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We All Scream for Ice Cream!

When we would go on road trips with our kids — before the advent of DVD players in cars, we tried to come up with creative ways to keep everyone amused and to pass the time more quickly. One of our favorites was to see who could come up with the most bizarre new Baskin-Robbins flavor (ones that Baskin-Robbins would surely never feature). Since we tried to have at least three ingredients in the name of our flavor, we came up with things like raspberry hot pepper licorice. Or better yet (worse yet?) would be something like dark chocolate green olive liver! It made for miles of smiles and uproarious laughter, made thanks to Baskin-Robbins' quest to have unique combinations and to our family's weird minds. 🙂

Those shenanigans were all brought to mind recently when I saw the following on Facebook:

Chicken Wing Ice Cream

That got me to wondering what real, honest-to-goodness ice cream flavors might be available "out there." I did some googling and came up with the following:

Goat cheese with red cherries

Goat cheese cashew carmel at Black Dog Gelato in the Chicago area

This next one sounds like one we could have come up with in our road trip game:

Goat cheese marionberry habañero

The next two sound like main course desserts to me:

Ham and cheese

Bacon, potatoes, and corn

As a side with that, I'd like one scoop of Honey and cornbread

Olive oil

Celery sorbet

Cracker Jack gelato

Lobster ice cream

Fish and chips

Dill pickle

Curry banana

Basil avocado ice cream in a yellowfin tuna cone at Sobou Restaurant

Here's another one that sounds like we made it up!

Duck fat caramel soy sauce

Foie gras ice cream

Foie gras, peanut butter & cocoa

I'll end with the real pièce de résistance...

Cicada ice cream?! (I wonder if that is seasonal — only every 13 or 17 years....)

Do any of those flavors have you screaming? What real flavors of ice cream have you seen, made, or eaten? Also you could pretend you're part of one of our road trips and suggest your own creative Baskin-Robbins flavors in the comments. They couldn't be much worse than reality! 🙂


"Outside the will of God, there's nothing I want. Inside the will of God there's nothing I fear." — A. W. Tozer


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8 Comments on “We All Scream for Ice Cream!”

  1. #1 Nora
    on Apr 30th, 2014 at 7:31 am

    This one is pretty gross- http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/02/25/134056923/breast-milk-ice-cream-a-hit-at-london-store

    Rob adds:
    Della would love some of that!

  2. #2 Vikki
    on Apr 30th, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Some just don’t sound like something I would try – most actually. Jelly Bellies also have a lot of really strange flavors and you can sample them if you visit the Jelly Belly plant in WI. Things like mowed grass, dirt, and vomit. 😕

    Rob adds:
    You may have my share of them Vikki.

  3. #3 dan
    on Apr 30th, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    Japan takes the cake (a la mode) when it comes to strange ice cream!


    Rob adds:
    Wow, Dan! But why am I not surprised?

  4. #4 Rob
    on Apr 30th, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    I have personally had Tabasco ice cream. It was a lovely orange color. I have also had Cracked Black Pepper ice cream. Both were very interesting.

    Rob adds:
    I’ll bet in your field of work you are presented with a number of “interesting” possibilities when it comes to food.

  5. #5 Carrie
    on Apr 30th, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    Gross! I think my favorite is Tim the ice cream man’s Tomato Licorice.

    Rob adds:
    Tomato Licorice sounds ghastly to me, Carrie! Becka reminded me of some soft-serve ice cream I had one time that was “the flavor of the day.” It was aloe vera. The flavor was not enjoyable, but it did clear up several problems I had been having.

  6. #6 Betty Ann
    on May 1st, 2014 at 11:16 am

    We used to live near Rochester, NY. There is a ice cream/fast food place called Tom Wahl there that comes out with odd flavors each summer, and they offer for you to get a sample free. We tried Corn, but they also had pickle.

    Also when we were in China, the favorite over there was Pea. We also had Cantaloupe and Honeydew melon. Cantaloupe was not too bad, didn’t prefer the Pea.

    Rob adds:
    When we were in China we were introduced to popsicles made with beans. There were red bean popsicles and mung bean popsicles. We weren’t really fans. We found a little store where we could buy different flavors of Magnum ice cream bars for the same price as the bean popsicles. No need to guess which ones we opted for.

  7. #7 Bonnie C.
    on May 5th, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    I actually had a taste of wasabi ice cream at my local shop, because I couldn’t believe it would really be made of Japanese horseradish. Ick!

    Rob adds:
    It sounds gross, but then I was surprised when I tasted Lindt dark chocolate with chili peppers and it was actually tasty enough to have a second piece.

  8. #8 Valerie Coffman
    on May 8th, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    I’m glad to see that Jeni’s made the list! A friend of mine just visited last weekend and tried the Goat Cheese with Cherries. She said it was good!

    Rob adds:
    I was actually not appalled by the ones with the goat’s cheese … but then, I like goat cheese. I just knew some of my readers would be appalled.