Top 5: Aussie Ice Cream Favorites

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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:

which ice creams do you like?



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11 Comments on Top 5: Aussie Ice Cream Favorites

  1. Natasha
    February 26, 2014 at 9:34 am (5 months ago)

    We used to have Maxibon in South Africa when I was younger too. I remember the tv ad where they made it look like it was a mistake that it has two different sides and there’s no stick. It was a factory tour showing how meticulous they were, but the assembly people couldn’t see well or something like that. My favourite was the Snickers ice cream, but we don’t get that here anymore.

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    • Jacqueline Stewart
      February 26, 2014 at 9:44 am (5 months ago)

      Ohhh, I think I remember the snickers ice cream bar here too! yummmmm

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  2. Jessica
    February 26, 2014 at 2:08 pm (5 months ago)

    Ice cream is my sinful pleasure! I love gelato and froyo as well. I don’t know what it is about frozen treats, but I love them! My favorite flavors are mint n chip and coffee and following in third is Rocky Road. I didn’t realize this was a series. I need to go back and read the others! -Jess L

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    • Jacqueline Stewart
      February 26, 2014 at 8:51 pm (5 months ago)

      :) I hope you had fun reading them Jessica. Froyo is pretty awesome! :D

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  3. Ali
    February 26, 2014 at 2:10 pm (5 months ago)

    I haven’t heard of any of these, since obvs they’re Austrailian, but that Maxibon one looks absolutely delish. I love ice cream so much. Since I can’t eat wheat (well, I can if I want to get a tummyache, which I will do on occassion :D) ice cream is my go-to safe sweet! haha, I love anything chocolatey, fudgey, cookies n’ cream related, and most importantly: cookie dough ice cream!!

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    • Jacqueline Stewart
      February 26, 2014 at 8:52 pm (5 months ago)

      ohhh yes, well, when (not if) you come to aus to visit me, we’ll have to do an ice cream sampling day :D

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  4. Paris
    February 27, 2014 at 12:41 am (5 months ago)

    Guilty pleasure . . . I’ve been having way too many
    date nights with Ben and Jerry’s . . . and sometimes even
    including Häagen-Dazs :) . It’s turning into a bad habit. I’m happy
    that I don’t think I can get any of these flavors in the US.
    Icecream is now my absolute favorite food. COFFEE is my jam. xo
    Peace, Love & Good Chocolate
    PARIS

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    • Jacqueline Stewart
      February 27, 2014 at 1:24 am (5 months ago)

      ohh yeh, coffee is a stable diet for me cos of those years of teaching. xox

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  5. Chelsea
    February 28, 2014 at 12:08 am (5 months ago)

    I LOVE GAYTIMES. I remember the first time coming to Australia and having a gaytime…the best thing ever. Haven’t tried a Maxibon but will be getting one this weekend :)

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  6. ania
    February 28, 2014 at 10:57 pm (5 months ago)

    I can’t wait for summer to eat ice cream :) nice list :)

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