Ice Cream in Israel: From Past Legends to Hummus-flavored Visionaries

In this episode of Tel Aviv Table, a thorough look at the sabras' love of sorbet.

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The Anita ice cream shop, in Jaffa.
The Anita ice cream shop, in Jaffa.Credit: Tal Abir

Israelis consume more ice-cream per person than Italians. If you need further proof of the Sabra's love of sorbet look no further than our prime minister's jaw-dropping annual ice cream budget.

This week we meet with the Willy Wonkas of Israeli frozen desserts- fig & wine popsicles, wasabi sorbet and hummus ice cream. We talk to the visionaries busy pushing the boundaries of chilled desserts. We also take a stroll down 1940's Allenby to the legendary Whitman ice cream parlor, where the young Yitzhak Rabin courted his bride-to-be.

The parlour behind the Netanyahu ice cream scandal
Co-owner of the Jerusalem Metudela ice cream parlor, Hillel Farkash, explains what happened after the Netanyahu residence canceled its $2,700 annual subscription.

How to make Leggendary gelato
The glacieres at Leggenda are known for wowing Israeli crowds with their experimental flavors. We meet with Pazit Chessin to talk about hummus ice cream and garlic gelato.

Ruth Sirkis: When refrigerators ran on ice blocks
As one of the pioneers of Israel’s cosmopolitan food culture, Ruth Sirkis, known as 'Israel's Julia Child,' remembers when you had to go out for an ice pop or ice cream. She describes the legendary ice cream parlor Whitman, where Yitzhak Rabin met his wife-to-be, Leah.

The 'paleta': A slice of Mexico in Israel
In Mexico, people cool themselves down not with ice cream but with a Paleta, an ice-pop made of fresh fruit. We talk to Nomi Zysblat, who is bringing the Paleta to Israel.

Iceberg's next generation of gelato
Aside from their innovative work fusing herbs and fruit in sorbet, the Iceberg chain is also working on the next generation of gelato for Israelis. Co-owner Avi Ganor gives the details.

Dr. Lek gives its ice cream a world cup flavor
A few ice cream parlors are catering to FIFA World Cup fans. Managing director of Dr. Lek, Aviv Aran, tells us about their Brazilian flavor.

Food News: 'Dinner in White' in the White City
We update you on Tel Aviv's White Night; where you can eat Michelin Star food in Tel Aviv; and a new cocktail bar in the Berdichevsky Hotel.

Editor: Amy Racs
Producer: Liya Spiegel
Music Editor: Tomer Gershenman
Technician: Sagi Gorali-Ventura

Van Halen – Ice Cream Man
Ray Gelato – Mambo Gelato
Uzi Chitman – Yesh Li Glida (I’ve Got Ice Cream)
Millie Small – My Boy Lollipop
Tom Waits – Ice Cream Man
Jesse Flores – Frozen Yogurt
New Young Pony Club – Ice Cream

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