Stephany has got it licked with 13 golds

Stephany Hardingham
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IT has been a good year for gold medals and not just at the Olympics.

Alder Tree Ltd, based near Needham Market, is celebrating its own personal best after the fruit cream ice firm scooped up 13 golds in the Great Taste Awards.

Stephany Hardingham

Stephany Hardingham

The awards are run by the Guild of Fine Food and are a recognised mark for excellence in fine food.

Of the 8,800 products which entered the awards, only 123 achieved the coveted top award of three gold stars.

And among the winners was Alder Tree’s Raspberry Cream Ice – it was one of just three to achieve the mark in the ice cream and frozen desserts category.

Judges included Masterchef winner and restaurateur Mat Follas, restaurant critic and Masterchef judge Charles Campion, as well as food writers Lucas Hollweg and Xanthe Clay .

More than 300 food buyers including from Harrods, Selfridges and Fortnum & Mason, and other leading food halls, delicatessens and farm shops were also on the judging panel.

“To achieve a three star grading involves at least 25 experts blind tasting and unanimously agreeing that the product tastes divine,” said guild chairman Bob Farrand.

“These products all deliver the most extraordinary taste.”

The Raspberry Cream Ice was praised for its ‘excellent raspberry tast, creaminess and wonderfully ripe fruit’.

Alder Tree also won ‘faultless’ two star ratings for its gooseberry and elderflower, damson, toffee, and apple and blackcurrant cream ices, while its tayberry, and morello cherry varities scored a ‘perfect’ one star rating.

“We are absolutely delighted to have achieved so many great taste awards this year,” said Stephany Hardingham, of Alder Tree.

“With seven Great Taste Awards and 13 stars, we have achieved our own personal best on 2012.”

The firm specialises in making cream ices – a cross between sorbets and ice cream which contain 36 per cent locally picked fruit.

For more, visit www.alder-tree.co.uk