We thought it is about time to tell you a bit more about the extraordinary milk that we use in our ice cream – the extremely flavourful Jersey milk.
Milk from the Jersey cows has a well deserved reputation for its great taste, consistency and higher vitamin contents.
It originates from the Jersey cow, a British breed of small dairy cattle from Jersey in the Channel Islands. You will be able to see this friendly breed with their golden colouring and pretty dark eyes if you explore the island. This is a truly British cow whose ancestry can be traced back to the original Jersey Herd Book, founded in 1863 by the Royal Jersey Agricultural & Horticultural Society. It is only a small breed with around 30 herds and an estimated 3,000 cows, but they make one of the best milks.
Now let’s get to all the benefits of this awesome milk. Milk is about the best source of calcium and an excellent source of many vitamins and minerals, like Vitamin A, E and D, magnesium and potassium. But milk from Jersey cows is even better! It has a higher protein content and is naturally higher in nutrients and vitamins. On average Jersey milk has 20% more calcium and 18% more protein than most other milks. And because these pretty cows graze on the island’s lush green landscape their milk contains more omega-3’s and beneficial fatty acids than milk from pasture-fed cows. In fact, Jersey milk is even often better tolerated by lactose intolerant people because it mostly contains ‘A2’ protein which is easier on our digestive system. We know, just the right excuse to come to Bears and have that ice cream, right?
Here at Bears we exclusively use Jersey milk for both, our soft serve and our scoop club ice creams. This rich and creamy premium milk is just the perfect ingredient for our high quality ice cream and decadent hot chocolates. Of course we have alternatives for our non-dairy friends, these range from refreshing slushy, sorbets and vegan plant milk ice creams.
Our friends at Jersey Dairy have made a video where you can find out more details about the health benefits of the Jersey Milk and the history of the Jersey Cow.