Made with clotted cream and whole milk, fresh from the cows that graze on Cornwall’s lush green grass, Kelly’s Ice Cream has a distinctive creamy flavour and velvety smoothness that you won’t find in any other ice cream. Perfect for sharing at home, Kelly’s is the ideal accompaniment for any family or special meal occasion.
Kelly’s of Cornwall is the leading brand of Cornish ice cream and a pioneer of the famous Cornish clotted cream ice cream. The Kelly’s of Cornwall story dates back to the late 1890s when Joseph Staffieri moved to the UK from Italy and settled in St Austell. He started a small business selling fish & chips in the winter and ice cream, which he made himself, in the summer.
His son-in-law, Lazero, began to build the ice cream side of the business and with a pony and cart launched the first Kelly’s mobile unit, the origin of the fleet of 40 vans which we now see across our Cornish beaches and landmark every summer. At that time he sold what was called the ‘penny lick’; a small shot-sized re-useable glass which he filled with ice cream and sold for a penny.
In the early 1930s Lazero changed the business name to the easier-to-pronounce Kelly’s. Around this time the first Kelly’s van, a Morris Cowley, appeared on the roads around St Austell selling Kelly’s increasingly popular ice cream to local residents.