Baby Gaga is not the name of one of the many pint sized Lady Gaga impressionists flooding YouTube with their Born This Way covers. Baby Gaga is, however, available by the pint. If you’re willing to shell out the big bucks for this highly unorthodox dessert.
Baby Gaga is ice cream made from human breast milk. (Mixed with Madagascar vanilla and lemon zest, natch.)
The brainchild of nouvelle UK ice cream purveyors Ice Creamists, the treat is to be served at a London restaurant. Ice Creamists founder Matt O’Connor had no qualms about how his take on the “miracle of motherhood” will go down with the gourmet public.
On the contrary, he thinks breast milk ice cream is a revolution.
“No-one’s done anything interesting with ice cream in the last hundred years,” O’Connor said. “We want to change the way people think about ice cream,” he adds.
At $23 a serving, revolution doesn’t come cheap. But this is not just any ice cream. The cows must be paid. The milk is supplied by lactating mothers sourced on the UK site Mumsnet. Ice Creamists pays $24 for 10 ounces of breast milk.Donors are screened using the same criteria the UK Heath service uses to screen blood donors. UK mom Victoria Hiley, 35, is one of the fifteen moms who have already signed on to provide breast milk for Baby Gaga production. “What’s the harm in using my assets for a bit of extra cash?,” Hiley told UK paper Metro.”There’s nothing more natural than fresh mother’s milk”.
Baby Gaga’s founders are apparently unconcerned about the idea of people finding breast milk ice cream gross. “Some people will hear about it and go, ‘yuck,’ but actually it’s pure, organic, free-range and totally natural.”
Um, yeah, Free Range indeed. Last year a chef at NYC restaurant Klee created a breast milk cheese. But he was using the milk from his wife’s breasts (mixed with cow’s milk—breast milk lacks the necessary enzymes to coagulate into cheese). And the dish was not available on the regular menu (maybe you had to ask the owner directly?) Baby Gaga is a rather more aggressive implementation of the breast-milk-as-adult-food trend. Will it be a short lived fad for the wealthy food adventurer, or a cottage industry in which new moms can be paid for their “assets”? In any case, I doubt we’ll be seeing an American rollout anytime soon. Those U.S. Health officials don’t take too kindly to the commercial distribution of human bodily fluids.
Also no word on what Lady Gaga thinks of her namesake. I have a feeling she might be okay with it- and if she’s not now, check back with her in a future incarnation. I’m sure Mama Gaga would approve.
[via Huffington Post]