McGroggan’s scoops ice cream accolades

Brian McGroggan who won three diplomas at the National Ice Cream awards. INBT12-220AC
Brian McGroggan who won three diplomas at the National Ice Cream awards. INBT12-220AC

McGroggan’s Ice Cream are once again celebrating success having scooped not one but three accolades at the National Ice Cream Awards.

Held recently at the Ice Cream Expo in the Yorkshire Event Centre, the 2014 competition featured the creme-de-la-creme of ice cream makers from throughout the UK.

The Ballymena family firm was awarded a Diploma in the ‘Open Flavour Class’ with their ‘Cookies & Cream; a Diploma of Merit in the ‘First Flavour - Strawberry’ category; and, a Special Diploma of Merit for their Vanilla flavour in the ‘Ice Cream Open Class’ -putting McGroggan’s within the top 10 in the UK.

Brian McGroggan told The Times they’re delighted to yet again be celebrating a proud award-winning history.

“We enter the competition every year and would be fairly successful but this year has been great - we’ve had very good results,” said Brian whose son Paul makes McGroggan’s ice cream fresh every day to the family’s traditional recipe and methods.

McGroggan’s Ice Cream first opened in 1922 and has been serving up traditional homemade ice cream for over 90 years.

Those decades of service have produced family traditions that continue in the present day as McGroggan’s Ice Cream stick to the tried and trusted methods that have been passed down through successive generations.

McGroggan’s Ice Cream began life in William Street, Ballymena but as the family business expanded so too did their most famous product.

You can now find their classic ice cream in McGroggan’s Broughshane Street and William Street shops in Ballymena and at their shop in Broughshane village.

Years of local service and trusted traditions have produced a classic taste that has customers coming back for more.

Despite these traditions McGroggan’s Ice Cream are always looking to introduce new flavours and currently have around 10 for customers to try - though according to Brian, their vanilla remains their best seller.