(Last Updated On: April 14, 2015)
Whether you prefer to indulge your sweet tooth on a normal basis or during the summer months you just like to cool off, ice cream is a well known go-to-treat over the planet. While you may see that going past the creamy goodness of normal vanilla or chocolate scoops hard, there are a large number of other, let call them “interesting”, flavours that you can test the next time you crave for ice cream. While ice cream shops and gelatarias shops across the world have been serving up a lot of choices for years, nowadays, it looks that the norm that they also increase the range to also have novelty flavor combinations. From the savoury choices of beer and fish and chips, to innovative sweet taste that include Sambucca or musk stick (and also a host of even weirder flavors), creative foodies and shop owners are making sure there is a flavour to take care of every taste. Look below for the inside “scoop” on ten out-there ice creams you can try over the globe.
10. Peanut Butter and Jelly Ice Cream
While in the United States, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are a national favourite, Aussie consumers have been able to put it in on the act at Melbourne institution, Jock’s Ice Cream in Albert Park. The creative ice cream connoisseur, Jock, has made one of the most popular sweet treat destinations in the city and is popular to both tourists and locals. While a couple of his concoctions has sweet caramel and corn, gingerbread, pineapple lump and lamington ice flavours, the peanut butter and jelly combo – also known as the “Obama Rama” – has been selling really well. Travellers going to Melbourne at Christmas may also like to choose one of the store’s ice cream plum puddings, a one of a kind twist on the traditional Christmas-time dessert.
9. Beer Ice Cream
If you prefer really good ale more, they you will be happy to hear about the beer-flavoured ice cream made by the company Frozen Pints, found in the United States. It has a tagline that you can “have your beer and eat it too”, Frozen Pints has turned out to be a well-known U.S. brand and now offers a selection of ice cream flavours that use fresh local ingredients and fine craft beer. While the beer-flavoured treat really started as an accident when some spilled some beer near an ice cream maker (and some rather drunk people decided to have a taste), the creation has seen itself as a long time winner and can be found over the country.
8. Fish and Chips Ice Cream
The Kalis Fish Market Cafe also an Aussie outlet showing off its creative shops in Fremantle, Perth. Taking the popular fish and chip meal to another level, Kalis has gained attention as the first nation in Australia to offer Fish and Chips ice cream. (The innovative sweet and salty combo was inspired by the bacon and egg ice cream made by the internationally-renowned British chef Heston Blumenthal). Not satisfied to bring up any old recipe, the business was not joking about flavours and talked with two Italian scientist for over half a year to get taste that was just right.
7. Mush Stick Ice Cream
If the musk stick is one of your favourite lollies, they you should book a ticket to Canberra located in Australia, so that you can taste the flavours that can be found at Frugii. The well known Canberra brand is located in a number of locations around the city and each ice cream delight contains organic extracts, fresh ingredients and natural flavours. There is not only the musk stick option, but also people can try out interesting flavours like: popcorn, Sambucca, gin, bacon and tonic, and even rosewater gelato containing little cubes of Turkish Delight candy. Frugii was also the initial company in Australia to sell commercially-available chocolate gelato straight from the cocoa bean. The business also makes sure that the products are created without any added colors or flavours and, unlike most of the ice cream producers, paste or bases are never used to make its products.
6. Cheeseburger Ice Cream
People who love burgers should go to Venezuela’s Heladeria Coromoto, the most famous ice cream shops found in South America, and the one who hold the Guinness Book of Records title for the most ice cream flavours. Even though the shop has a withstanding 900 different options (you can try about 70 per week), some of the most unique would have to be tuna, the Diet-Cola Cola, Mexican sundae, calamari or cheeseburger flavors. The creative cheeseburger is heard to be like a interesting mix of a McFlurry and a Happy Meal in one, and it mixes cheese, meat, french fries and a variety of secret ingredients to give a burger flavor.
5. Vegetable Ice Cream
If you have ever tasted strong-tasting Australian condiment Vegemite (It is really popular “down under” but an acquired taste for a lot of the other cultures), then you will probably think about how well a salty Vegemite ice cream mixture might sell. Believe it or not, the flavor was a significant addition to the menu of Brisbane-based Gelateria Cremona, in 2007 on Australian Day. However, it is interesting that the resident chief at Gelateria does not like the condiment himself, so he had to taste other versions of the creation on his customers to make it right. Apart from that, the outstanding shop has featured other original flavours as time went by including a Guinness gelato and a pear and blue-vein cheese gelato.
4. Smoked Salmon Ice Cream
Max and Mina’s Ice Cream Store is found in Flushing, Queens in New York and is managed by two brothers who have been in the business of ice cream crafting since they were children. The brothers, Mark and Bruce Becker, kept on encouraging clients to give their ideas on new flavors for the shop, and what they have created in the past include merlot, corn on the cob, chocolate-covered potato-chip fudge, and even smoked salmon and cream cheese – inspired by a suggestion of a customer. Celebrity fans of the brand are Al Roker, Kevin James and Rosie O’Donnell.
3. Haggis Ice Cream
If you are a Scottish patriot, perhaps it is time to try Scotland’s national dish as an ice cream mixture. Morelli’s ice cream parlors (one of the branches is found in Harrod’s food hall in London) offers this rather interesting dish that sees the usually warm haggis – made from real offal – mixed in with ice cream. Apart from that, the company serves up other traditional UK meals in ice cream mixture like sausage and mash, and Yorkshire pudding.
2. Bone Marrow and Red Wine Ice Cream
FrozBroz, Minneapolis-based, really like ice cream and are obsessed with cooking that has allowed them to make a boutique business that is offering a new flavor of delicacy each week. The craft ice cream company uses only natural and organic ingredients therefore supporting local farmers. Each batch of FrozBroz dessert is hand-made and never contains artificial sweeteners or binders. The company’s flavor list is huge and increasing, with a couple of the one of a kind choices being charred cauliflower, garam masala; salt bagel with cream cheese and honey; roasted carrot; and bone marrow and red wine. This latter meaty sounding mixture is created from 100% grass-fed marrow bones and syrupy red wine blend, put together into an organic cane sugar ice cream base. The FrozBroz website says this ice cream “is rich with a flavor similar to your grandma’s shortbread cookies” and “the brightness of the red wine reduction cuts through the richness of the marrow ice cream and balances out like a perfect wine and cheese pairing”. Maybe this ice cream could be something new to serve up at your next dinner party then?
1. Breast Milk Ice Cream
It is without a doubt this ice cream mixture is one of the strangest on earth (and one that ended up being banned), the breast milk ice cream from London’s The Icecreamists parlor really caused a fuss when it first came out in 2011. Nicknamed “Baby GooGoo”, the ice cream was created from freshly-expressed pure breast milk that was donated from the public, and blended with lemon zest and vanilla pods. The Icecreamist shop in Covent Garden was created by Matt O’Connor who desired to do frozen desserts what “the Sex Pistols did for music”. If we look at the fact that the first batch of milk was sold within the first few days, it looked like his goal was met. Another original creation from The Icecreamists is called The Vice Lolly. This is an iced sweet created from Holy Water imported from the shrine at Lourdes and mixed with 80% Absinthe that gives “spiritual refreshment that is miraculous and medicinal in a single lick”! Those wanting to taste a couple of the shop’s recipes at home can find them in a 2012 book released by O’Connor.