The first Streets Gaytime was not golden. It was a combination of ice cream, chocolate and strawberry shortcake. The famous Golden version, with a biscuit coating surrounding toffee and vanilla ice cream, did not arrive until 1970. There have been a variety of flavours, but the Golden Gaytime is the one that has become an Australian food icon.
According to marketingmag.com.au there have been about 25 different flavours. They say “The current and most successful one is the ‘Golden’ Gaytime, which was launched in the summer of 1970. Past flavours have included Strawberry Shortcake, Caramel Nut, King Chocolate, Raspberry Rough, Choc Orange, Cassata Roma, Devil’s Food (chocolate) and Turkish Delight.”
The release of a Golden Gaytime ice cream in a tub, in mid-2015, in response to a social media campaign by fans, has met with mixed reactions. It’s the crumbs, you know. They need to be on the outside, not mixed in – something of a challenge for ice cream in a tub.