Ice-cream lovers – brace yourselves for a blast of home-made icy delights created by a talented engineer-turned-ice-cream maker! Tat Wei, who actually did a 3-month beginner cuisine course in Le Cordon Bleu London, decided to ditch the engineering and corporate world to set up his Forty Licks ice-cream enterprise.
So… why “Forty Licks”? Researching into the subject matter, Tat Wei found out that it takes about 50 licks to finish a scoop of ice-cream on a cone, averagely. Coupled with the inspiration from the hit song from The Rolling Stones, Tat Wei settled on “Forty Licks”, which frankly, does sound intriguing and catchy. Calling himself “something like a mad scientist”, Tat Wei then embarked on months of experimentation in coming up with the flavours.
I had a chance to preview some of the flavours Tat Wei came up with. The 6 flavours I tried were Salted Caramel, Green Tea, Earl Grey, Dark Chocolate, Roasted White Chocolate and Honey with Dark Chocolate. The ice-cream is velvety smooth, with a rich luxuriously creamy aroma – a clear indication that high quality ingredients were used. I like all the 6 flavours really but if I have to pick 2 favourites, it would have to be the Salted Caramel and Honey with Dark Chocolate. Even though it’s a wee bit sweeter than the other flavours, the Salted Caramel stood out for me as I love the divinely rustic and slightly savoury tastes of melted sugars and salt.
For my 2nd favourite, the honey flavour is pretty distinct in the ice-cream and the substantial chunks of dark chocolate in it prove to be a great combination. The slightly bitter dark chocolate pieces kinda mitigate the level of sweetness in it too and gives it a fantastic luxe chocolatey fix!
Both the Green Tea and Earl Grey flavours are very refreshing. The tea aromas are not overwhelming and leave a nice aftertaste on the tongue.
Currently, there are 10 flavours available. The Regular ones are Salted Caramel, Pistachio, Earl Grey, Thai Tea and Green Tea. The Premium flavours are Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate with Peanut Butter, Roasted White Chocolate, Honey with Dark Chocolate and Honey with Caramel Swirls & Macadamia.
Forty Licks will be sold in pints at RM25 (Regular) and RM30 (Premium). For those who would like to try out the ice-cream first before buying bigger portions, go for the Sampler Pack at RM40 (a random selection of 6 x 100ml cups, 3 Regular and 3 Premium flavours). Forty Licks will soon be available in 100ml cups at selected cafes and restaurants in Kuala Lumpur.
Tat Wei will be introducing his Forty Licks at the Plaza Mont Kiara Market from 9 September 2012. Do drop by to say hello and check out the gorgeous ice-creams which will be served in scoops, floats, sundaes and maybe even ice-cream sandwiches!
Check out their Facebook Page here for more information & updates!