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Sloe Gin Truffle ice cream

sloemotion sloe ginThree well known food and drink businesses in North Yorkshire have got together to launch an exclusive new ice cream.

SLOEmotion, Brymor Dairy and Hunters of Helmsley have joined together to create the world’s first Sloe Gin Truffle ice cream, which will be available across the summer exclusively at Hunters deli.

The indulgent ice cream is made from a vanilla base, using whole Guernsey milk from Brymor’s own herd of cows at Masham, with ripples of a sloe fruit ganache, and dotted with crunchy dark chocolate chips. The ganache is made from SLOEmotion’s SLOE Gin infused sloes, cream, butter, white chocolate and an extra dash of SLOE Gin.

Chris Garnett, who owns Hunters of Helmsley with his wife Christine, said: “We work very closely with local producers, and sourcing the best products locally is very important to us. We have worked with both Brymor and SLOEmotion, who are based in a village in between York and Malton, for many years now, and we felt there was the opportunity to create something really special. We can sell thousands of ice creams over the course of a busy summer weekend, and we like to be able to offer our customers something a little bit different. The flavour is absolutely delicious, and so indulgent – strictly one for adults only though!”

Jonathan Curtoys, managing director at SLOEmotion, said: “It’s always a pleasure to partner up with other local companies who share our love of great food and drink. As we are the only producers of sloe gin chocolate truffles on the planet, I believe that this is definitely the only flavour of its kind being produced commercially. Instead of throwing the fruit away after making sloe gin we de-stone it and then use it to make a range of chutneys and a ganache for different truffle chocolates – so the thought of using it for ice cream seemed quite natural. The ice cream has a rich, creamy, indulgent taste with the plumy, almost dry edge of SLOE gin and sloe fruit, and finished with a pleasant chocolate crunch. Delicious!”

Robert Moore, who runs the family business at Brymor, said: “We like to experiment with different flavours, and it’s been great fun working with the wonderful SLOEmotion products. When alcohol is added to ice cream it affects its freezing temperature, so we had to consider how best to introduce the SLOE gin, but as we have added it to the ganache which is then rippled through, it’s worked really well and the end result tastes really indulgent. If it proves as popular over the summer as we suspect it will, we will consider making it a permanent addition to our menu.”

The ice cream is available in single servings across the summer from the Hunters of Helmsley deli on the Market Place of Helmsley, North Yorkshire. More information about the three companies can be found at www.huntersofhelmsley.com, www.sloemotion.com and www.abmoore.co.uk


Magnum, Cornetto and Mini Milk chocolate eggs

New for Easter 2014: Magnum, Cornetto and Mini Milk chocolate eggsNew for Easter 2014: Magnum, Cornetto and Mini Milk chocolate eggs: Chocolate lovers are in for an egg-cellent treat as Magnum, Cornetto and Mini Milk launch chocolate Easter egg versions of their ice creams for the first time. These delicious chocolate Easter eggs taste and look just like the iconic ice creams something completely new this Spring!

There is no ice cream involved, so freezing isn’t required. The only thing melting will be your friends’ and loved ones’ taste buds as they enjoy the irresistibly smooth chocolate in all three gift packs.

Indulgent Magnum Easter Egg for someone special £8
A thick milk chocolate egg made from delicious Magnum chocolate, together with three indulgent Magnum chocolate bars. Each bar contains three, bite sized Magnum portions, the perfect gift for pleasure seekers.

The crack of fine chocolate, encasing the delicious, silky smooth vanilla truffle centre, creates the iconic rich Magnum taste. Made using Magnum Rainforest Alliance certified cocoa, delicately flavoured with Madagascan vanilla.
The delicious chocolate Magnum Easter Eggs, have the same great Magnum taste, without the ice cream!

Cornetto Easter Egg that the family will go nuts for £8
A delicious thick, premium milk chocolate egg, together with four delicious Cornetto vanilla chocolatey cones, a totally new and exciting gift for Easter, there is no way that you will be sharing!

Each cone is made using the famous crispy, chocolaty coated Cornetto wafer, encasing a lusciously light whipped, creamy chocolatey centre, the Cornetto chocolate, is delicious from the very first to last bite. Topped with toasted hazelnuts sprinkles and milk chocolate drops, it makes a delightfully light tasting treat with the same iconic Cornetto taste, but without the ice cream!

Mini Milk Easter Eggs a great little treat £6
A delicious Mini Milk chocolate Easter Egg and four Mini Milk chocolate lollipops all packaged up in a Mini Milk Ice cream van, something new this Easter!

The treat sized Mini Milk chocolate lollies each have 30% of the RDA of calcium, and are 94 calories. Each lolly has a whipped centre, encased in a smooth shell, which will melt the taste buds with each bite.

The Food Shop At The Shops At Dartington

the_food_shopSouth Devon is a hub of food and drink producers, enthusiasts and aficionados. It’s bursting at the seams with wonderful, local produce which offers the ultimate taste sensation. Reflecting this, the spectacular newly positioned and tripled in size The Food Shop At The Shops At Dartington will officially launch on Saturday 15th March. The launch promises to be a fun packed, gastronomic day out for all the family with lively demonstrations, entertainers, live music and an opportunity to meet some of the producers and their products!

The Food Shop At The Shops At Dartington will provide inspiration whether planning a healthy, wholesome supper or looking to impress for a special occasion. Everything required will be under one roof making the food shopping experience an entirely different, much more pleasurable, one.

Packed full of homemade cakes and puddings, artisan fresh breads, pastries and pies, premium locally sourced meats, regional ales, ciders and wines, tasty cheeses and tempting treats, this new food shop will showcase the very best of produce from both the local region as well as the wider West Country. On the official launch day, visitors will be treated to tastings from popular producers including Lyme Bay winery, Blueberry Brothers, Wonky Kitchen, South Devon Chilli Farm, Mrs G’s Ravishing Relishes, Tom’s Pies and Partridge Farm meats and many more.
Award winning local chef, Matt Buzzo from The Waterside Bistro in Totnes, says: “I live in Dartington and have always been a great fan of the shops here. As a board member of Food & Drink Devon sourcing local produce has always been of the highest importance to me. It will be fantastic to have ‘The Food Shop’ on my doorstep!”

Passionate about supporting Devon food and drink producers The Shops at Dartington holds a regular, popular food producers’ market, Love Food Dartington. Supported by Food & Drink Devon, and held on the last Sunday of every month, these bustling markets showcase a brilliant line up of local producers. There are also Dartington’s two on-site cafés, The Venus Company and Cranks, serving delicious, handmade dishes to try. So, make sure you keep the date of the next market free – Sunday 30th March.

Saturday 31st May and Sunday 1st June sees the return of the much anticipated, free The Shops at Dartington Food Fair. Now in its fourth year, with Taste of the West as one of the sponsors, it is gaining a name for itself in food lovers’ calendars far and wide. With over 50 of the region’s best food and drink producers exhibiting including Tom’s Pies and the popular Ashridge cider bar, art and crafts stalls, entertainment from local bands and children’s activities including the new ‘Bake a Pasty Competition’, clay pot making and bookable adventures like the tree walk with Dynamic Adventures, there really is something for everyone. Further information can be found at (www.dartingtonfoodfair.org).

The Shops at Dartington are owned by the Dartington Hall Trust, an independent charitable organisation, trading ethically and sustainably as a social enterprise in order to help support the Trust’s activities in Social Justice, Sustainability and the Arts.

As well as the exciting new food shop there’s a unique selection of shops to explore, making it a must visit destination for locals and tourists alike. Browse the exquisite craft and pottery collections, stylish women’s and men’s fashion, kitchen and homeware and unusual gifts and furnishings, including upcycled and UK made furniture.

For further information about The Shops at Dartington please visit www.dartington.org or take a look at Eat UP! Dartington’s very own food blog bursting with producer stories, news, delicious recipes and fabulous competitions (www.eatupdevon.com).

Fabergé inspired Easter Eggs

Fabergé inspired Easter EggsIntroducing the 2014 Chocolate Easter Collection by luxury British Chocolatier Marc Demarquette. Taking inspiration from the famous Fabergé Egg, Marc has created a contemporary Easter Egg trio in classically timeless chocolate caramel flavours of Banoffee, Key Lime and Sea Salt Caramel.

At Demarquette – Fine Chocolates Master Chocolatier Marc Demarquette has created hand-painted designer chocolate Easter eggs that are filled with deliciously creamy caramel in Banoffee, Key Lime and Sea Salted flavours. The unique colourful design on the eggs, which sets out to capture a spirit of liveliness and fun, is inspired by Fabergé’s dynamic and exuberant Spiral Egg collection.

Presented by the half dozen hen size eggs or dozen quail sized eggs, they are made in either Demarquette’s award winning 71.1% CacaoLux pure dark chocolate for the Salted Caramel egg or a smooth triple origin milk chocolate for both the Tangy Key lime and the sweet Banoffee eggs. They are beautifully presented in a classically timeless Easter Gift box adorned by a bespoke gold Spiral Egg logo.

6 Hen sized Egg Gift Box: RRP £25.00
12 Quail sized Egg Box: RRP £19.75

Fabergé inspired Easter Eggs and other Demarquette Easter Chocolates will be available online at www.demarquette.co.uk. Selected products will be available at Harrods, Fortnum & Mason, Harvey Nichols, Sourced Market, Notonthehighstreet.com and selected fine food retailers across Britain.

The Times London Dry Gin

The Times London Dry GinThe Times newspaper has just launched a new premium London Dry Gin, called The Times London Dry Gin.

Made in very small batches to a unique recipe, this is the newspaper’s first foray into an exclusive own-label drinks offering, backed by News UK. It coincides with a revival in gin as the drink of choice, with a growing awareness of the importance of high-quality ingredients and craft distillation.

Manufactured in partnership with Master of Malt based in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, the 70cl bottle will retail at £34.95; however a special launch price of £29.95 is on offer on News UK’s timeswhiskyclub.com ahead of the festive season. UK mainland orders made before 3pm on Monday 23 December 2013 are guaranteed to be delivered before Christmas Day.

The botanicals used in the base of The Times London Dry Gin are: Juniper, Coriander, Orris Root, Liquorice Root, Angelica, Cassia Bark, Cinnamon, Dried Lemon Peel and Dried Orange Peel. Then, a cold-distilled mixture of fresh zests are added – Lemon, Orange, Lime and, more unusually for gin, White and Pink Grapefruit, Clementine and Pomelo. The volume of citrus peels used at the cold distillation phase is high and lends the gin its distinctively sweet citrus flavour.

The bottle itself is a stylish addition to the Christmas cocktail cabinet, with each individually-numbered label created by The Times’ designers, featuring the royal crest, along with The Times lion resting on juniper branches. The reverse label quotes John Walter, the Founder and Proprietor of The Times, who said: “A newspaper is like a well-covered table, it should contain something suited to every palate.”

The bottle stopper is made from solid wood and natural cork and is wax-dipped, with the Times ‘T’ stamped on the top.

John Witherow, Editor of The Times, said: “This is the first time we have done this; the gin is a fantastic blend with a unique taste and it’s available through our wonderful Whisky Club.”

The Times London Dry gin is produced through a combination of pot-still and cold-vacuum production and is a fine example of craft distillation. Gin is traditionally made in pot-stills, by distilling spirit with flavouring botanicals to extract the aromatic compounds.

The manufacturers of The Times London Dry take a portion of the base spirit used in the gin’s manufacture, then cold-vacuum distil it with the fresh citrus peels. The cold-vacuum distillation is an unusual and more laborious production method, with the vacuum allowing the distillation to occur at a much lower temperature than in the copper pot-stills, helping to retain the freshness and vibrancy of the citrus peel and giving an enhanced flavour to this premium gin.