Nothing says summer like an ice cream cone in the sunshine and as the UK gears up for a 16-day heatwave there is plenty of it to look forward to.
So Aldi has delighted shoppers after announcing a very timely Special Buy in the form of a bargain ice cream machine.
The machine allows you to make your own Mr Whippys at home and rings in at just £29.99.
Each use makes one litre of soft serve ice cream so definitely enough for all the family.
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It works by simultaneously freezing the mixture while churning, leaving you with a batch of soft-serve ice cream in just under 30 minutes.
The ice cream maker goes on sale online only on Sunday 30 May while stocks last.
Also in the range, is a hot dog toaster and popcorn machine.
The hot dog toaster costs £14.99 and promises to perfectly toast two hot dog buns in minutes.
The popcorn machine uses hot-air circulation to “make tasty, healthy popcorn quickly and easily” with no need to add any oil prior to cooking.
With a heatwave forecast to be just around the corner, the news couldn’t have come at a better time.
The country is forecast to enjoy 16 consecutive days of sun in June to welcome the summer just in time for festival season.
Weather experts predict the heatwave to hit between June 15 and July 1 when Boris Johnson is expected to announce an end to Covid-19 restrictions.
So while the rest of May is set to be more of the same wet and cold, at least we have something to look forward to in June – making it perfect weather for an ice-cream.
However, your ice creams may have to go without a flake after an unexpected demand left the UK facing a shortage.
Small businesses and ice cream vans have been reporting an absence of the chocolate bar across the UK which led to Cadbury confirming there has been an “unexpected demand” that they are struggling to keep up with.
According to bosses, special sized 99 Flakes could soon be unavailable nationwide following a surge in sales in the past month.
“We are seeing a recent increase in demand for our Cadbury 99 Flake in the UK and Ireland that we had not expected,” Cadbury owner Mondelez said.
People have already started offering up ideas for alternatives such as having a Crunchie bar or a Wispa bar instead. But many agree that it just wouldn’t be the same.