Big Bamboo Irish Moss Vanilla Drink
11 oz. can
2.91 g sugar / oz.
Irish moss is a red algae that grows in low-tide areas on rocky coasts of the Atlantic. It is also known as carrageenan, for the Irish town Carragheen. It is used as a gelling agent in cosmetics, a thickener in ice creams and soy milk, a cattle feed, as an anti-inflammatory medicine, a clarifier in beer brewing. In the Caribbean it is mixed with sugar, milk, rum and nutmeg to make a quenching drink that is rumored to have aphrodisiac qualities.
Whoa! This stuff is weird. It exploded from the can, yet I probably didn't shake it enough because a lump is still oozing around in the bottom of the can & won't come out. Its a thick gelatinous, yet light, froth. Its kind of like a milk shake or smoothie, but the slight sulfurous smell definitely smells like the ocean more than an ice cream creation.
Its a bit like an eggnog, since nutmeg is a strong flavor, but its better than an eggnog. I like the throat-coating gel, its soothing. I bet this would taste great with some real spicy Jamaican food, it'd be like drinking horchata with spicy Mexican food.
This is a refreshing beverage, not due to any peppiness, but instead due to its soothing qualities. Its surprisingly tasty for a gelatinous seaweed beverage. For some reason it reminds me of a root beer float too well stirred: creamy & sweet, yet slightly salty, bitter, twiggy.
Water, sugar (sucrose), milk, corn syrup solids, partially hydrogenated coconut oil, sodium casseinate, natural & artificial flavors and spices, dipotassium phosphate, mono & diglycerides, sodium silicoaluminate, soy lecithin, annatto color, modified food starch, and carrageenan.
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