You might think that it’s too cold for ice cream right now, but one cafe is serving up a cup of frozen desert hot enough to warm every bone in your body.
The Aldwych Café is serving up a Valentine’s Day ice cream special called ‘Respiro Del Diavolo’, or Breath of the Devil.
It’s so spicy that diners have to be 18 or older and can only buy it after signing a legal waiver.
The disclaimer warns that the ice cream carries ‘a risk of personal injury, illness and possible loss of life’, and staff who serve it have to wear gloves when they dish out scoops.
It’s 500 times hotter than Tabasco sauce, weighing in at a brow-mopping 1,569,300 SHU on the Scoville scale.
‘It started in Italy,’ says Lee Bandoni, brother of the Glasgow-based cafe owner Martin.
The ice cream is made from a traditional Italian recipe written in 1936 and is made from scratch every day using ingredients from Italy.
‘There was a place called Devils Bridge and with that, the Italian ice cream families used to meet up once a year and discuss how the year went for them.
‘At that point, if there were any men that showed bravery then they would eat this ice cream. So, because of the Devils Bridge, they called this the Breath of the Devil.
‘Every year it still happens over there and this year when Martin was away earlier in the month he brought back the idea that was passed down to him.’
He says that the recipe is very secret. In fact, Martin’s own kids will only find out what goes into the ice cream when they’ll go to Italy to learn the ins and outs of it.
Lee claims that this is the first ice cream of its kind in Scotland.
‘We know that people in Glasgow love spicy stuff. We had to check with the standards agency to explain what was in it and explain that it is like a thermal nuclear explosion in your mouth.
‘That took a bit of time to get it sorted but they were happy as long as we included a disclaimer.
‘Our family in Italy see it as an honour to bring something like this here.’
It’s £2 for a tub scoop and £1.90 for a cone.
Lee again: ‘A lot of Italian guys go and have a romantic evening with their girlfriends or wives and they will have some this ice cream because it is a well-known fact that chilli is an aphrodisiac and it is nice with a glass of wine bubbling in your mouth.
‘So we will sell it here until just after Valentine’s Day, people should come try it.’
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