October 03 2009
Lucia van der Post
For me the name Anthony Minghella usually stood for one thing – films. The English Patient and Truly Madly Deeply were unforgettable films that turned him into a world-renowned director. But recently the name Minghella has resonated for an entirely different reason. Down on the Isle of Wight I’ve discovered that Minghella’s father’s family ice-cream business makes some of the best ice-creams in the world. Yes, really.
Anthony was one of five children of a master gelatiere of Italian origin, who ran an ice-cream parlour in Ryde. Today Minghella Ice Creams turns out some 180 scrumptious flavours – crushed walnut with maple syrup, chilli chilli chocolate to name but two – and all are made the traditional way from cream and milk without any artificial flavours and no cheap sugars, while the sorbets are packed with fresh fruits. Gin and Pink Grapefruit sorbet anyone? Or how about my personal favourite, Oriental Ginger with Honey? And if you’re worried about your triglycerides, you can always go for the Dolce Vita line, all low fat and low sugars. From £5.50 for 500ml.