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Unusual Ice Cream Flavors From Around The World

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.

United States

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


Travel to the UK to try lavender ice cream. Or add edible lavender florets to your sundae.

Japan is well-known for their experimental flavorings. It doesn’t stop at ice cream.

  • Lavender
  • Squid Ink
  • Wasabi
  • Garlic
  • Snake
  • Caviar
  • 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)

United Kingdom

Our friends across the pond have created their own unique flavorings. Many flavors feature olive oil and seasonings.

Other Fun Flavors Found Around The World

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.




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