For the Palate That’s Had Everything: Breast Milk Ice Cream
posted at 3:44 pm on February 25, 2011 by Howard Portnoy
May I be the first to say, “Blecccch!” What is the world coming to? Yes, I understand, we foodies are a jaded lot. We are always on the lookout for new culinary thrills and spills.
I thought we might have finally hit “the wall” with the arrival of “Mommy’s Milk Cheese,” served at Klee Brasserie here in New York, but, boy, was I ever naïve. Not everyone is a cheesaholic. But who doesn’t love a big scoop or dish of cold, sweet ice cream? Never mind that it’s made from the milk of a human breast.
On sale starting today at a store called Icecreamists, in the Covent Garden section of London, the breast milk-based “treat” is being promoted as organic and—er… “free-range.” (Does that mean the donor of the milk went braless during the production phase?)
Sold under the “Baby Gaga” label, the confection doesn’t come cheaply. The going rate is a steep £14 ($23) per serving. No word from store founder Matt O’Connor on how much extra he charges for sprinkles.
One of the providers of the milk used in the product is 35-year-old Victoria Hiley, who responded to an online ad at the mothers’ forum Mumsnet. She and other participating moms receive £15 for every 10 ounces of milk extracted via breast pump.
Hiley, who works with women who have problems breast-feeding their babies, is quoted in the UK tabloid The Sun as having said:
What could be more natural than fresh, free-range mother’s milk in an ice cream? And for me it’s a recession beater too—what’s the harm in using my assets for a bit of extra cash.
One possible answer to Hiley’s question was provided by FoxNews.com Managing Health Editor and physician Manny Alvarez when Klee Brasserie made headlines with its breast milk cheese. Consumption of breast milk, he warned,
could unknowingly expose consumers to infectious diseases like hepatitis and HIV.
I have one added quibble and that’s with the product description. If it’s made from milk, shouldn’t it be called ice milk? Then again, that’s probably the least of Baby Gaga’s problems.
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