You scream, we scream, we all scream for ice cream

Two Kings County lo­ca­tions make the cut of on­line sur­vey of Nova Sco­tia’s top ice cream spots

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Two Kings County busi­nesses re­cently made the cut for an on­line ar­ti­cle list­ing eight ice cream des­ti­na­tions that are worth the drive in Nova Sco­tia.

Narcity’s list, en­ti­tled “8 Nova Sco­tian Ice Cream Shops That Are Worth The Drive,” en­cour­ages read­ers to check out the Sea Cones Ice Cream Boat in Halls Har­bour and the Fox Hill Cheese House in Port Wil­liams.

Fox Hill’s straw­berry gelato – a tasty treat con­tain­ing seven per cent home­made milk fat – was sin­gled out as the dish that’s worth a trip to the mar­ket nes­tled in a ru­ral farm­ing com­mu­nity lining Church Street.

“All of our gelatos are made with unique and se­cret recipes that have been de­vel­oped along the years in our search to im­prove the qual­ity of our prod­ucts,” said Fox Hill Cheese House owner Ivonne Rand.

The milk in the gelatos, de­vel­oped in 2011, comes di­rectly from the sixth-gen­er­a­tion Fox Hill Farm.

“Our own cows… are milked ev­ery­day,” said Rand, not­ing that they pro­duce the feed for their cows and process the milk in or­der to of­fer qual­ity prod­ucts.

Rand said Fox Hill places an em­pha­sis on of­fer­ing unique prod­ucts in or­der to cater to the tastes of loyal cus­tomers. She listed the gelatos, tomato and basil Gouda, Fenu­greek Havarti and vanilla yogurt as a few ex­am­ples of Fox Hill’s most pop­u­lar prod­ucts.

“We started op­er­a­tions in 2003 mak­ing only a small va­ri­ety of cheeses, (and) now we are pro­cess­ing milk, choco­late milk, gelato, yogurt and al­most 20 dif­fer­ent kinds of cheeses,” said Rand, re­flect­ing on the growth the com­pany has noted since the store in Port Wil­liams opened.

The com­pany branched into the Hal­i­fax mar­ket in 2004 in an ef­fort to reach more cus­tomers.

“In 2010, we moved to the Sea­port Mar­ket with a front store open­ing seven days a week with the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pose our prod­ucts not only to more lo­cals, but to na­tional and in­ter­na­tion­ally tourists,” said Rand, who added that the Hal­i­fax store­front is now lo­cated at 2760 Ro­bie Street.

Fox Hill’s busi­nesses em­ploy 20 to 25 peo­ple de­pend­ing on the sea­son, and Rand said the most re­ward­ing as­pect of be­ing is busi­ness con­tin­ues to be cus­tomer sat­is­fac­tion.

“We put our heart into what we do to have loyal and happy cus­tomers.” To read Narcity’s full list of “8 Nova Sco­tian Ice Cream Shops That Are Worth The Drive,” visit: hal­i­fax/lifestyle/8-nova-sco­tian­ice-cream-shops-that-are-worththe-drive

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Fox Hill Cheese House em­ployee Alyssa Mac­don­ald gets ready to en­joy a cone of the Port Wil­liams-based store’s pop­u­lar gelato.

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