Republic Of Booza's Stretchy Ice Cream Is Made Using A 500-Year-Old Technique

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Booza ice cream was first made 500 years ago in the Levant region (Credit: Republic of Booza)

Always wished you could savor your ice cream slowly, without the treat turning into a sticky, melted mess? Then you may want to stop by the Republic of Booza in Brooklyn, New York, for a scoop or two of booza — a stretchy, taffy-like ice-cream that not only lasts longer but is also best consumed twirled around a fork!

The creamy frozen treat's origin can be traced back over 500 years to the Eastern Mediterranean's Levant region, which includes modern-day Palestine, Israel, and Syria. Like most ice creams, Booza comprises three basic ingredients — milk, cream, and sugar. However, instead of eggs to enhance creaminess and increase the ice cream's stability, the ancient recipe uses the sap from the mastic tree. Cornstarch, which acts as a thickener in most conventional recipes, is replaced by ground orchid root, or sahlab. Also, instead of churning the concoction slowly to remove air, the mix is pounded with a wooden mallet and then pulled, stretched, and twirled around like pizza dough.

Booza ice cream is made by pounding, pulling, and stretching the "dough" (Credit: Republic of Booza)

The result is a frozen treat which extends out like mozzarella cheese and is smoother and creamier than most other ice creams. Also, unlike regular ice creams that are best between -4°F (-20°Ç) and 5°F (-15°C), booza remains stable at 12°F (-11°C) to 15°F (-9°C). According to the company's website, this allows the treat to be served at temperatures that bring out its full flavor and intensity.

Traditional Booza comes in just one flavor — qashta, or "candied cream." Similar to the fior di latte ice cream in Italy, it is made using only high-quality milk and cream, with no flavors added. While the Republic of Booza does serve the original flavor, its founders have added numerous others to the list. Customers can now choose from "classic flavors" such as vanilla and chocolate, "global favorites" like key lime pie and mango tajin sorbet, and the constantly changing line up of "experimental flavors," which currently include salted Oreo and watermelon feta.

The Republic of Booza offers a wide variety of traditional, classic, and experimental ice cream flavors (Credit: Republic of Booza)

“We all had in the back of our minds that booza was an incredible form of ice cream with untapped potential,” says company co-founder Michael Sadler. “We saw that we could use it as a vehicle for all sorts of flavors from all over the world.” Judging from the long lines that have been forming outside the store since it opened in 2018, booza fans seem to agree. Hopefully, the company will bring the unique ice cream to other parts of the country as well.

Resources: davidlebovitz.com,republicofbooza.com

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1159 Comments
  • tatercandy
    tatercandyWednesday, May 27, 2020 at 6:03 pm
    Who else is hungry for Booza?
    • giraffegirl12
      giraffegirl12Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 5:35 am
      so cool
      • cobrakid
        cobrakidWednesday, May 13, 2020 at 11:30 am
        so tasty!
        • klkl
          klklSunday, May 10, 2020 at 5:41 pm
          LOOKS SO GOOD
          • fazenicholas
            fazenicholasWednesday, April 29, 2020 at 9:35 am
            SO COOL!!!!!!!
            • c01e
              c01eMonday, April 27, 2020 at 10:13 am
              What flavors do you have?
              • gimmecookies15
                gimmecookies15Monday, April 27, 2020 at 9:36 am
                That is cool :o
                • kinspower10
                  kinspower10Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 10:15 am
                  The top pic looks like chocolate!!!!
                  • unibookwormlove
                    unibookwormloveWednesday, April 22, 2020 at 12:20 pm
                    I love ice cream!!!! Mmmmmm! 😁leave a like it you agree
                    • ormbrjol000
                      ormbrjol000Monday, April 13, 2020 at 9:46 am
                      wow