Our dad was starting an ice cream company.
What began as a barely whispered idea was soon actually happening. Though it came completely out of the blue, we could make sense of it. He’d often talked of making something with his own two hands, selling a real product to real people, and he’s always loved great ice cream.
He started small and set to work in our old barn at home in Hampshire. Our mum joined him and he decided to name the company after her. On 19th December 2002 he walked across the field to the village pub and sold the very first tub of Jude’s ice cream.
We (Alex and Chow) soon realised that the ice cream was seriously good and were convinced it should be served in the best restaurants. So we joined our parents at Jude's.
Alex loaded his car up with ice cream and hit the road, and Chow rolled his sleeves up and got to work creating new flavours...
We were soon working with top chefs around the country and developing unique products for their menus.
Making our ice cream in small batches we carefully selected the best tasting ingredients; for example, single estate Colombian cacao, Madagascan bourbon vanilla, and milk from Matterley Farm just down the road in Hampshire.
We've tasted and tested literally thousands of different recipes over the years and have picked up over 50 Great Taste Awards to date.
To craft brilliant ice cream, you need brilliant people. They’re the most important ingredient.
Jude's has been a team effort from day one and we love working with both family and friends. Together we've developed our craft over nearly 20 years and have grown a team of incredibly talented ice cream makers.
We believe that all businesses should benefit people and communities. So we run educational programs with local schools, support community events and donate 10% of all our profits to charities that work with children and young people. Find out more here.
We are fortunate to live and work in an incredibly beautiful corner of our incredibly beautiful planet. The rolling hills of the South Downs remind us daily that we have a responsibility to tread lightly and act responsibly within our environment.
Acknowledging that we are not perfect, and there's plenty more to learn and do, here are some of the things we are working on.
As well as our chefs' range, we now make lower sugar treats for kids and take-home tubs in dairy, vegan and lower calorie flavours.
So cosy up and tuck into your favourite Jude’s tub, or go wild and try a something new.
Our mission is to knock your socks off.
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