All aboard the viral food wagon because we've got the latest breakthrough which you're certain to see on Instagram. That's right, stretchy ice cream. Sounds as if it has some weird kind of elastic in it or is something that shouldn't be eaten. You are wrong, here is the story.
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The name makes you think of spirits, wine and beer. A bit like a bar or pub, but you'll be wrong. Booza is, in fact, an ice cream style that was born in the Levant. Besides its playful name, it is super stretchy. Think of mozzarella sticks that are fresh from the fryer and the furthest pulling will not break the magical stretch. You're probably thinking that the texture of this ice cream is rubbery but it is in fact intensely creamy. The summer staple is that Booza melts slower than other ice creams so no need to shove it down your throat in the sunshine.
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It's confusing. What is the super secret ingredient that gives such a stretchy mixture? Booza is made with standard ice cream ingredients, you know, milk, cream and flavourings. However, it doesn't contain any egg. The base gets mixed with salep and mastic. Salep is a flour which is made from orchid root and mastic is a resin that comes from the mastic tree in Greece. Very exotic! Both of these ingredients give the signature stretch. I wonder who decided to add those ingredients into a normal ice cream mix.
When you think of ice cream, you think of freezing cold temperatures. This is because most ice creams contain additives that allow them to be scooped at really cold temperatures but Booza is best served 20 degrees warmer than most ice creams. This is due to the product needing to be 'agitated' or stretched by hand before scooping. Every scoop you get is technically handmade with love! Maybe we should collaborate and make a Gookie Dough flavour?
What are your thoughts on stretchy ice cream? Let us know in the comments below!
Indulging in a tub of ice cream and eating the whole lot without realising is a regular occurrence for me and I'm sure many of you also do the same! Some ice creams are ridiculously calorific and contain processed foods, high rates of sugar and other nasties. However, what about the health benefits? Just like when we talked about the benefits of cookie dough last week, you can now have Gookie Dough alongside your ice cream and not feel as guilty (in moderation, of course).
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Lactoferrin and cytokines in ice cream can increase the body's immunity and combat the flu virus and help the healing process of viruses. So, if flu is getting you down, treat yourself to a bowl of the good stuff.
Good for the brain
Apparently, ice cream is good for our body and say no more. There is a part of the brain that analyses which is called the orbitofrontal cortex. Ice cream supposedly makes us more comfortable and alert so we're better at looking into things. Next time you want to act FBI, just eat a cone!
Source of minerals and vitamins
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Ice cream contains a good source of minerals because it is rich in calcium and phosphorus. It gets better, vitamins included E, D, C and A as well as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folic acid and vitamin B-6 and B-12.
There are some myths that come with our old friend, Mr Whippy. People say that ice cream causes coughs and colds but this could be down to the fact that the coldness can shock the throat in some people and cause a slight tickle.
Many pregnant women are reluctant to consume ice cream because they think the foetus will become too large. However, this doesn't happen. In fact, it helps bone growth!
Lastly, eating your ice cream won't cause you to become obese or put on weight because when consumed in moderation, the fat content in ice cream per serving is very small compared to the fat needs each day.
Mr Whippy, we won't be dumping you anytime soon! *Source: Dr Health Benefits*
Summer, hurry up because we are in need of some lush summer recipies and can't wait to have an excuse for digging into lots of ice cream! Remember choc ices? How your parents would never let you go and get an ice cream from the van because there were choc ices in the freezer? We know the pain, and it hurt! However, we've put a spin on the tedious treat which will make it extra scrummy so you'll never need a Mr Whippy again. Hello, cookie dough ice cream sandwiches.
Firstly, divide the Gookie in half and lay a large piece of parchment paper flat on the kitchen surface. Shape one portion of the dough into a 6x8-inch rectangle by hand and flatten it by pressing down with your palm.
Next, lay another piece of parchment paper over the top of the flattened dough. Now, use a rolling pin to flatten the dough out to a 1/4 inch thickness. Transfer to a baking sheet and put the entire layer of Gookie Dough into the freezer for at least 30 minutes to set.
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In the meantime, remove your chosen ice cream from the freezer and let soften in the fridge. Now, with the remaining half of the Gookie Dough, repeat the procedure just done and add this to the freezer. Once both sheets of the dough are frozen, remove them from the freezer and take off the parchment paper. Place the first half on a chopping board.
Spread ice cream over the cookie dough as evenly possible with a metal spatula or spoon. Put the second cookie dough sheet on top of the ice cream layer and press down to even out and place back into the freezer for at least two hours. While the ice cream is setting n the freezer, chop your dark chocolate and place in a bowl, melt the microwave for 30-second intervals until thoroughly melted. Add the coconut oil to the melted chocolate and stir to combine.
Line another baking tray with parchment paper and place the set ice cream and cookie dough on to a chopping board and use a large knife to cut into desired shapes. Quickly dip each ice cream sandwich into melted chocolate making sure it covers it all then pop into the freezer until they are firm and ready to eat!
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Two summertime indulgences which are wrapped up in one delicious sweet treat. Let's be real; you can't wait to be sitting in your garden devouring one of these. Sorry Mr Whippy, but ice cream just got a whole lot better.