First Norilsk ice cream was in baskets
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First Norilsk ice cream was in baskets

August 27, 2021

In June 1963, the first Norilsk ice cream appeared. That summer, 28 carts for street trade were set in Norilsk.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The old dairy plant was then located in the area of ​​the village of Semerka. Since 1958, it has been producing Norilsk milk, cottage cheese, sour cream, kefir, cheese mass and, of course, ice cream – in those first years it was in waffle cups.

Ten years later, by the end of the 1960s, the Norilsk people drank 22 tons of fresh milk and 600 liters of baked milk, 1.5 tons of kefir, half a ton of ryazhenka and the same amount of cream, ate 12-18 tons of cottage cheese and about 10 tons curd mass daily.

In June 1983, construction of a new dairy plant began in Norilsk. There they began to produce ice cream memorable to Norilsk people and ice cream of rare shape – in a waffle basket.

About that basket, or small bath, old-timers tell the following. Equipment for ice cream was brought and installed in 1985 by the Finnish company Valio. And the translator incorrectly translated the word ‘cup’ for the Finns, so they got a ‘bath’.

By the way, the health department was against such a form as unhygienic, but the Norilsk people liked it. It is because of the rare form that such ice cream is not produced now: it’s difficult to find individual packaging for baskets.

In the last issue of the History spot photo project, we talked about the first hotel in Norilsk, which was located in the current Nornickel management building.

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Text: Svetlana Samohina, Photo: Nornickel Polar Division archive

August 27, 2021

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