It’s the cherry on the cake for Seaham ice cream parlour as it wins top industry award

Lickety Split Creamery in Seaham has won a Gold Medal and Trophy at the National Ice Cream Championships 2022 run by the Ice Cream Alliance (ICA), the sector’s UK trade association.

The company’s delicious Amarena Cherry ice cream beat all comers in this, the most prestigious ice cream competition in the country which has been running for nearly 80 years.

“We are over the moon, so happy that our hard work is paying off and great to be recognised as one of the top artisan ice cream producers in the UK,” exclaimed boss Carl Thompson.

The business was established by Carl’s mum, Cindy Young in 2007. Amarena Cherry is an ice cream flavour they have produced for eight years and it’s always available. It’s made using locally sourced milk and cream, and to their special secret recipe using Amarena Cherries.

Carl adds: “Our business was my late mams idea after recovering three times from breast cancer. We were one of the first in the country to use a vintage American-style parlour as our backdrop, although this style of parlour is now very popular with new businesses. We have many artifacts dating back to the 1950s around the parlour. And we make our own artisan multiple national award-winning ice creams. My mother-in-law joined me in the business five years ago to help steady the ship after my mothers’ passing. It is very much still a family business, though we now have two franchisees and a good wholesale side to the business. We are very lucky to have steadied the business and come through the recent Covid closures.”

“Our business isn’t all about trying to make money. Its’ a labour of love. Not everyone gets to do their dream job, their calling in life. This is mine. I put love and thought into the products I make. I’ll never be a millionaire or even close but I will put smiles on peoples’ faces.”

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The National Ice Cream Competition is the ‘Oscars’ of the ice cream awards. It is held every year by the Ice Cream Alliance (ICA), the UK trade association for the ice cream industry. Hundreds of products are submitted across thirteen categories ranging from Best Vanilla to ‘Alternative’ category products which includes those free from the top 14 allergens, dairy-free, low-fat, high-protein, no-sugar, and others. Submissions are judged blind by ice cream experts – making the results the most prestigious in the country.

“Congratulations to Carl and all his team at Lickety Split Creamery,” commented Zelica Carr, ICA CEO. “The ice cream sector has had a challenging time over the last two years. Carl and his team show that the sector has overcome these challenges and has bounced back better than ever for 2022 and the future.”

The National Ice Cream Competition has been running for 77 years and bestows a badge of quality and excellence on all those that win. It was judged by 43 experts over two days at the Ice Cream and Artisan Food Show 2022.