Stinky cheese ice cream be­comes Czech sum­mer hit

China Daily (USA) - - LIFE - By REUTERS in Los­tice, Czech Repub­lic

Anice cream­made­out of a tra­di­tional pun­gent cheese has be­come a sur­prise hit in a small Czech town, with happy buy­ers scoop­ing all the in­no­va­tive pro­ducer can make.

Tvaruzek, or Tvaruzky in plu­ral, is a ma­ture yel­low­ish cheese with a strong taste and smell that is more usu­ally en­joyed with bread, pos­si­bly onions and, in­evitably in the Czech Repub­lic, beer.

“Lot of peo­ple think it will be salty, but it is re­ally a fairly sweet ice cream with a Tvaruzky cheese taste,” cafe owner and ice cream maker Ro­man Cin­cara says.

Cin­cara adds su­gar and other in­gre­di­ents to bal­ance out the cheesy taste and the odour is some­what sup­pressed by the low tem­per­a­ture.

He has ap­plied to have his recipe patented and his cafe in the east­ern town of Los­tice, the home of Tvaruzky cheese which is pop­u­lar through­out the coun­try, was bustling with busi­ness the past week­end, sell­ing all 400 por­tions avail­able.

Cus­tomer Lukas was con­vinced.

“Su­perb. Sweet-salty, great. It re­ally tastes like Tvaruzky.”

Tvaruzky has been pro­duced in the east­ern Olo­mouc re­gion since 15th cen­tury. It gained “pro­tected ge­o­graph­i­cal in­di­ca­tion” sta­tus from the Euro­pean Union in 2010. Pupik

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