New ice cream creation has medicinal flavour

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If the idea of an ice cream based on medicine containing cod liver oil and creosote makes you turn green, Oamaru ice cream entrepreneur Shaun Osborne wants to see you.

He has created a new ice cream based on Lane’s Emulsion, a now-defunct medicine created in the late 1800s, with cod liver oil and creosote in it.

Mr Osborne said he had stripped the less-than-appetising ingredients from the recipe and created a new ice cream flavour he intends to start selling this Saturday.

“I don’t think anyone would eat it if I included creosote or cod liver oil,” he said.

Mr Osborne said, with the blessing of Bevan Crombie and the company Crombie and Price, who own the rights to Lane’s Emulsion as well as the building itself, he created the flavour.

History was a big inspiration for him and this particular idea comes from the building he operates out of – the old Lane’s Emulsion building in the Victorian Precinct.

With the combination of “a bit of history” and “a bit of nostalgia”, he thought Oamaruvians whose stomachs turn at the thought of Lane’s Emulsion would be interested in sampling the flavour.

A few people had tried the ice cream so far and had enjoyed it, he said.

While always on the lookout for new, interesting ice cream combinations, he came up with the idea for his latest creation a few months ago.

“I’m kind of a mad scientist in a way,” he said.

“At least it’s a bit nicer to eat than drink.”

By DAVID DE LOREAN