As the old gourmand saying goes, "if you reduce the fat, you reduce the flavour." This applies to rich sauces, well-marbled meats, and above all, ice cream, where a high buttercream content allows the luscious flavours to shine.
Think that dog wants to lick the bowl? (Mike Green)
"Mine runs about 19 per cent. And usually ice creams here run about 11 per cent," said Lisa Dyck, referring to the buttercream content of her luxurious Cornell Creme hand-crafted ice cream.
"I'm just finding with the higher butterfat that the taste is carried through... plus you can eat just a little bit and still be fulfilled," Dyck continued.Ever wanted to learn about organic farming?
I couldn't agree more, as this is some of the richest, creamiest ice cream I have ever had.
All the flavours I tried this week at Cornell Dairy -- the Dyck's farm located outside of Anola -- were quite exceptional. Their Malty Ale Pail proves that beer and ice cream were meant to be together, while the Raspberry White Chocolate and Lemon Meringue will make you want to close your eyes and savour the layers of flavour.
The cows that make the cream (Mike Green)
Cornell Creme hits all the locavore criteria a foodie could ask for, the milk and cream come from the Dyck's own cows, which Lisa then transports to the University of Manitoba in cream cans for processing.
The batches are hand-crafted, with all the ingredients -- from the beer, to the vanilla, to the raspberries, to the lemon -- are either hand-squeezed, cooked, or reduced, by Dyck herself.
"The most we can produce right now is 200 litres a week. But we are working on a piece of equipment to bump that up. Hopefully we can do up to 1000," said Dyck.
With small batches and high standards, Cornell Creme is a premium product. The cost to produce one litre can be as high as $7, while it retails around $11 to $12 per litre.
This premium price tag has not deterred a loyal following, as retailers have found it flies out of the freezer.
"When it comes in it is really in short supply, as it is really a hot item," said Erin Crampton, of Crampton's Market. "We've had people buying multiple containers, walking out with arms filled with 6 to 8 litres of ice cream for their lists of friends who have put out requests for it."