Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Ice Cream For the Flu

Do you eat ice cream when you’re sick? You don’t have to answer that out loud, especially if you don’t want your kids to know about it. We all know that ice cream isn’t the best thing to snack on when we’re under the weather, but the soothing, cold texture feels so good that sometimes it’s just impossible to resist. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a healthy ice cream that would actually help you while also tasting good?

A small ice cream company in Columbus, Ohio, has come up with just such a flavor, just in time for the unusually severe flu season. Drawing from memories of home flu remedies and adding a little scientific knowledge to the mix, the company’s designers have invented a healthy ice cream that sounds like it is also delicious.
The flavor is actually a sorbet, based on orange, lemon, and honey—all great natural ingredients for boosting the immune system and vitamin C levels, not to mention soothing the throat. Ginger and cayenne pepper help clear the sinus passages, so keep some tissues handy! Finally, a contribution that grandmothers from times gone by would heartily approve of: a little bit of bourbon to fill the role of cough medicine.

The flavor, originally titled “Influenza RX Sorbet,” also contains fruit pectin. Pectin helps to give the throat some relief from scratchiness, so you feel great even after the cold and creaminess of the ice cream wears off. Who wouldn’t walk right by the medicine aisle and pick up a pint of this sorbet instead?

If you have some sick folks in your home, you can follow this example and provide a pleasant, creamy, and throat-soothing ice cream for them. Start with our basic honey ice cream recipe, which results in an exceptionally good texture. Add a little lemon and orange flavorings, and you’ve got a treat that will bring a contented smile to the face of even the grumpiest flu victim.

If you visit the company’s website, you’ll find that they have actually changed the name of the ice cream from “Influenza RX” to “Hot Toddy” sorbet. It’s spicy enough to earn its new name, and the carefully mixed ingredients are a good start toward feeling better fast. The Columbus-based company is known for its adventurous gourmet flavors, which include “Goat cheese with red cherries” and “Sweet potato with torched marshmallows.” Delicious!


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