Christmas flavoured ice cream is proving a hit for Huddersfield ice cream maker Yummy Yorkshire, which has already sold double the amount it did this time last year.
The award-winning artisan ice cream producer has to date churned out nearly 500 litres of its limited edition Christmas ices - twice as much as during the same period last December.
The Christmas flavours include Christmas Cake, Chocolate Orange, Irish Cream and White Chocolate & Cranberries.
The Christmas Cake flavour is loaded with fruit and is made using a special blend of spices. According to Yummy Yorkshire the ice cream is rich in taste and popular with traditionalists who are looking for an alternative to brandy butter on Christmas Day. The flavour first launched in 2007, the year that Yummy Yorkshire started trading, and has gained a loyal fan base since then. It also scooped an award with the Ice Cream Alliance in 2008.
The White Chocolate with Cranberries is a smoother, more indulgent flavour as is the Chocolate Orange, which has a malty taste with a hint of orange. Customers say it reminds them of hot chocolate and chocolate oranges. The Irish Cream flavour is made with a generous helping of everyone's favourite Irish whiskey and cream liqueur.
Louise Holmes co-founder of Yummy Yorkshire says: ""You wouldn't expect ice cream to be popular at this time of year but rich ice cream is a wonderful thing to have as a dessert even in the coldest weather."
"Many of our customers say that they are not keen on traditional Christmas Pudding so see our ice cream as a delicious alternative to indulge in over the festive period. We always have a big queue of customers out of the ice cream parlour on Christmas Eve making some last minute purchases.
"In 2010 the most popular was Christmas cake at 120 litres. So far there is a neck and neck situation between Christmas cake (132 litres) and Chocolate orange (144 litres). It will be interesting to see which flavour will win!"
The festive ices are available to buy from Yummy Yorkshire's Denby Dale ice cream parlour in 500ml and 2 litre tubs and on the cone. They are also available from selected shops across Yorkshire.
The Yummy Yorkshire ice cream parlour is located on the A629 between High Flatts and Ingbirchworth. For further information and directions visit www.yummyyorkshire.co.uk