Haslemere ice cream wins coveted award
Lip-smacking ice cream from a Haslemere maker has been awarded a double accolade in a national tasting competition.
Sumptuous blackcurrant ice cream as well as raspberry sorbet handcrafted by Dylan’s Ice Cream each won two coveted stars in the Great Taste Awards, run by the Guild of Fine Food.
Judges for the blind tasting included TV chefs, a Great British Bake Off winner and buyers from Harrods.
Dylan’s owner Ben Govier said: “Both our blackcurrant ice cream and raspberry sorbet are fruit flavours which we make using whole real fruit that is freshly picked, crushed, blended and frozen ready to eat. Most ice cream makers use bought-in pastes or flavourings so I am delighted the judges recognised our commitment to freshness and quality.”
Both award-winning creations are on sale when in season at Dylan’s parlour in Junction Place or the company’s two roving ice cream vans.
Mr Govier has been making ice cream since he was a boy. His confections are created from the freshest ingredients and crafted at Manor Farm in Langrish, near Petersfield. In 2014 he opened the ice-cream parlour and the vans are found at events across Surrey, Hampshire and West Sussex.
The company uses as many local ingredients as possible. Strawberries are from a grower in Bishops Waltham, blackberries from a smallholding in Guildford, rhubarb from Mr Govier’s mother’s allotment
The business is so popular it is outgrowing its current production premises and is currently seeking a new 3,000 sq. ft. site near a main road.
Great Taste is billed as the world’s most sought-after blind-tasted food awards, celebrating the very best in food and drink. It is widely acknowledged as the most respected food accreditation scheme for artisan and speciality food producers.
As well as a badge of honour, the unmistakeable black and gold Great Taste label is a signpost to a wonderful tasting product, which has been discovered through many hours of tasting.
Some 10,000 products were judged by more than 500 experts.
The panel of judges included TV chef and author Valentine Warner, MasterChef judge and restaurant critic Charles Campion, Great British Bake Off winner Frances Quinn and food buyers from upmarket stores Harrods, Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason and Harvey Nichols.
No week at Dylan’s is the same as the flavours change to suit the seasons, offering customers summer treats and winter delights.