I am a huge fan of Messina Gelato. Yeah, yeah, who isn’t, move on, you say. Well I will explain why – its Messina’s complexity of flavours that lures me in every time. Yes, they do a very good chocolate (Atlas, my three year old son, will attest) but once you try their cremino (amaretti biscuits, meringue and gianduia fudge), or lemon meringue pie (lemon curd, meringue and shortcrust pastry) you will have no choice, but to embrace a ‘meal in a cone’. Now we have all seen ‘meals in a bar’ – jam-packed protein bars, and ‘meals in a box’ – your breakfast smoothie drinks, but what about ‘meals in a cone’?
Ice cream can be a complete meal- protein, fruit and vegetable and grains. Once ice cream becomes this balanced, nutritional extravaganza it is completely justified to consume it as your main meal, perhaps multiple times a day, rather than second fiddle to the main show.
Now if Messina was on my doorstep I would be satisfied, but unfortunately, it is not. Our supermarkets are sadly lacking in complex, awe-inspiring nirvana. Cry no more. The days of sitting at home in the evening faced with boring old supermarket vanilla or perhaps, hokey pokey can be a distant, dull memory. Lets make our own ice cream and if we’re going to bother, lets make it good.