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My First Ice Cream Gif

The geek in me has been dormant for a little while, but I’m happy today because I figured out how to make an animated gif using photoshop. It’s chocolate and brown bread ice cream, if you were wondering…

Taylor Gets a Kerry Cow

Taylor from Tripfilms, visits all three Murphys shops and gets a Kerry Cow!

Rudi the Kitten Goes Sliding

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Summer in Dublin

Graham and the Dublin team helped launch Summer in Dublin – hopefully will make many people happy!

Paper or Wooden?

Hey everyone! We go through a mountain of spoons (from all the free tastes we give out, as well as for eating ice cream on the run), and it’s really bothering us to use plastic. We’re doing a trial of wooden spoons, which are carbon neutral and compostable. However, we’re getting some customer resistance due to taste, etc. Other eco spoon options I’ve found are very expensive. What do you think?

Wooden or Plastic Spoons?

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Pat Kenny Show

Here’s a link to the RTE player for the Pat Kenny show on Radio One today featuring us!

Butterscotch Ice Cream

Irish people love sweet things, and butterscotch is up there with most everybody’s favourites. It’s an easy flavour to make and a nice alternative to caramel. Don’t expect it to be around very long.

It’s a bit unclear whether the name derives from Scotland, where it probably originated, or whether it’s a derivative of “scotched” or “scorched” butter. Either way, butterscotch makes a nice topping for ice cream and brings a deep earthy flavour to ice cream.

I’ve found it makes little difference to flavour whether the butter and brown sugar is caramelised, so don’t worry about that part. We’ll simply be making a sweet, buttery ice cream!

Murphys Butterscotch Ice Cream


  • 110g brown sugar
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 220 ml cream
  • 300 ml milk
  • 30 g butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla essence
  • 1/2 tsp salt

What to do:

  1. Beat the sugar, salt and egg yolks together until thick and pale yellow.
  2. Bring the milk and butter to a low simmer, stirring until butter is melted.
  3. Beat the milk & butter into the eggs and sugar in a slow stream.
  4. Pour the mixture back into the pan and place over low heat.
  5. Stir continuously until the custard thickens slightly (around 65-70C) and just coats the back of a spoon. Don’t over-heat, though, because at around 76C you will scramble the eggs!
  6. Immediately remove from the heat.
  7. Refrigerate overnight.
  8. Stir in the vanilla.
  9. Whip the cream until it has doubled in volume (you should have soft peaks – don’t over-whip).
  10. Fold the cream (gently stir) into the custard.
  11. Freeze using a domestic ice cream machine, or cover and place in the freezer, stirring every few hours to break up the ice crystals.

Yield: 8 servings

Note: To pasteurise the eggs, heat the custard to 73C and maintain that temperature for at least 5 minutes. Use a cooking thermometer, though, and keep stirring! If the custard goes any higher than 76C, the eggs will scramble. Immediately cover and place in the freezer until cool.


Green Shoots

One of the flavours we want to bring back in the next two weeks is mint. However, after the coldest March on record and then below average temperatures for April and May so far, we had some worries about whether the mint would grow enough to be harvested.

I went to visit Camphill, a special needs community, who are growing biodynamic mint for us, and happily it seems like it’s finally growing.

Stay tuned!


Kieran Murphy is a director of Murphys Ice Cream living in Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland.

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Murphys Ice Cream

Murphys Ice Cream has shops in Dingle, Killarney and Dublin 2 (Wicklow Street).