Ice cream made right here in Milton Keynes voted one of the best in the world


An MK Ice Cream Maker has won a Great Taste Star in the World’s Largest and Most Trusted Food and Drink Awards.

A panel of 500 experts tasted the artisanal dessert ‘Simply Dairy’ and were wowed by its fantastic flavor.

The product is one of the varieties offered by the family-owned Willen Ice Cream Company, which was launched before the Covid pandemic by former businessman Richard Gordon.

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Richard Gordon with his ice cream

Richard had been fired from his high-flying corporate position and, during an appointment at the local JobCentre, he was asked what he wanted to do if he had an option.

“This thought came to my mind and has never been expressed for a long time. I said, ‘I would make ice cream‘ – and that was the start of the journey,” he said. declared.

Richard, who had always loved making ice cream for his children when they were young, began experimenting with flavors, working hard for two years to develop the perfect ice cream.

All of its ice creams are handcrafted and made with the best natural ingredients and, if possible, locally sourced. There is also a range of dairy free and vegan ice cream.

Simply Dairy was voted one of the best ice cream in the world

He started selling the product at farmers’ markets and at events, and was building a network of local dealers when the Covid pandemic took hold last year.

Intrepid, he quickly changed course and began making deliveries of his ice cream within 18 miles of Central Milton Keynes, working long hours seven days a week to make it possible.

This week, his efforts were recognized with the Great Taste distinction.

Simply Dairy Ice Cream has undergone a rigorous and independent judgment process by a food expert. It is described by the judges as offering “fantastic flavors”.

There is a range of products and flavors

Their comments included, “This simple looking pale ice cream is beautiful in its simplicity. It has a beautiful and subtle milk flavor that is clean and yet full of dairy charm. It is both refreshing and delicious.

Another said: “This could become a regular buy among those who appreciate simple, well-made milk ice cream that gets its flavor entirely from simple, high-quality ingredients.”

Richard said this week: “It is an absolute honor to have received this incredible distinction of one of the biggest awards in our industry.

“Now being able to display the instantly recognizable gold and black Great Taste star – the highly respected seals of approval – on our ‘Simply Dairy’ ice cream is a dream come true!

“We are so proud of how far we have come and know that we still have a long way to go. Thank you to all of our customers for supporting us. We couldn’t have done this without you!

The company produces an enticing array of flavors, including Foxdenton Raspberry Gin & Vanilla, Madagascar Organic Vanilla, Mint Chocolate Shavings, and Salted Almond Caramel.

While busy making and selling his treats, Richard works on an equally sweet dream for the future: providing opportunities for young people with educational challenges.

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