Thursday , January 28 2021

What a ball – New Zealand’s oldest ice cream business gets a new van



Ice Cream Charlie’s director Chrissy West gives the finishing touches to a Vanilla Ice.

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Ice Cream Charlie’s director Chrissy West gives the finishing touches to a Vanilla Ice.

Christchurch is an institution older than the cathedral and the electric tram and now plans to go to Ice Cream Charlie nationwide.

Founded in 1903 – a year before the completion of Christ Church Cathedral – the company serves its famous Vanilla Ices from a basket on Armagh St in Victoria Square.

In 2021, they will also open in Mite, before expanding to other cities in the coming years.

On Sunday, Mayor Lianne Dalziel unveiled a new cart from the Peggy family business, which replaces the old one built in the 1950s.

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To this end, they distributed 1,000 free vanilla ice creams, still made using the same 117-year-old recipe and sold from both carts and cycle carts.

Although Ice Cream Charlie has long been located in Victoria Square, founder Sali Mahomet first used the cart in nearby Cathedral Square.

Customers have lined up in the new van to enjoy Sunday evening.

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Customers have lined up in the new van to enjoy Sunday evening.

Known affectionately as Charlie, Vanilla Ice (Ice Cream Charlie) was the first of seven owners in more than a century.

CEO Tim McIsaac said the old van will be refurbished before it can be put into service.

“He will not retire, he will rise to the 2020 standards,” he said.

“The previous van was put into operation around 1954, all the freezers were in the 50s. It was not environmentally friendly or not energy efficient, it was outdated. “

Customer Susie Cant will be waiting for Vanilla Ice.

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Customer Susie Cant will be waiting for Vanilla Ice.

The new van is designed to be “old school,” but he said it’s new.

“It has been tailor-made to deliver ice cream. We hope to be there for the next 50 years.

“The business has been running for almost 120 years. It’s the oldest ice cream business in New Zealand.”


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