“ Address: Tywyn / Gwynedd / LL36 9LW / Wales „
While in Tywyn a few weeks ago my son in law mentioned that he used to come here as a child and said a lovely place to visit was the Halo Foods Factory as they do tours around the factory and also you can buy ice cream from their shop which is on the grounds. Unfortunately we didn't have time to take the tour, but as we all enjoy ice cream we decided to pop in en route to the Talyllyn Railway for a cone of their famous honey ice cream as the weather was glorious.
The shop is wonderfully spacious with a bright airy atmosphere which is thanks to large plate glass windows at the front and a good amount of smaller windows which are placed along the side all the way from the door to the ice cream counter. The layout is very good in my opinion as there are shelving units along just one wall where they stock their pre-wrapped edible items, this means there is plenty of floor space which was ideal for me on that particular day as my health had forced the use of my mobility scooter. I don't usually like taking my scooter into shops, but no-one raised an eye brow and I was made to feel completely at ease when a member of staff opened the door for me and encouraged me to get in line while on my scooter rather than having to get off and struggle to the counter.
While there isn't a huge choice of ice cream, what is there is of excellent quality and there are also choices of cone and toppings. The wonderful honey ice cream is always available and then there are a couple of other flavours which change depending on what day you visit; at the time of my visit there was a choice of honey, strawberry, banana and vanilla. I, of course, had to sample their honey flavour which was absolutely divine - quite strongly honey flavoured with a very naturally sweet taste that made my mouth water on smell alone! There was a choice of two or three different cones although I was advised that their basic sugar cone was the very best compliment to this particular ice cream.
The most impressive thing in my opinion about the Halo ice cream shop is that when you ask for sprinkles they roll the entire ice cream in them. There was quite a wide selection of toppings such as sugar strands, small jelly sweeties and even small balls of chocolate cereal which is what I chose to go with my honey ice cream. It was clever the way the staff rolled the ice cream through the toppings without spilling any of the ice cream or making a mess with the dry toppings, I actually thought this was a brilliant way of doing it as every bite of ice cream contained something crunchy or chewy rather than the sprinkles just being on the top and eaten in the first couple of bites.
My daughters' both had banana ice cream and they said it was absolutely delicious, I must admit it smelled lovely and fruity and it was all I could do not to snatch a bite! The prices of the ice creams were very reasonable considering the high quality of them and also the choices available, the standard price was around £2.20 but this would rise when you chose different options or extra scoops.
As well as ice cream you can buy a range of foods and souvenirs. The only thing missing in my opinion was a range of merchandise to remind me of my trip to the Halo shop, I'd have liked to have been able to buy a magnet or keyring showing the Halo bear but really it was all general Wales products as well as a selection of natural snack foods and boxes of pre-packaged fudge. I bought some fudge as gifts for my brothers and sister and it was priced the same as other shops in the area so I didn't mind spending my money here.
I thought this was a lovely little shop and I urge you to visit if you are in the area, there might not be as wide a choice of ice creams as other shops in these type of tourist areas but it was a nice experience and the ice cream itself stands head and shoulders above anything you might buy from the ice cream van!
Ice cream parlour. Famous for the honey ice cream.