Flu season has turned into a flu epidemic as thousands of people have come down with the disease this year. As 48 states continue to report higher than normal flu rates among their populations, hospitalizations are increasing. Now, an ice cream company has come out with a flu sorbet to help fight the illness. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams is marketing the product as the official Influenza Sorbet.
“The Influenza Sorbet includes honey, lemon, pectin, ginger, cayenne pepper and bourbon. The ingredients are blended, and the cayenne pepper amount is limited to only giving a kick rather than making consumers wish for a gallon of water. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams claims that the flu sorbet is modeled on homemade remedies that have been used in the past to fight the disease. At a price of $12 a pint, the company also claims it is helpful for customers who suffer with sore throats and scratchy throats because it contains pectin.
“Jeni Britton Bauer, the owner of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, compares her flu sorbet to chicken soup. She states that it offers consumers another option as a home remedy. The sorbet is quickly gaining popularity as the company claims it is difficult to keep up with the orders. Customers point out that the taste does not resemble medicine, and they are willing to try anything to avoid the flu or make it go away if they are already sick.
“Is the Influenza Sorbet just a cute marketing gimmick or does the product have real benefits? Dr. Doris Bucher believes that there needs to be some legitimate research to back up the claims of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. Bucher warns consumers to have realistic expectations for the sorbet and not wait for it to be a miracle cure. She does not deny that it may help people cope with an illness. However, the lack of any scientific evidence should serve as a cautionary warning for people.
“Jeni Britton Bauer believes her flu sorbet has the potential to make people feel better and is based on old home recipes from her family. She credits her mother and grandmother for creating cold remedies that helped their families stay healthy. Surprisingly, the Influenza Sorbet has been available for sale since 2004, but the recent flu epidemic is responsible for it gaining notoriety. Jeni Britton Bauer claims that it has helped many people feel better during flu season.