Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Brain Frrrreeeeze

Whenever I bite into an ice cream treat and devour it as fast as possible I get something called an ice cream headache, or brain freeze.

The funny thing about it is that brain freeze doesn't have anything to do with your brain at all. It has to do with the volume of cold food in your mouth.

When the ice cold food touches the roof of your mouth, nerves are triggered and a cycle of blood vessel contractions and dilations occur that cause a stabbing pain in your head.

So the good news is that nothing bad happens to your brain, the bad news is that it can really hurt like a migraine for a bit.

But what can you do? Sometimes those icy treats are just too good to pass up.

I guess it's a personal decision on risking the chance of an ice cream headache to eat something cold and delicious as fast as possible.

Here's one yummy icy treat that you can decide how fast you eat.

Pineapple Popsicles

1/2 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/4 cups fresh pineapple
2 tablespoons lemon juice

1. Combine water and sugar in a small pot on high heat. Stir until the mixture reaches a boil and all the sugar is dissolved. Let cool in your freezer while you prepare your pineapple.

2. Dice your pineapple and once your simple syrup mixture is cooled, combine and add the lemon juice in a large bowl.

3. Use an immersion blender and puree until the mixture is smooth and fluffy.

4. Pour into a popsicle mold and freeze for at least 3 hours.

5. Run mold under warm water to loosen the treats and enjoy.

Did you get brain freeze? I'm not telling if I did.

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