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Give Your Dog a Cone! A Summer treat!

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Hot dogs can now cool off in the sunshine with a new canine culinary treat – gravy flavoured ice cream.

It’s the brain child of ice cream parlour manager Lynsey Harker, who decided to take inspiration from her previous job working at a dog kennels.

“I came up with the idea to put gravy bone flavoured dog biscuits into an ice cream and added more gravy in,” said the 26‐year‐old. “I love dogs and just wanted to give them a special flavour, and it has been going down really well.”

The meaty flavour – on offer at G&T’s Ice Cream Parlour in Risplith, near Ripon, North Yorkshire – has also proved too much of a temptation for some humans.

“A couple of people tried it and said it was strangely nice, but they just had a taste.”

Miss Harker trained in animal management and previously worked in kennels for five years before starting her present job at the parlour, which was opened by her parents, Gillian and Tony Harker.

Miss Harker is now an enthusiastic inventor of new and imaginative flavours. “At the moment we also have a gin and tonic sorbet, with lots of gin in it, doughnut ice cream and a bubblegum flavour.”But she said her own dog, Dixie, was a big fan of a gravy ice‐cream cone. “I won’t let her have it too often, but she seemed to really love it and I’m sure she would happily have a lot more.”

The parlour, on the B6265 between Ripon and Pateley Bridge, has been open two years and Miss Harker said that business had been booming thanks to the recent good weather. She added: “We only made one batch of the gravy ice cream to try it out, but it has been selling so well we will definitely be making it a regular flavour.”

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