A trip down the freezer aisle might have 1 or 2 really cool new ice cream flavors you haven’t tried. But here are 19 of the most unexpected flavors people have incorporated into their favorite frozen treat.
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8. Pineapple Cilantro
There’s not too many instances where you’re going to eat pineapple and cilantro together on a regular dish, though people have dared put them together into a sorbet and the results seemed to have turned out alright. From the Coolhaus ice cream truck based in Los Angeles, people can buy a scoop or the unique flavor themselves, or look up the recipe foodtruck founders Natasha Case and Freya Estreller made available in their cookbook.
7. Sriracha Ice Cream
This is probably the ultimate trendiest spicy ice cream around. Sriracha has become somewhat of an iconic condiment in pop culture lately, it’s hard to get away from it. It’s just a sauce after all (but simultaneously not just a sauce). Lots of brands and restaurants have gotten on that Sriracha craze and infused it into the form of ice cream, and by the sound of reviews, it’s delicious.
6. Avocado, Mint, and Sour Cream
Avocado and sour cream are traditionally savory flavors you would put in your food, usually as a side at a Mexican restaurant (that always comes extra, as the food server will remind you). Mint, too, can be put into more savory dishes, at yet here they all together.
You’ve seen flowers, vegetables, spices, and alcohol made into ice cream flavors. But adding an animal to the mix really takes the cake. Or the ice cream. Anyways, it’s no surprise that the state of Maine, out of all the places in the world, would be a prime location for finding lobster flavored ice cream–since the state is said to be the lobster capital of the United States.
Horseradish, probably along with lobster, is one of the last things you’d ever think could be made into a scoop of ice cream. Hopefully there’s lots of other things thrown into the recipe for this one, if not just to just drown out the taste of horseradish. But it’s apparently a not so uncommon ice cream flavor in places like Sweden, served with goat cheese, walnuts, and beetroot.
3. Black Almond Charcoal Ice Cream
This ice cream has been dubbed as “goth ice cream” which admittedly gives it a much more sinister name than it deserves. Black ice cream, like this kind served at places like Little Damage Ice Cream shop in Los Angeles, California, are usually given their black hue thanks to some charcoal. The waffle cone it comes in at this particular shop also has some charcoal as an ingredient to complete the monochromatic look.
2. Fig and Fresh Brown Turkey
At the Il Laboratorio del Gelato in New York City, you can try what America’s second favorite bird would taste like in ice cream form. What it mostly incorporates from the Thanksgiving bird is the animal fat, which is supposed to boost the fig flavor and make the ice cream creamier.
Raw Horse Flesh
Raw horse flesh ice cream is of course made from horse flesh sushi, which is probably not recommended for those of you with weak stomach linings. It’s a ice cream flavor you can buy by the pint in Japan or try a little bit of when you visit Ice Cream City in Tokyo. As for how it actually tastes, reviews online have noted it’s rather chewy, though sweeter than you probably imagined beforehand.