Introducing Craft Shakes and Paletts

Our Craft Shakes and Palettes are proving to be popular.  If you’re asking yourself what on earth are they??  Here’s a quick description – take the Oreo Stack from our Craft Shake menu, it’s a Oreo flavoured milk shake, with a chunk of chocolate cake, cream, chocolate sauce and a stack of Oreo cookies all balanced on the top of a mason jar glass….. so outrageous!

We came up with the idea of palettes for those of you who’d love to have a larger section of either gelato or sorbet flavours without having a huge quantity.  Served on an artists palette you can choose up to 10 different flavours.

Sigep – The world of gelato

Back in February we attend Sigep the massive gelato expo held in Rimini, Italy.  It’s amazing to see what a big industry gelato is worldwide.   We came back with lots of exciting new flavour ideas and fabulous tortellini from Bologna.

Have you met Hennie?

Hennie was born in 1974 which makes her vintage, but she’s looking great for her age. She’s super cute, and a bit of a poser. She loves going parties and special events, she’ll get all dolled up for any occasion day or night.
She’s been beautifully fitted out so the Hooray’s experience can be enjoyed out and about in Stratford upon Avon and the surrounding area.

Hennie will be stocked with your choice any of the over 100 different flavours of artisian gelato or sorbet , which are all created in the Hooray’s gelato kitchen in the premise on the High Street. So whether it’s cups, cones or sundaes you’d like to serve on your special occasion Hennie would be happy to join in!!

Hennie loves parties & events! So be sure to contact us when you are next having party, or organising an event.

Q&A with Sara & Sasha – Why did you decide to set up a gelateria?

I spent many years abroad, and returned home and wanted a new challenge.  Something fun, creative – a new adventure.  We have been fortunate to travel fairly extensively, and one enterprise which can be seen the world over is the ice cream parlour.  I noticed the UK where sadly lacking in good artisian ice cream palours, so decided there was probably a gap there which could be filled.

The premises in Stratford upon Avon was perfect, but much larger than envisaged. Sasha offered to share the adventure (and the challenges!!), and over several bottles of “red” the concept which became “Hooray’s British Gelato Kitchen” was born. – Sara

Have you made gelato before and how did you learn?

No, somewhat surprisingly, we had never made gelato or ice cream before. We were trained by a marvellous Italian chef in the art of gelato.  So it is traditional gelato we make but with our own British twist.

Where did the name Hooray’s come from?

For us “Hooray’s” has a double meaning – Hooray as in “Hip Hip Hurray!! it’s my birthday!!” Or “Hurray! Lets’ have ice cream” , and a little touch of Hooray (Henry) as in the Sloane Ranger handbook which is quintessentially British, slightly quirky, comical but generally all round a jolly good egg!!

What are your favourite flavours?

Sara – Must admit this does change. I used to be a pistachio nut (haha!), but once I tasted our Nocoilli (hazelnut), I was converted. Hazelnut with Raspberry sorbet and a dollop of whipped cream for me is just bliss.

Sasha – I am more of a sorbet fan! They are just so refreshing I can’t help but have a little every day! My favourite combo is Raspberry sorbet with Ferrero Rocher Gelato and of course a flake!

Which flavours are most popular?

It’s a difficult one, sometimes we seem to have days where for absolutely no good reason everyone wants the same flavour, often it’s a “Mint Choc Chip day” or a “Kinder day”.  We do have about 12 flavours which you’ll always find in our display freezers….the old faithfuls…. Chocolate, Strawberry, Vanilla…we’re sure you can guess the rest.

How many flavours does Hooray’s make?

We have 38 napoli’s (that’s the rectangular tins) in our display freezers, but we make more than 50 different flavours of gelato and sorbets. Specialities flavours for Christmas, Easter and even Halloween have been great fun, stretching our imaginations & creativity.  And sometimes the decision of what flavours to make just depends how we feel that day!!

The “Gelato Kitchen”

If you’ve visited us at Hooray’s you’ll know that we describe ourselves as a “British Gelato Kitchen”, which is both literal, in that we make our gelato on our premise, in our kitchen in Great Britain, and descriptive of our chosen theme and décor.

Our décor is based on a British Country Kitchen, actually it’s my mum’s  kitchen, but that’s another story. The phrase “the heart of the home is the kitchen” is a widely used in Britain. Growing up in England we spent many happy hours at the kitchen table,  many memorable moments & events are shared by families and their friends alike, around that trusty piece of furniture. It gives us a warm comfortable feeling. Living overseas in a different culture we really missed the British Kitchen, now we’re back we wanted Hooray’s customers to be able to experience that feeling. Whether it’s a celebration like a birthday, a cosy chat with friends over a coffee or time spent as a family, we want all ages to feel comfortable and “at home” at Hooray’s.

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