‘Never trust a skinny chef’

Saturday February 22, 2020 Written by Published in Hot on the Rock
Stephanie Jansen making a banana rama with caramel sauce. 20022001* / 20022002 / 20022003 Stephanie Jansen making a banana rama with caramel sauce. 20022001* / 20022002 / 20022003

Lickity splitz, get a move on! You can now get your best ice cream sundaes with homemade sauces in Arorangi.


Stephenie Jansen runs the Marine and Wildlife Eco Centre, where she came up with the idea over summer of introducing something tasty and exciting to help pay the bills.

It helps cover some of the coasts of running the Marine and Wildlife Eco Centre. But for her Lickity Splitz, is also a labour of love – because she has a sweet tooth.

“Never trust a skinny chef,” she says.

Jansen says it was simple decision for her.

“The Marine and Wildlife Centre is the main business, so I have to supplement the income from the centre by having something that will bring customers in and make a bit of money to make sure I can continue without having to go and get funding.”

She wanted to open a café, but she also wanted to keep it simple. A dedicated ice-cream shop ticked the box, with waffles and the best home-made mix-ins such as caramel sauces, strawberry shortcakes or simply a chocolate velvet ice-cream.

Lickity Splitz opened two weeks ago and, with this humid February weather, Jansen said she has had lots of customers. Some offer her their own ice cream recipes or mix-in and toppings ideas. And kids can choose their lolly scramble.

She is open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm.

For Jansen, though it’s hard work to deliver the perfect ice cream, the look on children’s faces is what inspires her to reach for new creative heights.

How does she make the sauces? Google is Jansen’s best friend and at the moment she’s working on trying to make vegan ice cream. But this is still a work in progress.

“There are so many things you can add with ice cream to make it an incredible experience. This is a great place to bring the kids for birthday parties and all.

“I always loved ice cream when I was a kid.”

And why Lickity Splitz? She said it just made sense to her: Because you lick ice cream – but a business idea like this can’t be licked!

“All good things take time.”

Leave a comment