This post is sponsored by Cold Rock Ice Creamery.
When I was little and growing up in Poland, ice cream was something we went out for. Mainly because not everyone had a fridge and when they did, they were tiny, with miniscule freezer compartments. Also, because ice cream just wasn’t readily available in supermarkets and shops. Yes, those were truly the “olden” communist days.
Going out for ice cream or cake (or both!) was always a big deal. A big deal met with glee by yours truly.
There were two main ice cream shops we frequented – one sold all kinds of desserts, including cakes, jellies, sundaes, and whipped cream with nuts and sultanas. The other one served ice cream in cones. Strawberry and vanilla only. The queues were always huge for both, especially in summer, but we still went and dutifully lined up and waited our turn. Every time, it was soooo worth it…. I still haven’t found strawberry ice cream as good as that.
To this day, I can smell ice cream from miles away. There is something so comforting about ice cream, isn’t there? Otherwise, why would we turn to it, when our lives turn to shit?
During my marriage break up, I virtually lived on ice cream sundaes and tubs of specialty ice cream that I treated myself to.
Is it surprising then that when an opportunity to visit an ice cream shop “for work” presented itself, I jumped at it? It’s like being paid to visit heaven. (Or a chocolate factory.)
We noticed the Cold Rock Ice Creamery as soon as we arrived in Ballarat, but since it was winter, it wasn’t high on our list of places to check out. It was definitely on our “To Do” list though.
When we finally made it there, it was packed, and it wasn’t even a particularly warm, or sunny, day (welcome to Ballarat!).
I was surprised that apart from the dizzying array of mix-ins for your ice cream, Cold Rock have a huge range of ice cream flavours as well. Even……… Ferrero!
|“Choose it, mix it, smash it, love it!”|
So, as the slogan goes, we chose our ice cream, our mix-ins and the girl behind the counter smashed it! And we definitely loved it.
I had delicious Ferrero ice cream with triple-choc cookie dough and Flake, while the boys chose vanilla ice cream with Tim Tams and Maltesers for one, and Freckles and Kit Kat for the other. As my nine year old told me, “All my favourite desserts mixed together!”.
I have a feeling we’ll be back….
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