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SCOOP: A Wonderful Ice Cream World

Monday 15 October 2018

You can't buy happiness, but you can buy ice cream, and thats pretty much the same thing.

I don't think there are two mens names that evoke such love more than Ben and Jerry, or Ben and Jerry's to be precise. Which is why when a little email landed in my inbox from the very duo, my heart did a little flutter.

You see, there's a very cool exhibition on at the moment over at Kings Cross, and cool is the optimal word to describe, as it's a dedicated ice cream exhibition!

My one true love! Me and ice cream have a very special relationship. It's the one sweet treat I don't think I could ever get bored of. I've sunk a spoon into a tub when I've been sad, when I've been celebrating, with friends, alone, it's just the thing I always reach for.

Now, SCOOP! is a new interactive exhibition by Bompas and Parr, the food and drink mavericks, who were the people behind the 200 course dinner I once attended! - yes really!

So what is SCOOP! ?

Well, SCOOP! actually coincides with the 300th anniversary of Mary Eales’ Receipts which are the very first printed recipes of ice cream in the English language. And the exhibition is an interactive showcase of the history of ice cream.

After perusing the entrance which is filled with novelty ice cream interiors, its time to go "Lick and Learn"

One of the first exhibitions is all about Victorian ice cream paraphernalia. The glasses above are called Penny Licks as basically in Victorian times ice cream was for the wealthy, but slowly it began to filter down to the working classes. However as it was still deemed expensive, very small amounts were sold in these glasses for a penny.

As the focus is on interactive, theres a chance to make your own ice cream in the traditional Victorian way.

I won't lie, my ice cream was more like melted ice cream than the suff we are used to.

The exhibition goes on, showing ice cream throughout the ages, and how it has evolved, along with some amazing collections of items from ice cream history.

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