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Dessert innovations 2019 – Flavourful and boozy alcohol infused ice cream.

Thursday June 6, 2019

The ice cream category is currently worth £342m in the UK alone, with significant and steady growth of 5 per cent year on year, and with summer only around the corner, its time to start preparing for the likely upsurge in orders. One of the best ways to ensure that you are prepared for the increased demand is by making sure you are aware of the latest ice cream trends.

The latest ice cream trends that are becoming popular in 2019 are savoury ice cream flavours, ice cream with high amounts of protein and healthier lower calorie ice cream. Expected to be the most popular in 2019 is alcohol infused ice cream. Market research firm Technavio have said that they expect the global alcohol infused ice cream market to grow 6 per cent by 2022.

One of the reasons alcohol infused ice cream is growing in popularity is because there are so many varieties to choose from. Two of the most popular flavours include lime tequila and salted caramel vodka. As well as the more obvious flavour combinations, producers are also blending different fruits and vegetables with alcohol to create a more unique offering. For example ice cream brand, The Tipsy Scoop have created a strawberry, rhubarb and bourbon flavoured ice cream, a unique combination that is said to be delicious.

One sector where alcohol infused ice cream has become extremely popular, alongside the traditional ice cream parlours, is restaurants and bars, as it’s being used to create creamy alcoholic milkshakes and cocktails.

Alcohol infused ice cream is also expected to hit the supermarket shelves this summer, with ice cream brands Ben & Jerrys and Haagen Dazs creating a selection of flavours to meet the demand. The different flavours include Irish cream brownie, bourbon vanilla truffle, stout and chocolate pretzel, whiskey praline pecan, and vegan amaretto and black cherry.

If you are looking to try alcohol infused ice cream, then we recommend visiting the following places: Gelupo (Archer Street, London), The Waiter (Jermyn Street, London),  Ruby Violet (Fortess Road, London) and Nonna’s Gelato (KERB, London).

If following a no churn recipe, alcohol infused ice cream can be extremely quick and simple to make. What no churn means is that instead of having to create a custard base, then churning the ice cream, you simply need to mix together double cream and condensed milk, then just add your favourite spirits, flavourings and any extras.

To make no churn alcohol infused ice cream, blog website ‘Show Me the Yummy’ recommend the following recipe:

  • Whip 600ml of double cream, until it forms stiff peaks.
  • Add 200g of condensed milk and fold together.
  • Mix in a flavouring of your choice (cocoa powder, vanilla or strawberry essence).
  • Add a shot of spirit of your choice.
  • Mix in any extra ingredients, such as chocolate chips, fruit or raisins.

If you are interested in serving alcohol infused ice cream for your customers to enjoy on the go, then it’s extremely important that you have the right disposables for the job. Ice cream of any kind requires sturdy packaging that can hold liquid. At Bunzl Catering Supplies, we deliver many disposable rPET (clear plastic with some recycled content) and paperboard containers suitable for serving alcohol infused ice cream, along with disposable ice cream scoops, spoons and napkins that are essential add-ons for ice cream eating on the go.

For an rPET option we recommend the Diamond pots from supplier Faerch, which are made from 90 per cent recycled PET. Available in sizes 4 ounce and 6 ounce with a single lid that fits both sizes, the new Diamond pots are fully recyclable where facilities exist. Because of their high recycled content, Diamond pots are also likely to be exempt from the proposed HMRC Plastic Packaging Tax.

For a paperboard option, the Eatwell paper food containers, from our supplier Huhtamaki, is a great choice. The Eatwell range is available in plain white, the popular and colourful ‘Enjoy’ range or bespoke printed with your own branding.  Eatwell containers come as combi-packs (containers and lids in one case) in 7 sizes – from 7oz to 24oz.

For more information on our range of disposables that are suitable for serving ice cream, please contact Bunzl Catering Supplies today.