Slovenian Journalist Chooses the Best Ice Cream in Europe

An RTV Slovenija employee Janko Petrovec joined the jury of the international contest for the best ice cream in Italian Bologna. Another representative of the country received a special award for the author’s ice cream Black Smoke (with plain chocolate and a taste of whiskey).

At the end of last week, the semifinals of the contest for the best ice cream in Europe was held in Bologna (Italy). Two Slovenian confectioners were among 20 masters from 8 countries. All the masters competed for three prizes, hoping to reach the finals, which will be held in the autumn.

“There was an idea to create something Slovenian, and so there was created a recipe for ice cream with a taste of “Prekmurska gibanica” (Prekmurje layer cake),” said Tine Valič from the Perla Confectionery in Nova Gorica.

Second semi-finalist Ardit Ejupi from the Pingo workshop in Šentil took part in the contest presenting an ice cream called Black Smoke.

“In fact, it is plain chocolate smoked on cherry wood with a taste of whiskey,” explained Ejupi.

In addition to these original recipes, the jury tried ice cream from parsnip, pumpkin oil and curry.

“We assess ice cream according to three main criteria. The first one is the presentation of ice cream. The second is its structure. Does it have ice crystals? Is it moderately creamy? Is it light or cloudy? That is, how well it is cooked. The third criterion is taste,” said Kaori Ito, the Head of the Carpigiani Gelato University educational centre.

The Slovene Ardit Ejupi received a special award for his author’s ice cream. The winner of the contest was the Dutchman Erik Kuiper with a recipe of homemade yoghurt ice cream with honey.