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The Incredible True Story Of Why You Can't Buy Grape Ice Cream (6 pics)

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Quite a few people out there are wondering why they can't buy grape ice cream. There's actually a legitimate story as to why you can't find it anywhere and this is it.

The successful inventor of ice cream soda, the brilliant Robert Green promised his fans that he would create a grape flavored ice cream in time for the 1876 World Fair. However, Green was unaware that grapes contain the molecule Anthocyanin, which prevents freezing. He failed miserably.

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Other companies such as Baskin Robbins tried it, and failed because of the anthocyanin. No breakthroughs were made until 1976, when Ben from Ben and Jerry decided to give it a go, motivated by a challenge from Jerry’s attractive sister Becky.


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In an interview with People Magazine in 1984 Ben recounted that he had the biggest crush on Becky and promised to create a flavor of Ice cream just for her. Knowing the history of grape ice cream, she coyly requested a grape flavor thinking it impossible. He began including the grapes’ skins along with the juice to better see the differences between his batches. Though he didn't understand the science behind his actions at the time, Ben found that including the skins increased the Anthocyanin concentration level enough for it to make the ice cream freeze. Success!


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Becky was impressed. We were at her house, alone. I gave her the scoop – on a cone. I was really getting somewhere. She was laughing and happy. She couldn't believe I did it. I’ll never forget what happened next.


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Becky jokingly gave her dog a lick from the cone. He liked it and took a couple licks. Then he just gasped and dropped dead. He flipped down onto the floor and was just gone. I had no idea that Grapes are toxic to dogs. Specifically the Anthoycyanin. Becky was devastated. I had invented deadly dog poison, and I definitely wasn't getting anywhere with her now. This grape thing was no good. You can’t have dog poison this toxic in the house. My creation was dead.


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Ben gave this information to the pharmaceutical industry, and in 1982 the FDA banned the sale or research of any grape flavored ice creams or sherbets, natural or artificial due to pet related hazards. This ban is in effect until 2028.



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№1 Author: tucarrita (16 Apr 2015 04:26) Total user comments: 0


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F the FDA, in Argentina we have ice cream made with wine, grapes, etc
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№2 Author: kryptor (16 Apr 2015 10:00) Total user comments: 4823


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This is total bullshit. The FDA does NOT have a ban on Grape Ice Cream.
Nowhere on their website can I find any ban, ever, on grape ice cream.

There are a ton of recipes for making grape ice cream and many restaurants, that I've found, do serve it. Apparently it IS very difficult to get it right though, and yes
it has something to do with the grape skins.

Grapes have been known to inexplicably be toxic to some dogs, causing kidney failure.
It's probably an allergic reaction though, like a peanut allergy.

This is just Viral Internet Nonsense.

I mean look at the beginning of this post, that's a picture of
grape ice cream .....
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№3 Author: Aindy (16 Apr 2015 11:52) Total user comments: 2863


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kryptor,
You are completely right. Wiki has an entry for grape ice cream, http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki
/Grape_ice_cream.

Made using grape juice (no mention of needing to use skins). Its sometimes served at the grape festivals, and in some ice cream sodas.
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№4 Author: Tomaz86 (16 Apr 2015 16:25) Total user comments: 10835


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Strange facts.
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№5 Author: RamonPerez (16 Apr 2015 19:21) Total user comments: 9


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Calling Bullshit on this like everyone else here....

FALSE!

http://www.snopes.com/food/ing
redient/grapeicecream.asp


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№6 Author: Boomer (17 Apr 2015 21:53) Total user comments: 181


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AC is really going downhill.
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№7 Author: Skeptic (18 Apr 2015 03:08) Total user comments: 0


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This is ridiculous. I work in a hospital. Grapes cause kidney failure which takes days if not weeks, not "immediately dropped dead".
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№8 Author: Actarus (24 Apr 2015 21:22) Total user comments: 0


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going downhill indeed...
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№9 Author: adzhoe (11 May 2015 04:05) Total user comments: 15048


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Acidcow is being acidcow....
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№10 Author: Jewels Vern (15 May 2015 02:20) Total user comments: 75


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If you guys don't want bullshit, why are you hanging out on the internet?
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