Especially in the eastern parts of the world, there are some really whacked out ice cream flavours – like ox tongue, raw horseflesh, seaweed, shark fin, whale and goat – that will just take a teeny while longer before they catch on in the West. Here we focus on ten unusual flavours with potential instead. Weird today, mainstream tomorrow. Wouldn’t be the first time.
Without further ado, here’s our Top Ten list of most promising ice creams.
10. Green tea ice cream
Green tea ice-cream with sweetened red beans at Yamaya, Surfers Paradise, Australia.
You can’t get more health-conscious than eating green tea ice cream. Green tea is not only a healthy and invigorating drink (antioxidising), it also makes for enjoying ice cream without feeling guilty.
9. Garlic ice cream
See, they’re already queuing up – at the Garlic Festival in Saugerties, NY.
Garlic is just garlic. Healthy and stinky, there’s a somewhat rebellious element to eating it. Not to forget the repellent qualities against those pesky visitors from Transylvania either. A sure winner.
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Takers galore for garlic ice cream at the Gilroy, CA Garlic Festival – three spoons!
8. Stilton cheese ice cream
Stilton cheese ice cream – calls for a second bite to make up one’s mind.
Stilton cheese ice cream is an acquired taste in the UK, only waiting to make its way to anglophiles across the Atlantic. Just wait and see.
Image: Erik Stattin
Established in 1780 – it’s about time Stilton cheese ice cream caught on.
Image: Andrew Bossi
7. Viagra ice cream
Seen in Italy – Viagra ice cream. What’s that smeared across the glass?
Viagra has divided people since it was first available in 1998 – you can be for it or against it. In ice cream form, it opens up whole new avenues. Why sneak to the pharmacy when it’s available over the counter? Not that they’d actually put that stuff into it – or would they? We dig the confidence it would take to consume it openly.
6. Licorice ice cream
Colour me black – licorice ice cream.
Licorice might stain your teeth and colour your lips and tongue black but it is supposed to be healthy. Licorice root has been used in Ayurvedic medicines since ancient times. It is also supposed to be good for all kinds of stomach ailments. Even though in its candy form licorice is an acquired taste for many, we think we have a winner here.
Image: Kimberly Vardeman
5. Bacon ice cream
Candied bacon ice cream with bacon pieces inside.
In the age of bacon mania, bacon ice cream shouldn’t really be a hard sell. After bacon salt, baconnaise and maple bacon doughnuts, it just seems the logical next step.
Image: Alina Zienowicz
4. Sauerkraut ice cream
No pictures yet of sauerkraut ice cream but just wait and watch.
Sauerkraut has a growing and dedicated following – die-hard ‘kraut fans so to speak – and we think they’re just waiting to dig into sauerkraut ice cream as well. Eins, zwei, drei and you’ll be convinced too. Oh, and did we mention that it’s healthy? Sauerkraut is an excellent source of vitamin C, eliminated scurvy during James Cook’s times and is claimed to be an effective aphrodisiac in the book, Nutrition of the 21st Century. Sauerkraut ice cream would be the perfect desert after eating a nice bratwurst, as you could savour the sausage taste will enjoying something sweet. We think it’s brilliant!
3. Avocado ice cream
Avocado ice cream, stylish.
After guacamole took everyone by storm, avocado will be the new trendy ice cream flavour of the season, just mark our words. We can already imagine the slogan: the avantgardo eats avocado!
Image: Micky Aldridge
2. Chili ice cream
Prepackaged chili ice cream – a staple in Finland.
Chili will be the new macho flavour among the ice creams. Guys (and gals) who think ice cream’s for sissies can now prove their toughness with the new chili flavour. We can just image pub talk now: “Dude, I just ate eight scoops of chili ice cream. Gotta wash it down with some brewsky.” Now, if that’s not a good excuse.
Image: Puck Goodfellow
1. Wasabi ice cream
Wasabi ice cream as served at Yaku’s in Pagin, the Philippines.
And the winner is – wasabi! Wasabi’s strong point is that it’s exotic but not too exotic. With everyone and their mother nowadays getting their tongues around this spicy Japanese condiment, we think it’s only a question of time until it’s going to top the ice cream charts.
One ice cream truck whose annoying tune you won’t mind – the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck in New York.
And now the topper, the icing on the cake, the sprinkles on the cone. If you live in New York City, you can even top your funky ice cream flavours with all kinds of weird toppings – just catch the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck in the East Village (so called because eating weird ice cream toppings makes you happy and gay, like the Smurfs)! The homemade toppings include bacon, sea salt and olive oil, cayenne pepper and wasabi pea dust – yum! You can also follow them on Twitter to stay up-to-date on the latest flavours.