorkshire.

Using fresh milk and cream from the farm’s 150 Friesian Holstein herd, Yummy Yorkshire produces luxurious, creamy and smooth ice cream that combines modern and contemporary flavours with traditional values and fresh local ingredients such as strawberries and liquorice.

Yummy Yorkshire ice cream is available at the farm’s on site ice cream parlour and coffee shop as well as at ASDA, Cedar Court Hotel Group, Huddersfield University, Gastro Pubs including the award-winning Butcher Arms at Hepworth, local farm shops, delis, garage forecourts, coffee shops & tea rooms

Ice cream flavours include: Caramel Fudge made with clotted cream fudge pieces, Caribbean Chocolate, Midnight Mint, Marmalade Cheesecake, Lou’s Liquorice, Real Lemon Curd, Banoffee Pie made with butterscotch and shortcake pieces and Honey & Ginger.

Yummy Yorkshire Ice Cream has won numerous awards since launching, most recently receiving two Gold Stars for its Salted Caramel flavour and one Gold Star for Beetroot, at the 2011 Great Taste Awards. This was followed by 3rd place for its Lou’s Liquorice flavour at the 2011 Great Yorkshire Show. The same flavour was voted best Dairy Product, and Supreme Product of the Year at the 2009 annual deliciouslyorkshire Awards and picked up three gold stars (the highest level of award) at the 2009 Great Taste Awards. In 2010 Yummy Yorkshire received one Gold Star for its Blueberry ice cream.

In March 2010, Yummy Yorkshire was named Local Food Producer (Prepared Produce) of the year at The Mayor of Kirklees’ 2009/2010 Local Food Awards. Yummy Yorkshire also scooped the accolade of Food & Drink Producer of the Year in the 2010 Yorkshire Rural Awards.
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