Rob Roy Dairy owner Liz Watson with one of her renowned
double ice-creams. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
At Dunedin's Rob Roy Dairy, there is a condition among
staff known as ''ice cream arm''.
''One arm gets really strong. The other, well, you have to go
to the gym to work out,'' owner Liz Watson said, laughing.
Such a disorder was not surprising, given staff sometimes
rolled more than 600 ice creams in a day, with the record
total being 750 on a March day last year.
Given the popularity of the dairy's ice creams, which she
attributed to size and value, Ms Watson has opened an ice
cream parlour in the adjacent premises in George St.
She had been keen for expansion for some time, saying there
had been lines of ice cream customers ''out the door often
and round the corner''.
Those wanting to buy other items often walked away, so she
was losing customers, and the dairy was previously very
She was thrilled with the response to the new venture and
both staff and customers were excited about it. The parlour
also offered sundaes, smoothies and sodas.
One day last week, her earliest ice cream customer came at
7.15am - he was an ''older gentleman'' - but it was not
unusual to have customers, particularly students, buy an ice
cream for breakfast, she said.
The parlour offered up to 20 flavours and while it was
difficult to name a bestseller - ''they all sell really
well'' - mochaccino, cookie dough, pure passion and hokey
pokey were very popular.
Some Dunedin residents drove from as far afield as Andersons
Bay to buy an ice cream at the dairy, while she had tourists
who mentioned their travel agent had said they must go there
if they were in the city.
Ice creams never seemed to go out of fashion and Ms Watson
noticed that Asian customers particularly loved them. She
reckoned it was probably because New Zealand ice cream was
While New Zealanders all licked their ice creams, some
overseas visitors who asked for a spoon to eat their ice
''It just doesn't look right,'' she said.