The Utterly Inessential Shopping List: Solid chocolate ice cream, a trackable passport cover and a £7,000 silver ice bucket

In this week's round up of utterly inessential items to amaze and beguile, Alexandra Fraser takes a look at a solid chocolate ice cream cone, the world's most expensive (probably) ice bucket and the ultimate solution to losing your passport in the airport.

 Scrub-a-dub-dub takes on a new meaning

Tam Mason hand scrub orange

When it comes to hand scrubs, you have to believe the hype. They leave you with baby soft skin and this particular one smells incredible. Is it necessary? No. But neither are office dogs and I have it on good authority that our Features Editor’s black labrador is the highlight of people’s (my) week.

Bergamot & Blood Orange hand scrub, from £15, Tam Mason,

Because it’s the worst thing you could ever lose in the airportpassport cover

You need it, your mother needs it, my mother needs it and so on. Hadoro Paris have created a passport cover with a built-in Bluetooth tracker, enabling you to use your phone to find your passport. Now if only I could find my phone…

Passport cover from around £225 from Hadoro Paris,

Because people that rich don’t know where their fridges are

Theo Fennell

There’s not much to say about a £7,000 ice bucket… bottoms (and stocks) up, I guess.

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Sterling-silver ice bucket, £7,000 from Theo Fennell,

Nigel the owl strikes again


This wonderful notebook celebrates Ettinger’s 85 years of producing beautiful leather goods. Only 85 of these lovely notebooks have been produced, featuring illustrations of the idiosyncratic Nigel the Owl. The paper books inside are crafted by Royal Warrant-holding Barnard & Westwood and 15% of the proceeds will go to the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust.

Chestnut Ettinger X Rory Dobner notebook, £265 from

A new take on ‘chocolate ice cream’

Mr Whippy got down on his knees and thanked the geniuses at Choc on Choc when they created this fine example of confectionary. Layers of milk and white chocolate and pieces of fudge abound and (the best news yet) it’s solid.

Please form an orderly queue.

Chocolate Ice Creams, £18 for a set of two from Choc on Choc,

Do these still work

If you have a pool, you simply need a proper parasol under which to drink cocktails and laugh candidly without a care in the world.

Etta parasol (2m/6½ft), £399 from East London Parasol Company,