As kids, both hubs and I immigrated to Canada at the age of around 8 years old (not together lol). At that age, of course, you have all kinds of memories of home and for both of us it turned out we were obsessed with English ice creams called 99’s.
In those days, there was no soft-serve stuff it was pure beautiful yellow ice cream made with full cream and deliciously rich and decadent.
A square block of ice cream was cut off and stuffed in a squared-off crispy cone, then the piece de resistance a Cadbury’s Flake was snapped in half and stuffed deep into the ice cream – shedding all its glorious milk chocolate goodness over the top of the ice cream. It was heavenly and in those days a rare treat for us kids.
Funnily enough, no one knows how the 99 came to get its name. Some say it was because the fellow that invented it had an ice-cream shop at #99. Others say it was because the Flakes came in a box of 99, still others claim it was a masterpiece of marketing by Cadburys.
These days the 99 comes as a soft serve ice-cream cone and it’s not quite the same but nevertheless hubs will head straight for the ice-cream van no matter what country it is to get his 99 fix. Oh, and a word for you tourists; a 99 does not mean you have to pay .99 pence/cents for this sweet treat.
Author: Faith from XYUandBeyond
Faith is a Canadian/Irish boomer who travels the EU on a retirement budget, with the occasional splurge, introducing folks to fantastic food, places, people and beautiful areas that they may never have discovered themselves. She just got a Seniors discount and is feeling very old LOL must be the silver hair.