WHY WE STARTED OFFERING LACTOSE FREE ICE CREAM

According to the Canadian Digestive Health Foundation, 7 million Canadians suffer from lactose intolerance. Lactose intolerance is the inability to digest lactose, a component of milk and other dairy products, and the foundation of all ice cream products.

Many sufferers steer clear of certain foods such as ice cream to avoid the uncomfortable symptoms. Foothills Creamery wanted everyone to be able to enjoy our delicious ice cream, so we knew it was time to innovate!

Foothills Creamery now adds an enzyme to the ice cream mix that breaks down the lactose, enabling worry free digestion from sufferers!

Lactose free is also a better tasting option than dairy free, as the flavour remains the same without needing a dairy substitute like soy or almond milk. This enables us to maintain that rich, creamy flavour Foothills Creamery is known for!

Our current lactose free flavours are Oh Macaroon and Strawberry Sensation!

LILAC FESTIVAL 2017

What a great weekend! On Sunday, June 4, Foothills Creamery made its debut at the Lilac Festival in Calgary! The day was a huge success and exceeded all of our expectations! We raised over $800 for charity, went through 49 tubs of ice cream, and served ice cream to over 6,200 people.

Highlights from the day:

We decided to come out to the Lilac Festival this year so we could meet our incredible community and fellow ice cream lovers. To say the least, we were graciously greeted by so many friendly faces - and their pets! It was a blast interacting with our vibrant city.

If you haven’t already heard, we launched seven new flavours this year. With those, we decided to partner up with Make A Wish Foundation, Canadian Red Cross, and 4H Canada to donate $3 from every tub sold of our brand new Shark Attack, Tropical Snap Soda, Just Peachy, and Crème Brûlée.

For the Lilac Festival, we wanted to give away free samples while still raising money for our partner charities. So, we welcomed donations and amazingly, our community was extremely generous and donated over $800! It was incredible to see such a large outpouring from the community.

Not only was it a good day for fundraising, but also a great chance to launch two of our new flavours, Shark Attack and Oh Macaroon. We ran out of Oh Macaroon pretty fast once people realized it was lactose free ;)

To start the day off, we were a little nervous about the weather. Leading up to the event, there was a 40 to 60 per cent chance of rain. By 10 a.m., as the festival began, the clouds were still lingering around teasing us with the possibility of rainfall. Fortunately, the clouds cleared and it was BEAUTIFUL the rest of the day.

The soundtrack of the day rang with “Ooo’s” and “Ahh’s” as everyone tasted our free samples. So many people were intrigued by our unique flavours such as Caramel Candy Apple and Blast Off. We gave away sunglasses and beach balls, and even ran a contest to win a Stampede Superpass, which we are eager to reveal!

Since it was our first time at Lilac, we really underestimated ourselves. Many of us weren’t sure how busy we would be and even expected some lull periods - boy were we wrong.

The line was NON-STOP. There wasn’t even time for more than one of us to take a bathroom break. We aren’t complaining, it was great meeting and interacting with all the people! We would do it all over again right now if we could :)

All in all, Lilac Festival 2017 was a great success. We hope to see you there next year!

 

 

EVER WONDERED HOW A NEW ICE CREAM FLAVOUR IS CREATED?

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This year at Foothills Creamery, we are releasing a record seven new flavours. Usually, we only launch four a year, but we just couldn't help ourselves.

The new flavours coming your way are Shark Attack, Tropical Snap Soda, Just Peachy, Crème Brûlée, Cinnamon Twist, and our two lactose-free options, Oh Macaroon and Strawberry Sensation. 

There is a lot of time and effort that goes into making a brand new flavor. Aside from actually eating the ice cream, the creation process is half the fun!

In the fall of each year, our management team holds their annual general meeting. During this meeting, the team sits at a round table and conducts a taste test of all the supplier's submissions. Foothills Creamery requires that all submissions include at least one "kid friendly" flavour.

Following each taste test, the team member records their rating out of 10 and their comments.

If a flavour doesn't taste that great, but the team thinks the ingredients would work really well with another concept, they may combine submissions.

From there, our production planner will take all of the flavour ratings and average out the top four. They will then call the suppliers and ask for the minimum order for ingredients - this is the biggest factor in deciding a new flavour. For instance, one flavour got scrapped because the minimum order of one of its key ingredients would last for almost three years, which is way too risky for a brand new flavour. Our production planner will look for alternative ingredients if this is the case. Most of the time, Foothills already has a lot of the ingredients required.

If all goes well and we can order a suitable amount of ingredients for the trial run, the flavour moves forward. It must then pass a series of nutritional and quality assurance tests before the flavour is finalized.

And last but not least, picking the name – this is easily the most fun part of it all. Here at Foothills, we like to put our own creative spin on our flavours. Most often, we hold contests among employees to see who can create the best name. For example, our brand new flavour, Tropical Snap Soda, was named by our production planner’s daughter!

We take pride in the hard work that goes into creating a new flavour. With every creation, our customers can expect simply the best!

STRAWBERRY SORBET BELLINIS

We hope everyone is having a good week so far! May Long Weekend is almost here and we stumbled across the perfect drink to help you wind down... but with a Foothills Creamery twist ;)

The food blog, Recipe Runner, created a super easy and tasty recipe for Bellinis, which you can find here.

It only calls for three ingredients, one of which we've substituted for our own delicious Strawberry Sorbet!

Ingredients:

- 1 bottle Pink Moscato, Prosecco, or Champagne, chilled

- 1 pint Foothills Creamery Strawberry Sorbet

- 1/2 pint fresh raspberries or strawberries

Instructions:

  1. Place 1-2 small scoops of Foothills Creamery Strawberry Sorbet in the bottom of each Champagne flute.
  2. Carefully pour the Pink Moscato over the top of the sorbet.
  3. Top each drink off with 2-3 fresh raspberries or strawberries and serve.

HOW IT'S MADE: FOOTHILLS CREAMERY BUTTER

Ah, butter. Butter is that simple yet savory ingredient that most recipes call for. Traditional butter has now expanded to unsalted butter, garlic butter, and whey butter. Butter is quite prevalent in most of our diets, but have you ever wondered how it's made? Here is a behind the scenes look into how Foothills Creamery makes their butter – from pasteurization, all the way to your kitchen table.

Firstly, cream is received in a tanker, which can hold up to 28,000 litres of cream. The cream is then run through what is called an HTST (high temperature short time) for pasteurizing. Like the title suggests, the cream is heated at a high temperature of 181 degrees Fahrenheit and held for the short time of 34 seconds. The cream then comes out extremely hot and goes through the plate exchanger, in which one side has warm cream and one side has cool cream. Finally, the cream is cooled to a refrigerated temperature using ice water and is ready for the silo.

The cream is pumped into the silo, where it is stored for approximately four to six hours. The silo is insulated so that even though its container extends outside the plant, the exterior temperature won’t affect the cream.

The cream must be stored here before churning because it holds latent heat. If they began churning right after the HTST process, the butter would either be very sticky or wouldn’t break at all.

Usually by the next day, the butter maker will pump the cream into the butter churn. (Fun fact: one of the two churns in our plant is the original churn that our president, Don Bayrack, bought from Swift & Company back in 1969!)

Next, the butter maker fills the churn about half way, which holds approximately 1600-1800 kilograms of cream. While churning, the fat is separated, and then the buttermilk is drained for resale or ice cream production. The cream is then rinsed down to drain any excess buttermilk. It is continually worked and then salt is added for flavour. For salted butter, 1.6% of the mixture is salt and 17.8% is moisture. Here at Foothills Creamery, we also make ‘Lightly Salted’ and ‘Unsalted Butter.’ The entire churning process takes about 50 minutes before the fresh butter is transferred into the butter tray.

From the butter tray, it goes into the butter boat. The butter boat has augers that push the butter towards the centre into a pump. The butter is then sent to wherever it needs to go: the butter patty machine, print machine, cup machine, etc.

From there onward, the butter is packaged and distributed.

KELOWNA ICE CREAM FUNDRAISER HELPS FEED HUNDREDS OF CHILDREN IN KENYA

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Is there anything ice cream can’t do? It cures bad days, makes the good ones last, and it’s the perfect way to beat the summer heat. But, did you ever think it could also help feed over 6,000 hungry children in Kenya?

Well Foothills Creamery sure did.

Don’t worry, these children weren’t eating just ice cream. Instead, thousands of hungry children received over 600 delicious meals this past March thanks to the generous collaboration between Watson Road Elementary School in Kelowna, BC, Hope For The Nations, Food For Thought Kelowna Breakfast Society, Starbucks, and Foothills Creamery.

On March 3rd, 2017, each class at Watson Road Elementary received a box with cake pops sticking out of the top. Each child pulled out a cake pop, some of which were decorated with coloured rings. If a child pulled out a winning cake pop, they received one of various prizes including gift cards, sports equipment, books for the library, coffee for the teachers, and easily the most enticing – an ice cream sundae party.

Has anyone ever heard of a more fun and exciting fundraiser than this?

No surprise, the event was a huge success and raised $3,000 – above and beyond their target goal of $2,000, which alone would have bought 660 breakfasts for Hope for the Nations Kenya Feeding Program and food for 1,500 children for two weeks in Kelowna.

Gill Drakeford-Lewis, the Community Outreach Coordinator, thanked Foothills Creamery for their participation, "It isn’t just about giving free ice cream, it makes everyone feel better about their community, and feels like we are all working together to make the world better."

Thanks to some ice cream and many kind hearts, this amazing collaboration helped feed hungry children, taught students the value of helping others, and allowed Foothills Creamery to lend a hand by serving simply the best!

 

 

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

With St. Patrick's Day around the corner, here's a cookie recipe to enjoy with the festivities.

Ingredients:

2 ½ cups flour

½ tsp. baking soda

1 ½ cups white sugar

1 cup of Foothills Old Fashion or Blend butter, softened

2 large eggs

1 tsp. peppermint extract

20 drops green food coloring

1 cup mint chocolate chips

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

 

Instructions:

1.       Preheat the oven to 300ºF.

2.       In a medium size bowl, mix together flour and baking soda.

3.       With a stand mixer cream the butter and sugar.

4.       Add eggs, peppermint extract, and food coloring. Mix until just combined - do not over             mix.

5.       Slowly add the flour mixture, and mix on low until just combined.

6.       Add the chocolate chips, mixing briefly on low until evenly mixed.

7.       Drop by tablespoon on ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 18 minutes.

Yield - approximately 3 dozen cookies. ENJOY!!

**For a Little Extra Twist try these Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies with Foothills Mint Chocolate Chip or Chocolate Ice Cream and make some delicious ice cream sandwiches for your St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations!

Waffles n' Whipped Butter

Here's a delicious recipe for homemade Belgian waffles.

Ingredients:

¾ cup all-purpose flour

¼ cup cornstarch

½ tsp. salt

½ tsp. ground cinnamon

1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg

½ tsp. baking powder

¼ tsp. baking soda

¾ cup buttermilk

¼ cup milk

6 tbsp. vegetable oil

1 large egg, separated

1 tbsp. sugar

½ tsp. vanilla extract

 

Directions:

1.       Preheat your waffle iron.

2.       Mix the flour, cornstarch, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, and baking soda in a medium bowl. Measure the buttermilk, milk, and vegetable oil in a measuring cup and stir in the egg yolk. Set aside.

3.       In another bowl, beat the egg white to soft peaks. Gradually add the sugar and continue beating until firm peaks are obtained. Beat in the vanilla.

4.       Pour the buttermilk mixture into the dry ingredients and whisk until combined. Fold in the egg white mixture.

5.       Pour the desired amount of batter onto the hot waffle iron and cook until the waffle is crisp and brown.

6.       Repeat with the remaining batter.

Serve and enjoy your waffles with a dollop of Foothills Creamery Whipped Butter and syrup of choice. Or for a slight twist, serve you waffles with whipped butter and a dusting of powdered and cinnamon.