Meadowhall shopping centre has unveiled which flavour has scooped top award its first ever Yorkshire flavoured ice-cream challenge.
Working with award-winning ice cream maker Our Cow Molly, they enlisted the help of hundreds of its customers in centre and via social media to come up with a unique limited-edition flavour.
With suggestions covering everything from Wakefield Rhubarb, East Yorkshire Lavender to Sheffield Real Ale, six flavours were created and put to taste panels for the final verdict.
And the winner, rising to the occasion was Yorkshire Pudding with chocolate gravy, and runner-up - Tea and Biscuits.
“Yorkshire pudding sounds like the obvious choice when you think about Yorkshire flavours,” said Centre Director Darren Pearce. “When it was suggested we had no idea what it would actually taste like but it is delicious and our taste testers agreed.”
The Yorkshire pudding recipe was put forward by 11 year old Tinsley Meadow Primary School pupil Andrea Hadova who has also been down to the centre to try out her own creamy creation.
The full list of final flavours up before the judging panel were: Yorkshire Honey, Pontefract Liquorice, Tea & Biscuits, Wakefield Rhubarb, Parkin and Yorkshire pudding with Chocolate Gravy.
The final winning flavour coincided with National Ice Cream Day and the opening weekend of Meadowhall’s Summer Beach, the open air attraction outside Meadowhall’s Oasis entrance is offering fun in the sun for everyone during the school holidays.
A massive 116 tonnes of sand has been shipped in for the 7,000 square foot beach, as well as an impressive ‘beach shack’ which will act as temporary home to dozens of entertainment and musical activities.
Each week will see different activities taking place, including a host of children’s favourite characters calling in for photo opps. These include: Peppa Pig, Fireman Sam, Thomas the Tank Engine, Angelina Ballerina and Captain Barnacle.
The opening weekend played host to a World of Heroes where there was a chance to meet comic super heroes such as IronMan, Batman and Spiderman.
There will be something every day to enjoy including sporting challenges, visits from Capital, Heart and Hallam FM as well as beach arts & craft sessions, a treasure hunt, traditional seaside games and activities.
Meadowhall Events’ Manager, Alex Caley, added: “We want to make this the best beach experience possible without actually going to the coast – the only thing we can’t guarantee is the sunshine but it is looking good so far.
“There will be something happening every day for the kids to enjoy, but if you just want to kick back, relax in one of our deckchairs and feel the sand between your toes then this is the place for you – but without a 100 mile round trip included.”
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