While Dave and I were in Italy I received an invitation to attend the opening day of Crème Glaceé in the Franschhoek Valley. The ice creams are made by Janine van Zyl (Cold Gold Artisan Ice Cream) and the shop in Franschhoek is owned by Adri-Ann Oosthuizen. The invitation was for any time after 9am and so at 12h30 I left my office in Strand to drive the 52 km to Franschhoek. The trip there should take me 50 minutes but as I caught the school run, it took me over an hour.
The flavours will change every day and when I arrived there were 4 sorbets on offer and 9 ice creams. Unfortunately the fridge had been set on the warmest setting and so many of the ice creams were melted. Adri-Ann admitted to not quite knowing how the freezer works and so I hope my suggestion of her turning it colder helped chill the ice creams. You can choose from a mini scoop (R10) to a tasting platter (R100) but I am not sure how the scoops are served as all I had were a few tasting spoons.
I started with what Adri-Ann considers to be her favourite which was the toasted marshmallow ice cream. If I had not been told what it was I would not have been able to guess the flavour. I was intrigued by the blue cheese and honey ice cream and the blue cheese was really evident in this ice cream. Then I moved on to the koeksister ice cream which I was told is made from actual koeksisters. I expected sticky sweet but it had quite a mild flavour. After that I decided to try the licourice ice cream as I had quite a lot of this in Italy. It was good! It has a real licourice flavour which is one of my favourites. I also tasted the chocolate which was very moreish. I felt it was important to give Adri-Ann feedback on each ice cream before trying one sorbet. My choice was the strawberry sorbet and it was scrummy, tasting of freshly picked strawberries.
Adri-Ann told me that the ice creams are made from organic produce which is locally sourced and that there are no preservatives in the ice creams. I think this is fantastic as supporting local industry is what will keep our local economy strong.
My visit was short and a slight let down as by the time I got home I had spent over 2 hours in my car for a 15 minute stop and driven 110 kilometers for 6 tasting spoons of ice cream. There was no media pack of any sort with any information on the artisan ice creams. If I happen to be in Franschhoek I will pop into the shop to see if they have sorted out the issue of the ice cream melting and buy myself a scoop to enjoy while walking through the village.
Find them at Shop 4, Huguenot Square, Huguenot Road, Franschhoek.
Disclosure: I was invited to the opening. I was not required to write a blog post about my experience. All opinions in this blog post are my own. This post is in line with my blogging policy.