We all know that moment, when the sun finally starts to shine and as we enter the wonderful Welsh summer and can’t wait to get out and enjoy it. Whether it’s swimming or sunbathing on the beach, paddleboarding on the lakes, exploring the mountains or, if you’re like me, trying all the wonderful types of ice cream on offer.
Ok, maybe not all the flavors of ice cream, but enough to give them a good shot, with so many wonderful ice cream parlors scattered around North Wales, it would be rude not to. So when I heard that another local ice cream parlor had done well in the National Ice Cream Contest, I knew I had to give it a try.
That winner was Parisella’s of Conwy, which has been trading in the area since 1952, now run by the grandchildren of original owner Domenico Parisella. The business has changed several times over the years in an effort to overcome all the challenges that have come its way, and now, because of this, it continues to trade in its hometown.
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Although the company has several locations, it was their high street store in Conwy that I visited, located just around the corner a few doors down from the famous Edwards of Conwy. Inside is a bright, definitely Italian space with a curved display offering a wide range of flavors.
I already knew which one I had come to try, Parisella’s chocolate flavor which was recently announced as the best flavor of 2022. There was a wide selection of others that tempted me too, from classics to a blue flavor bright and pink simply called unicorn ice cream, all with an array of coated and uncoated cones, and a multitude of toppings.
To stick to the basics, I grabbed a standard cone of the aptly named triple chocolate and headed back out into the sun, fighting off the seagulls who wanted my treat as much as I did.
My first impressions were good, a good size portion of the ice cream, the flavor was smooth with a bit of a spike, avoiding the pitfalls of overly sweet chocolate ice cream. The triple chocolate was a mix of little chocolate chunks, which I would say were dark chocolate, with chunks of a brownie like chocolate, also adding a range of textures to the dessert.
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The three worked well together, creating a unique chocolate ice cream that not only claimed to be triple chocolate, but actually offered three kinds of chocolate. As for the texture, the cream was incredibly smooth and didn’t feel too jelly or solid.
It ended up being classic Italian gelato, which gave me a very pleasant experience and the perfect gelato for summer vacation, all for just £3. If you’re visiting Conwy or even just passing through be sure to pop in, you can also get their ice cream on waffles and pancakes – I know what I’ll try next.