"Midnight at the oasis, send your camel to bed," was an oldie, and it's about to come back into its own as camel milk chocolate bars are soon to hit the scene. The benefits: they are organic, healthy and good for your sex life. The draw back: eating camel milk as a snack may not be the most delicious thing around since it tastes salty.
The promoter of this new treat happens to be Dubai's ruling Sheik. He isn't pushing the aphrodisiac aspect of this bar, he wants Al Nassma (Arabic for a cool desert breeze), his healthy and chocolatey treat, to become the "Godiva of the Middle East".
Camel milk is a traditional staple for the Bedouin and nomadic tribes but it is not produced on a large scale. It can be difficult to come by, however, the Sheik has his own dairy farm, Camelicious, with 3,000 camels. Camels are notoriously hard to milk and don't produce a lot: An average milking camel produces about two gallons of milk a day compared with seven gallons for dairy cows.
There are a lot of healthy pluses to eating/drinking camel milk. It is believed to be healthier than cows' milk; it has 3 to 5 times more vitamin C, less fat, non-allergic and lots of iron. It is also believed to heal everything from diabetes to ailing sex lives.
The chocolates will be made without preservatives or chemical additives with a range of locally popular spices, nuts, honey from Yemen, and vanilla from Madagascar, according to the company. It will be available in the UK and the USA and in a farm shop in Dubai where there will be a camel milk chocolate fountain.
A woman in North Carolina is working to make the sale of camel milk legal in the US. Now it is not on an approved list of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. She wants to sell it because of its healing and healthy properties.