The Coal Valley may just be the ice cream capital of Tasmania!
This summer a small team of local Coal Valley kids tested 5 different ice creameries, including two farm gates that have ice creams made out of their own cherries, apricots and strawberries!
The kids rated each ice cream out of five with their hands, as you'll see in the photos. They weren't especially critical, they just seem to love them all! Most of the testing was conducted by the twins, Jack and Alex, and some times we had some friends join us.
We love that all of the ice creams we tested were made in Tasmania, or even better made in-house with seasonal and local ingredients. What a treat!
So with out further ado, and in no particular order, here are our findings...
COAL VALLEY CREAMERY
Our first stop was Coal Valley Creamery who make their ice creams and gelato in-house.
Alex and Jack both chose cherry ice cream which matched the building beautifully. And the adults ordered whisky ice cream, which we can highly recommend. Incredibly delicious.
The boys happily gave their ice creams five out of five. What's not to love about handmade ice cream with local cherries!
Coal Valley Creamery also have yummy gluten-free waffle cones (made in-house too!), which pleases our OCV coeliac Jared to no end.
Find Coal Valley Creamery here
Lowdina Orchard, 13 minutes drive north of Richmond, just past Campania, sell delicious fresh cherries, apricots and homemade cherry and apricot ice cream from their farm gate.
Local Coal Valley kids, Sadie, Florrie, Harry and Archie were pretty keen to help test ice creams with Jack and Alex this time. The most popular flavour was cherry, but Harry bucked that trend and went with apricot.
All agreed they were top notch ice creams, and gave five out of five all 'round. And best of all we could wander among the cherry trees afterwards to wear off the sugar-high before jumping back into the car.
Cherry and apricot season starts around Christmas time in the Coal Valley, and lasts until roughly mid-February, so a trip to this orchard is a perfect summer holiday treat.
Find Lowdina Orchard here
STONE & BARROW
Stone & Barrow have a beautifully shady garden to laze about in while eating your ice cream, with the bonus of totem tennis and Clyde the cafe-dog providing entertainment for all.
Alex and Jack chose vanilla and chocolate, which rated highly on blues hands from an earlier mishap with a blue food colouring experiment.
Stone & Barrow is open for lunch, Wednesday to Sunday, and now dinner on Friday and Saturday nights.
Find Stone & Barrow here
LITTLEWOOD BERRY FARM
We went along to one of Littlewood's twilight picking evenings this summer. While the kids reviewed the ice creams, the rest of us enjoyed a Back Paddock pinot noir, and an awesome feed from the Big Smoke BBQ food-van while the sun set over the patch.
We recruited a few extra reviewers this time. Harry and Thomas gave a five each while Molly was way too engrossed in her sorbet to get on board with a review of her own, but by all accounts is was very yummy.
Check out our feature article about Littlewood here for all the good oil.
Find Littlewood Berry Farm here
SWEETS & TREATS
On a cruisy Sunday in late summer, Alex, Jack, Harry and Sadie made their last stop on their ice cream tour of the Coal Valley.
Sweet & Treats has been a Richmond institution since the mid eighties, and a popular port of call for visiting kids of all ages.
The kids keep it simple and ordered vanilla and chocolate ice creams, then enjoyed them in the courtyard under the huge magnolia tree.
It was a strong finish to the ice cream reviewing, with fives all round. Even Sadie's t-shirt gave the ice creams a few fives!
Find Sweets & Treats here
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