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Fri May 15, 2020, 08:57 AM

Hong Kong shop offers 'tear gas' flavor ice cream

Tear gas is among the new flavors at a Hong Kong ice cream shop. The main ingredient is black peppercorns, a reminder of the pungent, peppery rounds fired by police on the streets of the semi-autonomous Chinese city during months of demonstrations last year.

“It tastes like tear gas. It feels difficult to breathe at first, and it’s really pungent and irritating. It makes me want to drink a lot of water immediately,” said customer Anita Wong, who experienced tear gas at a protest. “I think it’s a flashback that reminds me of how painful I felt in the movement, and that I shouldn’t forget.”

“We would like to make a flavor that reminds people that they still have to persist in the protest movement and don’t lose their passion,” he said. He tried different ingredients, including wasabi and mustard, in an effort to replicate the taste of tear gas. Black pepper, he said, came closest to tear gas with its throat-irritating effects.

“We roast and then grind whole black peppercorns and make them into gelato, the Italian style. It’s a bit hot, but we emphasize its aftertaste, which is a sensation of irritation in the throat. It just feels like breathing in tear gas,” the 31-year-old owner said.

At about $5 a serving, tear gas ice cream has been a hit. Prior to social distancing regulations over the coronavirus outbreak, the shop's owner said he was selling 20-30 scoops per day.

https://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/wireStory/hong-kong-shop-offers-tear-gas-flavor-ice-70694795

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Fri May 15, 2020, 10:31 AM

1. Before you can get out of the ice cream shop you must give them your name,

rank and service number. Veterans will remember that.

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Sat May 16, 2020, 05:32 AM

2. Would bring back memories of Navy boot camp.

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