A new ice cream shop in Brisbane has been making ice cream at home for years.
And while you’re at it, you might want to give it a go yourself.
The “Pioneer” is an all-natural ice cream store that opened in the Brisbane CBD last year.
It’s made using ingredients sourced from the land, and has a friendly, welcoming atmosphere.
Owner and ice cream specialist, Kim Lai, has been in the business for about 10 years and says she’s experienced a “phenomenon” in the ice cream business.
“I think it’s been amazing to see people coming to the shop for the first time, to have them come and taste what we have,” she said.
“The first time they taste the ice creams we say, ‘OK, you’re welcome, we’re happy to do business with you’.”
“I feel really proud, because for the most part we’ve been really supportive, and I think people just really like what we’re doing.”‘
You could walk right past’When it comes to the taste of ice cream, Lai says it’s not just about the flavour.
“It’s about the texture of the ice.
I think you could walk past the door and say, you know, ‘this is delicious’,” she said, adding it’s about how the flavour flows through the ice, from the cream to the ice itself.”
For me, when I’ve made ice cream before, it’s really just about what’s going into the bowl and the consistency of the cream,” she explained.”
So the cream doesn’t have a consistency to it, but it has the right texture.”
It’s all about what makes your ice cream go, Laui said.
She said it took years to perfect her ice cream recipe, and it was a constant process of trial and error.
“We’ve been working really hard, but in the end it’s all really down to the ingredient,” she laughed.
She also says she enjoys having a “cheerleader” to help her make ice cream for her customers.
“Our customers have been amazing, and we’ve had to take some steps to be able to get our ice cream to them, because they’ve all come here for it,” she added.
“There’s not a single ice cream person who’s not excited about ice cream.”
The business has been open for about a year, and customers have also been buying from the store.
“They’ve been coming in and they’re buying their ice cream and we’re getting more and more customers,” she says.
“Some of them even came back for a second taste.”
A local business owner says the ice maker ‘has changed the way we think about ice’The ice maker at Pioneer has also brought some locals into the business.
Owner, Rob Wills, said it’s helped his business thrive, but also created a new set of expectations for his customers.”[It’s] a bit of a game changer, it changed how we think of ice,” he said.”[When I opened the store] we didn’t know if it was going to change how we make ice, and now it’s changed the whole way we do things.”
“I don’t think it [the ice maker] has changed the world, but I think it has changed our world,” he continued.
“Because people are using ice in a different way, because people are seeing it for the flavour that it is.”
And that’s what’s really important.
You could walk by a grocery store and you could say, OK, this is ice cream.
It might be more expensive, but that’s the way that we make it.
“Rob Wills with the ice machine at Pioneer ice cream machine (left) and the new Pioneer ice creamer (right)Both machines feature a pump, which helps the cream flow faster and easier, but Mr Wills said he’s also noticed a change in the customers’ opinions about ice.”
When I started the business, I knew that I could make ice.
It was something that I was capable of,” he explained.”[But] now, the more customers I get, the less ice cream I make.
I just think, ‘Wow, people really like ice cream!’
“And in a similar vein, Mr Wils says it took time to adapt to the new ice cream.”
My parents were into ice cream when they were growing up, and they’ve been using it for years,” he admitted.”
But when I started to make ice and have started making ice creampuff, people were like, ‘Oh my god, that’s just not ice cream!’
“He says that he’s had to “change the way people think” about ice, but he’s not stopping there.”
People are just getting more adventurous and more adventurous with ice cream,” he added.
He also believes that ice cream’s future lies in the UK, as the UK