M.everyone’s ice cream preferences are pretty vanilla, stick with the classics that can be found in a Neapolitan carton, or maybe mix them up with a sassy coffee kick, fruit flavors, mint, citrus, and some floral flavors. But there are some ice creams that go way beyond the 31 flavors and are really made for the brave. With anything, it’s safe to say, don’t knock on it until you’ve tried it.
From the shores of Maine’s Bar Harbor, Ben and Bill’s Chocolate Emporium ice cream parlors serve their famous ice cream parlors Lobster ice cream. Yes, that’s exactly how it sounds. The butter-flavored ice cream is folded with minced (and cooked) lobster meat. So next time your “lobstah” dinner is a little overpriced in Maine, the ice cream could be the next best thing.
When a trip across the country for ice cream is out of the question, Portland’s famous Salt & Straw always offers some more unusual flavors that always seem to work. This month they draw Marionberry Habanero goat cheese. According to the website description, it is based on Sweet Fire Chèvre by Portland Creamery. And to make it even more Oregon-centric, the chefs added the sweet, Oregon-invented Marionberry to the funky mix. If you can’t get the spicy one of the classic flavors is on their menu Pear and blue cheese which comes close to the strangely wonderful seasonal taste.
If you’re looking for a rum-raisin-flavored version of your ice cream, Australia’s Simmos Ice Creamery has theirs Whiskey plum Taste. The mascarpone-based brew contains plums soaked in whiskey, which, according to the website, are then added to the ice with a “whiskey wave”.
Japan is characterized by the wilder flavor combinations (again, from a western point of view, don’t knock until you’ve tried it) and in Namja Town in Tokyo’s Namco theme park, the tastes out there are famous. Here you can get something as ordinary as vanilla or you can go up to the extraordinary flavors of. walk Eel, wasabi or beef tongue.
Back in the states of Rehoboth, The Ice Cream Store in Delaware went to extremes. your Devil’s Breath Carolina Reaper Pepper Ice Cream is so hot you have to sign a waiver before you can even try it, according to the store’s website. Building on a traditional vanilla ice cream base, the heads behind the mess mix cinnamon with a Carolina Reaper pepper pulp and swirl in strawberry ribbons. The pepper itself is listed as the hottest in the world with 2,200,000 Scoville units. For comparison: a jalapeno is around 8,000 Scoville units.
Sometimes a company creates a new flavor that is intriguing or wild, but it doesn’t do that well. While most dairies and ice cream parlors have had their share of failed flavors, Ben & Jerry’s takes it to a fun level with their Flavor Graveyard. Here the company playfully mourns lost aromas, including Peanuts! Popcorn! a, you guessed it, ice cream with peanuts and popcorn. It only took a year before it was buried under the other dead flavors in 2000. Another late flavor combo is from the Saturday Night Live sketch and was only there for the 2011 holidays. Schweddy Balls was a vanilla ice cream with “a hint of rum and loaded with fudge-coated rum and malt balls”, which was created as a connection to the 1998 sketch of the same name. Maybe it was a little late to really be catching the madness.
If you look carefully enough, you are sure to find an interesting or unusual flavor anywhere in an ice cream parlor. Don’t be afraid to try the wild side of ice cream if your stomach can handle it.