We are solidly in summer. The weather is as hot as our wildest wintertime hopes and we’re now seeking ways to cool off. What a fantastic problem! And ice cream is the perfect solution.
There’s an avalanche of icy options but Cornell Creme is no ordinary ice cream. Their flavours are a perfect cocktail of classic and bold. That said, their Vanilla is the best foundation you’ll find for sundae building and they have exotic flavours like Malty Ale Pail, a beer ice cream. Beer floats anyone?
Lisa Dyck and husband William are Manitoba’s first dairy owner producer-processor. Together they are making spectacular ice cream and know their suppliers well. The Dyck’s dairy farm near Anola, Manitoba provides the cream that is the foundation of their delectable offerings.
Lisa took her hobby to the next level in 2012, when she was given an ice cream maker. She had some experience baking for the teahouse in Anola but her development of Cornell Creme has transitioned the business into to a full plant operation. The Pumpkins Pastime teahouse (sadly, now closed) was where Lisa says she, “Developed my passion for creating something for others.”
There is nothing complicated or hard to pronounce on the Cornell label. Lisa explains that you are buying something totally different when you buy her ice cream. It is a full, fat full-on delicious treat and she makes no apologies for that. There isn’t a flavour I’ve tried that I don’t like but I agree with Lisa, the Vanilla Bean is the best vanilla ice cream I’ve ever had.
When I asked what she wanted for her company, she replied simply, “I want a company that Manitobans would be proud of.”
If you want to get your hands of some of this amazing ice cream for yourself or a friend, you might have to get in line. Vendors that carry Cornell Creme often sell out quickly and those who know it rarely leave with just one flavour. In Winnipeg you can pick some up at Crampton’s Market and Delucas. For a full listing check out their website at cornellcreme.com.
With dreams of a scoop shop dancing in her head, there is a lot more to come from Lisa and Cornell Creme.
Photos courtesy of Cornell Creme, photographer Ian McCausland