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What happens during loadshedding at The Creamery?

Blackouts are an inconvenience to you as it is to us, and a lot of customers ask us: What do you do during loadshedding? Electricity is vital to our small business – chilling ice cream, cooking waffles and making coffee all need power. Keeping ice cream cold is an ongoing challenge (especially in a hot […]

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A Little Help From Our Friends

  I’m sorry we’ve been so quiet on the blog. We’re coming off an epic Design Indaba, a relaxed Maynardville Open Air run, and a lovely Argus Cycle Tour (in the Cycle Tour Trust VIP tent, no less), Getaway Expo, and Eat Out Produce Awards night market, and heading into Constantia Food & Wine Festival, […]

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Some people assume kids are our biggest, and most enthusiastic, customers. We think they’d be surprised at how often adults lose their control at the sight of ice cream. Even big, hulking tattoo-covered men. Case in point: our warm reception at the Tattoo Expo two weeks ago, held somewhat incongruously at City Hall. If you’ve […]

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Berry Nice

This Saturday I went to meet with our new berry supplier and pick up our first batch of berries. Each summer we get blueberries and blackberries from Bloublommetjieskloof Farm (in Wellington) and Kleinjongenskraal Farm (in Citrusdal) and strawberries from a small grower in Stellenbosch, but up until now I’ve never been able to source organically […]

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Washington, DC: Sugar Magnolia

Sugar Magnolia is a tiny storefront which sells coffee, ice cream by the scoop, cookies and pre-made ice cream sandwiches. I took a posse of willing wedding friends along to sample the ice cream sandwiches, and we were so eager beaver we were there five minutes before the doors opened at noon. So we made […]

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US Trip Trends: Counters

OK, this is not so much a trend as something I’m super aware of right now. We’re busy planning our stall at the new Market on the Wharf at The V&A Waterfront, which opens on 1 December, and one of the tricky decisions is what our counter should be made of. Marble topped, with raw […]

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US Trip Trends: Packaging

As you’ll know from our blog, our packaging is a work in progress. Having my own food production business has really made me focus on other food product packaging: materials, shapes, graphics and different solutions to the age-old dilemma of, “What exactly do I put this in?” I saw so, so many gorgeous types of […]

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US Trip Trends: Pumpkins

If you follow US food bloggers online, I’m sure you’ve noticed that around October-September comes the requisite, seasonal post: something with pumpkins. It’s like clockwork, and this year I’ve seen a lot of pumpkin soups, in particular. Just when we in the southern hemisphere are celebrating the imminent arrival of spring with peas and artichokes […]

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New York: Ice Cream Round Up

For information specifically on ice cream sandwiches, check out this post, here. So, it goes without saying there’s lots of good ice cream in New York. And although I crammed in as many old favourites and new tastes as two days in the city allows, I didn’t get to them all. That’s good, though – […]

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New York: Ice Cream Sandwich Round Up

Melt Bakery: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, Chocolate Cookie 132 Orchard St, NY For every specialty, New York has a producer who specializes in that specialty. Melt is New York’s first bakery dedicated to making ice cream sandwiches from scratch, and this is all they make – in an ever-changing array of pairings and flavours. […]

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Washington, DC: Pleasant Pops

I was very curious to see what a bricks-and-mortar ice lolly shop would look like, since I think of ice lollies as a product that is even more seasonal than ice cream. Well, Pleasant Pops are pretty smart and also offer a small range of grocery products (pickles, etc) as well as a soup and […]

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Meet Our Team: Progress

Name: Progress Nicknames: Pro, Gadgets Job Title: Ice Cream Maker What He Actually Does: Progress and Harmony together make up our kitchen team. They process fruit as it comes in from our farmer suppliers (washing, chopping, roasting, etc), make custard for our ice cream, make sweets mix-ins like citrus curd, chocolate brownies for ice cream […]

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Can you feel it? It is (not) here (yet).

I tend to dismiss the occasional comment people make about it being too cold to eat ice cream in winter, but it’s been a harder claim to make as this particular winter has engulfed us. I think my chosen profession as an ice cream maker has made me more sensitive to cold weather. I know […]

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Our Ice Cream Containers

An Ice Cream Club member asked me last month in an email if we would consider replacing our plastic pint containers with cardboard containers, like they use in the USA. Of all the things we spent time researching when we were setting up The Creamery last year, packaging was the most difficult, drawn out and […]

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Lollies in a Garden

There’s so much to see and do in the Winelands, but top of my list is always a visit to the magical vegetable gardens at Babylonstoren. We snuck into their new tearoom, Die Glashuis, just before closing on Saturday for some freshly pressed vegetable juices. I’ve been meaning to visit since it opened last summer, […]

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Scoops & Jazz: Evening Concert

We are immensely excited to invite you to The Creamery HQ in Mowbray, for a sunset concert on our stoep. We’ll be rolling our scoop counter outside to serve up our famous mini-scoops (a mouthful of ice cream on a miniature sugar cone), and listen to two of South Africa’s leading jazz musicians in a […]

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Help us help you this Valentine’s Day…

It’s a competition! Valentine’s Day is approaching and we’d like to do something special for 3 of our sweethearts… Tell us why you need help this Valentine’s Day, in the form of your biggest Valentine’s Day disaster, and if we think yours is the best (worst?), we’ll help you help yourself by personally delivering a single portion […]

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Webshop… or Not

With very little fanfare, we launched our webshop the week before Christmas. Not really the ideal time, but hey, it was ready, we thought we might sell a couple pints to people still undecided as to Christmas dessert. In the week before, I started furiously stockpiling pints of ice cream, the half litre containers of […]

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Brownie Points

I showed Progress how to bake brownies today. Actually, it sort of started out as a lesson in brownie baking, segued into a lecture on the history of the ice cream sandwich in American food culture, and finished with a demonstration in how to overbeat egg whites (believe it or not, that last one was […]

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