For Greg and Cheryl Haskett, it’s all about goats.
The couple who launched Udderly Ridiculous Goat’s Milk Ice Cream in March, were first inspired by the goats on their 200-acre, third-generation family farm in Oxford County.
“My husband is a third-generation farmer and about three years ago we looked to expand, so through strategic planning, we just thought of it. There’s goat cheese, yes, but why not ice cream? Something fun and something different,” Cheryl Haskett said.
“One of the largest suppliers stopped taking our goat dairy milk, so that put a lot of pressure on us and many other farmers, some even having to go out of business.”
Today, Udderly Ridiculous Goat’s Milk Ice Cream is available in six flavours and at a growing number of retailers in Waterloo Region and across Ontario.
“It all started during Christmas break in 2016 and there were no kids in the house. I ordered a home ice cream machine, a cream separator and some books on ice cream and I began experimenting with recipes. Much to my surprise the ice cream was fantastic and didn’t taste like licking a goat at all – which was my biggest fear,” Haskett said.
“Friends and family loved it, and those who had lactose intolerances, not only loved the flavour but had no stomach issues at all!”
Goat’s milk contains less lactose than cow’s milk and is filled with vitamins, enzymes, and protein. It is also less allergenic. It doesn’t contain the complex proteins that stimulate allergic reactions to cow’s milk, so it doesn’t suppress the immune system. It’s easier to digest than cow’s milk.
Statistics show that goat’s milk will digest in a baby’s stomach in twenty minutes, whereas pasteurized cow’s milk takes eight hours. The difference is in the structure of the milk. It contains twice the healthful medium chain fatty acids, such as capric and caprylic acids, which are highly anti-microbial.
When compared to cow’s milk, goat’s milk contains more of many healthy nutrients including Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, and Iron. Goat’s milk is high in protein at 3.6 grams per 100g serving, which is more protein as compared to cow’s milk. Plus, it has lower lactose levels.
“It has all the benefits of dairy but it’s especially great for anyone with lactose intolerance,” Haskett said.
“It actually tastes great and doesn’t cause bloating and all the other effects that milk might cause.”
Haskett attended an ice cream course at the University of Guelph and she and her husband became part of the CBase Entrepreneur program which allowed them the opportunity to gather as much insight, knowledge and networking advice as possible.
“Everyone we spoke to was excited to get onboard whether it was tastings for feedback, helping with marketing, networking or giving input into the branding,” Haskett says.
“It’s fun and its new. Since March, it’s been so exciting to see people’s reactions.”
Udderly Ridiculous Goat’s Milk Ice Cream is made from all-natural, locally sourced ingredients.
“We make our ice cream out of the freshest, local goat’s milk available,” Haskett said.
Each ice cream flavour has something special to offer.
Spiced pumpkin for example reminds Haskett of family.
“Pumpkin is a sure sign of fall in Ontario, and pumpkin pies are a signal of harvest, connection and family. For me, this goes even deeper to my kitchen motto – I don’t love to cook, I cook to love. My Gramma Garry embedded this love of good food, quality ingredients and togetherness into me at a young age. And her pies were always to die for…This ice cream is dedicated to my Gramma, and all the Grammas who pour into the next generation their passions, talents, wisdom and love,” Haskett said.
Other flavours offered are peachy mango tango, lemon cream, coffee and craft brew, vanilla bean lavender and wine and dark chocolate.
“It’s so rewarding to see people try it. Goat’s milk might not be something they would have ever tried or thought they would like. And they just love it,” Haskett said.
To find Udderly Ridiculous ice cream near you, visit udderlyridiculous.ca for a list of retailers and upcoming events.