Flavours pass taste test

Havelock North Village Press - - News - BY LINDA HALL

If you are look­ing for a bit of in­dul­gent deca­dence to treat your­self or a friend, look no fur­ther.

Rush Munro’s new or­ganic ice­cream ticks all the boxes. First and most im­por­tantly, it is ab­so­lutely de­li­cious, se­condly, its qual­ity is top notch with all in­gre­di­ents or­ganic, and thirdly it was peo­ple like you and me who had the fi­nal say in the flavour range.

The small Hawke’s Bay based com­pany is owned by John Bo­s­tock who is also New Zealand’s largest or­ganic ap­ple pro­ducer. Gen­eral man­ager Vaughan Cur­rie, who has been with the com­pany for 18 months, says they came up with 14 flavours. They then had them taste tested but in­stead of us­ing a team of ice­cream ex­perts they asked, among oth­ers, friends, fam­ily and em­ploy­ees to taste.

Six flavours were picked, Dark Chocolate Or­ange, Scorched Al­mond, Mochac­cino, Straw­berry and Co­conut, Fei­joa, Ginger and Al­mond.

Vaughan brought the six flavours into the Hawke’s Bay To­day Hast­ings of­fice.

There was a lot of “yum” and “try this one” and fi­nally “this is my favourite” go­ing on as staff sam­pled the ice­cream.

My favourite was the Mochac­cino. If you like your cof­fee strong you are go­ing to love this. The Ginger Kiss got quite a few votes. There are some tex­ture sur­prises that make the ex­pe­ri­ence even more en­joy­able.

“For ev­ery flavour we have to have the right or­ganic cre­den­tials. The reg­u­la­tions around or­ganic cer­ti­fi­ca­tion are very strict in New Zealand,” Vaughan said.

“So we are sourc­ing whole or­ganic scorched al­monds, chocolate and ginger biscuits and then cut­ting them by hand and we make our cof­fee ex­tract from scratch. We also batch churn the ice­cream in small runs so much of the pro­duc­tion is done by hand with lit­tle ma­chin­ery. Ev­ery­thing is very ar­ti­san and not mass pro­duced so a real labour of love,” he said.

The en­tire process has taken just un­der two years and the team at Rush Munro’s are proud of the re­sult.

The range comes in 457ml and 100ml tubs and are avail­able in su­per­mar­kets — and don’t worry, you can still get your Rush Munro’s Malted milk from 704 Here­taunga St W, St Leonards, Hast­ings.

Rush Munro’s gen­eral man­ager Vaughan Cur­rie and Olivia Red­man try out the new or­ganic ice­cream flavours.

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