Scots churros and ice cream bar wins national awards

Glasgow’s Loop & Scoop, the UK’s first ice cream and churro bar, has won a Gold Medal and Trophy at the National Ice Cream Championships 2022 run by the Ice Cream Alliance.

The sector’s UK trade association recognised Loop & Scoop’s delicious dairy free sea salted chocolate gelato beat all comers in this, the most prestigious ice cream competition in the country which has been running for nearly 80 years.

The National Ice Cream Competition is the ‘Oscars’ of the ice cream awards. It is held every year by the Ice Cream Alliance (ICA), the UK trade association for the ice cream industry. Hundreds of products are submitted across thirteen categories ranging from Best Vanilla to ‘Alternative’ category products which includes those free from the top 14 allergens, dairy-free, low-fat, high-protein, no-sugar, and others. Submissions are judged blind by ice cream experts – making the results the most prestigious in the country.

Founder and owner Calvin Kayes said: ‘We’re thrilled for the recognition of all the hard work we have put in over winter in refining and tweaking our recipe. It will help towards demonstrating to our loyal customers how invested we are in what we do.

Loop & Scoop on Milngavie Road, Glasgow

‘Our sea salted chocolate gelato is a new recipe we have been working on over the last few months. It reflects modern trends with how people want dairy free options without compromising the feel and taste.’

Loop & Scoop is the UK’s first ice cream and churro bar, making handcrafted churros accompanied by its own home-made gelato. The first bar opened in 2017 at 665 Great Western Road. The second opened in 2021at 157 Milngavie Road. A third is planned in the Queens Park area, opening later this year.

Zelica Carr, ICA CEO, said: ‘Congratulations to Calvin and all his team at Loop & Scoop. The ice cream sector has had a challenging time over the last two years. This business shows that the sector has overcome these challenges and has bounced back better than ever for 2022 and the future.’

The National Ice Cream Competition has been running for 77 years and bestows a badge of quality and excellence on all those that win. It was judged by 43 experts over two days at the Ice Cream and Artisan Food Show 2022.

For more information on Loop & Scoop visit: https://loopandscoop.com, and to find out more about the Ice Cream Alliance visit: www.ice-cream.org