It's summer again, you can tell because the rain is warm, and that means the shops are full of things to cool you down.
It seems that since Ben, Jerry and Carte D'Or managed to convince us to pay slightly more for a tub of frozen milk by butting stuff in it that more and more brands are getting in on the act and producing their own luxury deserts. Most of these are a bit pathetic and just lovely packaging for ordinary ice-cream. Waitrose seem to have got the luxury part right, and gone for a few more unusual flavours.
The one I chose is essentially lime & coconut with a few adjectives thrown in to keep the marketing team happy. The first thing to note is that this is a good quality ice-cream and is indeed 'seriously creamy', the second is that the flavours are very, very strong. The first time I served this up I gave us both very generous helpings and by the end of desert I think we were both overfull and overpowered by the lime in particular. The next time I gave out smaller portions and this suited the experience more. The lime is refreshing and the coconut adds an unexpected texture to the mix.
I think that Ben & Jerry's satisfies the kid in you that wants the largest present under the Xmas tree, but that this is a much more adult and sophisticated experience - like wanting the most expensive present under the tree. I'm certainly going to be going back to this range and exploring the other flavours, hopefully before the weather turns back to its regular schedule.