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Syrian exiles get taste of home: Beloved ice cream

Thursday - 6/20/2013, 3:10am  ET

Customers visit the Bakdash ice cream store, in Amman, Jordan, Wednesday, June 19, 2013. For Syrians, no visit to Damascus' Old City is complete without a stop at a more than century-old ice cream parlor in its main souq where you can watch them make their distinctive desert by pounding it into shape with giant wooden mallets, then enjoy a bowl of it sprinkled with pistachios. (AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon)

DALE GAVLAK
Associated Press

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- For Syrians, no visit to Damascus' Old City is complete without a stop at a more than century-old ice cream parlor in its main souq where you can watch them make their distinctive desert by pounding it into shape with giant wooden mallets, then enjoy a bowl of it sprinkled with pistachios.

Now those who fled their country's bloody civil war can savor a nostalgic taste from back home. Damascus' most famed ice cream shop, Bakdash, has opened a branch in the Jordanian capital, and both Jordanians and Syrians living here are flocking to it.

With its mix of milk, gum Arabic and sahlab -- a flour made from orchids -- Bakdash ice cream is distinct from American brands like Ben & Jerry's and H
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