Ice cream parlor debuts breast milk flavor

Feb. 26, 2011 at 3:30 AM
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LONDON, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- A London ice cream parlor said its latest "totally natural" flavor, "Baby Gaga," is made with breast milk donated by nursing mothers.

The Icecreamists parlor said the ice cream, which comes in a martini glass for $23, contains Madagascan vanilla pods and lemon zest in addition to breast milk donated by women, including Victoria Hiley, 35, of Leeds, England, the International Business Times reported Friday.

"What's the harm in using my assets for a bit of extra cash?" Hiley told the online newspaper. "There's nothing more natural than fresh mother's milk."

The Times said 15 mothers have agreed to donate their milk to the parlor at $24 for every 10 ounces.

Matt O'Connor, 44, owner of the Icecreamists, said he expects "Baby Gaga" to be popular with customers.

"No-one's done anything interesting with ice cream in the last hundred years," O'Connor said. "Some people will hear about it and go 'yuck,' but actually it's pure, organic, free-range and totally natural."

However, Miriam Simun of New York said she faced a great deal of skepticism when she debuted a similar product, cheese made from breast milk, the New York Daily News reported.

"Human cheese is initially a pretty shocking concept to most people," she said. "I understand the visceral reaction -- drinking milk from a woman other than your mother is a pretty big taboo in many cultures."

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