Cary ice cream shop honored nationally
Posted November 27, 2017 3:00 p.m. EST
Updated July 13, 2018 11:17 a.m. EDT
Cary, N.C. — A Cary ice cream shop is getting national attention.
Andia's Homemade Ice Cream's French Vanilla flavor won second place at the National Ice Cream Retailers Association (NICRA) conference earlier this month November.
The NICRA, which includes more than 400 members of independent ice cream shop owners, hosts a yearly competition honoring ice cream shop producers with ribbons for best flavors. This was the first year Andia's entered the competition. Their French Vanilla flavor was a half point shy of the blue ribbon winner. Judges did blind tastings to determine the winners.
"Most ice cream experts always test a brand's vanilla ice cream as it is the foundation for all other flavors. With vanilla, you cannot mask your quality. It is as pure as any ice cream flavor can be," owner Andia Xouris said.
Andia's opened at 10120 Green Level Church Road in August. The shop features a menu of 20 flavors of ice cream and sorbet including baklava, salted caramel, blueberry cobbler, lemon basil sorbet and cookie Xplosion.
Andia's is a finalist for two WRAL.com Voters' Choice Awards. The shop is up for best new restaurant and best ice cream or frozen yogurt.
For the holidays, Andia's is offering a ice cream pies (butter pecan, pumpkin and apple) and ice cream bon bons (peppermint, hazelnuts and double chocolate). Gift cards are also available.