Ice cream is also no longer relegated to only being served as dessert. Similarly, winter might not instinctively be the best month for ice cream but there are advantages to having your ice cream during the coldest months of the year.
If you have no other choice but to grab store bought ice cream you will find some comfort in the fact that ice cream is cheaper in winter. Demand for ice cream is at an all time low and retailers will often mark down the price of your favourite frozen treat.
But ice cream shops have the dilemma of still having to make the scoops look enticing to passers-by who are dodging the rain clouds.
Co-founder of Crumbs & Cream Or Lahat says winter does not give her the chills. The ice cream shop with stores in Cape Town and Johannesburg has a finely crafted winter menu that will have you enjoying the coldest ice cream without even noticing.
“The Nutella-filled doughnuts make a great ice cream sandwich,” says Lahat. “We thought long and hard before we added the doughnuts to the menu because we wanted to get the perfect doughnut,” she adds.
The doughnut ice cream sandwiches are warm and sweet, and is the perfect way to get your ice cream fix when it’s cold. Hot chocolate has also not escaped the winter treatment, Crumbs & Cream have a hot chocolate cone that will leave you begging for more.
The hot chocolate is poured into a cone that has been dipped in chocolate and then set in the deep freezer. You definitely have a short window to drink the liquid but once you do you’ll still have the cone to nibble on.
Lohat and other ice cream store owners are also no longer hibernating this time of year, thanks to the popularity of food delivery apps.
The likes of Uber Eats, Order In and Mr Delivery has put ice cream on demand in winter on everyone’s doorstep. When the chill sets in people want their favourite ice cream but don’t want to brave the chill to get it.
Watch as Lohat explains how their ice cream will keep you warm this winter: