New Forest Ice Cream – Sensational Sorbets

A big shout out about New Forest Ice Cream, or more specifically their delicious sorbets. Totally free from dairy, eggs, nuts and sesame these sorbets are a god-send on days out in the South, particularly Hampshire and the New Forest.

We’ve been aware of New forest Ice Cream for a while as they are the most common brand in local ice cream vans, but sadly not many of their ice lollies are suitable. Only the Super 5 multi-coloured lolly is totally safe for us (the push up lollies may contain nuts which is never a good risk to take on a day out at a beauty spot). Then a few years ago we came across mini tubs of raspberry sorbet at a National Trust property. We were in heaven! It was the first time my girls have had the delight of their own mini tub of iced treat; at last they could be just like their friends.

Since then we’ve sought out the New Forest Ice Cream Parlour in Lymington, Hampshire which gives the whole ‘choose your flavour and eat in experience’ as everyone else can enjoy in a parlour, but with sorbet. Sadly their range has got smaller with the passionfruit, mango, blood orange and lemon being discontinued since last year. Sad times 😦

Happily the remaining raspberry and blackcurrant flavours are AMAZING! The parlour goes to great lengths to ensure the scoops are clean and there is no cross contamination. I thoroughly recommend it. In fact we love the sorbet so much we bought a tub to take home 🙂

The manufacturing site has an impressive nut ban with no nuts allowed on the premises (the pistachio flavour is made off site) making both the sorbets totally safe, but also the ice cream if dairy is fine for you.

Yorica! Exclusive Q & A with Director Monika Jagielo and my review of our visit.

Yorica! Soho

When word got out a couple of months ago about a new allergy-friendly ice cream, shake and Fro-yo parlour opening in London the allergy community on-line got rather excited, and not least us! Could it be true? Could there really be a safe destination that sold allergy-friendly iced treats? It was really rather unbelievable. Enquiries were promptly made – would it really be suitable and safe for us? And lo and behold, the wonderful reply of yes came back. Unbelievable. And so we duly made the pilgrimage.

freedom to be free-from sign

Now, we have once or twice eaten in the New Forest Ice Cream parlour in Lymington which makes some wonderful sorbets, but the choice is relatively limited and is accompanied by strict instructions over newly opened tubs, no scoop sharing etc etc. This was an entirely different matter – a shop where we could choose ANYTHING! Little S got a bit overexcited browsing the website and decided she’d have a Fro- yo and a shake – we knew she’d probably only get through about half one item as she’s not very used to rich foods, but it’s nice to dream about choice isn’t it?

free-from choice at Yorica!

I was intrigued though – what was the motivation? How did they make their lovely products and source the toppings – as we know it’s not easy to find allergen-free goodies. So I approached Yorica! and asked if they were interested in answering some of my questions. Here is what Monika Jagielo, Director at Yorica! had to say:

 

1) What was your motivation for setting up a free from ice cream parlour?

We wanted to set up a sweet treat cafe that those suffering from allergies could walk into and literally go wild! No worrying about what they can and can’t eat, we wanted them to be able to have choice: something that allergy sufferers often don’t have. All Yorica! treats are free from most of the 14 allergens including wheat, gluten, dairy, eggs and nuts – so it’s a free from haven for all!

2) Where do you source your ingredients, in particular all the yummy toppings!

We want all of our products to be deliciously healthy, natural and free from, so where we source our ingredients is really important. Everything we use is certified, sustainable and traced – from crop to cone! Our most popular topping is our delicious, chocolate biscuit topper which is sourced from Canada.

3) We loved the taste and texture of both the ice cream and Fro-yo – how did you develop the recipe and do you have any tips for others?

Thank you, we’re so pleased you like them :). The exact recipe is a bit of a Yorica! HQ secret but I can tell you that to make them free from and delicious we have used quite a few natural substitutes. We only use natural sugars, which stops our ice cream from going rock hard and helps keep them silky smooth. We’ve developed all of our recipes in house and are constantly experimenting to find new flavours – our latest is violet flavoured ice cream, which you can order with tasty edible flowers!
 
4) What are your plans for the future?
We’d love to see a whole raft of Yorica! cafes opening up nationwide, or even across the world. We think we have something really unique and special going on, so would love to share it with more people. Our customers have been so brilliant and can’t get enough of our free from goodness, so we couldn’t be happier. 

Yorica! Wardour St

And what about our visit? We had a lovely day out – a trip to the British museum for some Roman history which Little S is currently studying at school, a ‘light’ picnic ( well we had to have plenty of room for some ice cream!), a meet up with Uncle J and a trip to Yorica. Bliss.

And Yorica!? The shop is small, a little more space to sit and eat would be welcome but the design is lovely, fresh and inviting. Unfortunately there was a mechanical problem with the fro-yo machine when we visited so only vanilla and strawberry were on offer. Both girls opted for fro-yo having never eaten it before but were totally bamboozled by having toppings and a choice at that! So, they both panicked and just got one topping each, rather than a pile of goodies on top of their Fro-yos. The fro-yo was light and creamy but not rich in texture and taste and was very moreish. The vanilla had a slight coconut undertone, but that wasn’t apparent with the strawberry.

free-from vanilla fro-yo

D, Uncle J and I all opted for mixed ice cream with plentiful toppings. The flavours were delicious, particularly the blackcurrarnt and cookies and cream. We were one happy bunch. The ice cream is light enough to gobble down and the only difference with usual dairy ice cream is you don’t feel a bit queasy after such a rich, big bowlful.

blackcurrant and cookies and cream ice cream, dairy-free, egg-free

All in all, I couldn’t recommend Yorica! more highly as a safe treat destination. We’ll definitely return with regularity – fingers crossed they’re such a success that they expand all over the country.

 

I did not get paid for this review, I just wanted to spread the word to the allergy community about a fab new foodie destination (and I’m really looking forward to trying the violet flavour!).

plenty of safe sprinkles!

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Double chocolate chip ice cream

 

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Mmm, rich dark chocolate ice cream flecked with chocolate chips. This certainly is a luxurious and decadent dessert.

My new ice cream machine seems to be having almost daily outings, but I’m finding that many attempts just don’t have the resulting creamy taste. I know most people turn to coconut milk to achieve the correct creaminess, but I’m keen to go in a different direction. It’s funny because I thought my girls would be wowed by different flavoured ice creams, but since they’ve hardly ever eaten it, except for Swedish Glace, they just don’t have the taste for it. They find it too rich and often struggle to finish a bowlful! Much happier with a sorbet.

This one, while undeniably rich, has been the biggest hit so far; creamy without being cloying. The cocoa gives a far superior chocolate flavour than when I used melted chocolate and the chips gives a wonderful chocolate crunch. Being so luxuriously decadent, a small portion is plenty, making it almost a healthy option.

Dairy-free and egg-free double chocolate ice cream

Double Chocolate Chip Ice Cream (dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, soya-free, vegetarian and vegan)

 

Serves 4

  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup caster sugar
  • 1/4 cup soft brown sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup dairy-free milk, I used Oatly
  • 1 1/2 cup dairy-free cream, again I recommend Oatly cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

– In a small saucepan melt together the cocoa, sugars, salt and dairy-free milk until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat.
– Pour in the dairy-free cream and vanilla, stir well
– If using an ice cream machine, following the machine instructions, pour in the cocoa cream and churn until you have a smooth ice cream. Stir in the chocolate chips. Transfer to a tub and place in the freezer for at least 30 minutes to firm up
– If making the ice cream by hand, pour into a freezer safe container, after about 1 hour, remove and blend the mixture in a food processor, stir in the choc chips and return to the freezer to fully firm up.

dairy-free chocolate ice cream

Magic Chocolate Sauce

Do you remember a chocolate sauce back in the 80s that magically turned into a hard shell on contact with cold ice cream – was it called ‘Ice magic’? Anyway, this rich and sumptuous chocolate sauce seems to have the same property, without containing any nasties! The girls love this on dairy-free ‘ice cream’, especially Swedish Glace. It’s our back up pudding that always works!

Magic Chocolate Sauce (dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, sesame-free, vegetarian and vegan)

makes enough for 4 very generous servings, it is very rich!

  • 50g dairy-free dark chocolate, Kinnerton is great as it’s guaranteed nut free too
  • 10g dairy-free spread, such as Pure
  • 1 tbsp golden syrup/maple syrup or honey (not vegan)

– In a bowl, combine all the ingredients.

– Gently melt over a bain marie or in a microwave.

– Stir until smooth and well combined.

– Pour over ice cream as soon as possible, before it sets!

– How easy was that? Who needs ready made chocolate sauces after all!!