Yes, a very difficult Top 5 post of deciding which 5 ice creams and icy poles get onto my list. I know I have done food Top 5s before, but, much sampling and consideration was done this summer and I’ve finally narrowed it down to my Top 5 Ice treats. I am sure this will ruffle some feathers and invoke adamant, outrageous disagreements with my loyal readers, but, to that I have to say, THIS IS MY TOP 5 DAMMIT! Do your own! Hehehe, so, let’s see what made the cut:
# 5: Sunnyboy
Yes, the nostalgic Sunnyboy comes in at number 5. This flavored ice treat is the best! These remind me of hot aussie summers and school yards. I loved the raspberry flavor the best, even though it used to make my asthma flare up as kid (something about the raspberry flavoring used in the past causing issues for asthmatics? Perhaps my Mum just didn’t want me to eat them? I dunno…) Remember how you used to chew/gnaw on it/suck it for a while, and then pick the whole chunk of ice up and flip it so the nice syrup filled bottom was then up the top? So intelligent instead of just sucking on boring ice! UGHHH yum! So much sugar!
# 4: Calippo
Ohh man, I wasn’t quite sure where to put this delicious Calippo icy treat, but man, on a 45 degree day, I pretty much live on Calippos and water. I love the lemon flavor the most and have never actually the pink one on this picture, if it isn’t nice, I’d be so devastated. I like the packaging that allows it to melt without dripping all over you, and even though your hands get cold holding it, you can always wrap it in your towel or something, or just wait for the sun to work its magic. It’s also the last fruity/icy treat on this list as I move into my favorite area of ice-creams!
# 3: Maxibon
It’s hard for me not to go the Maxibon every time I’m at the servo (gas station) cos I know I’ll like it. It’s the chocolate biscuit that gets me, I don’t really care too much about the other side with the chocolate coating, it’s the biscuit I want!! And I know I could just buy an ice-cream sandwich if I wanted all cookie, but the cookie is diffffffferent! I like the Maxibon cookie! Yumm, Maxibon certainly comes in the middle as a dependable, delicious ice-cream, that if it was alll cookie would probably be number 1. Also, check out it’s tagline
“For biters. not lickers. Maxibon is filled with man choc, man biscuit and crunchy man nuts, which makes for one freaking manly manwich, man.”
OH-KAY… way to idiotically narrow your audience by marketing towards men, man. Are you gonna bring out a pink version with a free nail file next? For the lickers? Sorry, I hate products that align with a certain gender completely unnecessarily. Fire someone, Peters, that shit is total wank.
# 2: Choc Paddle Pop
Yes, the humble choc Paddle Pop (fudgsicle) is coming in at number two! I freaking LOVE these. They are simple, plain and delicious! I remember being on a camping trip with my family and family friends in the High Country. Stopping at some planned town connected to the hydro-electricity scheme, hence having the same layout as the other towns connected to the scheme, ‘The kids’ went inside the general store to get ice-creams, while the adults surely went into the pub for beers. As we sat in the sun on the sidewalk near the car, the kids who had bought Paddle Pops (me included) saw there was a competition on the sticks to get another free paddle pop. All three of us won and went inside for another! And then one of us won again and he had 3 paddle pops for the price of 1! Hahah! It also convinced me that the company must just ship the ‘winning’ boxes to some town in the middle of fucking nowhere! But, yes, choc paddle pops (or banana) rock! Simple yet effective.
# 1: Golden Gaytime
Yep. We have a named ice-cream called Gaytime. It was first released in 1959 and is by far, the best ice-cream in Aus. It’s toffee and vanilla centred ice-cream, then, dipped in a coating of chocolate and rolled in honeycomb biscuits that give it that crunchy exterior! Since the 1980s it decided to embrace its name and the possible homosexual connotations that go with it, instead of caving to pressure to change it. Golden Gaytime has had tag lines like: “It’s hard to have a Gaytime on your own” and “Instant Gaytimes” in recent years, showing that it doesn’t give a stuff and is happy to make a bit of fun with its very 50s sounding name, before the word ‘gay’ was particularly aligned with homosexuality. To be honest, I could care less what it was called, it is still the KING/QUEEN/EMPRESS/GOD of ice-creams in Australia, and I won’t have anyone disagreeing with me on this one!
So, there you have it. My favorite 5 ice creams in Australia. You can check out my other top 5 food and drink posts here:
- Top 5 Turkish Foods I am going to overindulge in
- Top 5 Vietamese Foods I love
- Top 5 Vietnamese Drinks I love
which ice creams do you like?