What's your favourite ice-cream van treat and where does the 99 get its name from?

What's your favourite ice-cream from the ice-cream van? Pic: su-lin via Flickr

What's your favourite ice-cream from the ice-cream van? Pic: su-lin via Flickr

First published in News News Shopper: Photograph of the Author by , web manager

Our favourite ice-cream van has started visiting News Shopper Towers again, a sure sign summer is on its way.

With this in mind, today we’re asking what your most loved ice-cream van treat is, be it a cone, lolly or some other frozen goodness.

What do you crave most when you hear the van’s tune playing or when you succumb to temptation after seeing one parked up outside in the sunshine?

Do you like to keep it simple yet sweet licking a 99? Do you like to suck something on a stick such as a cider ice lolly or bite into a chunkier offering like a Nobbly Bobbly or Feast?

Tell us your favourite ice-cream below and why you like it so much.

Also, do you know why the 99 is called that?

And have you ever told your kids any ice-cream van fibs, or been told any yourself when you were younger, such as the music means it's run out of ice-cream? Again, add your comments below.

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7:56am Wed 2 Apr 14

PoppyGreenLeaf says...

The ice cream in question has gone by that name since 1930, when Cadbury's launched a shorter version of its Flake bar - called a Flake 99 - for the ice cream trade.

Which does rather seem to blow one theory - that the bar is exactly 99mm long - out of the water. The UK is only now edging towards metrification - 70-odd years ago, everything was in imperial measures.

Ditto the suggestion that back in the day they cost 99p. True in the 1990s, but in 1930, nothing cost 99p - it was pre-decimalisation, remember.

Another theory goes that the initials of ice cream are IC, which is one way to write 99 in Roman numerals. But the convention is to write it XCIX - but it's possible this was ignored or not known.

The reason for the name is unknown...
The ice cream in question has gone by that name since 1930, when Cadbury's launched a shorter version of its Flake bar - called a Flake 99 - for the ice cream trade. Which does rather seem to blow one theory - that the bar is exactly 99mm long - out of the water. The UK is only now edging towards metrification - 70-odd years ago, everything was in imperial measures. Ditto the suggestion that back in the day they cost 99p. True in the 1990s, but in 1930, nothing cost 99p - it was pre-decimalisation, remember. Another theory goes that the initials of ice cream are IC, which is one way to write 99 in Roman numerals. But the convention is to write it XCIX - but it's possible this was ignored or not known. The reason for the name is unknown... PoppyGreenLeaf
  • Score: 3

8:36am Wed 2 Apr 14

Citygirl83 says...

i love a cherry brandy, I find them so refreshing!
my partner loves an oyster but I hate coconut and find them messy.
i love a cherry brandy, I find them so refreshing! my partner loves an oyster but I hate coconut and find them messy. Citygirl83
  • Score: 1

10:34am Wed 2 Apr 14

Simon Bull says...

PoppyGreenLeaf wrote:
The ice cream in question has gone by that name since 1930, when Cadbury's launched a shorter version of its Flake bar - called a Flake 99 - for the ice cream trade.

Which does rather seem to blow one theory - that the bar is exactly 99mm long - out of the water. The UK is only now edging towards metrification - 70-odd years ago, everything was in imperial measures.

Ditto the suggestion that back in the day they cost 99p. True in the 1990s, but in 1930, nothing cost 99p - it was pre-decimalisation, remember.

Another theory goes that the initials of ice cream are IC, which is one way to write 99 in Roman numerals. But the convention is to write it XCIX - but it's possible this was ignored or not known.

The reason for the name is unknown...
Saw that bit on the BBC too when looking it up. I'm hoping people might put forward a favourite theory from those mentioned or another one if they have any knowledge on the subject.
[quote][p][bold]PoppyGreenLeaf[/bold] wrote: The ice cream in question has gone by that name since 1930, when Cadbury's launched a shorter version of its Flake bar - called a Flake 99 - for the ice cream trade. Which does rather seem to blow one theory - that the bar is exactly 99mm long - out of the water. The UK is only now edging towards metrification - 70-odd years ago, everything was in imperial measures. Ditto the suggestion that back in the day they cost 99p. True in the 1990s, but in 1930, nothing cost 99p - it was pre-decimalisation, remember. Another theory goes that the initials of ice cream are IC, which is one way to write 99 in Roman numerals. But the convention is to write it XCIX - but it's possible this was ignored or not known. The reason for the name is unknown...[/p][/quote]Saw that bit on the BBC too when looking it up. I'm hoping people might put forward a favourite theory from those mentioned or another one if they have any knowledge on the subject. Simon Bull
  • Score: 2

11:49am Wed 2 Apr 14

concerned.erith says...

used to love 99's and oysters (the shell with the marshamallow in and chocolate and coconut on the outside)

Tub icecream - can't beat rum & raisin
used to love 99's and oysters (the shell with the marshamallow in and chocolate and coconut on the outside) Tub icecream - can't beat rum & raisin concerned.erith
  • Score: 6

12:44pm Wed 2 Apr 14

sarfflondonbird says...

screwball...........
..with red sauce over it.........and bubble gum at the bottom.
screwball........... ..with red sauce over it.........and bubble gum at the bottom. sarfflondonbird
  • Score: 8

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