Cool down and enjoy the weather with the latest trends in ice cream

It’s estimated that ice cream evolved into what we know now sometime in the 16th century. However, there’s no denying that both the recipe and presentation of these sticky sweet treats has changed massively since the days of Mr Whippy and 99’s.

According to the DairyReporter, ice cream sales generate over £1bn in the UK, remaining the most popular and affordable treat. In order to keep up, there are now more independent companies than ever before and a growth of niche manufacturers taking advantage of our love for ice cream.

With the increase of outlets comes an ever-expanding repertoire of flavours and variations of presentation. As time goes on ice cream flavours continue to get more extravagant, innovative and sometimes just plain strange.

According to The Caterer the top trends for this Summer include everything from vegan ice cream, to

complementing flavours such as black treacle and basil. Coffee flavours also promise to play a big part in our Summer diet along with the ever popular matcha tea recipe.

As well as tasting amazing, these extravagant ingredients create visually stunning snacks. The bright greens of match tea and jet blacks of activated charcoal are a treat for the eyes.

Who said ice cream was just for kids? For Summer 2018, ice cream is set to become an adult only treat. Whether you like whisky or gin and tonic there will be an alcoholic ice cream recipe for you. Once chefs solve the problem of melting desserts, due to alcohol being unable to freeze, alcoholic ice creams are sure to be a crowd pleaser.

With all these stunning flavours and colours, a superb presentation to match is crucial. To give you a helping hand we’ve brought together some of the best products and brands that will really make your ice cream pop!

American Metalcraft ceramic paint cans are perfect for storing and displaying all the toppings you could ever want for your ice cream. The steely white shades are a great blank canvas for a whole host of colour full treats making them great for Sunday stations or buffet displays.

For the main event, there’s nothing better to accompany this range than the American Metalcraft Double wall stainless steel bowl.

These Genware Margarita bowls are perfect for trendy ice cream displays. Whilst the cocktail glasses brilliantly are the perfect match for this year’s alcoholic ice cream trend. The elegant design fits in perfectly with a contemporary restaurant making delicious end to a stunning meal.

For a beautiful, elegant and modern take on the classic Sunday the Arcoroc Delissimo Dessert Dish makes the great pairing for sorbets, the perfect end to the evening meal. Made with soda lime glass and completely dishwasher safe these bowls are great for busy restaurants.

For a more rustic experience try the Revol Froissé Porcelain Crumpled Tumblers. These fun and colourful designs are perfect for the kids and a great addition to a family day out.

To see more of the products available from Lockhart Catering along with the latest in innovation and inspiration visit the Lockhart Look Book.