One comes across some extraordinary things on the internet and this one is very high on my extraordinary list. What do you think of when you hear the word Belgium? Some quite stereotypical things I should imagine but I bet none of you thought of Australian ice cream. I am surprised that there is such a thing as Australian ice cream. Gattina posted this photo, among others, taken when she visited a new shopping centre in Belgium near where she lives.
I was so surprised to firstly see that Australian is a desirable thing and secondly that there is such a thing as an Australian Home Made Ice Cream shop and thirdly that ice cream is so popular on a cold and wet spring day in Belgium. I showed the photo to R and he quipped, our ice cream comes from New Zealand, doesn't it. I just checked and we have two tubs of ice cream in the freezer, one was made by the recently mentioned Dairy Bell, 100% Australian, and the other is Made in Australia but in small print, from local and imported ingredients.
The business web site is only in French or Dutch and even with a translator, there is not much information about the product or why it is called Australian. Note the kangaroo symbol under the products tab. Let me dig further.
Ok, this website makes things clearer. Australian Home Made is a franchise business and specialises in organic high end ice cream, coffee and chocolate. Oh, from other links there was some botheration between our indigenous people and the company for their use of aboriginal style art work.
I conclude, apart from the use of indigenous art work and the name Australian, there is no connection to Australia.