All too often I’ve been perusing the selection on offer in Ben & Jerry’s, feeling that what I really wanted was the flavour of the Rainbow Lorikeet, or Sulphur Crested Cockatoo flocking across the road.

For all you bird lovers out there, who are getting ready to write angry letters about cruelty and barbarism, take a load off. It isn‘t made from birds; it’s actually been created to embody the flavour of the bird.

Take the Parakeet (or Budgerigar here in Oz), which is made up of vanilla, honey, apple and grains. As the Torimi Café described its flavour to, “it’s like eating some vanilla ice cream in one hand and then taking a whiff of a parakeet in your other hand.”

Or for you vegetarians, how enticing does the Cockatiel ice cream sound? It has the taste of honey-apple and is sprinkled  with pumpkin and sunflower seeds. The effect, in the words of Torimi Cafe, is like “when you’re sleeping with your mouth open and your cockatiel runs over your face and gets its leg in your mouth.” We’ve all been there.

Delicious! Who’s not convinced? At least there aren’t any feathers in there. And to me, it sounds more appetising than bacon or cheese-flavoured ice cream.

I’m actually feeling a little peckish now.

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