Heraclis Ice Cream: The authentic ice cream of Cyprus

The everyday life hero and hardworking man, Heraclis Dimitriou

The beginning of our history

He fought really hard until he became a successful businessman. We are in the 1930s, an era when ice cream was considered a luxury. In 1939, young Heraclis opened a small café; the same spot where the store is located today, at 110 Ledra Street. Shortly after, he added more options on the menu apart from the coffee and sweets made by his wife Evangelia, from Smyrna. He offered ice cream produced by himself. His task was not easy at all at the time. The way ice cream was made back then had nothing to do with how it is produced today, as the process then was a true ritual.

Our first flavors

Heraclis started with the production of 5 basic ice cream flavors: vanilla, chocolate, roasted peanut, strawberry and lemon, while today more than 35 flavors are available to enjoy. The main recipe has been the same for 80 years now. The basic ice cream ingredients are fresh milk, fresh eggs, sugar, corn flour and vanilla aroma, while the sorbet ice cream flavors are made from fresh fruit. Gradually, the small coffee shop has evolved into a large ice cream industry that has become the longest ice cream industry to operate in Cyprus so far.

The evolution of Heraclis Ice Cream

Within a few years, the small café turned into a lifestyle ice cream shop and over time the business has expanded to other cities around Cyprus with stores in Limassol, Larnaca, Paphos and Famagusta.

Since 1939, Heraclis ice cream is considered the most favorite habit of the people of Nicosia. During every walk at “Makridromos” as Ledra Street was called back then, the iconic signage “Heraclis Ice Cream” attracted all the wonderers as it continues to do so until today.

The evolution of Heraclis Ice Creams

Within a few years, the small café turned into a lifestyle ice cream shop and over time the business has expanded to other cities around Cyprus with stores in Limassol, Larnaca, Paphos and Famagusta.

Since 1939, Heraclis ice cream is considered the most favorite habit of the people of Nicosia. During every walk at “Makridromos” as Ledra Street was called back then, the iconic signage “Heraclis Ice Creams” attracted all the wonderers as it continues to do so until today.

The making of Heraclis Ice cream today

Today, Heraclis ice cream is produced using the latest high-quality means at a modern factory, located at the industrial area of Engomi. It is distributed from there to all the cities around Cyprus.

The family tradition stays strong up to today with the young generation who continue to create the Heraclis ice cream with passion. Kostas and Antonia Vrontis along with their children and grandchildren continue to evolve with an undeniable creativity to offer ice cream made with love and passion, inherited by their father and grandfather Heraclis.

The making of Heraclis Ice cream today

Today, Heraclis ice cream is produced using the latest high-quality means at a modern factory, located at the industrial area of Engomi. It is distributed from there to all the cities around Cyprus.

The family tradition stays strong up to today with the young generation who continue to create the Heraclis ice cream with passion. Kostas and Antonia Vrontis along with their children and grandchildren continue to evolve with an undeniable creativity to offer ice cream made with love and passion, inherited by their father and grandfather Heraclis.

The future for Heraclis Ice Cream

While they never betrayed their tradition and quality, at the same time they continued to progress and always staying up-to-date with the preferences and trends of modern times. With the transformation of Ledra street into a long sidewalk, significant alterations were made to the shop to adjust to the changes. Eventually, the coffee shop became an attraction for all ages as it combines an ice cream shop, a café, a restaurant, a playground and an amusement park for every age and preference.

The family’s next step is to create a Franchise chain.

The future for Heraclis Ice Cream

While they never betrayed their tradition and quality, at the same time they continued to progress and always staying up-to-date with the preferences and trends of modern times. With the transformation of Ledra street into a long sidewalk, significant alterations were made to the shop to adjust to the changes. Eventually, the coffee shop became an attraction for all ages as it combines an ice cream shop, a café, a restaurant, a playground and an amusement park for every age and preference.

The family’s next step is to create a Franchise chain.