Thursday, 19 September 2013

Ye olde chocolate ice cream

THE earliest English recipe for chocolate “ice cream” has been discovered after 350 years.

The  recipe was written at a time when chocolate was very different from the product we are familiar with today, and was recommended as a cure for insomnia, excess mucus or haemorrhoids.
It was made by shaking a salty cocoa liquid inside a container surrounded by snow and was eaten with spoons.
The recipe was discovered by Leicester University historian Dr Kate Loveman, who found it among diarist Samuel Pepys’ papers.
She said: “I tried it out and it’s like a solid version of the iced drinks you can buy in a coffee shop.

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