July is National Ice Cream Month. As part of the celebration at Plans and Toys, I decided to do some digging into the most unusual flavors from around the world. Share them with your kids as an introduction to cultures. Depending on their palette, they may say “yum!” or “ick!”
Of course, it’s against the law to just eat chocolate and vanilla this month. You have to try something new! When I went on vacation last year, I took a spontaneous stop in Mayberry, North Carolina. I saw a sign for Moonshine Ice Cream and couldn’t resist! True, it wasn’t for kids. Still, there are more than enough non-alcoholic flavors adventurous kids can try. Make your choice from this list of flavors from the United States and abroad.
Starting with close to home, here are some fun flavors you may be able to find right around the corner.
- Collard Green Ice Cream – Georgia
- Ice Cream Potato – Idaho
- Mountain Dew and Doritos – Missouri
- Fried Chicken and Waffles – New York
- Lucky Charms – Ohio
- Asparagus Water – Texas
- Buttered Popcorn with Roasted Peanuts and Chocolate Covered Caramel – Rhode Island
Our neighbors to the north aren’t to be outdone!
- Blueberry Balsamic – Vancouver
- Akbar Mashti (saffron and rose water) – Vancouver
- Banana Oreo + Hibiscus – Calgary
- Chocolate Meal Worms – Toronto
- Lychee with Raspberry Curd and Rose Water – Toronto
- Ginger Green Tea – Halifax
- Curry Cashew – Halifax
Japan is well-known for their experimental flavorings. It doesn’t stop at ice cream.
- Squid Ink
- Miso Ramen
Mexican ice creams contain a lot of flavors that may be unusual to us, but common to them. Many of the flavors incorporate local fruit.
- Grosella (gooseberry)
- Leche Quemada (scorched milk)
- Elote (corn)
- Pitaya (dragonfruit)
- Betabel (beet)
- Aguacate (avocado)
- Camaron (shrimp)
Our friends across the pond have created their own unique flavorings. Many flavors feature olive oil and seasonings.
- Charcoal coconut
- Olive oil, salt, and rosemary
- Horseradish and Beetroot
- Basil and Lemon
- Salt and Vinegar
- Olive oil and Pine Nut
Other Fun Flavors Found Around The World
- Durian. It’s an unusual tasting fruit that’s popular in Asia. With its strong smell (it’s outlawed some public areas of Asia), and not so sweet taste, it’s an acquired love. While it’s popular in Asia, you can also find it in China towns in the United States, like the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory in New York City.
- Queso – Philippines. Made with “real cheese bits”.
- Mushroom – Taiwan.
- Fois Gras – France.
- Vegetable Ice Cream Salad – New York City
- Lobster – New England, USA
- Black Licorice – Norway
- Ham and Cheese – Venezuela
- Spaghetti – Germany
- Black Jelly Bean – Australia
Fun Toppings to Add To Your Unusual Ice Cream
Below is a bonus section of some fun toppings I came across. If you’re really adventurous (or, I should say, if your stomach is), try combining some with the above flavors! (Or at least talk about the possibilities). Some of these toppings will help you to get a taste of the unusual ice cream flavors without leaving the country. Review all the toppings here and make your own ice cream sundaes.
- Coffee Gelatin
- Grade B Maple Syrup
- Edible Lavender
- French Fries
- Hot Sauce
- Crushed Wasabi Peas