A cool, sweet thing celebrates 50

AUDREY MALONE
Last updated 05:00 26/03/2014

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South Canterbury children will be screaming for ice-cream this weekend as Mr Whippy celebrates 50 years in business in New Zealand.

Gwenda Carson, who has had the Timaru franchise for 10 years, said the children were what made her job the most enjoyable she has ever had.

"Some of them you wish you could scoop up and take home. They are really really delightful," Mrs Carson said.

She said when she first started, one child asked her if the worms she put into her creepy crawly ice-creams were real.

"I said I went and dug them out of the garden to top up my supply," she said.

Mrs Carson said it was always special to watch a child taste their first Mr Whippy.

"They take a little taste, and another, and before you know it they just seem to devour it, and it's all over their face." However it was not only the children enjoying the creamy treats.

Mrs Carson said her favourite ice-cream was one she made up, called the Tutti Frutti.

"Fruit salad at the bottom, lashings of sherbert, a bit of ice-cream, and more sherbert. I absolutely love sherbert."

New Zealand master franchise owner Chris Dorn had been with the company since 2012, and said it was really special to be part of the team celebrating 50 years in business.

Mr Dorn said he was looking forward to giving back this weekend, by giving away 20,000 ice-creams nationwide for a gold coin donation, all money to be donated to the Child Cancer Foundation.

His favourite from the range?

"I would have to say it is a Mr Whippy big sundae," he said.

For Saturday's celebrations you will find Mr Whippy in South Canterbury: Temuka, Domain Road 1pm to 1.45pm and at Caroline Bay from 2pm to 3pm.

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- The Timaru Herald

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