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Guinea Pig-Flavored Ice Cream for Sale in Ecuador

How many scoops would you like today? You can't go wrong with ice cream, right?

Although you may balk at ice cream flavored to taste like guinea pig meat, people in Ecuador might not. In that nation, guinea pigs are more likely to be a source of food rather than pets.

And so food stall owner María del Carmen Pilapaña has developed an ice cream flavor that many people enjoy. The Associated Press reports:

Pilapaña’s operation is small. It consists of two tables in an open area lined with dentists’ clinics and other businesses. Even so, demand is growing. Every week, the entrepreneur prepares 150 servings ($1 for a cone) of guinea pig ice cream. [...]
Pilapaña manages to concentrate guinea pig flavor after cooking and preparing a pate from the animal’s flesh, adds milk or cream and refrigerates the concoction until it has the rough consistency of ice cream. The taste is similar to chicken.
The beetle and mushroom ice creams include fruits such as pineapple and passion fruit. Beetle ice cream has a slight aroma of wet earth.

-via Dave Barry | Photo: AP/Dolores Ochoa

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