Ice cream. It would be hard to find someone who does not like this refreshing sweet popular desert. Now, how many flavors does your favorite ice cream parlor offer? Twenty? Thirty? Well, in fact there are hundreds of ice cream flavors out there. We all know traditional ones like vanilla, chocolate or strawberry flavor but what about crazy ice cream flavors like garlic or octopus ice cream? What, you haven’t heard of these? Well, in that case you should check out these 25 crazy ice cream flavors. Some of them sound quite delicious.
Mushroom ice cream
This ice cream is usually made of candy cap mushrooms. Smelling just like maple syrup, the mushrooms are often used to flavor desserts – either crushed up into a powder or steeped to impart their flavor on bases for ice creams, panna cottas, custards etc.
Spinach ice cream
Ideal solution for frustrated parents whose children do not want to eat their greens. The spinach ice cream will let kids kill two birds with one stone by eating their veggies and favorite sweet at the same time.
Tomato ice cream
As weird as it may sound, there are many recipes on how to make tomato ice cream. The easiest requires just ripe tomatoes, fresh cream, sugar and orange liquor. Combine fresh cream, sugar and orange liquor and stir the mixture into puree made out of cooked tomatoes. Pour the mixture in a metal bowl, covering with wrap. Keep in freezer and stir 2 or 3 times before freezing completely.
Charcoal ice cream
Popular in Japan (a world´s leader of the craziest ice cream flavors), this is definitely one of the most bizarre ice cream ever. Hard to guess its taste, it combines the carbon tinge of coal and the cold sensation ice.
Lavender ice cream
French ice cream flavors often refer to local tastes and aromas, which means a lot of flowers: rose, jasmine, violets, poppies, rosemary, thyme etc. One of the most common flower ice cream flavors in France though, is lavender with its gentle, even delicate taste.
Black licorice ice cream
Licorice ice cream is not that unusual but we added it to the list because of its inky black color. Fosselman’s, a well-known Los Angeles ice cream shop, is where you can buy this very aggressive-looking flavor. Your tongue and lips will be stained black for the rest of the day but only in October when this special flavor is available.
Eel ice cream
Eel is a summer delicacy in Japan, which probably explains why local ice cream producer Futaba decided to use it to flavor an ice cream. Surprisingly, the smooth taste is quite palatable, even if the thought of what’s being eaten is not quite as palatable.
French toast ice cream
Many people put ice cream on their French toasts, so why not put French toast flavor in ice cream? The Baskin and Robbins ice cream producer turned this idea into reality. With lots of “gooey maple bread pudding,” you’ll be sure to get your daily allotment of super sweet breakfast for dessert.
Durian ice cream
Durian ice cream is one of the most popular ice cream flavors in the Philippines. Durian fruit is notable for its pungent, sometimes overwhelming aroma so those who like more delicate and soft tastes will not be happy with this Asian dessert.
Sichuan pepper ice cream
To make this bizarre but surprisingly refreshing and tasty dessert, you need Sichuan peppers, whole milk, sugar, double cream, large egg yolks and pinch of salt. All Sichuan pepper fans will undoubtedly adore this ice cream.
Breast milk ice cream
London shop “The Icecreamists” drew lots ice cream lovers´ attention in 2011 when it experimented with human milk. Their ice cream called “Baby Gaga“ contained breast milk from paid donors flavored with vanilla and lemon zest. Though the shop said it screened and pasteurized the milk, the London city government confiscated the product for a period after its launch over public concerns of safety.
Horsemeat ice cream
Another crazy Japanese flavor. Apart from various sea food ice creams that Western people may find slightly revolting, the Japanese also like “meaty“ ice creams. Basashi ice cream, containing chunks of horseflesh sushi, is one of the most popular.
Jalapeño Pickle Ice Cream
To shock your guests with this original dessert, you need to chop up pickled cukes, add honey, and then throw in some spicy bits of fresh jalapeños. All of this gets mixed in with cream. In the end, this unique flavor is a little bit salty, a little bit spicy, and has the underlining sweetness one wants from a frozen dessert.
Mustard ice cream
Often overshadowed by ketchup, mustard finally has its own spotlight in Michelin-starred chef Heston Blumenthal’s ice cream line found at the Waitrose supermarket chain. The flavor features Pommery grain mustard and sugar for a sweet/salty combination.
Caviar ice cream
Caviar ice cream is a specialty of French Philippe Faur’s restaurant. It is made from 60 percent white sturgeon Alverta Royal Petrossian caviar. If you happen to want to try it out, you don’t have to travel to France for this luxury — the restaurant ships orders overseas in special packaging that keeps cold for up to 72 hours.
Basil avocado ice cream
In So-Bou restaurant in New Orleans, Louisiana, basil avocado ice cream is used to top the pineapple-coconut yellowfin tuna tartare. This refreshing appetizer is a great way to cool down in the hot southern climate.
Octopus ice cream
For most people, octopus ice cream sounds like a bad joke but in some Eastern Asian countries including Japan or North and South Korea, this dessert is very common and popular.
Garlic ice cream
This ice cream usually consists of vanilla, or honey, and cream as a base, to which the garlic is added. This ice cream is a food item on The Stinking Rose’s food menu where it is treated as a “sauce” to accompany food items like steak or it can also be consumed as a dessert.
Sardines and brandy ice cream
Another unusual ice cream flavor from Japan. This one, featuring sardines and brandy, is definitely one of the most bizarre. However, since fish is widely eaten by Japanese across the nation throughout the year, its inclusion in ice cream should not be that surprising.
Cucumber ice cream
Combination of almost any kind of vegetable and ice cream sounds really strange but this flavor is refreshing, creamy, cool, and subtle. The recipe is very easy. All that’s needed is sweetened condensed milk, heavy cream, cucumbers and salt. The final taste is allegedly somewhat like melon.
Sweet corn ice cream
This ice cream is prepared from sweet corn, cream, sugar, sea salt and a little caramel corn, and then topped with some mascarpone whipped cream. The ice cream is popular in Borgata Hotel Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Parmesan ice cream with prosciutto
The Parmesan ice cream is a fantastic way of adding Parmesan flavor to any cold dish. It can be used as an appetizer or in replacement of a cheese course. To make this unusual delicacy, you need Parmesan cheese, skim milk, yolks, salt, Prosciutto, heavy cream and gelatin.
Carrot cardamom ice cream
This unique ice cream is a traditional Indian dessert made out of shredded carrots, clarified butter, milk, sugar and nuts. Cardamom adds a sweet floral flavor to this refreshing dessert.
Goat cheese cashew caramel ice cream
Made with tangy goat cheese, salted cashews and stripes of homemade caramel, this flavor of ice cream tastes kind of like cheesecake. It is a specialty of the ice cream shop Black Dog Gelato from Chicago, Illinois.
Beer ice cream
For those who love both beer and ice cream, this flavor seems to be best option. Beer ice cream is made and sold in several countries, but one of the most famous beer ice cream is served in restaurant Cestr in Prague, Czech Republic It is made out of caster sugar, whipping cream, honey, dark lager, powdered milk and yolks.
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