In 1996, Anthony & Teena Mammino began selling macadamias on a roadside stall. When Teena decided to try creating a new treat by adding macadamias to her grandmother’s old-style ice cream recipe, word soon spread and the demand for their ice cream led to it becoming a full-time business.
Over the years, the Mamminos have added a variety of flavours and their ice cream has become one of the Childers district’s most iconic products winning many food and tourism awards.
Sadly, Childers lost a wonderful ambassador when Anthony Mammino passed away in January 2017. However, Mammino Gourmet Ice Cream has stayed in the family with Anthony’s cousin Leo Ricciardi, and his wife Helen, taking on the business in September 2017 after having spent a great deal of time helping Teena, learning the recipes, and getting to know the suppliers of all the quality ingredients.
Leo and Helen and their team now make the traditional recipes at their property, which is off the beaten track, and no longer available to the public, so they sell their product from the peaceful surrounds of the Isis Golf Club. Visitors can come and relax in the tranquil setting out on the lawn, or in the air-conditioned comfort of the Clubhouse. The country hospitality hasn’t changed, even though the location has from the original. Factory tours are no longer available unfortunately.
Mammino Gourmet Ice Cream has become home to one of the largest ranges of macadamia nut ice cream in Australia. There is a range of flavours combining many of your favourite tastes with smooth nutty macadamias.
The current line-up of flavours includes:
- 6 macadamia flavours
- 6 fruit flavours
- 8 ‘other’ flavours
- 2 sorbet flavours
- 2 ‘other’ flavours feature the famous Bundaberg Rum
- 11 gluten-free choices across the range
- The sorbet is both gluten and dairy-free