Percy Pig ice cream is finally here
And I'm off to ram raid my nearest Marks and Spencers...
In this time of great difficulty there are a few things we can find solace in. The Simpsons being on Disney+, getting to spend time with our families, or finally being paid to sit around in our underpants doing the square root of nothing. Now though, we can add something else to that list of things to be grateful for: Percy Pig ice cream.
Doesn't look all that bad?
For those of you who don't know who Percy is, here's the rundown. He burst onto the scene in 1992 (yes, technically Percy is a millennial) as a grape and raspberry flavoured soft sweet. Part of his face has a Haribo milk bottle texture, with his features in a more typical gummy style.
Since his arrival nearly 30 years ago he's been released in several iterations with a host of chewable compatriots – including a cola cow and an orange and strawberry sheep. When he turned 21 in 2013 he met the love of his life, Penny, a lemon and vanilla flavoured girl who, and I'm quoting direct from the Marks and Spencer website here, enjoys 'long sunset walks and romantic dinner dates'. They then became husband and wife and promptly went off traveling (to India, where they met the mango flavoured Timmy tiger, and China, where they encountered the blackcurrant flavoured Poppy panda).
I feel a taste test coming on!
Then came the piglets, coming in a mix of flavours, making the genetics of soft fruit flavour gummy pigs a very confusing science. In 2018 we were introduced to Percy's parents, Patricia and Pops (grape and pear drop, and strawberry and blackcurrant respectively). There's also been Phizzy Pigtails (I would have loved to have been in that naming meeting; "Johnson! It has to have a P at the beginning!" "Well why don't we call it fizzy with a PH?" "That, that is why I push you. A far better suggestion than pétillant pigtails from Andrews!"). Anyway, I digress. Percy is a sweet with marketing for children – but, like Haribo, it finds its sales market in adults as well.
Some festive Percy Pigs I found in a cupboard to snack on while I wrote this.
So, the ice cream? Well, surprisingly they haven't called it Percy Parfait (M&S, my solicitor will be in touch with regard to my fee) – but it does have the typical pig-pink design, and would likely pair well with their Percy Pig dessert sauce (£2 for 290g in M&S food stores).
Apparently it has "that unmistakable Percy Pig flavour of raspberry and grape with a ripple of signature sauce running through and the soft chewy texture of strawberry marshmallow".
According to either Marks or Spencer, it "really is what Percy dreams are made of" which is a bold line to take. According to an Instagram post from the company, it goes well on a stack of pancakes with the sauce, or with lemonade to make a float. I feel this needs testing, so I'm off to make a completely essential journey to my nearest store to get some, and once I'm back, you can be sure to find the review here on FoodTribe.