Hokey Pokey has reigned supreme and risen to the top at the twentieth annual New Zealand Ice Cream Awards.

Eight judges took two days to judge 334 entries from 37 companies and individuals, and declared Tip Top's Hokey Pokey the pick of the bunch, awarding it the Supreme Award for a Large Manufacturer.

The awards were organised by the New Zealand Ice Cream Manufacturer's Association, and held at the Food Innovation Centre in Auckland.

This is the second year in a row that Tip Top have won the Supreme Award.


Tip Top also won Best in Category for their Tip Top Vanilla Ice Cream.

The Supreme Award for a Boutique Manufacturer went to Puhoi Valley Cafe for their Matakana Roasted Coffee Affogato Ice Cream.

Puhoi Valley's win was also a repeat perfomance from 2015.

This year it was an espresso coffee flavour that was a hit with the judges, and last year their chai latte flavoured ice cream won the award.

Judging involved awarding points for a number of key attributes in different properties.

Appearance was worth 10 points, body and texture 40 points, and flavour 50 points.