‘Pear and parmesan’ is ice cream of the year

Pear and parmesan has been named ice cream flavour of 2014, just in time for spring. Stallholders have raised eyebrows about this year's more left-field choice.

'Pear and parmesan' is ice cream of the year
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Last year, Italian ice cream producers Uniteis named lemon and basil as the flavour of the year for Germany. But on Tuesday, they passed the title onto pear and parmesan.

Judges said they felt the flavour was a mix of an old favourite with a new trend – veering away from the herb and fruit pairing towards a salty option.

Ideally, said Uniteis, only the highest quality cheese flakes should be used.

But Berlin's ice cream vendors voiced doubt as the announcement was made.

Hokey-Pokey ice cream parlour in Prenzlauer Berg, a firm favourite come summer in the capital, will probably not be offering the new flavour. Offbeat options tend not to sell that well.

Owner Niko Robert said he wouldn't buy into fleeting trends. “It's funny for a bit, but you don't order it a second time,” he said.

Hokey-Pokey and other parlours across the city also reported very long lines over the weekend as temperatures soared.

“As soon as we opened the door there was a queue,” said Carsten Andörfer boss of popular Neukölln ice cream sellers Fräulein Frost. He did not say whether he would be offering scoops of pear and parmesan though.

The “ice cream of the year” honour has been handed out annually since 2001 – with pumpkin taking the first crown. Past winners include latte macchiato, prosecco, ricotta and nougat.

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