New ice cream range has a festive flavour

Doddington Dairy has launched a new mix-and-match range of luxury Christmas ice creams and sorbets.

Mulled wine; apple and cinnamon; and cranberry and clotted cream are among the new flavours produced by the Northumberland ice cream makers and now available at local restaurants, hotels and ice cream parlours.

Whether it is celebrity chefs, glossy cookery magazines or TV programmes there is always pressure at this time of year to do something a little bit different and create the perfect Christmas.

Whether people are looking for an alternative dessert or simply something to add the edge to their traditional Christmas pudding, the new range of luxury Christmas ice creams and sorbets from Doddington Dairy could well put them in line for some perfect party praise.

The Maxwell family are well known for their traditionally made ice creams in a range of innovative flavours.

Made on the family farm at Doddington in Northumberland, the ice creams are made with the creamy milk from their own dairy herd combined with the finest natural ingredients and absolutely no artificial additives or flavourings.

Jackie Maxwell of Doddington Dairy explained: “The team at Doddington have had great fun experimenting with these different flavour combinations.

“We are confident that they capture the traditional tastes and smells of Christmas, but with the chance to offer a twist on more traditional festive puddings.” The new Christmas range will not disappoint their loyal customer base or those new to Doddington’s delicious offerings.

The Yuletide pudding ice cream, with mixed fruits, spices, brandy and port is billed as an indulgent alternative to a hot Christmas pudding, but would be an equally delicious addition to the main event instead of the usual brandy butter.

The festive season tends to be prolonged over several weeks, so in addition to the main Christmas dinner there are often extra celebrations on Boxing Day and New Year, buffets for the neighbours and parties for friends from early December onwards.

The extensive Christmas range is an opportunity to offer a mix of flavours or even impress with a new taste at each gathering.

Additional favours include apple and cinnamon, described as “ real pieces of apple are perfectly complemented by hints of this truly festive spice”; cranberry and clotted cream – “matching the tartness of cranberries with clotted cream ice cream”; mulled wine – “a ‘warming’ rice ice cream with aromas of red wine, port, citrus fruits, cinnamon and spices.”

For those who prefer a lighter alternative, refreshing lemon and lime sorbet which would be equally at home as a palate cleanser between courses.

Doddington Dairy’s Christmas ice cream is now available in 120ml pots and four litre tubs from selected restaurants, hotels and ice cream parlours.