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Credit where credit is due: Adam Dudding writes the perfect holiday story

I love these little vignettes of life in New Zealand. ¬†Nice human interest stories that don’t have an axe to grind. ¬†I hope Adam and his employers at Fairfax won’t mind a full reproduction this once, although if you want to watch the video, give this a click to send them some well deserved traffic.

The tinny squawk of Greensleeves drifts through the air. You’re possibly already thinking about icecream cones, and a flake buried in white gloop at a jaunty angle.

You’re hearing the chug of a generator and an argument between a toddler and mother. You may be feeling suddenly, unaccountably, peckish.

For Carl Russell, Greensleeves means all these things, but something else besides.

“It means money. It’s the tune of my life. It’s the tune of my financial freedom. I love it. ”

Russell, 34, is East Auckland’s Mr Whippy. He sells soft-serve icecream all year but sales peak in summer, and especially over the Christmas break.

On Friday, Russell opened up the back of his van, where silver plastic bladders of premixed UHT milk and cream are stored in a fridge before being flash-frozen and mixed with air, extruded onto a cone and handed through a hatch.

Russell’s is one of 60-odd Mr Whippy trucks across New Zealand. The brand came from the UK in 1964 and there are competitors with names like “Super Kool”, but even they get called Mr Whippy.

With a reporter riding shotgun, and a photographer out back amid trays of sherbert powder and jars of bubblegum and jelly worms, Russell roamed the flat, empty, streets of Pakuranga and Half Moon Bay, selectively targeting the “money streets”. ¬† Read more »

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David Fisher gets in behind Kim Dotcom, brings tears to his eyes

Kim Dotcon went and destroyed an ice-cream shop and look who was there right behind him.

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Dotcom cries as stalker crashes public event

I can’t hardly wait for the Herald exclusive tomorrow about Kim Dotcon stuffing his¬†enormous¬†gob with 15 flavours of ice-cream all written in gushing and fawning terms by David Fisher. Read more »

I knew it!

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I knew it…Ice cream is like crack:

Cravings people have for ice cream are similar to those a junkie experiences for cocaine, a US study claims.

According to the study, published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the more ice cream an individual eats, the less “reward” they get.

Co-author of the study, Dr Kyle Burger, from the Oregon Research Institute, told The Daily Telegraph overeating high fat or high sugar foods appeared to change the way the brain responded to the food.

“This tolerance is thought to increase use, or eating, because the individual trying to achieve the previous level of satisfaction,” he said.

“Repeated, over-consumption of high-fat or high-sugar foods may alter how the brain responds to those foods in a way that perpetuates further intake.”

The study involved 151 healthy teenagers, aged 14 and 16, who were asked about their recent eating habits and how much they craved particular foods. The participants were then shown a picture of milk shakes, before being given a actual milk shake, while their brains were scanned with a Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Machine.

According to the study, all of the participants craved the ice cream, but those who had eaten ice cream in recent weeks enjoyed it less.

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