GET THE SCOOP: Baskin-Robbins Coolangatta owner Julia Ackland (right) and staffer Jess Bathie sample their top ice-cream, hokey pokey.
GET THE SCOOP: Baskin-Robbins Coolangatta owner Julia Ackland (right) and staffer Jess Bathie sample their top ice-cream, hokey pokey. Blainey Woodham

Taste testing the best ice-creams in the Tweed

IT IS not often Julia Ackland or any of her staff get time to sample their product at Baskin-Robbins Coolangatta.

In a quiet moment leading up to Australia Day they managed a taste of the most popular flavour in their store, hokey pokey.

For the uninitiated, hokey pokey is honeycomb crumbled into vanilla ice-cream.

Mrs Ackland said other popular flavours at Coolangatta included choc-chip cookie dough, cotton candy and cookies and cream, which had all been consumed in bulk this summer.

To help celebrate Australia Day, Baskin-Robbins will rename more than 30 flavours with uniquely Aussie names on the store's Facebook page.

Mrs Ackland is throwing down the challenge to Tweed ice-cream lovers and holidaymakers, asking them to suggest new Aussie-inspired names for their different flavours.

"We want to give our flavour names an Aussie twist - but rather than doing this ourselves we want to know what people in Tweed Heads think and give them the chance to help name one of our ice-cream flavours for the weekend," Mrs Ackland said. Banana, chocolate chip, crimson passion sorbet, green tea, marshmallow mystery and more flavours are all up for new names over the long weekend, beginning on Saturday and running through until close on Monday.

"People on holidays will eat ice-cream all day every day, from 9am until 11pm. We have been run off our feet since the week before December."

The team Mrs Ackland and her husband have put together are pretty popular with the customers, according to employee Jess Bathie.

"We are like a big family. Customers are always complimenting us," Miss Bathie said. Submit your ideas at facebook.com.au/baskinrobbinsaustralia.

So hokey

Hokey pokey is Coolangatta's favourite ice-cream flavour.

It's also No.1 in Australia and New Zealand.

Hokey pokey is a Cornish term for honeycomb.

The original recipe contained solid toffee.



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