One man dreamed of creating the most unbelievably delicious ice cream.
It came out of the blue, but it made sense. He loved a scoop or four of the good stuff, and had often talked about making something with his own two hands; a real product for real people.
He set to work in his old barn in Hampshire and as the whole family joined in he decided to name the company after his wife. On a cold winters day in December 2002 he walked across the field to the village pub and sold the very first tub of Jude's ice cream.
We were soon working with top chefs around the country, designing new flavours for their menus.
Making our ice cream in small batches we carefully select the best tasting ingredients; for example, single estate Colombian cacao, Madagascan bourbon vanilla, and milk from Matterley Farm just down the road.
We've tasted and tested literally thousands of recipes over the years and won over 90 Great Taste Awards.
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 with family, friends and neighbours working together. We've learnt a lot along the way and, after nearly 20 years, we're proud to now have a group of the best ice cream makers on the planet.
We believe that all businesses should benefit people and communities. That's why we are a certified B Corp, which means we are committed to using business as a force for good, putting people and planet before profit. We run educational programs with local schools, support community events and have donated over £250,000 to charities that do amazing work, primarily with a focus on 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 protect our natural environment.
We have responded to the climate emergency by making Jude's carbon negative.
We have teamed up with Professor Mike Berners-Lee, one of the world's leading experts in carbon footprinting to make sure that Jude's is now removing more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than it emits. Read more here.
We now make take-home tubs in plant based, dairy and lower calorie flavours, as well as lower sugar treats for kids and a growing range of desserts.
So cosy up and tuck into an old favourite, or go wild and try something new.
Our mission is to knock your socks off. Every time.
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