Yorkshire pudding-flavoured ice cream, anyone?
Young taste testers from a Sheffield school have taken on an ice-cold challenge as they get set for summer in South Yorkshire.
The youngsters at Tinsley Meadows Primary School were recruited to find the ultimate Yorkshire-flavoured ice cream for the city’s Meadowhall Shopping Centre.
In partnership with Sheffield ice cream brand Our Cow Molly, from Dungworth, the centre laid on an array of different flavours for the children to try – including Yorkshire honey, Pontefract liquorice, tea and biscuits, Wakefield rhubarb, Parkin, and Yorkshire pudding with chocolate gravy.
The young judging panel will reveal their favourite flavour – which will be available exclusively at Meadowhall while stocks last – next Saturday, the day before National Ice Cream Day on Sunday, July 19. Emma Huntley, the school’s executive business manager, said: “We started the relationship with Meadowhall a few months ago.
“We are working with them on the Urban Beach Project and asked if the children could get involved in designing ice cream.
“The brief was to make them as wacky as they could with a Yorkshire theme.
“The school council put forward some weird and wonderful ideas and were thrilled to find out some had been selected.”
Children were delighted to be involved in sampling the different flavours, with tea and biscuits proving a hit.
Darren Pearce, centre director, said: “We didn’t know what the end flavour would taste or even look like, but wanted to reflect something of Yorkshire.
“We are working with a world-renowned ice cream maker, but also wanted the creativity to come from Yorkshire people and the children for a real, authentic twist.”
The big reveal will take place at the opening weekend of Meadowhall’s summer beach zone, an open-air attraction outside the Oasis food court.
Some 116 tonnes of sand are being shipped in for the 7,000 sq feet beach, while a ‘beach shack’ will act as temporary home for entertainment and musical activities.
Each week of the summer holiday will see different activities taking place, including visits by children’s characters such as Peppa Pig and Fireman Sam.
There will also be sports challenges, beach art and craft sessions, a treasure hunt and traditional seaside games.
Alex Caley, centre events manager, said: “We want to make this the best beach experience possible without actually having to go to the coast.”