Ice cream is the perfect summer treat and these days, adventurous eaters can find exciting new flavors at ice cream shops all over the U.S. Forget vanilla and chocolate, these are some of the most interesting and strange ice cream flavors being served up this summer.
- Black Olive Brittle and Goat Cheese - Salt & Straw is an ice cream parlor known for their unique rotating flavors, but this scoop has “hints of aged goat cheese with an oil-cured olive salty candy brittle mixed in.” Uh, yum?
- Blue Cheese Walnut Caramel - This flavor is blue cheese ice cream, mixed with a handmade swirl of brown sugar, butter, and toasted walnuts and you can only get it at Sweet Action Ice Cream in Denver.
- Cheetos - At Big Gay Ice Cream in New York City and Philadelphia, where they’re known for outrageous toppings, they’ve got “CHEAT-OHS” - which is vanilla soft serve infused with Cheetos and dusted with crumbs from the puffs.
- Cucumber Dill - Philly’s Little Baby’s Ice Cream worked hard to create this pickle-flavored ice cream, but after curdling issues because of the brine’s acidity, they compromised with this cucumber-flavored scoop mixed with dill herbs.
- Lobster - At Ben & Bill’s Chocolate Emporium in Bar Harbor, Maine, every summer folks flock to this eatery for the lobster ice cream. It’s vanilla ice cream with cooked, buttered pieces of lobster added in. What else are they going to put in ice cream in Maine?
- Milk Chocolate Curry - At the Ultimate Ice Cream Company in Asheville, North Carolina, you can get uncommon flavors like Grilled Pineapple and Black Pepper or Butternut Squash, or this take on a classic, milk chocolate with curry powder.
- Pizza Crust - This flavor from Bruno Pizza in New York City was recently featured on “The Chew” TV show and it’s made with fresh pizza dough that’s toasted, charred, and sits in a gelato base overnight before becoming ice cream the next morning.
- Taylor Ham and French Toast - At Windy Brow Farms in Fredon, New Jersey, they’re running an “Only in Jersey” series this summer, featuring this flavor. It’s a scoop with housemade challah french toast, local maple syrup, and the star - caramelized Taylor ham, a Jersey staple.