Ice Cream at the North Pole

From reindeer milk comes reindeer milk ice cream.

Let’s play a word association game. You know how it goes. I say a word and you say the first word that pops into your mind. For example, if I say, “dog,” you probably would reply, “tree” or “cat.” If you’re ready, let’s start.

“Reindeer.”

Did you think, “ice cream?”

I’m guessing that you didn’t. While reindeer are most commonly associated with a jolly guy who goes about delivering toys on December 25, reindeer are common livestock for the nomadic people of Scandinavia. One of the products they get from the reindeer is milk. And from that milk, one can make ice cream — and people have. This past holiday, British chef Heston Blumenthal prepared reindeer ice cream on his television special, Perfect Christmas.

When milking reindeer, it's a good idea to keep an eye on those antlers.

At 22 percent fat content, reindeer milk may not be the choice for those trying to stick to their New Year’s resolution. Since it’s poor in lactose, it may be a better option for those with lactose intolerance.

If you’re tempted to try your hand at making reindeer milk ice cream, you may have a hard time getting your hands on the main ingredient. Reindeer milk is very rare. This may be due to the fact that a reindeer’s milk output is pretty low. The other problem seems to be geographical. To get reindeer milk, you need to go the world’s northernmost regions. Perhaps I can write the big guy next year and see if he’ll send some my way for a special holiday ice cream cake.

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