The Back Story: NEW Artisan Coconut Ice Cream

Posted 1 year ago | by seedblog | in Eat Clean, Featured, Inspirations, Live Green, Recipes, Uncategorized

I know you haven’t heard from me for some time…I have been working hard together with my family to develop and launch an Artisan Coconut Ice Cream (exciting stuff for sure!) Yes, ice cream from coconuts developed in our kitchen at home and inspired by a simple pot of salted caramel.  I wanted this post to reflect on some of the process of getting ice cream from our kitchen to supermarkets around the world.

Roughly 2 years after we made that first pot of salted caramel from Himalayan salt and coconut sugar, we finally did it!  Hello, amazingly creamy, artisan, dairy free ice cream! (OK, it wasn’t as simple as that, but this post gives you the some of the “back story”.)

 

Just toasted coconut, Vanilla Bean Espresso, Tons of Cookies, Salted Caramel and Madagascan Vanilla Bean. From REAL INGREDIENTS…not flavours bought in bags, but the real deal!  And to top it off, it is sweetened only with agave making it LOW GI.

The Final Range of 5

The Range

We didn’t want to mass produce something which we had made with so much care so we took the time to find someone that was willing to go on this journey with us and to duplicate the “homemade-ness” of our ice cream.

THE BACK STORY

Hayley, my sister, takes care of the inside (the ingredients, the flavours, sourcing the raw materials and carefully choosing what belongs in the best tasting ice cream in the world) whilst I take care of the outside (how it looks, feels, and how we reach everyone in the world).  This isn’t a daunting task at all when you have your family by your side and a world class plant powered team to help out 😉

The process followed is quite simple but the detail can be overwhelming.  Designing packaging without an agency and relying on your own creativity can give you many sleepless nights, especially when you feel you haven’t quite “nailed” it.  This packaging development took over 100 concepts to finally get right. The number of times you change a photo, change a colour, change font type, change the font type on the other Fry’s product to see if it works across the whole brand, change a background, change concept, start again, go for a surf for momentary inspiration, start with a new concept… And then starts the work of writing copy, changing copy, editing copy, compliance with multi – country food packaging legislation (which can be soul destroying at times, believe me!).  Of course food photography is required and again the level of detail is painstaking.  I learnt a few new things about photographing ice cream.  It melts faster than you planned it to and coconut husk hairs never lie exactly the right way!  This goes on for months (and no, you haven’t yet shown a buyer or “bounced your ideas off anyone”).  You make 3D versions of the packs, you hold them and feel them and then you start all over again with more changes.  Artwork finally, finally is sent off for printing.

Then starts the actual manufacture.

Hayley called me in tears from the first production run…the stress of making food by hand and still keeping it at minus 20C while you move it from one freezer to the next and into containers is enough to break someone.  And tasting over and over again to make sure that nothing has changed (because you swear that something may have changed).  Of course there are always hurdles to jump through at your first production run.  It’s tough.  This after she had undertaken almost 8 international trips in just one year to pull the project off.

You need to go to these lengths and then further to do your absolute best so that when you go to the world with your product, they accept it and love it!

And then after all the hard work, and secrecy, the cat is out of the bag and you put your product out to the world.  And you hope and pray that they do love it.  Because after all every comment and every bit of feedback is taken incredibly personally (think about that next time you write to Fry’s – be kind!).  You hope that they can see just what one family has gone through to do their absolute best.

Just like that a dream takes flight, an emotional moment for sure, a moment of elation and terror all rolled into one.  And the first person that nods their head when they taste, rolls their eyes with enjoyment…that affirmation is like nothing you can imagine.  You breathe. Again.

So before you tuck into that incredibly delicious Fry’s Ice Cream, you will know the backstory.  I think it may taste even better (if that’s even possible).

Tammy

PS if you get your hands on some, be sure to tag us on instagram @tammy__fry https://www.instagram.com/tammy__fry/ @frysfamily or hashtag #frysfamily!

And if you want to know more head to www.fryfamilyfood.com

NOTE: As you know, we are a proudly family owned business. This allows us to remain true to our values and ethics.  We make food for people, not so that we can make money, but to make their transition to a plant based diet easier, nutritious and sustainable.  We eat our own food every day, our children eat our food everyday…you can trust the ingredients and know that the food was made with love and attention to good quality.

The Story in Pictures

The Story in Pictures

 

 

 

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22 Responses

  1. Jaz says:

    Please oh please send some to Tasmania!!

  2. Ros says:

    Queensland Australia would also like some and we have a big ginger industry in my regional area Bundaberg and that is a lovely flavour too.

  3. Jade says:

    Will it be available in Cape Town and where?

    • seedblog says:

      Yes – selected PNP stores…please follow FRYS SA on FB for updates and stockists! Turn on notifications. Thanks for your support!

  4. Bronwyn says:

    Where will you be selling this please – any main stream ships like coles or woolies? Love done in Albury ☺

    • seedblog says:

      Hi Bron – initially only independents like IGA. If the demand is good enough Coles and WW may give us an opportunity! Please follow FRYS AUS FB and turn on notifications for updates on latest stockists!

  5. Lauren e says:

    So excited to try this. I am such a fan of your entire range! Wish I could get my hands on more of the South African range ( I am now living in Australia ). Claire & Jono that work for at Fry’s in SA, always say how much they are in love their work,brand and the family, Fry’s. Can’t wait for the launch.
    @veganliving_au

    • seedblog says:

      Thanks Lauren! Really appreciate your comment and support. We love Claire & Jono too!! Please follow our FRYS AUS FB page and turn on notifications – we are bringing more of the FRYS range to AUS!!

  6. Monique says:

    Are you guys selling in Sydney??? SO excited!!

  7. Laurette says:

    You guys are amazing! Thank you so very much for all of your hard work and making it easy to be a vegan! Not only are you guys helping us but the animals as well!

  8. Lizette Watson says:

    Thankyou Love ALL your food and looking forward to trying all of the ice cream.

  9. Christmas came early this year!!!!
    O my word, I am making a vegan aquafaba three tier pavlova with strawberries, kiwi fruit and mango (Christmas colours)

    I JUST NEEDED ICECREAM to make it perfect! And now Fry’s have done it!

    WHERE CAN WE FIND IT IN PE???

    Bless your beautiful souls.

  10. Lisa says:

    This is AWESOME news! Thank you so much Fry Family xx I am super excited and cannot wait for your new product to hit the shelves in Cape Town (Strand, to be more specific). Hope the ice cream makes it in time for our hottest months, just around the corner. All the best xx

  11. Hennie says:

    This good news and way over time!


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