The New Zealand Ice Cream Manufacturers Association
The New Zealand Ice Cream Manufacturers Association
2015 New Zealand Ice Cream Awards

(28 May 2015) THE NINETEENTH NEW ZEALAND ICE CREAM AWARDS were announced in AUCKLAND this evening.

Full media release here.

Full list of 2015 Awards winners here.

The saying that quality stands the test of time is certainly true for the winner of the Supreme Award for a Large Manufacturer for 2015.

For five years this product has won Best in Category for Standard Ice Cream, and was once previously judged Supreme Award winner, in 2013.

The Supreme Award for a Large Manufacturer this year went to:

                                                                                   Tip Top Ice Cream
                                                       for their Tip Top Boysenberry Ripple Ice Cream



The judges’ comments on the winner were unanimous – “melt-in-the-mouth texture, great berry flavour with a smooth and rich berry ripple”.

Similar comments were made of the Supreme Award for a Boutique Manufacturer:

                                                                  Puhoi Valley Cafe and Cheese Store
                                                                       for their Chai Latte Ice Cream



This entry in the Premium Ice Cream category was described as “elegant in flavor with superb creaminess”.

In the Premium Ice Cream category Puhoi Valley Cafe and Cheese Store’s Chai Latte Ice Cream and New Zealand Natural English Toffee made by New Zealand Natural Ltd (pictured left) were the joint Best in Category winners.

The New Zealand Ice Cream Awards attracted 302 entries this year, which is the same number of entries as last year, and while the major manufacturers continue to be the backbone of the Ice Cream Awards, there continues to be increasing participation by smaller gelato and boutique ice cream producers.

Entries came from a total of 33 companies and individuals.

The categories which attracted the largest number of entries were Premium Ice Cream with 59 entries, Gelato with 48 entries and Sorbet with 49 entries.

In the large Gelato and Sorbet categories, Gelatiamo, based in the Wynyard Quarter, Auckland, scooped both of the Best in Categories with a Banana Gelato and a Grapefruit Sorbet.

The flavour for this year’s featured “Best of” category was Berries.

With 36 entries across all product types (ice cream, gelatos, sorbets) there was a huge variety of not only berries, but berries with inclusions such as balsamic, mint, cheesecake, mascarpone and white chocolate.

A Raspberry Sorbet made by Carrello del Gelato was the winner of this year’s Best of Berries category.

There were 41 entries in this year’s “Best New to Market” category for products new to retail in the last 12 months. The winner of the Best New to Market award was Tip Top Ice Cream with their Tip Top Peaches & Cream Ice Cream.

TV One programme Seven Sharp joined ten children from Kohia Terrace School to judge 17 entries in the Kids Choice category, plus one ice cream entered on the day made by Seven Sharp presenter Pippa Wetzell.

Due diligence was performed on all 18 ice creams and while only 17 were eligible for the award of Kids Choice Category for 2015, Pippa’s homemade ice cream was rated as “OK” on the “Yum” to “Yuk” scale. Presenter Tim Wilson has found a second job as an ice cream judge !

(Photo: Manukau Courier)

The kids chose Chateau Cola Spider (pictured right) made by Emerald Foods Ltd as the winner of the Kids Choice Best in Category.

In the Open Creative categories in ice cream and gelato/sorbet, the entries made with knowledge of how to achieve great texture in ice cream, gelato and sorbets were pronounced.

Often a great flavor idea was ruined by poor delivery of this flavor due to iciness, stickiness or “short” texture. Novel flavours in the Open Creative Ice Cream category included tahini and carob molasses, brie and vanilla, and goats cheese with kamahi honey.

Equally as creative were the Open Creative Gelato/Sorbet entries with salted coconut, pumpkin, spices and pastry, cucumber and honey and watermelon, mint and chilli.

The winner across the two sections of the Open Creative category was an Earl Grey tea flavoured ice cream made by Kapiti Ice Cream called Gelatea.

Much Moore Ice Cream won Best in Category for Standard Vanilla Ice Cream with their Much Moore Wonders Vanilla Ice Cream (pictured left).

Emerald Foods Ltd won Best in Category for Premium Vanilla Ice Cream with their Private Label Japanese Vanilla designed for export.

In the Export Ice Cream category it was another Emerald Foods Ltd entry, Heston for Coles Wattleseed Vanilla (pictured right below), that won the Best in Category.

The main judging of the New Zealand Ice Cream Awards was undertaken during the first week of May at the Food Innovation Centre, Verissimo Drive, Auckland Airport.

The Chief Judge, Kay McMath and her team of six judges took two full days to judge the large number of entries split over the 11 categories.

Judging involved awarding points for a number of key attributes in different properties. Appearance was worth 10 points, Body and Texture – 40 points, and Flavour – 50 points.

Gold Awards were given to entries with more than 95 points, Silver Awards to those between 90 and 95 points.

Full list of 2015 New Zealand Ice Cream Awards winners.

Any further information is available from:

Mrs Jenny de Lisle
NZICMA Secretary
Mobile: 027 4946664 (on Friday 23 May)
Office: 04 385 1410

Mrs Kay McMath
Chief Judge
Mobile: 021 88 1643

The Executive Secretary
New Zealand Ice Cream Manufacturers' Assn (Inc)
PO Box 9364, Wellington 6141

Telephone (04) 385 1410
Fax No. (04) 384 3980
Email info@nzicecream.org.nz
Website www.nzicecream.org.nz


A full list of the 2015 Awards is here.

Photos from the 2015 NZ Ice Cream Awards presentations and Dinner.


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Full list of 2015 New Zealand Ice Cream Awards winners.

Photos from the 2015 New Zealand Ice Cream Awards dinner and presentations

Photos from the 2015 New Zealand Ice Cream Awards dinner and presentations.

2015 Supreme Award for a Large Manufacturer



Tip Top Boysenberry Ripple Ice Cream
made by Tip Top Ice Cream



2015 Supreme Award for a Boutique Manufacturer



Chai Latte Ice Cream
made by Puhoi Valley Cafe and Cheese Store

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