Simply Ice Cream

If you eat out in Kent or are a regular to your local farm shop, you’ve probably sampled some Simply Ice Cream. Based near Ashford, Sally Newall and her team have been making ice cream by hand since 2005. With a range of flavours to try from, they can be found in many local farm shops and delis - not to mention 143 Waitrose stores nationwide.

The team kindly sent us a selection of their flavours to try. We waited for a sunny day and headed to the beach to try our selection.

Vanilla: Intensely Creamy, with a subtle hint of vanilla. Beans are visible in the mixture which is always a good sign for us. If you're after a hit of pure indulgence, this is the flavour for you.

Mango Sorbet: Not as sweet and tangy as we were expecting, more fruity and refreshing than a typical supermarket sorbet.  Full of flavour and punch

Salted Caramel: Rich caramel flavour undercutting the creaminess. Great ratio of salt to sweet. Similar to a Werther’s Original butterscotch flavour

Coffee: Some coffee flavours can be too weak, and sometimes overpowering. Simply's is distinctive robust and rich. The coffee is not lost in the creaminess and compliments it well

Honeycomb: By far our favorite flavour. The sweetness works well with the intense creaminess of the ice cream, the mixture is an enticing golden brown. Once tasted you'll be hooked.

Lemon Curd: Smooth sweet lemon, unmistakably curd rather than a bitter fruity lemon. This would work well with a fruit crumble or a warmed apple pie.

The honeycomb was our favorite flavour. It’s quite unusual and not something you find in a typical freezer cabinet. There are no chunks of honeycomb but rather a thick syrupy hit of flavour running through the ice cream.

We’d also recommend trying the mango sorbet, which is ideal for a palate cleanser or refresher on a hot day. Although the sorbet is not what we were expecting, it carries more of an authentic fruit taste - a testament to the natural and fresh ingredients that Simply use.

For flavours like coffee, lemon curd and honeycomb the flavours are more pronounced while contrasting the creaminess. The vanilla and salted caramel are much more subtle, inviting you to seek out the flavour.

Simply brand themselves based on indulgent simplicity, and they’ve hit the nail on the head. Their ice creams are intensely creamy and silky smooth with an attractive sheen. Never sickly sweet or overpowering, the quality of ingredients are evident in each scoop. With summer fast approaching, now is the time to stash some Simply in the freezer for indulgence at a moment's

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