Whether it’s a sunny summer afternoon, or a chilly winter, ice cream is a delight that has lasted across generations in all its unique forms. Lately however, this delicious dessert has undergone radical changes across the globe, with ice cream enthusiasts putting their own unique new spins to the classic ice cream formula. As such, here are ten unique ice cream flavors across the globe which continue to wow us with the sheer innovation brought about by our near-universal love of ice cream which cuts across cultures.
Are you daring enough to try any of these eccentric ice cream flavors? “Carpe diem,” as the classic quote goes. Seize the dairy, fellow ice cream lovers!
1. Sweet BBQ Swirl from Tin Pot Creamery in California
The co-founder and pastry chef of Tin Pot Creamery in California, Becky Sunseri, discovered new heights in the ice cream game with their most interesting ingredient yet, barbeque sauce.
A huge scoop of creativity is what it took to create this amazing and intriguing ice cream flavor. Of course, added to it are some brown sugar and molasses, peppers and other spices, and a little bit of umami.
How does a scoop of this homemade barbecue ice cream taste like? Imagine having a salty and savory tone added to your ice cream along with hints of butterscotch and caramel. This flavour is definitely perfect for those seeking a different form to their meat barbecue and generally, for those who wish to delve into a little madness in their ice cream cone.
2. Ghost Pepper ice cream from The Ice Cream Store in Delaware
For the daredevils out there who want to have a taste of real extremes in their ice cream, you can try the Ghost Pepper ice cream from Delaware’s The Ice Cream Store. They make ice cream so extreme you quite literally need to sign a waiver before eating it.
This hot reat is vanilla ice cream with strawberry sauce and loaded with some of the world’s hottest chillies and fiery capsicum extract and sauces. A bite of the Ghost Pepper will leave you wanting to chug down a gallon of milk just to ease the hellish burn you’ll feel in your mouth. One tip before indulging into this fiery cold burn, don’t eat it when you have chapped lips. If you do so, you might not finish your cone or even a bite.
This treat is not for the faint hearted and if you think the first bite won’t get you, the second one definitely will!
3. Tequila ice cream from Las Ventanas al Paraíso in Mexico
Cooling off has never been this fun with the Tequila ice cream from Las Ventanas al Paraíso in Mexico. There sure is not a better way to relax than having a bite of this tequila-infused ice cream while sunbathing by the pool.
The resort, which is already heaven but with the clouds replaced with water, lets you beat the heat of Mexico by serving you a bowl of this delicious, fun, and sinful ice cream goodness.
Tequila ice cream is the party in your mouth you never knew you needed!
4. Ensaymada ice cream from Fog City Creamery in Manila, Philippines
Ensaymada, for those unfamiliar with it, is a pastry from the Philippines and perhaps one of the best the country has to offer. This pastry is deliciously soft and fluffy and topped with a lot (we mean a lot) of white sugar and grated cheese. Ensaymada is usually eaten alongside a steaming cup of chocolate or coffee. Sounds like something you’d like to try? Now, imagine this pastry in ice cream. Now this is something you definitely have to try!
You can get Ensaymada ice cream from Fog City Creamery in Manila, Philippines. Ensaymada ice cream is both buttery and cheesy loaded with chunks of real ensaymada. Fog City Creamery’s Ensaymada ice cream will leave you wanting for more.
5. Chicken Wing ice cream from Japan
Japan is known by some to be the land of odd curiosities. From high tech toilets that put the rest of the world to shame to maid cafes that shout kawaii, Japan is sure to have it all. But just when you think you’ve seen all of it, check out this Chicken Wing ice cream that a lot of Japanese enjoy.
True to its name, this ice cream treat tastes just like fried chicken wings. This unique ice cream flavor is a delight for fried chicken lovers out there. Nevermind frozen chicken from the fridge, try this Chicken Wing ice cream from Japan instead.
6. Miso Ramen ice cream from Japan
If you think the Chicken Wing ice cream is the weirdest you’ve seen from Japan, get ready for Miso Ramen ice cream.
Namjatown in Tokyo is home to some of the world’s weirdest ice cream flavors. Their selection of ice cream ranges from 60 to 210 Yen per scoop. Aside from their Miso Ramen ice cream, they also have White Shrimp gelato, Eel ice cream, and Beef Tongue ice cream.
If you think you’re up to drizzle a little crazy to your ice cream, book a flight to Tokyo and head on to Namjatown. We guarantee it will be an interesting experience to say the least.
7. Cheeseburger ice cream from Venezuela
Venezuela’s Coromoto Ice Cream Shop prides themselves by having the Guiness World Record for the most flavors of ice cream. With their list of 900 ice cream flavors, you’ll surely need to have seconds.
The shop caters to more vanilla customers with their regular flavors. However, it is also home to some of the most bizarre ice cream creations. Some of these flavors can very well be meals. They have Cheeseburger, Beef, Spaghetti, and Sardines.
8. Crocodile ice cream from the Philippines
In Davao, Philippines, you can get a little bit of crocodile with your desert. Crocodile Park Davao is home to Crocodile ice cream and it is one of their most popular attractions.
This may well be the weirdest one out there. However, before you freak out, you have to know that they use crocodile eggs and not meat. Hopefully that makes it less petrifying for you. Additionally, they come in two varieties- Crocodile Pandan and Crocodile Coffee. You can choose what goes with your crocodile eggs.
If you love putting twists to your ice cream, we hope this list of unique ice cream flavors not only excited you but left you hungry for some. No one has to settle with chocolate or vanilla when there’s Chicken Wings or Crocodile ice cream available!