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My Xmas Ice Cream Odyssey

Stuff the Christmas pud, Cornwall's artisan ice cream makers have some decadent festive flavours you must try

A few weeks ago I had this awesome idea. I was flicking through one of the broad sheets’ annual mince pie and Christmas pudding round ups and suddenly thought – where’s the Christmas ice cream?

Is this just a Cornish phenomenon? Whatever the answer, in the name of good journalism, I decided I would sample them all and fill this gaping void in Xmas food coverage! Like the Vicar of Dibley going from one Christmas dinner to another, I set off gamely and my investigations took me on a trail from St Ives to Bodmin and back again. Read on to get the scoop (boom boom).


Treleavens Cornish ice cream Christmas flavours

The brand

More about grown-up indulgence than kid-friendly cones, Treleavens supply some of Cornwall’s finest kitchens with their luxurious, artisan ice creams and sorbets. You may have seen them at Rick Stein’s restaurants, Hall for Cornwall (don’t miss the special Raspberry Pavlova flavour, if you’re going to the panto) or popping up at some of Cornwall’s classiest events, like Aspall Polo on the Beach. If you are a restaurant customer, their flavour range is extensive, creative and customisable and there are lots of sophisticated boozy options.

The festive flavours

The special Christmas flavours I tried included a decadent Whiskey & Butterscotch, a rich and chewy Praline, festive Apple & Cinnamon, Brandy Clotted Cream (so much better as ice cream) and Irish Coffee – my personal favourite. Some were perfect to pair with classic Christmas desserts, some needed no accompaniment. There were also lots of party-ready alcoholic sorbets , such as Gin & Tonic, Cider, Mulled Wine and Pink Prosecco. Needless to say, I left Bodmin that morning feeling a teeny bit sozzled.


Callestick Farm

Callestick Farm Cornish ice cream Christmas flavours

The brand

Nestled in a beautiful Cornish valley not far from Truro, Callestick Farm is a Muddy family favourite. Their ice cream is made with free range milk from their own grass-fed herd and in the summer months a visit to the farm and tea room is a brilliant way to pass an hour or so with the kids. Callestick Farm also supplies many local restaurants, hotels and Cornish attractions, including The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Healeys Cider Farm and Penventon Hotel.

The festive flavours

Another tantalising collection of Christmassy flavours, including Orange & Cointreau, Chocolate & Ginger, Christmas Pudding, Sea Salted Caramel & Whiskey (my highlight) as well as the more refreshing Pink Champagne and Blackcurrant & Port sorbets. Callestick Farm also makes a very popular Christmas Bombe – a 1 litre basin of brandy soaked fruit and nuts in a brandy flavoured ice cream, available from the Callestick Farm Offices until Dec 22.


Moomaid of Zennor

Moomaid of Zennor Cornish ice cream Christmas flavours

The brand

Whenever we’re in St Ives or Porthtowan, no matter the time of year, we literally cannot walk past Moomaid of Zennor. Based on Cornwall’s remote and rugged west coast, Moomaid is a family business that makes luxury farmhouse ice cream in a range of creative, often Cornish-themed, flavours. The branding is irresistible too – so cute they have a created a line of hoodies, t-shirts and bags, so you can pick up a few pressies while you’re in for your Xmas ice cream.

The festive flavours

Keeping it simple, Moomaid has gone for some purist Christmas classics this year, including a softly spicy Cinnamon, Christmas Pudding (I could eat this all day) and a decadently creamy yet uncomplicated Brandy & Clotted Cream.



Roskillys Cornish ice cream Christmas flavours

The brand

Roskilly’s is an organic farm on the beautiful Lizard Peninsula that makes gorgeous Cornish ice cream, using rich creamy milk from their Jersey herd. You can visit the farm to meet the animals, walk the farm trails and indulge at the ice cream parlour or Croust House Restaurant. You will also see their popular flavours stocked in shops and eateries across the duchy and beyond.

The festive flavours

Roskilly’s have made two really rather special Christmas flavours this year. The first is a cool twist on a Brit classic, Winter Berry and Marsala Wine ice cream, with a vanilla base, blackberries, blackcurrants and cranberries with a marsala sherry compote and sponge finger pieces. The second is the result of a genius team up with  Tarquin’s – Gin & Blackberry sorbet. A good taste of gin without being to heavy or overpowering, this is a delicious festive refresher. Roskilly’s also makes a Hiccup range of alcoholic ices (Mojito, Summer Punch and G&T) which will go down a treat during party season.

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