When I was at art college, I was friends with a fellow inmate (yes it was a mad house) whose father owned The Little Red Schoolhouse ice cream factory. This may have been insignificant, except that the factory was a few blocks away from our campus. A few times a year, we would take a trip to see Daddy and come away with a 2 litre tub of ice cream that we would share with a friends, usually using teaspoons, we had carefully peeled the acrylic paint residue from before digging in. In those days, Little Red Schoolhouse had come up with a brand new flavour we were very excited about: English Toffee! How boring that seems now.
Now, I wish that one could pay for stuff online and have it teleported immediately to my location. Chiefly because the ice cream place I most want to support is a small operation in Cape Town.
The Creamery is a small hand-made ice cream business. They source fresh, organic/ethical and seasonal produce from small suppliers and create flavours that are unusual and delicious. The “regular” flavours are listed on their facebook page:
- malted milk
- sweetcream cookie dough
- perfect chocolate
- toasted almond
- spiced pecan
- butter pecan
- peanut butter
- mulberry goats cheese
- yoghurt and apricot
- jasmine blossom
- plum blossom
- honey and rosemary
- orange choc chip
- lemon caramel
- honey and apple
- fig leaf
- chocolate peppermint leaf
- peppermint patty
- rooibos chai
- goats cheese & mulberry
- double blueberry
These are not available all the time. Each week they have a small selection of fresh flavours available by the pint.
But it doesn’t stop there… they have an ice cream club you can sign up for. Members get 3 limited edition pints of ice-cream a month. This is how they describe limited edition:
Limited edition flavours are either: very labour intensive to make, special ingredients we only have in small amounts, or sneak previews of soon-to-launch flavours. Bottom line: they’re not available yet to the general public…Some flavours we’ve offered so far: jasmine blossom, vanilla apple crumble, honey rosemary, coconut rice pudding, hot cross bun, Bon Rouge pear.
Christmas ideas – Cape Town area only (unfortunately)
- Buy a gift membership to the ice cream club for the ice cream lover in your life
- Go to one of their outlets and buy a pint or two as a hostess gift or for Christmas day dessert
- Take a break from the silly season and go to their cafe or one of their scooping stations
Find a local ethical supplier of good seasonal home-made treats and let us know where it is and what they are about.
The painting: Sold through www.runningwithbrushes.co.uk and currently residing in Cape Town.