Sunday, July 18th was National Ice Cream Day – a niche holiday celebrating one of the greatest desserts in the world. Many ice cream shops around the United States celebrated by offering free and discounted scoops to hungry customers. When it comes to ice cream flavors, however, many creameries like to shake things up with bizarre and unique assortments. Here are some of the strangest ice cream flavors you can find around the nation.
Unlike the other flavors on this list, lobster ice cream comes from a personal anecdote. Growing up, I spent every summer in Cape Cod, Massachusetts where I would frequent the local Ben & Bill’s Chocolate Emporium. While their chocolate was out of this world, their main tourist attraction was lobster ice cream, an ungodly amalgamation of butter ice cream and actual lobster bits. As a kid, I could never muster the cojones to try it, but I imagine a creamy/fishy combo that leaves the customer with a hankering for mouthwash.
Foie Gras: a French delicacy derived from duck or goose liver. I can attest that foie Gras pairs great with bread and cheese, but ice cream? This obscure ice cream flavor can be purchased at OddFellows in New York City and is paired with swaths of peanut butter and coco caramel. According to regulars, the flavor is widely adored and comes off as extra creamy due to the poultry-liver-paste it is filled with.
Bagel enthusiasts rejoice! We return to New York to visit Max & Mina’s Homemade Ice Cream, where the house specialty is vanilla ice cream infused with pieces of nova lox, salt, and cream cheese. Similar to lobster, brined salmon isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when I’m hankering for a cold and creamy treat. Then again, pairing lox ice cream with an everything-flavored waffle cone sounds weirdly tasty.
Because why wouldn’t someone make ice cream with the world’s spiciest pepper? The Ice Cream Store in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware serves over 100 flavors – one of them being the Devil’s Breath Carolina Reaper Pepper Ice Cream. I don’t know what sounds worse: absolutely ruining my day with fiery red ice cream from hell, or having PTSD flashbacks every time I try and enjoy a frozen delicacy in the future. You know this flavor means business when you have to sign a waiver to try it.
Akutaq/ Eskimo Ice Cream
While this interesting concoction may not be considered ice cream in the conventional sense, native Alaskan cultures certainly view it as such. Sweetened by an assortment of wild berries, the base of this unique dessert is made from animal fat. Akutaq switches out dairy for fish, moose, caribou, or whale in order to concoct a one-of-a-kind treat that’s enjoyed statewide. Leave it to the Alaskans to come up with an ice cream that’s more metal than anything to come out of the lower 49.