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Ice cream manager Chrissie West puts the final touches on the vanilla ice cream.
It is an institution in Christchurch that is older than the cathedral and the electric tram, and now Charlie Ice Cream plans to go national.
Founded in 1903 – a year before the Cathedral of Christ Church was completed – the company has been serving its famous vanilla ice cream cart for generations at Armag St. in Victoria Square.
In 2021, they will open in Acaroa, before expanding to other cities in the coming years.
On Sunday, Mayor Lian Dalziel unveiled the family company’s new Peggy stroller, which replaces the old one built in the 1950s.
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And to mark the occasion, they donated 1,000 free vanilla ice creams, still made with the same 117-year-old recipe and sold from both the stroller and the portable cycle stroller.
Although Charlie Ice Cream has been in Victoria Square for a long time, founder Sally Mahomet first drove his cart near Cathedral Square.
Affubeno known as Charlie, he was the first of only seven owners of Vanilla Ice (Charlie ice cream) in more than a century.
CEO Tim Mexisak said the old van would now be refurbished before being put into operation.
“He will not retire, he will rise to the standards in 2020,” he said.
“The previous van was ordered in 1954, all the freezers were from the 50s of the last century. “It was not environmentally or energy efficient, it was simply outdated.”
The new van is designed to be “old school” but new, he said.
“It is made of earth to provide ice cream. We expect it to be there in the next 50 years.
“The business has been operating for almost 120 years, it is the oldest ice cream business in New Zealand.”