Cirencester ice cream factory Dolcetti offers cool prize
DESPITE summer coming to a close, one ice cream company is still up and running with the focus now on creating festive flavours in time for Christmas.
Dolcetti Ice Cream, on Love Lane, currently boasts over 60 ice cream flavours all handmade using local produce varying from popular favourite Mint Choc Chip to a more unique creation Cotswold Crunch, containing pieces of honeycomb and popping candy. Now, the Dolcetti team has revealed 12 new Christmas ice cream flavours, six of which will be released in the factory in November.
Owner with his wife Janice, Rob Gibson said he has had years of experience in the industry and wants to give people an idea of what real ice cream tastes like.
"I think the best ice cream we have here at the moment is actually a sorbet, the elderflower sorbet," he said. "We picked the elderflower in Ampney St Mary, infused it and made it into a sorbet all within a couple of days. It tastes like champagne."
"We're constantly looking at developing new flavours," he continued. "Right now we're working on Belgian white chocolate infused with dark chocolate."
Until recently, Rob has been hard at work creating a shortlist of 12 potential Christmas flavours. But each one will be kept top secret until he is able to whittle the flavours down to the final six which will be produced.
To do this, Rob is compiling a tasting panel of food-lovers who will help him with the decision.
"I can't say what the flavours are yet because if the tasting panel decide it shouldn't make the final six, it might disappoint a few people who were interested in trying that particular flavour," he explained.
What Rob did divulge, however, was that some of the seasonal flavours will contain chocolate, spices, alcohol and nuts.
Dolcetti Ice Cream is described by its owners as a factory but members of the public are still able to come in and buy an ice cream cone, a sundae or a banana split and sit down in the parlour to enjoy it. A huge glass window also allows visitors to watch the ice cream being made. The factory holds children's birthday parties which have proved immensely popular as the birthday boy or girl gets to make their own unique flavour ice cream for their friends.
"We put the birthday boy or girl in chef whites and take them behind the scenes to make their ice cream," said Rob. "We start off with a Cotswold Cream base but then they can add any extras they like; marshmallows, honeycomb, molten chocolate. Then they can serve it to their friends.
"Some of the flavours they create are so good, we sometimes choose to sell them in the shop!"
Rob, Janice and the Dolcetti team also create ice cream cakes and recently made to order a huge cake purely out of ice cream shaped like the number 50 for a fiftieth birthday party.
To find out more about Dolcetti Ice Cream or the Christmas tasting panel visit dolcetti.net or search on Facebook with the name DolcettiIceCreamCompany.
COMPETITION Rob Gibson at Dolcetti Ice Cream is offering one lucky Standard reader the opportunity to be part of the Christmas tasting panel. The winner must be available on Wednesday, September 25 from 7-9pm and also aged 18 or above, have extensive knowledge of food and must be able to consume ice cream containing alcohol and nuts. To enter pick up a copy of this week's Standard.
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