MORE exciting plans lie ahead for a popular South Lakes ice cream company following the successful launch of its fruity ice lollipop.

This summer the Handmade Ice Cream Company, based in Ulverston, has worked hard to produce high quality Lake District ice lollies, made from 100 per cent fresh squeezed fruit juice.

The ice cream organisation is not stopping there though. It has hopes of expanding its demanding franchise and has plans to throw alcohol into the mix.

Entrepreneur and owner of the Handmade Ice Cream Company, Steve Darvill, said he had been playing around with the idea for a bit.

“It’s fantastic to see how far we are progressing,” he said.

“We are the only ice cream company in the Lake District to produce ice lollies.

“We want to keep things fresh and keep moving forward and trying new things.”

Some of the new exciting ice lollies Mr Darvill had in mind was a ‘Gin and Tonic’ lolly as well as a fruity peach Bellini.

“I’ve been playing around with ideas for the past six months and we want to make the best ice lolly we can,” said Mr Darvill.

The ice cream company produce a variety of fresh and fruity flavours for their new ice lollies including apple and mango, orange and mango, Clementine raspberry and passion fruit and strawberry and banana.

Ingredients consist of 100 percent fresh fruit juice and with no artificial preservatives or sweeteners in sight.

“I have three children of my own and so I know how important it is to make these lollies as fresh and naturals as possible for everyone to enjoy,” continued Mr Darvill.

However, the owner has gone one step further with his new product by introducing biodegradable packaging in a bid to reduce waste in the area and protect the environment.

The Lake District ice lollies are currently being stocked in independent shops across the county but should hopefully make it to wholesale stores next year.

“I’m really happy with how everything is going,” said Mr Darvill.

“The feedback has so far been amazing and it’s taken a lot of research and development to produce this ice cream.”

He added that he had his fingers crossed that things went to plan for next year for the possible opening of a new ice cream parlour in the South Lakeland area.