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Delaware Law Allows Alcoholic Ice Cream

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MILTON, Del. - A newly-signed state law in Delaware will allow the sale of alcoholic products containing 2 percent or less of alcohol.  Senate Bill 167 redefines an alcoholic liquor so companies, like Blotto Gelato, can sell edible products made with alcohol.

Started by Kathleen Belfont, Blotto Gelato is a small ice cream business that includes alcohol in all of its products. Belfont reached out to Sen. Ernie Lopez, R-Lewes, when she realized she could not get a liquor license. Now, she and other small business owners have opened the door to edible alcohol opportunities.

Shimmy Shakin Maple Bacon is one of the company's many flavors. Maple whiskey is the main ingredient.

"People like bacon and ice cream and bourbon and its like oh that's a mix that could definitely work," Belfont said. "It definitely has."

Blotto Gelato is currently only served at Po Boys Restaurant in Milton, but Belfont said she plans to expand to other restaurants and venues such as liquor stores and festivals.

"Especially just living where we live right now with the tourists and the amazing restaurants and bars and such its just like this is something it's a little niche but it can work," she explained.

Greg Miller of Milton agreed that this niche opens up opportunities across the whole state.

"I think this promotes entrepreneurship," he said. "Young business people trying to get their lives going, it would do great."

That is something Lopez wants as well. He said he thinks it will encourage new and unusual business ideas in Sussex County's tourist areas.
Some people however are not sold on alcoholic treats, like Whitney Smith.

"So if ice cream is marketed to younger kids and we're putting alcohol in it its easier for them to get ahold of it accidentally," she said. "Or possibly on purpose and just sneaking around with it."

But although you do have to be 21 to enjoy these products, Belfont says they contain less alcohol than any beer.

"You'd probably get more of a sugar rush or probably have a dairy issue prior to even being able to get intoxicated from it," she joked.
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