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The Producers… The Saffron Ice Cream Company

PUBLISHED: 09:58 16 June 2015 | UPDATED: 09:58 16 June 2015

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The origins of The Saffron Ice Cream Company came from a boyhood dream, explains Stephanie Mackentyre

THE idea for his ice cream company came to Dominic Parry as a young boy.

‘I was only 10 years old, walking through Saffron Walden with my mum, and I said to her, “There’s nowhere here to get a decent ice cream!”’

Dominic went on to university and studied advertising and marketing, but as the course drew to a close, Dominic was still unsure of his next move.

‘That was until I woke up one morning and thought, oh yes, I remember now, ice cream! As I was still at uni I used the facilities there to research who already makes ice cream, what flavours were on offer and how to make really good ice cream.’

Dominic also researched current trends and found that people wanted to buy a truly local, traceable product, with bio-degradable packaging and seasonal flavours. Once he returned from university, Dominic set up The Saffron Ice Cream Company, producing a range of 10 core flavours complemented by further seasonal flavours including summer strawberries and cream, hand-picked blackberry, dairy coffee bean and Henham honey and lavender, which is the most popular of all of his flavours.

‘If there’s one flavour my company is known for, it’s that one. It’s just so floral and sweet, yet different. People love it.’

The Saffron Ice Cream Company supplies not only to the public, but also to the trade, from the smallest local village shop to Audley End House owned by English Heritage. The company also has a thriving outside catering arm of the business supplying many corporate clients including well-known brands such as Ryan Air, Waitrose and Ugg.

‘This time of year we are busy with local events and private bookings, but as we also supply local cinemas and restaurants, that keeps the orders flowing throughout the winter months too,’ explains Dominic.

If you’d like to try some for yourself, The Saffron Ice Cream Company will be at the Horseheath Country Fair on Sunday, July 5 and also at the Royal Agricultural Flower Show, just outside of Chelmsford, at the end of this month. You can also call at Abbey Farm Barns to try the flavours for yourself. ‘It’s probably best to call in advance, just to make sure there’s someone here to look after you,’ adds Dominic.

So far the future looks very bright for Dominic and his team and they’ve just begun to supply the newest restaurant in Chelmsford – Chop Bloc.

‘We’d really like to continue to roll out our flavours, so I’m looking for new restaurants,’ says Dominic. ‘We were at the Sudbury Food Festival too last month and it was great to be able to tell people about the fantastic ice cream we are producing as a micro producer. By supporting us you are also supporting the many local producers who work with us. For example, all of our soft fruit comes from Cammas Hall Fruit Farm and the coffee we use in our coffee and walnut ice cream is roasted at Manuden, just up the road from us.’

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