Golden Gaytime ice creams have held a fond place in the hearts (and freezers) of Australians for almost 60 years. What’s not to love about that vanilla and toffee ice cream dipped in chocolate and covered in honeycomb biscuit crumbs? Nothing could have made them better…
Until Streets apparently decided in 2017 that yes, actually, they could, and thus the Golden Gaytime Sanga was born. So, are they better than standard Golden Gaytime ice creams? Are they the pinnacle of culinary innovation we’ve been led to believe they are?
Half of the Gaytime Sanga is effectively the same as a standard Gaytime: vanilla and toffee flavoured ice cream, chocolate coating, big crumbs of honeycomb biscuit. This is the best bit, even if it does shed crumbs the way my German Shepherd used to shed hair; you’ll probably need to put down a tarp under yourself while you’re eating this. But then you get to the biscuit half, and this half is… well, *extreme Godfather voice* it’s not bad, it’s just disappointing. This may be a matter of subjectivity, but to me, a biscuit should be solid and crunchy. But because these two bits of biscuit have spent who-knows-how-long cuddling a slab of ice cream before my hungry arse pulled it out of the freezer because I couldn’t be bothered cooking proper food for dinner, all structural integrity has slipped away, leaving a sad, soggy remnant of its former self. The biscuit pretty much melts in your hand as you try to hold it, leaving it at the mercy of runny ice cream (and really, the whole point of biscuit in an ice cream sandwich should be to STOP ice cream from getting on your hand), and of course when you try to bite into it, the biscuit and ice cream just kind of ooze out everywhere. I also felt that the biscuit half was a little bland in flavour after the glorious choc-and-crumb coated half that came before it.
The Golden Gaytime Sangas are kind of like the sequels to The Matrix: they didn’t really need to exist, but they were still enjoyable for what they were. That being said, if I had a choice between the sequel and the original, I’d pick the original every time.