Hice Cream: Happy Hours in a jar

The joy of Friday night cocktails with friends, and a refusal to let go of your childhood love for ice cream experimentation and taste, come together in Goa’s decadent new ice cream offering. Named quirkily after iconic songs and movies the ice creams at Hice Cream, definitely pack the right punch for a hic (full) delight. Ajay Uthaman & Gopika Khanna, both well settled professionals, enjoying a comfortable lifestyle in the millennium city, Mumbai, felt a need to relocate to Goa a couple of years back for the want of a better & grounded life in harmony with nature. The couple with their 7 year old son feels at home in the tropical state; out here they have achieved the perfect work-life balance which is often amiss in a big city life. While Ajay runs an advertising agency named Bounce, after his dog, and is a professional photographer, his partner in creativity, Gopika is the Head of GTA (a travel company) for countries in the Indian subcontinent. This animal loving couple (they have 2 dogs & 3 cats under one roof), started their ice cream venture Hice in Assagao, with an aim to provide ice cream lovers with hand crafted and innovative flavors of this much loved dessert. They soon plan to venture into luxury hand made products. With a desire to start their own bakery in Goa, the couple soon discovered that Goa has many top notch bakers and thus, they decided to venture into an area which probably no one thought of, that is, inventive cocktail ice creams. The idea was inspired from their travels around the world. Hice cream is an artisanal, small batch, freshly churned ice cream company with the premise and promise of quality over quantity. The makers use fresh, organic and natural ingredients directly sourced from the farmer as far as possible. Organic cocoa from Bali, organic coffee & vanilla beans from Kerala, are just some examples of the quality produce used in Hice creams. Ajay & Gopika make their own vanilla extract and coffee liqueur to ensure consistency of quality. Even the alcohol used is Grade one brands like Absolut, Jameson, Jack Daniels, Paul John single malt, Gordons, Jose Cuervo, etc. A lot of thought has gone into ensuring that the packaging of Hice cream products is eco – friendly. For instance, reusable mason jars are used to store the ice cream, eco – friendly paper & print dye is used for labels and paper bags. Since, Hice cream flavors are produced in small batches to ensure quality, the makers of the product recommend a 24-hour advance notice in case you want to grab a jar. Some flavors may be available at all times, but it is still wise to call before dropping in. Free delivery is offered in areas in and around Assagao.

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Author: Planet Goa Team
For us at Planet-Goa, our team is driven by that feeling of exhilaration that one gets when discovering that something ‘unique’ and ‘new’ about Goa for our ever-so-discerning readers.

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