Ice cream family ‘scoops’ four awards

Andrew and Joseph McNeil, of Joes Ices, in Beighton
Andrew and Joseph McNeil, of Joes Ices, in Beighton
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An ice cream family from Sheffield has won national acclaim after their ice creams were voted among the best in Britain.

Joe’s Ice, owned by the McNeil family, won the Open Flavour class and three bronze medals at the UK’s top ice cream awards recently.

Their quadruple success came in The National Ice Cream Competition, organised by The Ice Cream Alliance - the trade body for the UK’s £1 billion ice cream industry.

The firm, based in Woodhouse Lane, Beighton, won the Janet Barker Cup for its salted peanut ice cream in the open flavour contest against tough competition.

Owner Andrew McNeil revealed there were almost 100 entries in the flavour contest from all over the country – the biggest number for any class.

The firm also took bronze in the dairy ice cream artisan, blueberry and ice cream artisan categories.

Mr McNeil’s son, Joseph, created the winning entry, bringing together peanut flavour ice cream with salted caramel ripple and crunchy caramel pearl running through it.

“It’s very nice to have done so well against such strong competition,” said Andrew.

“These are the top awards in the UK and its wonderful recognition for our team.”

Joe’s Ices has been run by four generations of the family and is now celebrating over 90 years of making the finest ice cream, since it was established in 1926 by Italian-born Joe Molinari, who sold ice creams to local people from a horse and cart.

The firm’s 20 flavours of ice creams are sold in shops and restaurants around the city, as well as from a fleet of vans.

n A pop up restaurant staffed by Sheffield Hallam students will have the gleam of a Michelin star to it...

Max Fischer, founder of Fischer’s at Baslow Hall, is to host A Taste of Fischer’s at the Hallam View restaurant on Thursday, March 30.

His five-course menu will showcase a selection of his classic dishes cooked by students, with matched wines.

Lecturer James Ellerby, event organiser, said: “The people of Sheffield will be able to sample a simplified version of Max’s cooking for a fraction of the cost.

Max added: “I hope working alongside me will inspire students, and give them the confidence to practice and learn these essential practical skills.”

Places cost £45 per person..

To book call 0114 2253871.