I had the opportunity to meet with Jude’s ice cream dream team at their press opening in the Sipsmith Sipping Garden at Le Meridien Piccadilly to celebrate their latest collaboration. With the team’s infectious enthusiasm for their wonderful products, and a taste of their latest concoction, soon I was hooked. Below are my top three favourites (although it was a very tough decision: other flavours include Salted Caramel, Very Vanilla, and Honeycomb Crunch).
The history of Jude’s ice cream starts with the heart-warming journey of a disillusioned banker moving to Hampshire to embark on a dream. In an empty barn with the help of some cows, he set out to churn the world’s tastiest ice cream and named the result after his wife, Jude. Fourteen years later, with the whole family now behind this product, exciting flavours are being churned out and are available at Selfridges and Ocado in perfect portion-sized pots. With several ‘Great Taste’ awards, you will not be disappointed with Jude’s ice cream.
I was a little disappointed that this chocolate ice cream didn’t come with chunks of chocolate in – I mean, how can something be truly chocolate if there’s only one aspect of chocolate in it?
How wrong I was. The Jude’s truly chocolate ice cream is like a pot of melted down chocolate of the finest quality. There’s nothing else to it – it’s just the most beautiful spoonful of chocolatey chocolate I’ve ever had, whilst not being too rich or sweet. It is velvety, melt in the mouth, and each spoonful transports you to the cocoa trees of Columbia. Chocolate chunks would have just ruined this creamy pot of delight. I cannot express how utterly heavenly this pot of chocolate is – and without doubt, it’s a must try. Do not judge until you try!
Gin & Tonic
This is possibly the best collaboration between artisans I have ever witnessed: Sipsmith Gin, and Jude’s ice cream. Two independent, indulgent, and quintessentially British brands coming together to create such an incredible product, and let’s face it, I don’t think ice cream flavoured gin would have done as well (although I did try a Gin & Jude’s ice cream float).
Boozy ice cream can be tricky to make thanks to alcohol's resistance to freezing, but the new creation circumvents that problem by combining the flavourful botanicals (and closely guarded Sipsmith recipe) with tonic and lemon. I am not a huge lover of the traditional G&T, but this botanical blend of London’s finest coupled with Jude’s award winning crème anglais is the perfect way to start your summer and will tickle the taste buds of those not necessarily gin enthusiasts. I even allowed my father a scoop and he couldn’t stop raving about how ingenious the recipe was and how important it is to stand out from the market with unusual and exciting flavours that you can’t get anywhere else. To paraphrase: buy this.
I absolutely LOVE ginger. It’s so refreshing and you feel it immediately doing your body good – boosting the immune system, improving circulation - and what better way to get your daily dose than in the form of some top-notch ice cream.
With medium-sized chunks of crystallised and stem ginger throughout the ice cream this is a delicate, revitalising and thirst quenching pot of glory whilst not being fiery or over-powering. It’s creamy and not harsh on the tongue (like Jamaican ginger cake or a ginger biscuit) with sweet-but-tangy bursts of flavour from the chunks. If you’re not a ginger nut, this may pleasantly surprise you; and if you’re an addict like me, stack ‘em up!