'Toppings galore and all mod cons' make for the perfect 99
Sunshine and 99s go hand and hand in Ireland and many local shops are seeing the proof as the sun continues to shine.
In recent weeks, Kavanagh's Shop on the Wexford Road in Arklow was lauded on national radio as having the best 99 in the country, and proprietor Colm Kavanagh has to agree.
'We have come a long way from the traditional 99, although they are still very popular. It's a science nowadays with loads of different toppings and sauces. Life was a lot simpler 40 years ago, but now customers can design their own 99 whatever way they like with all the mod cons,' he said.
'The word around town is that everywhere is quiet as people want to be out in the sun. They don't want to be going around supermarkets or into shops. They want to be out on the beach enjoying the weather.
'We tend to get a run on ice creams in the afternoon and evening while people are going back home. Having said that, it's never too early for an ice cream, especially in this weather,' Colm said.
Despite attempts to persuade him to share his secrets for the perfect 99, Colm remains tight-lipped. 'I could tell you, but I'd have to kill you,' he said.