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   Now, can any of you guess what the special ingredient in this photos is?? I'll give you a hint. It's the brown stuff on top of the ice cream.

   Before you read any further, and want to comment, go down and write what you think it is in the comment section then come back up and read the answer.

Wrote it down?

Well here is the answer.

Balsamic Vinegar.

Crazy eh?

   Now, before you go "YUCK!!" or "WHAT?!" hear me out =) First off, it's an Italian dessert, and we all know that the Italians love their oil and vinegar. So why not put vinegar on your dessert?
   The second thing is that you don't use cheap vinegar. You use dessert vinegar, which is way more expensive, and sweeter that your average bottle. Like "cheap" expensive balsamic vinegar starts at $20 for a 5-year-aged, 150 ml bottle. Why is it more expensive when it's only aged 5 years? Because vinegar is like wine and cheese. The longer it's aged, the more expensive it is.
   The third thing is it doesn't taste like vinegar on ice cream like you'd think. In the words of my dad, it tastes a little like blueberry syrup instead on vinegar (at least the dessert vinegar does). And you don't eat 3 scoops of this dessert. You eat a small bowl full. It's not somthing you consume in large quantities, but in small portions... around one scoop.
   And while some people like the dessert vinegar is prefered by my mom and dad, I actually like the sharp tang of normal balsamic vinegar. I like vinegar in general, but for those of you who don't, but want to try something different, this is the dessert for you =) Just use dessert vinegar.

   Now you'll want to try it. Go ahead. People will think you weird at first. Like you probably do me. But it's one of those things that you have to try before judging. I will say it's an acquired taste, so don't make a bunch, or buy a really expensive bottle at first!  Let me know if you do try it, and what you think =)

*oh, and it's really only good on vanilla ice cream. Not really on chocolate, though you could try a teaspoon before making that assumption. But do it after having it with the vanilla ;)

02/02/2013 3:50pm

Oh, hahaha, I mentally guessed "tofu" in my head (just to be silly ;).

But wait, isn't tofu just like...little cubes of fungus or something? Hmmm.

Anyway, this actually sounds pretty good. Once day I'd definitely like to try it!

02/02/2013 6:52pm

Haha, that's the type of response I was looking for =) Haha, ew, tofu!! Something like that... I'm not sure, as I've never eaten it (and I don't plan on it)...

It IS! It's a great dessert, but it only tasts good on vanilla ice cream, not on say chocolate =)

- Leauphaun

02/02/2013 7:39pm

Ohhh...not chocolate. yes, that would be good to know, wouldn't it? ^_^

02/02/2013 9:55pm

Oops, I forgot to say that in the post... I've changed that now =) Yeah, I've actually never tried it on other flavours, but I imagine it wouldn't be that yummy, as the flavours would clash :/

02/03/2013 9:13am

I was thinking you poured expensive Mexico vanilla in cups full over your ice cream, and I was like "okay.....well, that could be good." but no....no, you go and say you pour vinagre over YOUR ice cream.
That is definitely one of the weirdest things I've heard concerning dessert, but, I'm almost able to imagine...
Except I can't get the horrible feeling I'd get in my stomach after eating that , out of my head!
Yet trust me, I will do this. Someday....

I like olive oil and vinager mixed together, and then dipping my bread in it....I feel so Italian.....
How'd you come across this kinda of stuff? Are you....*gasp* Italian?! :)

02/03/2013 10:33am

Mmmm, Mexican vanilla WOULD be yummy!! And I've acutally never tried it, but it sounds good =) Haha, not the ingredient you were thinking of, eh?

Haha, my mom and dad actually were the ones to introduce it to me. I tried it. And fell in love with it <3
As I found on a blog about this recipe, they say "The tartness of the balsamic mingles with the sweet, creaminess of the ice cream. The flavors don't fight, they blend". It's one of those recipes that you think would cause burning in your stomach, but nothing of the kind happens with it. Which is why you normally use dessert vinegar, as it's less harsh. But normal vinegar is good too, you just need less of the vinegar as the flavors go further. Haha, I can't wait until you do =)

Mmmmm, we're actually having that tonight with supper... it's SO GOOD! I love the vinegar with the oil... that is a way to make me happy!
Like I said, my mom and dad saw it somewhere and we decided to try it out. So that's one way I find out about this type of stuff, but I also look for interesting recipes online, and will come across some pretty wild stuff that sounds yucky, but it has that plausable side to it, therefore I try it =D Haha, that was a round about way to say that I find recipes and try them...
And no, I'm not Italian. I don't have any Italian heritage at all (but my sister's name is Italian if that makes a difference)!

Thanks for the comment!!

- Leauphaun


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