Ice Cream News for the Last Weeks of Summer

School is back in session and that Labor Day in the States has come and gone. School uniforms are in and white shoes are out. Ice cream, however, needs not live by the calendar in the same manner as clothing and school supplies.

While the weather remains a bit balmy, and if the sun decides to show its face, there is no reason ice cream treats shouldn’t be enjoyed. Last week when it was still “technically” summer, and the sun and temperatures backed up the calendar, we made two trips to Dun Laoghaire’s seaside for two very different ice cream experiences.

My Cousin Teddy at Teddy’s in May. All Teddys should get a free 99. Right?!

The classic Irish ice cream cone is the 99, and the best place to get it is Teddy’s in Dun Laoghaire. It’s simple, creamy, cool, and tastes, literally, like summer. The 99 always has a Cadbury’s flake stuck in one side and when and how a person decides to eat the flake and cone combo can tells a lot about their personality.

Queue’s for Teddy’s go up the road on most weekend afternoons, summer or not. The service is efficient and everyone comes away happy. There’s no flair. Teddy’s doesn’t need flair.

Flair is the order of the day at the newest Dun Laoghaire ice cream mecca, Scrumdiddly’s. Scrumdiddly’s also has queues out the door on most days. Allow me a digression: one of my favorite things about Irish people is their ability to eat ice cream no matter what the weather. Summer, of course, calls for it, but even on a rainy October Sunday afternoon by the sea there will be plenty of people with ice cream cones. These ice cream habits are another reason I fit in so well here.

Irish Summer Classics: Ice Scream and Socks ‘n’ Shorts

Scrumdiddly’s is not so conveniently located for people traveling to DL in a car. Parking is harder to come by. C and I managed it on a Tuesday afternoon and though we found a spot for the car, the queue was still around the corner.

It’s more of a sweetshop than an ice cream place. The idea is that you get to put sweets of your choosing into a tub of ice cream. They are called “tubs”. It’s similar to the famous Blizzard at Dairy Queen in the States. There is nothing simple about it. You don’t come to Scrumdiddly’s for a vanilla cone.

C was sent in to do the ordering, and he felt slightly overwhelmed. He returned to me with two options: tubs of sticky sweet, gooey coldness. One was slightly coconut flavored, the other chocolate and cookies.

There IS Ice Cream in There, I Promise

I’m nursing a baby up to eight times a day so most things taste amazing to me. I’m also an ice cream fan from way back. I mention these facts because I might not be the best judge of quality at the moment. Both tubs of goodness were tasty, to be sure, but both were a bit over-the-top. After a few bites both C and I felt we would have been happier with just a 99 from down the road. What it came down to (C noticed this, I did not, could not in my state, but I do agree) is the fact that the quality of the ice cream at Scrumdiddly’s does not come close to Teddy’s. But you don’t go to Scrumdiddly’s for the ice cream. You go for the ability to personalize your ice cream with your favorite sweets and creative culinary panache.

There is absolutely a place for both of these ice cream venues. Some days you feel like a simple 99, other days you need to add cookies, gummies, and fudge sauce. If you find yourself needing both on one day? It’s about a ten minute walk along the sea wall from one venue to the other. So treat yourself!

Ice Cream News for the Last Weeks of Summer



The health food/raw food/juicing trend is the new normal from America to Europe. I remember buying my first green juice from a cart on Wall Street in NYC some summers ago. it wasn’t the easiest thing to drink; I could taste the celery and the kale too much. As the years have gone on and juicing has become much more main stream, green juices are not only easier to drink (extra pineapple, cucumber and mint help in many concoctions), they are everywhere. In Dublin they are even selling them at Centra! This from a country that is famous for crisp sandwiches. You can find them right next to Volvic flavoured water.

When I first moved to Ireland in 2001, I struggled to find avocados to make a taco dinner for friends. The ones I found were from an Asian grocery store and were not ripe. They were also a euro a piece. The guacamole I made from those avocados was not the best. Now I can buy a net of five avocados in Lidl for 2.99. They are delicious.

Coconut was mostly found in sweets and treats when I was growing up. I love a Bounty bar and macaroons. Samoas, my favorite girl-scout cookie, is chocolate, coconut and caramel. Coconut milk I only ever used (or ate) in thai curries. Coconut water had it’s “coming out” moment in the summer of 2010. I didn’t like it at all; this was a trend I was not going to participate in. It turns out coconut water was only the beginning. The “tropical super fruit” is now everywhere from coffee shops (as an alternative to cow, almond or soy milks), to my own fridge door. I use coconut milk (a much watered down version) in my porridge.

Coconut and avocados are two of the main ingredients in the really wonderful Irish brand nobó’s ice creams. Bó is the Irish word for cow, so No Bó is . . .you get it.  They aren’t ice creams, as the tub says, they are “frozen treats”. There is no better example of the health-food movement in Ireland making something wonderful. All the ingredients are organic. They are made mostly of fruit and nuts (coconuts included in that) and natural sweeteners. C and I have tried three flavors: salted caramel (the only vegan option as it doesn’t use honey), lemon, and chocolate almond. The lemon is our favorite with the salted caramel a close second.

I am not vegan, I don’t only eat raw food and I don’t own a juicer. I am a healthy eater, but I love treats. I don’t know if I would give up real ice cream for nobó full time. But if the health food movement is going to keep producing products like this, it will make life a lot sweeter.