“ Brand: Kelly's of Cornwall / Type: Ice Cream „
===A Little Bit Of What You Fancy Does You Good===
We elected to visit western Scotland for our holiday this year, little thinking that we would arrive in the middle of a heat wave! Our holidays have almost always been of the self-catering kind, though of late we've. opted for the more comfortable end of the range and rented cottages, chalets or lodges. I like the freedom this gives us. We often eat out during the day and cater for our own evening meal. For this reason we do tend to prefer accommodation with freezers.
We're familiar with Oban, having holidayed there before. When we had unpacked at our holiday home we made a visit to the local Tesco to stock up. I sometimes think we're like small children in this situation; the combination of being on holiday and a familiar store that nevertheless stocks items we don't have at home leads to a slightly reckless self-indulgence - reckless in the sense that we sometimes buy more than we can reasonably consume in one week! This was almost the case with our 1 litre of Kelly's Cornish Ice Cream. As I recall there were some very appetising Scottish strawberries on offer, and when I saw the ice cream - not just Cornish, but made with clotted cream, no less - well it was obviously going to be a great partnership so into the trolley they both went! I think it was on offer at the time but didn't keep the till receipt. The usual price seems to be £3.99, which is quite expensive for 1 litre, but what good is a holiday if you can't treat yourself?
I think our local Tesco may have stocked this ice cream in the past, as I'm sure I've eaten it before. However it's not a huge store and sometimes the stock is limited. The Oban store has a much greater range.
===The Kelly's Range===
The information on the ice cream container says that Kelly's have been making Cornish ice cream for 3 generations. It 's quite reassuring to read about how they select their ingredients from Cornwall's dairy herds and not see words such as 'Kelly's is part of the **** Group'. It gives me confidence that I'm buying a genuinely quality product. Kelly's also gave the address for their website so I was interested to have a look, with the aim of seeing who their stockists are, what else they make and so on. It seems there are honeycomb, strawberry and chocolate variations at least, as well as a 2 Litre Cornish ice cream without the clotted cream, which is more 'everyday' perhaps at £4 or so. The information about the local farmers who supply the milk was interesting. There are recipes, competitions and all sorts on there. Stockists listed are Tesco, Waitrose, Sainsbury, Asda, [online available] Morrisons and the Co-operative Society : in-store only I assume. The website is worth a look if you are interested - address at the end of the review.
===Presenting The Product===
The ice cream comes in a black tub, holding 1 litre ice cream. The darkness of the container is enlivened with some colourful graphics of items such as old fashioned milk churns, well remembered from my grandfather's dairy farm so a bit nostalgic for me - clotted cream in a blue and white pottery bowl [Cornish ware I presume] - and a signpost saying 'Made in Cornwall with local milk and clotted cream - and scenery of what I take to be a Cornish cliffs and seaside scene - all very attractive. The container is recyclable, at least where I live. I decided to keep it as a handy size to take when I go blackberrying! I thought it might have an allergy statement, but as there are no eggs maybe they are thinking you wouldn't buy this kind of product if you had a dairy allergy. The Best Before date was January 2015 - lengthy enough, though I wouldn't want to keep it long once it was started, as from experience unpleasant ice crystals start to form - an issue with all ice creams in bulk, not just this one. Maybe they should say 'once open we advise you consume within ...'
===Nasty or Nice?===
The ice cream is made with 10% clotted cream, apparently. I assume this is reflected in the calorie count and possibly the fat levels. For me this is counterbalanced by the fact that you're likely to consume this in smaller quantities than usual, due to the richness of the flavour. I found this meant I was savouring every mouthful and not just woofing it down! The nutritional guidance says that a serving, which they reckon would be 125 ml, has 135 kcal, 8.9 g fat [5.7g saturated] and 12.0g sugars. It's free from artificial colours and flavours and is suitable for vegetarians.
===The Clotting Factor===
Clotted cream originates from Devon and Cornwall. It has at least 55% butterfat. To make it, unpasteurised cows' milk is heated indirectly, e.g. in a bain marie or by steaming. This causes some of the liquid to evaporate. It is then left to cool in a shallow pan for several hours, which allows the cream to rise or 'clot'. The result is pale yellow and silky, often with a deeper yellow crust which is unique to this kind of cream. Apparently it has Protected Designation of Origin status [PDO] which gives its name protection from potential imitators across the EU. Jersey Royal potatoes enjoy a similar status.
Cornish Whole Milk,Sugar ,Clotted Cream (10%) ,Butter Oil ,Dried Skimmed Milk, Emulsifier (Mono- and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids), Stabilisers (Locust Bean Gum, Guar Gum) ,Natural Flavouring ,Natural Colours (Curcumin, Annatto)
===And The Verdict...===
So, after all that information and build up, how did I find it? I'll say unreservedly it was one of the better ice creams I've tasted. It was so rich that I felt the slight sharpness of the strawberries complemented it very well; I certainly wouldn't have wanted anything sweet with it. It's versatile - it wouldn't be difficult to scoop it into cones, for example, and the website gives other ideas.The clotted cream gave it a flavour that reminded me a little of toffee. As it melted it seemed to separate back into cream and milk, which if anything reinforced the simplicity of the recipe. A quality product indeed. Worth paying so much for? Yes, for special occasions. For us as a couple that's fine, but I think families or anyone on a tight budget would find it harder to justify, because of the cost and the small size. I'm not going to deduct a star for that because I think it is aiming at the luxury end of the market. I could understand someone in a family situation doing so. But if you do see it on offer, give it a try - I made jolly sure ours was all eaten before we left for our second holiday week in Fort William!
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©Verbena August 2013
With the stiflingly hot summer days coming here at last, what better to treat yourself with than a delicious ice cream? One of my favourite tubs of ice cream available is this Kelly's of Cornwall Clotted Cornish Ice Cream, as it is a truly delicious and luxury ice cream which is just perfect to treat yourself and cool yourself down at the same time.
This ice cream is, of course, more expensive than many other value brands out there, but this is because this is a luxury, delicious ice cream, well worth paying more for. From Tesco, a 1 litre tub of this clotted cornish ice cream will cost you normally £3.99. However, I find that you can buy this for half price, for £1.99 from some shops which I think is a fantastic offer. You can often find this delicious ice cream on special offer which is a bonus.
This is packaged in a convenient 1 litre black plastic tub which a rather classic and rural look to it to match with the Cornish origin of the ice cream. The
The taste of this ice cream is delicious and creamy, with just the right sugar to cream ratio. With this ice cream you can really taste the difference between this and cheaper ice cream brands. Being clotted ice cream this is especially rich and thick and you can really taste as well as feel the quality. Obviously, as mentioned, this is a very creamy ice cream so I expect eating a lot of this would make you sick faster than eating cheaper less creamy versions. However, I also expect that it would be too delicious to notice. The texture is smooth and creamy and luxurious. It is far smoother than the cheaper ice cream varieties out there, and you can really taste the difference.
You can easily scoop this ice cream into wafer cones on you can eat it in a bowl with a spoon. You can also put it on a dessert for example muffins and it is delicious whichever way you eat it. This is also available in different varieties and flavours including honeycomb, which is a nice sweet flavour but I do prefer the original.
Altogether this is a delicious ice cream which can come at a cost but you can often find it on offer. The quality is blatantly obviously and it is such a treat so I would highly recommend it with 5 out of 5 dooyoo stars.
I'm reviewing KELLY'S CLOTTED CREAM ICE CREAM.
It comes in a 1lt tub, and YES, I bought it myself.
For reasons I won't go into on here my favourite Italian Ice Cream parlour was/is out of bounds at present and I had a craving for ice cream, so while in Tesco I picked up this 1 litre tub of KELLY'S CLOTTED CREAM CORNISH ICE CREAM to tide us over .
This really is actually made in Cornwall and boasts 10% clotted cream content. Impressive start.
***USING and MY OPINION***
To be honest I wasn't expecting much from this and I just needed a half decent plain ice cream to complement strawberries.
It didn't look anything out of the ordinary and I've become skeptical of the oft lauded "clotted cream" ice creams because the couple I've tried didn't stand out as much different from the basic ice creams, but this was on offer reduced to £1.99 , so I thought it worth a try.
I first used this with strawberries and it was utterly delicious.
Hubby had prepared the desserts while I was dishing up our meal and he had popped them in the fridge, when really he should have left them in the freezer, and by the time we got to them I thought "Oh great ! Now the ice cream has melted and will be a frothy mess". Ice cream lovers know what I mean.....some ice creams are just a whipped up substance that degenerates and shrinks down into a sudsy froth when it melts. Unpleasant . Proper ice cream doesn't go like that. It melts yes, but still has creamy body. And that is how this ice cream had melted. It meant the strawberries got well coated and and the dessert was still deliciously creamy.There is a really distinct taste of cream about this one I promise you.
What I like about this is the obvious clotted cream content. You can actually SMELL the cream from the tub when you open it, and even when it melts the creamy taste is still highly evident, so you are in no doubt it contains a lot of real cream. It's hard (impossible ?) to replicate cream successfully in these things without getting a chemical after-taste. This had no after-taste whatsoever.
As you can tell I think this is a lovely ice cream . It is an ideal stand-by in the freezer for adding to lots of desserts or just as a treat.
For a factory manufactured Ice Cream this is excellent.
I might cry, because while this was £1.99 in TESCO when I first bought it (3 weeks ago) it has now gone back up to £3.99 again. (sad face).
I'm afraid I'd balk at paying £4 for a tub this size, but I might just be tempted because they do this in Strawberry, Honeycomb (my favourite ice cream), Chocolate, and Blackcurrant......so I might succumb in a moment of weakness.
It comes in the usual rectangular tub and shouldn't be confused with the ordinary KELLY'S ICE CREAM (which might also be delicious, but does NOT contain the clotted cream).
The tub is a rather distinctive black and has a snap-off/snap-on lid . It can be washed and used as storage when the contents are used up and being black makes it stand out and easier to distinguish regarding storing things.
This product must be stored below -18c
You must NOT re-freeze this after thawing.
It is free from artificial colours and artificial flavouring and it is suitable for vegetarians.
I won't list the ingredients , but there is no mention of nut content anywhere .
Sadly we must assume it won't suit those with lactose intolerance due to the high milk/cream content .
This is available in TESCO, but I'm not sure if other supermarkets also sell it or if it is exclusive to Tesco.
Iceland definitely don't do it, because I checked in there for it.
Would I recommend it . BIG YES. This was a good find and I've since recommended it to family and will be watching for special offers on it.
5 stars from me.
Thank you for reading.~~~myloh
I'm very picky when it comes to ice cream. Basically, I like two particular flavours of Haagen Daz and one particular flavour of Carte Dor and that is it! Until I tried this...
When I go for tea at my mum's she always have ice cream on offer for pudding but I usually opt for a biscuit whilst everyone else tucks in. However, for some reason one day when she had bought some of this I just fancied a bit of ice cream so I tried some. And then some more!
It is simply lovely. I have never tasted such a creamy ice cream, you really can tell that it is made with clotted cream, it is just so rich. It isn't overpowered by any flavour (although there is a coffee and a strawberry variety in the same range), just the cream and a subtle vanilla taste. You can tell it is of high quality as you don't get that grainy kind of texture that you sometimes do with cheaper ice cream. It is a very luxurious ice cream.
At around £3.50 per tub this stuff isn't cheap, but when you compare it with the likes of Haagen Daz it's not that bad as it is a larger tub. I have so far seen it in Tesco, Morrison's and the Co-op for very similar prices.
I'm not really an ice cream person, I'm more of a chocolate and cake-y type dessert lover, so when my partner came back from Morrison's with this I was majorly disappointed and didn't he know it. But I really must appologise for not appreciating his efforts in the dessert department as this ice cream is heavenly.
Kelly's of Cornwall has quite an interesting history, it all started back 1890's when an Italian imigrant started selling fish and chips in the winter, and his own recipe ice cream during the summer. The company then expanded and now have a fleet of ice cream vans that can be seen across Cornwall beaches during the summer and produce the popular clotted cream ice cream found in your local supermarket.
The ice cream is made from clotted cream (around 10% of the product) and whole milk that apparently come straight from the cows that graze on the Cornwall pastures. At around 135 calories per 125ml serving (roughly the size of a scoop, not my size serving which is considerably more) its not for dieters. Each serving is also rather high in saturates, 5.7g, which can be expected since it is made from clotted cream and full fat milk.
However, despite, the high fat and calorie content, this ice cream is absolutley to die for. I had not expected to enjoy it quite so much, or at all really. The taste is really rich and creamy, and rather decadent, there is no hint of that artificial taste you sometimes associate with ice cream from supermarkets. Another surprise, and a good one at that, is there is no vanilla, and I was expecting an artificial vanilla hit when I tasted it. It has a lovely velvety smoothness and I was left wanting more. The ice cream is a really really deep cream colour, and as it melts it looks like double cream, very naughty.
I suspect this would be delicious with hot toffee fudge sauce, or with a nice slice of rich and satisfying chocolate cake, but I feel that it is best enjoyed on its own. It is a reminder of real sea side ice cream I used to get whilst on holiday as a kid, close your eyes and you can almost hear the sea, and feel the sun on your face. I now remember why I loved ice cream as a kid, but as a grown up, it had lost its appeal. I have rekindled my love for the good stuff ;)
Price is a very reasonable £2.69 for a 1 litre tub.
This is going back on to my shopping list.