Century-old Rizza’s launch a ‘golden spoon’ hunt

A competition that mirrors the classic tale of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory has been launched by a Moray ice cream company.

Rather than a tour of the factory, however, anyone who finds a ‘golden spoon’ in special tubs of Rizza’s ice cream can win prizes such as an iPad or food hampers.

The firm launched the competition at the Taste of Grampian food show to help mark their 100th anniversary this year. Rizza’s first came to the north east when brothers James and Domenico Rizza arrived in Scotland from the Italian village of Belmonte Castello.

They set up their first confectionary shop in Keith’s Mid Street in 1914, before James set up a second shop in Aberdeen five years later. Domenico then opened his own shop in Huntly in the 1920’s, around the same time James moved his operation to Banff.

Domenico eventually moved out of the Huntly branch and took over the shop on Lossiemouth’s Clifton Road, which had previously been a butcher’s.

Rizza’s business development manager Michael Louw said that to commemorate 100 years of Rizza’s the firm have placed 100 golden spoons in tubs of their ‘Golden Spoon Gold Top’ range of ice cream especially created this year.

He said: “You win a prize for every golden spoon and in certain years of the company’s history you will get better prizes.”

The Gold Top range of ice creams were first produced by the company in the 1980’s and re-launched to celebrate the centenary. Rizza’s Huntly and Lossiemouth shops currently sell around 60,000 litres of ice cream each month, with the firm producing around 135 different flavours.

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