Sunday, August 14, 2016

Chilcotin Holidays

Soopallalie Ice Cream


The weather was sunny and hot when we visited the Pow Wow in Mt. Currie. The event was taking place inside the gym as it would have been too hot outside. There were a lot of stands all around the floor where they were dancing; clothes stands, jewelry stands and one of them was an ice cream stand. The ice cream was prepared fresh and it didn't look like the one we all know and love. It looked more like she was preparing cotton candy. My friend and I walked by curiously, wondering what it was made of when the woman behind the counter started talking to us. In general, the people at the Pow Wow were very open and talkative, which was nice. She told us that this was native ice cream made out of Soopallalie berries, also known as soapberries, water and some sort of natural sugar. She had to continue mixing it, keeping the ice cream moving. She said it was still sweet but alot less than our ice cream made out of actual cream and that this one was completely made out of natural ingredients. That sounded amazing. It looked very light compared to other ice cream I have seen in the past and so we decided to buy some and taste it. As I thought, it was not at all like normal ice cream. It was very foamy and light making it possible to eat a lot of it. It tasted delicious too, as she said, sweet but not too much. The colour was a very bright pink and it still looked a lot like cotton candy. Other people from our group tried the ice cream too and it was liked by everyone. Other than making ice cream out of it, the Soopallalie berry can be used for many different things. They can be squeezed to produce a squeeze drink, they can be dried and used as a fruit leather and it can prevent scurvey over winter. It was a great experience with interesting music and dancing and delicious ice cream.

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We are a licensed guide outfitter and we conduct guided wilderness adventures throughout our 5,000 square km operating area. This guide area has been operational since 1880, making it the oldest in British Columbia. More about us HERE.

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