Outside-The-Box Tastes: Interesting and Unusual Ice Cream Flavors

Why so vanilla? You may not be interested in trying booger-, vomit-, dirt-, earthworm-, or earwax-flavored ice cream, like the out-there flavors in Bertie Bott’s famous every-flavor jelly beans from Harry Potter, but there are definitely some interesting and unusual ice cream flavors you might want to try.

Some of those weird flavors might make you want to scream, just thinking of them in your ice cream, but at least you still have the waffle cone to enjoy, right? Or maybe you’ll just stick to the toppings.

But, yucky ones aside, if you’re the type that likes to adopt an open mind, think outside the box, and you love your ice cream, check out these fascinating flavors! Your mind might think they’re a little too wacko, but your taste buds might just fall in love.

It can be fun to be adventuresome. It doesn’t hurt to try new flavors of ice cream and this summer is the perfect time to give them a go. Who knows, you might like them after all. Just think—new fav flavors only a lick or two away!

A fan of Japanese food? There are lots of options for you. Try pickled mango, bitter melon, yuba, matcha green tea, buckwheat tea, squid ink, soy sauce, black sesame ginger, seaweed, purple sweet potato, red beans, and cucumber wasabi. There’s also kimchi and rice for Korean food lovers. Or maybe you prefer Indian food, in which case you may like curry, turmeric and mango lassi.

Tea or coffee lover? Try chai, green tea, Earl Grey, chamomile, jasmine, Vietnamese coffee, espresso, and mocha.

Prefer the taste of alcoholic beverages? You may not have to be 21 to try a spoonful of this sweet treat, though we’ll leave that up to the parents. Enjoy champagne, Guinness, bourbon, and amaretto. Think of your fav cocktails or mocktails and try those flavors in your homemade ice cream.

A fan of the spicy? Try sriracha, jalapeno, habañero, cayenne, ghost pepper, and chili.

Or maybe you’re the downhome kind of all-American when it comes to ice cream flavors, but prefer a spin on the usual. For you, there’s buttermilk, sweet corn, potato, honey, avocado, Creole, tomato, goat’s milk, sweet potato, maple walnut, peach cobbler, apple pie, and peanut butter and jelly.

Maybe flowers are more your thing. If so, give lavender, rose and rose geranium a try, or make your ice cream your own with edible flowers as garnishes. For herb lovers? There’s basil, rosemary, cilantro, thyme, lemon balm, and mint. You can add some fresh herbs, too.

Going for gourmet? Some of these items may be on the menu for your hors d’oeuvres, lunch, or dinner, but they can also be your type of ice cream for dessert. There’s pear and blue cheese, balsamic fig, foie gras, asiago, bacon, lobster, lox, turkey, garlic, olive oil, and pizza. Imagine having pizza and pizza ice cream, back-to-back? A little weird? Not if you’re a fan of pizza!

Some kids’ favs (and kids-at-heart’s, too)…?  Have fun with dill pickle, trail mix, bubble gum, cotton candy, and cake batter (with lots of rainbow-colored sprinkles to top it off!).

This summer, or year-round…whatever the flavor, lick and savor!

Want to try to DIY but don’t have an ice cream maker? Enjoy this easy 3-ingredient recipe to make your own delicious ice cream and beat the heat with a sweet treat. Hassle-free! You know what they suggest…K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple, Sweetie!). Your imagination is the limit, and even if these unusual flavors are not in the freezer section at your local grocery store or at the quirkiest restaurant you can find, you can always try DIY and adapt the recipe below.

Super Simple 3-Ingredient Ice Cream


2 cups heavy whipping cream

14 ounces sweetened condensed milk

1 teaspoon flavor extract of your choice


  1. Whip cream until stiff peaks form.
  2. Add other two ingredients.
  3. Put into a container and freeze.
  4. Spoon and savor as is, or with all the fixings you desire, atop!

Recipe adapted from foodiecrush.com/how-to-make-easy-no-churn-ice-cream/


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