Five for Friday: Ice cream
Finland consumes more ice cream per capita than any other European country. Here are five prime examples of the nation’s obsession with frozen flavours.
Our focus on award-winning foods earlier this year created such a buzz of rumbling tummies among readers that we decided to dive in again. What better way to the Finnish heart than ice cream! Get to know some exotic flavours, a tasty way to put a glow on your cheek and, well, a pretty unique hotel room!
With a company name that translates as “Finland’s ice cream”, one is not surprised to learn that this company stocks local flavours such as spruce. A collaboration with Japanese lifestyle company MUJI’s stores last year in Munich, London, Paris, Milan and Barcelona put the company’s flavours on more lips than ever before.
“Co-operation with MUJI has been an encouraging start to foreign markets,” founder Petri Laukontaus observed last year. “Even a small company can make it to the big markets, if the product is right, genuine and distinct.”
All good things come in threes, right? The first three flavours from this matey trio – blueberry-cardamom, strawberry-vanilla and raspberry-white chocolate – hit the shelves in Finland five years ago. Such was their success that the company was inundated with flavour suggestions, chief among them a vegan offering. The resultant award-winning vegan chocolate-nut-caramel ice cream is the company’s best-selling product, continuing its quest for the finest flavours.
“Our ice creams are made of natural, real ingredients from scratch, without cutting corners,” co-founder Heikki Huotari underlined. “We roast our nuts and prepare our sauces ourselves to make the flavours taste so real that they can be instantly recognised even if you’ve not seen the package.”
Regardless of the subzero temperatures outside, we Finns know that someday in future summer will again be here – what better time for ice cream and cocktails outdoors! And, with our very own Santa twiddling his thumbs until December, it’s also an ideal time for people to enjoy both in one spoonful.
This boutique ice cream maker had been eyeing the Japanese market for some time before it opened its Jymy Ice Cream Cafe in Akishima, Tokyo, last year. Boasting such flavours as lemon liquorice and naked milk, the company had previously established exports to Germany, Sweden and the UK.
“It’s wonderful to see that our vision of a high-quality food product that is based on sound values also resonates outside the borders of Finland,” managing director Horst Neumann declared at the time.
If all this ice cream talk is making you weary, maybe it’s time to rest your head a while. Helping you keep Finnish ice cream in mind is this room in Helsinki’s Klaus K hotel. Taking its name from dairy producer Valio’s ice cream brand, the Valio Jäätelöfabriikki Sweet Suite offers luxurious sheets, a bubble bath, a swing and all the ice cream your heart desires.
“We wanted to create a small, surprising experience around delicious ice cream,” said Valio’s ice cream business manager, Tea Ijäs. “This luxurious hotel suite and our beloved ice creams are a match made in heaven.”