Canada’s Tiger Tail Ice Cream
Orange and licorice. A dream pairing or …?
In The Complete Bartender, New York mixologist Robyn M. Feller describes a Tiger Tail cocktail that involves Pernod, curaçao, orange juice, ice, and a slice of lime.
This unique orange and licorice pairing finds its roots in a Made in Canada sweet treat: Tiger Tail ice cream. The black-stripes of licorice that encircle the orange ice cream are said, of course, to resemble a tiger.
We may not prioritise the orange and black in our google searches …
But, retailers get a lot of flak when they try to discontinue this retro Canadian flavour which was particularly popular in the 60s and 70s.
In 2017, the New York Times visited Chapman’s Ice Cream in Markdale, Ontario. In so doing, they learned: ‘Tiger tail, the blend of orange and licorice that appears to be uniquely Canadian, isn’t a big seller. But Ashley Chapman, the ice cream company’s vice president, told me that it remains on the list of flavours largely because loyal tiger tail fans raise an enormous fuss whenever its future appears in jeopardy.’
Here are three brands who sell the Tiger Tail (≠ ad… cone as you see fit)
And here is Rick Mercer’s rather messy visit to our New York Times’ quoted Tiger Tail maker: the Canadian Chapman’s Ice Cream.
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