Hey, friends! We’ve officially been open for business in our new Yaletown location for almost 7 months, now! That’s amazing to us! In that time, we’ve experimented with a ton of different ingredients to bring our loyal customers interesting flavours that can’t be found anywhere else.
(Flavours like Earl Grey Bergamot, Fennel Licorice, and Lychee Hibiscus!)
Although the ingredients themselves are interesting, it’s the science behind how our tongues and palates receive those flavours that’s really cool.
Taste + Emotion
Evolutionarily speaking, there is a strong connection between taste and emotion. Thousands of years ago, humans knew which foods were nutritious and which ones were harmful through taste. Bitter or sour tastes were typically indicative of foods that may be poisonous and could pose a threat, while sweet and salty foods were ones often high in protein and therefore needed for survival.
Today, we still somewhat associate those flavours with recoil and delight!
The Big 5
All five tastes (sweet, salty, savoury, sour, and bitter) can be detected on the same areas of the tongue. Basically, the outside edge of your tongue is where taste buds are the most sensitive. This way, when we put something in our mouths that is poisonous or spoiled, we have time to spit the offending food back out before swallowing it.
Adults have approximately anywhere between 2000 and 4000 taste buds. All of these taste buds are individually connected to nerve sensors, which send signals straight to your nervous system:
“About half of the sensory cells react to several of the five basic tastes. They only differ by having varying levels of sensitivity to the different basic tastes. Each cell has a specific palette of tastes with fixed rankings: this means that a particular cell might be most sensitive to sweet, followed by sour, salty and bitter, while another has its own ranking.”
A World of Possibilities
10,000 different flavours are possible to detect on the adult human tongue. That’s why so many of us differ in what flavours we prefer, and which we could do without!
At Nice Vice, we try to formulate different types of flavours, and then offer pairings to further enhance your vice cream experience (Jonny Hetherington hot sauces, flavored sea salts from The Salt Dispensary, and more). Because of this, the complex flavours found in our vice cream are totally different that those found in other scoop shops!
Stop by today to see what tastes and flavours appeal to you—they’re sure to be slightly different than what appeals to the person next to you, and that’s super cool.
We’re located at 1022 Mainland Street in Yaletown—come visit today!