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Jun 5, 2020

Local 19 – the Ice Cream Shoppe Featuring 19 Belizean Flavours

Tonight, we feature something sweet, so head over to the popular Ice Cream Shoppe in Belize City and San Ignacio, a favourite spot for children and adults who drop in to savour a wide variety of ice creams.  Now, the coronavirus has hit the ice cream businesses as it has everywhere else. So Molly Doley, its owner, has launched a campaign named Local Nineteen. For the next nineteen days, the ice creams will be made with a wide range of locally grown products from jams to coconuts and yes if you love spicy, there is one particular pepper sauce flavour. Duane Moody had a taste of the new flavours.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

Local 19 – it is a campaign that was launched on June fourth by the proprietor of the Ice Cream Shoppe. Since then and for nineteen days, local Belizean products – from jams, pepper sauces, potato chips, coconuts, cacao and even spirits – will be featured on the long list of flavours of ice cream sold at its Belize City and San Ignacio branches.

 

Molly Dolly

Molly Dolly, Owner, Ice Cream Shoppe

“What new flavour can we make this week and this month is going to be particularly fun because of the local sourcing. It’s been really great. We really tried to get the local flavours and match them up and figure out what to do. So it’s my favourite part of the job other than just eating the ice cream. Yesterday’s flavour was cacao nuts which is the coconut which is everywhere in Belize and the Ix-Cacao chocolate from Toledo. That’s one of my favourites so far, but they’re all gonna be my favourite, I know. Today’s flavour is the banana barrel and what it is, is our take on a banana foster. It’s banana, cinnamon, butter base so it’s a buttery cinnamon ice cream with bananas and a Traveller’s One Barrel Rum caramel sauce.”

 

Like all businesses, COVID-19 has also had an impact on ice cream shops. And Molly Dolly says that this is what birthed the campaign. It also helps to support local entrepreneurs from the agro-processing sector in Belize.

 

Molly Dolly

“We looked around at our business and we realised that so much of what we serve is imported. If you go into our production room, it is oreo cookies and gummy bears and I thought, if we are going to be part of helping Belize economically, which I feel is extremely important, we need to shop local. So this campaign, Local 19m, came about for just that—shop local; it is the hash tag. You just try and support local businesses and we found that there are many that we can use. We are also working with Running W for bacon; their butcher select bacon. So we will have a bacon flavour coming up that’s not our maple bacon. It’s a new, more local ingredients. That one is salty and sweet at the same time. We have Miss Dawn’s Placencia Peppah; she small pepper maker in Placencia. She also owns a restaurant called Dawn’s Grill and Go. So there are so many little things—little businesses and big.  I am pretty excited about the jam sesh, which is a Marie Sharps’ jam and it will be three different jams swirled together into the ice cream and I think that that’s gonna be really great, fruity local product. And the chocolate chip which is going to be a local chocolate ice cream with potato chips made from Mama Belize.”

 

These ice creams are being sold at a reduced price and a portion of each sale will be used for a food pantry drive that the Ice Cream Shoppe is engaging in.

 

Molly Dolly

“We are also trying to give back to our customers. It’s a discounted product. So it is three dollars a scoop for the flavour of the day and for every purchase of that three dollar scoop, one dollar is going to go towards our grocery fund. So we are trying to also raise money to provide groceries for our neighbours, particularly here in Belize City and San Ignacio cause we do have families that have been affected by COVID-19 that we would like to at least be able to say okay here.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.


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