wee-bit-breid said: What does an ice cream with Irn Bru taste like? How different is the taste of the native Scottish drink from the one that's imported across the pond?
Oh, it is glorious. There is nothing better on one of those rare sunny days. Vanilla ice cream, preferably from the Queen’s Park cafe or the University Cafe… or other such local cafeteria places where they do that particular mix of ‘homemade’ ice cream. Get it in a glass and pour over the Irn-Bru. Let the bubbles settle, get a spoon and savour the delicacy of an Irn-Bru float.
And the Irn-Bru that we have here is very different from the version sold in the US market. Because, according to the US government, it contains a banned additive, which seemingly causes no harm to the rest of the world. Of course, this is the same government that classifies pizza as a vegetable, so make of that what you will. Given that Scotland is one of those countries where Coca-Cola is not the number one soft drink, my own theory is that if the pure version of Irn-Bru was to be sold in the US market, it would be so successful that it would be a threat to Coke’s position in the market. If you’ve ever read the Mark Thomas book ‘Belching Out The Devil’, you’ll know what extent the proprietors at the Coca-Cola Company will go to, to ensure that they remain number one.
Anyway, the sun is out and I’m away to the Brooklyn Cafe for lunch, where I may just have an Irn-Bru float.