Just in time for summer, Heston Blumenthal, chef of Fat Duck ( the 3 Michelin starred restaurant and one of the top 3 restaurants in the world) and Dinner (which explores ancient British recipes) collaborated with high- end supermarket Waitrose to create two special ice-creams- Chocolate & Rosemary and Salted Caramel Popcorn (photo above). I decided to have a taste off – really just an excuse to have 2 tubs of ice-cream at the same time! So which one is better?
I had high hopes for the Chococlate & Rosemary ice-cream (photo above) as I am a great fan of chocolate. However, it was disappointing. The taste and smell reminded me a lot of the herbal poultices 鐵打膏藥 one would find in a Chinese bone- setting clinic. They are not for eating but for putting over bruises etc. Not that I have ever eaten one of those poultices before but I just could not stop thinking about them when I had the chocolate ice cream in my mouth. Yuck! Who would have thought 14% chocolate + rosemary = Chinese herbal poultice? But if you have never been to a Chinese bone-setting clinic before, then you probably would have liked it.
The Salted Caramel Popcorn ice-cream (photo above), on the other hand, was an amazing delight. It looked a little lumpy but that was because there was real popcorn inside! It was not too sweet or rich and it was fun to eat. Thumbs up!
Heston has developed a range of food products with Waitrose, from condiments to pies. I have reviewed his coriander and rose salt, steak, ale & kombu pie and Lapsang Souchong tea smoked salmon and Vanilla mayonnaise. The Salted Caramel Popcorn ice-cream is definitely my favourite so far!