Ice cream in winter? Absolutely. These new Cape Town ice cream sensations are worth indulging in all year round.
Despite the winter chill, locals are keeping these three new artisan ice cream makers busy by coming back again and again for irresistible winter flavour combinations that make you forget the absence of summer’s seasonal fruits and berries.
Stefano Moro and Heine van Wyk started Moro Gelato last year to bring authentic artisan gelato to Cape Town after learning the craft in Bologna, Italy. Only using fresh, natural ingredients and seasonal fruits for their sorbets, flavours change with the seasons. “Our chocolate gelato made with Belgian chocolate, our Marchese flavour and our pomegranate sorbet, are really making people excited, rain or shine,” says Heine. “People are catching on to our take-away ‘couch boxes’ and often take some of our gelato to dinner parties instead of the usual bottle of wine.” Find the latest flavours at the Mason’s Press, Woodstock shop from Tuesday to Friday, on Saturdays at the Oranjezicht City Farm market, and now also at Giulio’s Cafe in Loop Street.
Crumbs and Cream
A waft of baking cookies on Sea Point’s Regent Road entices you in to a bright and cheerful ice cream parlour, opened by sisters Shahar and Or Peled in March. Their signature ice cream sandwiches are an exercise in decision making. Choose from eight different cookies, (fresh from the oven, they are dense, tasty and chewy, including vegan and Banting options), then pick from around fourteen flavours of gelato made for them locally. Add spreads and sprinkles to create a truly decadent treat. “To keep winter warm,” says Shahar,” we have limited edition winter flavours like banana choc chip cookies, peanut butter cookies, Nutella hot chocolate with whipped cream, and our brownie ice cream sandwich.”
Kristen’s Kick Ass Ice Cream
Over in Noordhoek Farm Village an exciting new scoop shop has been creating a raft of inventive, luscious flavours since December. Kristen Batzer makes all her ice cream in small batches from scratch: local, seasonal fruits, home-made cookie dough and marshmallows, and home-roasted nuts. For winter she says, “To replace the seasonal fruits and berries, I am creating more decadent, ‘full of good stuff’ flavours. Twix (sweet cream, caramel drizzle, fudge drizzle, and home-made shortbread cookies), vanilla bean cream with dark chocolate, and orange marmalade swirl, cookie dough, sweet cream with dark chocolate and home-made honeycomb, and luckily chocolate isn’t a seasonal ingredient because I use a lot of it!”
Taste for yourself:
Moro Gelato: 021 448 5272, morogelato.co.za
Crumbs and Cream: 081 591 4974, crumbsandcream.co.za
Kristen’s Kick Ass Ice cream: 072 563 7642, kristenskickass.co.za
This article originally appeared in Neighbourhood, Sunday Times.