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Confectionery icon Darrell Lea has shared plans to expand into ice cream and muffins through new food industry collaborations.

Darrell Lea flavours such as Rocklea Road, peppermint nougat and peanut brittle will be sold in the summer in collaboration with Everest Ice Cream, according to ABC Online.

It's not the company's first ice cream-confectionery mash-up. Last year Darrell Lea partnered with Unilever to create a new Blue Ribbon Darrell Lea Rocklea Road and other confectionery flavours.

Darrell Lea says plans are also afoot to partner with Muffin Break on new products, and a collaboration based on Adriano Zumbo's macaron range is also reportedly on the cards.

The confectionery company has staged a strong comeback six years after being bought out of voluntary administration by Queensland entrepreneurs, Tony and Christina Quinn, who in January sold the majority of the business to Quadrant Private Equity.

Darrell Lea recently bought the Lifesavers brand from Nestle, with the manufacturing of the iconic brand to move from Nestle in New Zealand back to Australia.

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