Buckets of Support for Oakhaven Hospice

  • By Louise Roberts
  • 28 Jul, 2016

We're delighted with the results

Cheque for £957 being presented to Oakhaven Hospice

Producing over 50 different flavours of ice cream and sorbets at our base in Lymington we go through a great deal of ripples and inclusions each month. Many of these ingredients are delivered in large containers, which once empty, make for excellent, sturdy buckets for use around the house and garden or by tradespeople going about the daily tasks.


Rather than simply recycling the containers, New Forest Ice Cream has spent the past year offering the buckets and lids for a £1 charity donation. The money raised goes to support the outstanding work in providing specialist palliative care and hospice services for those across the New Forest National Park. Based just down the road from us, we’re keen to support Oakhaven Hospice, helping them to deliver the continued exceptional, professional care to patients, carers and their families.

 

We are absolutely delighted to say that this month, we were able to donate a total of £957.00 to Oakhaven Hospice from the donations for buckets alone.

 

We have plenty more of the buckets and containers for sale, so if you’re interested, why not pop down to our factory in Lymington to find out more and see what we have available.

By Christina Veal 19 May, 2017

The New Forest Ice Cream parlour is located at the bottom of the main high street in Lymington and the perfect place for all the family to enjoy this summer. You’ll easily spot our lovely blue parlour with the iconic New Forest Ice Cream sign hanging outside, right beside the pedestrian route down to the Quay.

The combination of rich double cream & the finest fresh ingredients is the secret to our mouth-watering ice cream. And, we are delighted to offer over 20 flavours of ice cream and sorbet from our range at the New Forest Ice Cream parlour. We rotate our flavours regularly, giving customers the opportunity to try something new each time! The parlour is open Tuesday – Sunday during the summer & every day during the holidays, allowing visitors to the New Forest and residents to enjoy a creamy scoop of their favourite ice cream on-the-go, at any time. Will it be our refreshingly fruity Berry & Apple Crumble, or our on-trend Salted Caramel? Or perhaps you prefer something a little bit more traditional, like our legendary Chocolate Chip Ripple? With such a huge selection of old favourites and unique creations to choose from, there is sure to be something for all ages and everyone’s tastes.

In fact we have so much more than just ice cream , along with our extensive range of flavours that are ready to scoop and serve in any cone or tub of your choice, complete with tempting toppings. We also have a variety of indulgent sundaes, waffles, milkshakes & floats (which are definitely the best in town!), ideal for those that want to enjoy ice cream incorporated into something extra special. Alternatively, we do have cakes available which are the perfect accompaniment for your freshly brewed cup of tea or coffee.

We currently have a cake and coffee offer for £3.00. Customers popping in for a sit down coffee will receive a complimentary mini-cone of their favourite ice cream too, of course!  

The New Forest Ice Cream parlour is the perfect location to sit, relax and enjoy something sweet!

By Christina Veal 13 Apr, 2017


Particularly when the warmer weather draws in around this time of year, we have many visitors to the New Forest who simply enjoy nothing more than going on long walks and mooching around the idyllic countryside that we’re lucky enough to have on our doorstep. Even the more reluctant of walkers have been known to love a good stroll in the New Forest because of the beautiful nature and picturesque surroundings. Walking is a great activity and a good form of exercise yet equally, enjoyable if you’re fond of the outdoors. Full of ancient woodland, heaths, pretty villages and a 40 mile secret coast, it’s really worth dedicating a few days to explore and take in the scenery. This is the perfect opportunity to bring out the picnic blankets and hampers; then finding the best spot for a tasty lunch in the forest!

With more than 140 miles of tracks and 193,000 acres, you can enjoy plenty of easy walking with lots of free-roaming animals to keep you company. The forest has too many walks to even list, so plan your route or go wherever the wind takes you. You will find plenty of information and guides to help you find your way which will definitely come in handy. Likewise, if you’re an avid cyclist; there is no better place to go on a long bike ride than the New Forest. With plenty of tracks and roads with cautious speed limits, bike rides can be safe and enjoyable. Of course, a bike ride or walk on a summer’s day is never complete without a pit stop for a refreshing ice cream but this just goes without saying. The New Forest Ice Cream Parlour is in Lymington and we have an unbelievable range of flavours to choose from!

One of the main attractions of the New Forest is all the amazing wildlife that you’re bound to come across during your trip. There are ponies, donkeys, cattle and deeper in the forest, wild deer are likely to be found lurking amongst the woodland. If you like to feel at one with nature and at peace away from modern life, the New Forest can be a therapeutic and tranquil place to visit.  You may even come across some more interesting wildlife because the open heaths are very homey for adders and grass snakes. While the many pools of water are an ideal environment for frogs, toads and lizards if you’re lucky enough to see any.

The New Forest has plenty to offer for family fun days out of every kind, whatever the weather and whatever your mood, there is sure to be something that takes your fancy. With beautiful gardens and markets to take a leisurely stroll around, wildlife parks to visit on a sunny day or perhaps an interesting museum and spa visit, if you’re in need of some well-deserved relaxation. For something more adventurous that requires a little bit more energy, the New Forest has lots of extreme sports and activities to keep you busy, families can choose from horse riding to water sports and paddling down the beautiful Beaulieu River. The New Forest is also home to Go Ape, the UK’s best forest adventure! If you’re looking for a day out like no other, it is definitely worth a visit for a fun-filled experience at Moors Valley Country Park. The only time you’ll ever be able to soar down zip wires and jump off Tarzan swings with plenty of obstacles to tackle, all while taking in some breath-taking forest views.

 

OUR TOP TEN PICKS:

1)   The beaches – The New Forest has many beaches nearby including Lepe Beach, Bournemouth, Southsea and Barton on Sea. Visitors have plenty to choose from if it is sand and sea they are looking for.

2)   The parks - Moors Valley Country Park is a particular favourite!

3)   The New Forest Ice Cream Parlour – There is no better place to go for a refreshing and creamy treat, there really is an unbelievable range to choose from!

4)   Lepe Beach Country Park – The perfect location for picnics and ball games. A mile of beach, pine fringed cliffs and historic D-Day remains, with stunning views across the Solent from Hurst Castle to Portsmouth's Spinnaker Tower.

5)     Paultons Park, Romsey – The home of Peppa Pig world and great fun for kids.

6)   New Forest Activity Centre - Offering a wide range of outdoor activities for all age groups including: Kayaking, canoeing and archery.

7)     Longdown Dairy Farm , Ashurst - Family attraction with farm animals, a trampoline barn, soft play area, produce shop and tearoom.

8)     Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway - The perfect place for the whole family to spend the day with its impressive Rothschild flower collection, steam railway and more.

9)     New Forest Wildlife Park – A collection of indigenous species in their natural surroundings.

10)  Whitefield Moor – The heart of the ‘Old Forest’, tire the children out running around Whitefield Moor , enjoy a shady picnic by the tranquil Ober Water stream and see if you can spot any wild deer.


https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attractions-g186297-Activities-New_Forest_National_Park_Hampshire_Hampshire_England.html

 

By Christina Veal 24 Mar, 2017


With spring creeping up on us once again, it’s about time we introduce the newest addition to the New Forest Ice Cream range. Our Berry & Apple Crumble ice cream provides a refreshing twist on the traditional dessert, ensuring it can be enjoyed all year round, whatever the weather! Featuring a delicious apple dairy base combined with real blackberry, apple and strawberry fruity inclusions and irresistible cookie dough crumble; the ice cream captures the iconic flavour perfectly. As we all know, crumble and ice cream is the best combination, which is why our Berry & Apple Crumble ice cream really offers the best of both worlds.

Made from our own traditional family recipe and developed from only the finest ingredients, the ice cream contains no artificial colours or preservatives. We have perfected the flavour and texture, ensuring the juicy fruit pieces and lovely crunch from the crumble really stands out. And, with a velvety cream base and a lovely pop of colour; it’s an ice cream that ticks all the boxes and is sure to be a hit with all ages.

Perfect for a generous scoop in a cone or tub, pop down to your local New Forest Ice Cream stockist to try our latest flavour for yourself and satisfy a craving for something fresh, sweet and indulgent.

By Christina Veal 03 Mar, 2017

HOW TO: DIY ICE CREAM BUNTING

We have been feeling quite creative in the New Forest Ice Cream office the past couple of weeks and decided it was time to create some fun ice cream inspired décor to add a splash of colour and brighten up our office while we patiently wait for summer! Helen, who works in our accounts team, has made a beautiful bunting that represents ice cream perfectly and looks lovely on our walls. Bunting is the perfect decorative piece for parties, homeware, offices or even a café, adding a cute shabby chic vibe!

If you fancy a little DIY project then continue reading this post to find out how to make Helen’s ice cream themed bunting. Once you’ve grasped the technique and made a template, you can make lots of different bunting of all colours and styles. Here is the step by step guide to make your perfect summer bunting.

1)   Firstly, you need choose your materials – Helen chose pastel colours to reflect the look of ice cream and she also managed to find a material with an ice cream print on it which worked perfectly for this design.  

2)   You need to then make a template out of cardboard to ensure each flag is the same size. You also need to calculate how many flags you will need to reach the length of the space where you want your bunting to hang. Helen worked out that we would need 75 flags for the 50ft of our office walls.

3)   Then you need to use a firm material to use as the backing of the flags to make sure they are supported and sturdy. Helen cut out 75 in total but you may need less or more depending on your calculations.

4)   To construct the flags you need one backing piece and your chosen material you want on display, using a machine is the most efficient and securest way to sew the sides together. Ensure you sew them together with the patterned sides facing each other.

5)   Once sewn together, turn the flags inside out to hide the sewed edges and use a knitting needle or another pointed object to ensure the point is pushed through properly.

6)   Press all of your finished flags so they are nice and flat. Either use one long strip of material to attach the flags to or use leftover strips and sew them together to make one long one. This is what Helen did and it created a nice colourful effect of mismatched material which fitted the style of the bunting well.

7)   Place each flag next to one another along the fabric strip and pin in place. Ensure that you have the flags facing the correct way once again and use the sewing machine to sew in place.

8)   Turn the strip to make a hem on the side of the flags without the pattern; simply pin and machine sew again.

9)   Lastly, make loops at each end of the bunting to make it easy to hang up.

 

By Christina Veal 27 Feb, 2017


Pancake Day is fast approaching and we’re all looking forward to demolishing some tasty pancakes here at New Forest Ice Cream and we thought we would share some of our favourite toppings. And, of course, many of them include ice cream, which just goes without saying! Whether you prefer a traditional crepe style pancake or something a little fluffier, a traditional lemon and sugar variety or lots of indulgent toppings; there is sure to be a pancake to suit all. Pancake Day only comes round once a year and that is the perfect excuse to go all out with the tempting toppings.

METHOD ONE:

For a super simple pancake batter simply, put plain flour, eggs, milk and a pinch of salt into a bowl or large jug, then whisk to a smooth batter. Set a medium frying pan over a medium heat and carefully wipe it with some oiled kitchen paper and get ready to top your pancakes with tasty fillings.

INGREDIENTS

3 large free-range eggs

115 g plain flour

1 heaped teaspoon baking powder

140 ml milk

 

METHOD TWO:

http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/eggs-recipes/pancakes-usa-stylie/

 

Alternatively, Jamie Oliver has a fantastic recipe for American pancakes which is easy enough once you get the hang of it. The great thing about this recipe is you can actually incorporate different things into the batter such as blueberries or chocolate chips, which make the pancakes even better and full of extra flavour! For this recipe you need to firstly, separate the eggs, putting the whites into one bowl and the yolks into another. Add the flour, baking powder and milk to the yolks and mix to a smooth thick batter. Whisk the whites with 1 pinch of sea salt until they form stiff peaks and then fold into the batter; then it is ready to use! Pour some of the batter into a medium heat non-stick pan and cook for a couple of minutes, until it starts to look golden and firm. At this point you can sprinkle your chosen flavourings onto the uncooked side before loosening with a spatula and flipping the pancake over. Continue frying until both sides are golden and begin to pile them up high on a plate, ready to go!

You can make these pancakes large or small, depending on what you prefer. Choosing your toppings is the fun bit so let your imagination run wild; the possibilities are endless! If you’re not feeling too inspired by Pancake Day this year, then just continue to read this post and we will entice you with some amazing ideas.

 

TOPPINGS:

1)   HEALTHY & FRESH - Greek Yoghurt, fresh berries or any fruit of your choice and a drizzle of golden honey. This is a simple, delicious, great if you’re having your pancakes for breakfast and do not want to over indulge.  

2)   FRO-YO WITH A CRUNCH - Frozen yoghurt, maple syrup & pecans ; once again, a slightly healthier alternative becau se of the frozen yoghurt which is beautifully refreshing and sweetened perfectly with the maple syrup, while the crumbled pecans add a lovely crunch.

3)   PEANUT BUTTER GLORY - Chocolate, peanut butter & banana is just the best combination of flavours. The amazing sweetness from the banana and chocolate contrast with the saltiness from the peanut butter. If you want to make these extra special, dollop with a scoop of our Salted Caramel ice cream too.

4)   LOTUS OVERLOAD - Lotus syrup and lotus ice cream for the ultimately indulgent pancakes. Add Biscoff Spread and milk in a bowl and heat in a microwave for short time (5 seconds). Mix well until you get a liquid mixture. Add a nice scoop of our Lotus Caramelised Biscoff ice cream onto the pancakes and pour over the syrup while still hot, you can even crumble over some traditional lotus biscuits and blueberries as the final touch - lotus heaven!


By Christina Veal 13 Feb, 2017

With lovebirds across the country celebrating Valentine’s Day tomor row, we thought we would share our own take on the day, with a delicious pink valentine’s themed milkshake recipe, perfect to share with that special someone. It’s always good fun to take the opportunity to conjure up some lovely tasty treats in aid of the special day. Milkshakes are delicious, creamy, refreshing and essentially just a drinkable version of ice cream, so what could be better? Milkshakes have actually been quite topical at the moment and you may have seen ‘unicorn’ milkshakes talked about on the internet and social media – these are very extravagant milkshakes piled high with cream and multitudes of crazy toppings. They look incredibly indulgent and are sure to go down well with anyone that has an extreme sweet tooth.

 

The recipe we are sharing is just a classic strawberry milkshake; if you fancy having some fun sprucing it up with exciting, valentine’s themed toppings or perhaps, if you are looking for activities to keep children busy, then you can feel free to adapt the recipe with whatever toppings you like. To make the simple yet delicious treat you will need 225g of hulled strawberries (just make sure the green leafy top of the strawberry and the pale flesh directly underneath has been cut out), milk, New Forest traditional vanilla ice cream - or you can mix it up with a scoop of our strawberry ice cream too if you like; both go hand in hand, it really just personal preference and depends on how much of a sweet strawberry flavour you like. Place all of the ingredients into a food processer and blend until smooth, creamy and gloriously pink. Pour into any tall glass or jar of your choice and then it’s down to you to decide what toppings you would like; whether you choose colourful sprinkles, marshmallows or simple sliced strawberries – but don’t forget the fresh whipped cream and funky straws to really give your milkshake the wow factor. It’s down to you to get creative and enjoy!


Recipe from: http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/4617/strawberry-ice-cream-shake

 

Ingredients:

225g strawberry, hulled

300ml milk

3 large scoops of vanilla ice cream

Extra strawberries to serve

Tasty toppings

 

Unicorn milkshakes:   http://elitedaily.com/envision/food/unicorn-milkshakes-dessert/1766680/


By Christina Veal 25 Jan, 2017

Completing dry January seems almost impossible when it overlaps with ‘Ginuary’. And, as avid gin fans here at New Forest Ice Cream, it seemed only right do something special with our Gin and Pink Grapefruit sorbet to celebrate. What better way to do so than with a unique and delicious cocktail? The Greyhound cocktail is primarily a mixture of grapefruit and gin which creates a lovely, botanical freshness of flavours. Grapefruit and rosemary is a match made in heaven which is why this tangy cocktail requires an obligatory sprig to garnish. 

This drink is a refreshing, fruity delight that will transport you to a heavenly beach away from the gloom and doom of January! A great choice for the gin loves that fancy sprucing up their usual G&T. It is a simple combination of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, sugar and New Forest Ice Cream Gin and Pink Grapefruit sorbet; incredibly easy to make but delicious all the same! There is no need to make a homemade sorbet which takes time and patience because our sorbet has the perfect complementary flavours that enhance this cocktail beautifully. Firstly, to make the simple syrup, bring equal parts water and sugar to boil and cook until the sugar has dissolved. Allow this to cool and store in the fridge until ready to use. To construct the cocktail begin by adding the three scoops of sorbet in a tall serving glass. 

Then add your favourite gin of choice, fresh grapefruit juice and simple syrup. Stir to combine and finally, garnish with rosemary, mint and grapefruit slices, to add a truly special finishing touch. Enjoy!

Ingredients for one cocktail:

  • 3-4 scoops of Gin and Grapefruit sorbet
  • 50 ml gin
  • 100 ml grapefruit juice
  • 100 ml simple syrup
  • rosemary sprigs, to garnish
  • fresh mint and grapefruit slices, to garnish

Reference Source -  http://www.thelittleepicurean.com/2016/06/greyhound-cocktail-floats.html  

By Christina Veal 28 Dec, 2016

As another jam-packed year of hard work at New Forest Ice Cream draws to an end, we just wanted to drop by to share some festive goodwill and say a huge thank you to all of our customers that continue to support us. We really hope you have a truly amazing Christmas, eating lots of ice cream, getting cosy watching festive films and most importantly, having chance to relax and spend quality time with your loved ones – because let’s face it, that’s what Christmas is all about! We’re already excited about 2017, a year which promises even more exciting new flavours and plenty of opportunity to enjoy your traditional favourites, but for now, we wish you nothing but the merriest of Christmas wishes and bid you all a happy New Year!

By Christina Veal 21 Dec, 2016

It’s true, ice cream is amazing served alone in all its glory but it is also the perfect ingredient for numerous different recipes, suitable for all different seasons and occasions.  A festive sundae is the perfect way to jazz up a scoop of ice cream! You are no doubt looking for ways to make this party season extra special and most importantly, memorable. Whether it’s a Christmas party or show-stopping dessert on Christmas day, this chocolate sundae with pear & Christmas pud is the perfect way to do just that.

This delicious dessert will certainly add a touch of elegance to any Christmas occasion. And, being simple to make and requiring minimal effort will give you plenty of time to relax at such a busy time of year. A decadent, boozy sundae drizzled with a chocolate orange sauce and finished with toasted chopped hazelnuts, served beautifully in a sundae glass; it will definitely be the talking point of the table and is sure to impress your guests. It is also a great way to use up leftover Christmas pudding or cake and therefore, an excellent choice for the final days of the Christmas break.

To make this incredibly easy festive sundae, begin by making some shavings from the bar of chocolate by dragging a large knife over the surface. You only need a little to garnish the top of the sundaes at the end. Set the shavings aside and break the left over chocolate into a saucepan. Add the remaining sauce ingredients and heat gently, stirring, until the chocolate melts and you have a smooth glossy sauce. Crumble the cake or pudding into sundae glasses and drizzle over the alcohol or pear juice. Top with the pear quarters and New Forest Ice Cream Oriental Ginger flavour ice cream which complements the festive flavours in the dessert perfectly. Drizzle over the chocolate sauce, top with the hazelnuts and chocolate shavings and it’s ready to be served and enjoyed!

·      85g leftover Christmas pudding or Christmas cake, crumbled                  

·      3 tbsp brandy or orange liqueur (or juice from pears)

·      410g canned pear quarters, in juice

·      8 scoops of New Forest Ice Cream oriental ginger ice cream

·      25g toasted chopped hazelnuts

·      For chocolate orange sauce:

·      100g bar dark chocolate

·      50ml double cream

·      1tbs of brandy or orange liqueur (or use orange juice)

·      Zest 1 orangeFIC

By Christina Veal 30 Nov, 2016

We believe that ice cream is great all year round but it cannot be denied, summer is by far the best time to enjoy the refreshing treat! As the colder months rapidly approach, here at NFIC we take this opportunity to start conjuring up new and exciting ice cream flavours, to be enjoyed by our customers just in time for summer.

 It’s a very long and exciting process to get everything just perfect, from the flavour combination to the final taste and texture. We believe it is this dedicated time and planning that makes our recipes so special. We really want to listen to what our customers want to ensure we can continue to deliver the best possible ice cream year after year!

We would love to hear what unique and wonderful flavours you would like to taste. We believe that we can make almost anything into our favourite frozen snack and would love some new inspiration from you.

You never know your flavour creation could be our next new product release. Now is your chance to make your ice cream dreams a reality! Simply comment and let us know your ideas and suggestions, we can’t wait to see what you come up with.

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