It has to be a 99

What’s your favourite chilly treat in the seering heat? Ice-pops and -creams have been staples of the Irish diet this Summer and it looks like that creamy, sweet hit is set to feature on our daily menu for the coming week or two!

What’s your favourite chilly treat in the seering heat? Ice-pops and -creams have been staples of the Irish diet this Summer and it looks like that creamy, sweet hit is set to feature on our daily menu for the coming week or two!

Personally, I have developed a love affair with the deliciously creamy, sweet, ice cream cone and it seems as though the rest of the country has too! An online survey carried out by Newstalk has confirmed that sometimes, the old ones are the best.

Newstalk.ie set out to find out whether people had a preference for the traditional ice creams and ice lollies we grew up with, or if newer products such as Magnums, Mars and Snickers have won over our hearts.

The criteria set was that it doesn’t have to be on a stick, it can come with a spoon, but it does have to involve either ice or cream.

Of the 15 ice creams listed in the poll for Newstalk Lunchtime, the humble 99 came out on top with 31.5%, showing a grá for the old classic with a flake.

Second up was the Tangle Twister on 11%, followed closely by the Brunch (10.5%) and Cornetto (8%), while the Loop the Loop and Magnum shared fifth place on 6.5%.

The Calippo and Mr Freeze trailed the lot, and for much of the polling period had no votes at all. It appears years of frozen fingers have left us feeling cold for these two treats.

Prices for ice creams have increased through the years, and buying a few ice creams for the kids can set you back the guts of a fiver these days.

In 1980, a Brunch was 16p, while in 1991 it was 40p, and now you can expect to pay around €1.30. In 1982, a Loop the Loop was 12p, in 1988 it was 20p, in 2003 it was 45 cent and today it’s 99 cent. In 1979, a Choc Ice was just 11p, in 1993 it was 40p and today it’ll set you back €1.49.

The Tangle Twister costs €1.10, much more than in 1991 when it was just 28p.

As for the 99 - named by its price after all - one of these costs anything from €1.80 to €2.50, depending on where you buy it.

The 15 ice creams listed were: 99, Choc Ice, Tangle Twister, Super Split, Magnum, Mr Freeze, Loop the Loop, Calippo, Fat Frog, Feast, Mars Ice Cream, Cornetto, Brunch, Snickers Ice Cream, Maxi Twist.