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Published January 30th 2015
Sampling the best ice cream in the ice country
The town of Bright in our High Country is famous for ice all year round. In winter, the ice is associated with snow and the cold climates, and Bright is a great place to stay before hitting the snowfields at Buffalo, Hotham or Falls. In summer, the ice is associated with the Le Blanche Ice Creamery, an equally popular destination for adults and kids alike who are holidaying in the region.
Le Blanche Ice Creamery is a family owned Ice Creamery situated on the main street in the centre of Bright. Each day the magnetic board outside the shop is updated with the 20 varieties / flavours of ice cream on offer for the day in addition to the 4 regular flavours (chocolate, vanilla, yoghurt, lemon sorbet).
All ice cream is made on the premises using fresh fruits, berries, nuts, tofu, yoghurt and sorbet, and it is difficult to describe it as any anything but delicious. The ice cream is made during the quieter periods of the day, when customers are treating themselves to milkshakes or the occasional ice cream. But by the end of the day, the activity changes immensely.
On my recent visit to Bright, Le Blanche was the place to be after the main meal was devoured at a local café / restaurant. It wasn't that the sweets or desserts on offer at the local café were bad - it was just that the crowd gathering at the Ice Creamery were on to something, and I had to be part of that. So each day, after the main meal, we would head off to the Ice Creamery, and battle the small crowd for our double serve of ice cream in a waffle cone.
On our first night, the tayberry flavoured ice cream using tayberries from Harrietville was absolutely perfect, while the salted caramel flavour also kept the tastebuds tingling. Yoghurt and chocolate flavours were tried on another night, and again were faultless. Smarties, cookies and cream, and tiramisu rounded out a great weekend of adventure filled ice cream eating.
The pricing of the ice creams was modest with cones starting at $4.80, waffle cones and small cups at $5.20 and $5.80 for larger cups. Each of the above prices entitled you to two serves, either the same flavour or two different flavours. There are four sets of tables and chairs outside, and some conveniently low brick walls on both sides of the road near the Ice Creamery for those who wish to sit and enjoy their ice cream before finishing their evening.
And despite the crowds appearing later in the day, I must commend the serving staff on their patience (picking from 24 flavours takes time), their speed at serving, and the manners and attitude that accompanied all of this. It is often hard to still manage a smile when the crowds are starting to deepen, but I take my hat off to them, and thank them again for another great ice cream experience.
Le Blanche Ice Creamery is open from 10am, and they stay open longer than I manage to stay awake each day. Normal closing time is around sunset, but given the hordes of people still queuing to get inside the Ice Creamery, they stay open until everyone is served, all part of that great country service.