We spoke to Debbie Vickers from Chopperwhoppers to find out more about her company

Ice cream We spoke to Debbie Vickers from Chopperwhoppers to find out more about her company.

Tell us about yourself
"I’m Debbie, single mum of three and cabin manager for a well-known airline. I discovered rolled ice cream while on a trip in Thailand back in 2015. I heard a loud chopping noise and saw a gathering of people watching a local lady create ice cream rolls right there in front of us using a cold plate, fresh mango and condensed milk. I was in awe. I’d never seen anything like it in my travels during my flying career. I chose a mango and banana one and watched eagerly as she worked her magic. It was all very theatrical and beautifully presented. The taste was astonishing, so light and fresh, unlike anything I’d had before. I knew then that I had to bring this new creative idea back to the UK. Back home I started researching suppliers of the ice pan machines, created a logo, and then dreamt up the name of my new venture... Chopperwhoppers."

Rolled ice cream is new to us! What makes it different to the ice cream we usually get?
"Rolled ice cream is so different from the usual soft or scoop ice cream, because you actually watch it being made. It doesn’t get any fresher than that. No nasty ice crystals and no deep freezing for months on end.

"The ice pans freeze the ingredients super-quick. The mixture is then spread out in a thin layer over the pan, which usually is set at around -30. Once it’s set it’s then carefully teased off the pan using the chopping spatula – et voila, the ice cream rolls are made. They’re placed upright into a tub and look like flowers, so pretty."

What can you offer couples for their wedding?
"As rolled ice cream is so unusual it makes a memorable addition to a wedding. It really brings that extra something, that wow factor. Newlyweds can even try their hand at creating it too, providing a great photo opportunity.

"We offer unlimited flavour combinations, three or four of which are chosen and can be mixed and matched. Flavours vary from delicious local seasonal fruits or your favourite indulgent chocolate, all with unlimited serving options. If you fancy a tipple in your ice cream rolls, we can offer that too. Baileys works really well with smooth white chocolate. Of course, it goes without saying that we can also offer vegan alternatives, which taste amazing too.

"Our toppings table has been remodelled and now offers lots of goodies to adorn your tubs of ice cream rolls – from mini marshmallows, crushed nuts to creamy fudge pieces. Not forgetting those sprinkles that the children love.

"There are various packages available for smaller weddings of 40 guests using just one ice pan, right up to 1,000 guests using four ice pans. All come with the same bespoke, quality, personal and professional service."

So, if you’re looking for something delicious and different for your big day just get in touch via www.instagram.com/chopperwhoppers

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