To be honest, Cayman’s climate means that pretty much every month could be ice cream month if you so wish, but officially the US has been celebrating ice cream month in July since 1984, with national ice cream day on the third Sunday of the month. Not that living on a tropical island is not enough reason to celebrate with ice cream already...
Ice cream might not have been invented on a tropical island (with the Middle East and China having legitimate claims to doing so) but it has definitely found a home here. Although it was originally a delicacy reserved for royalty (as it took quite some doing to get ice to regions where it was warm enough to enjoy ice cream) over the years ice cream has become much more accessible.
It has also evolved from the early mixes (which were pretty far from what we know as ice cream today) to include everything from premium ice cream and soft serve to frozen yogurt.
Each is well worth celebrating, so let’s start with frozen yogurt.
“Fruzenberry is the first self serve frozen yogurt concept in Cayman. The concept allows you to weigh and pay meaning that a customer gets to choose exactly how much frozen yogurt and number of toppings they want, and they pay based on exactly how many ounces the finished creation weighs,” says Jayne Aiken of Fruzenberry.
With all flavours either non fat or low fat and with a low glycemic index (which is good news for those who have to watch their blood sugar levels) the frozen yogurt is already a more healthy option. Then when you add toppings including fresh fruit and granola, you can create a sweet yet healthy snack which is also truly delicious.
Of course, should you decide that the calories you saved on the frozen yogurt can be spent on the toppings, there is a selection of candy type toppings available as well.
The decor in Fruzenberry is based around pink and lime green, reflecting the freshness and berries that from such an integral part of the brand.
One of the more unique toppings available is Popping Bobbas.
“This is becoming an innovative craze in other parts of the world. They are different flavours of topping which are also referred to as bubbles or tapioca pearls and which include juice which pops inside your mouth. We have both strawberry and mango flavour and we encourage everyone to try them. As well as a topping for frozen yogurt, some people are also adding them to the iced teas which are then referred to as bubble teas,” says Jayne.
Ice cream has, over the years also morphed to include smoothies, that delectable blend of ice cream and other ingredients including fruit or whatever else you can imagine, and Fruzenberry also offers smoothies featuring its frozen yogurt as a base.
“We serve smoothies that can include a number of boosters such as antioxidant, energy boost, flu fighter and trim and fit. We also serve a range of flavoured iced teas including a number of organic flavours such as: Organic Estate Black, Passion Fruit, Hisbiscus Raspberry with Stevia, Organic Green, Jasmine Peach, Organic Pineapple Island Breeze,” says Jayne.
Although Fruzenberry Self Serve is at present only available at the Fruzenberry location in Anderson Square, Fruzenberry frozen yogurt will also be available at FruzenBerry Cafe locations, which are a full coffee shop/cafe concept, in presized options ranging from piccolo for children to grande for those with a healthy appetite.
Frozen yogurt may be a somewhat more recent concept, but soft serve ice cream is quite a bit older, having been around since the 1930s.
In fact, the history of soft serve and Dairy Queen are tied together, from humble beginnings in 1938 to one of the biggest international franchises today. In fact, Dairy Queen helped popularise the whole idea of food franchising, seeing exponential growth in the post war years.
Of course, although a brand can be built on one product innovation, it is a constant fine-tuning of the offerings at DQ that makes it one of the biggest players in the industry all these years later.
In fact, just in time for summer and celebrating ice cream month, DQ is releasing a rum and raisin Blizzard here in Cayman – very apt seeing the long and illustrious history of rum in the region (not to mention the long and illustrious history of ice cream). Drop in to their Waterfront Centre location in George Town for a cool treat.
Weird ice cream flavours
Vanilla, chocolate and strawberry have always ruled the roost when it comes to ice cream. Of course, other fruit flavours have become very popular, whether as frozen yogurts or sorbets, while premium brands have introduced come heavenly combinations. However, not all ice cream flavours seem quite so instantly appealing.
A little bit of research will come up with some less-than-appetising ice cream flavours (which we won’t be celebrating with this July). And we left the most nausea-inducing ones off the list – do a bit of your own research if you really want to know.
- Squid ink ice cream
- Caviar ice cream
- Candied bacon ice cream
- Haggis ice cream
- Wasabi ice cream