Who Screams for Ice Cream?

6 Nov

Ice cream: a scoop of delicious-ness made from such simple ingredients that has the ability to make us happy and forget about the world for just a second. I can’t imagine why someone wouldn’t love ice cream; the creamy melt-in-your-mouth texture, the sweet indulgent aspect of it, and the large range of flavors it can come in.

When we think about ice cream, it brings us back to our childhood summer days where we would enjoy a scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream in a delicious sugar cone. But all of that is in the past because nowadays plain vanilla just doesn’t cut it anymore. Gone are the days where ice cream flavors only contained one flavor, now the trend seems to be to mix complementary flavors to create an experience that will have a lasting impact on your taste buds. People have developed a taste for novel things and are always on the lookout for new and strange foods (hence you are reading this blog right? :)). Ice cream makers know this and so instead of the traditional sweet and fruity ice cream flavors, they are now mixing in flavors that are salty, savoury, and even floral. Ice cream is such a versatile product that practically any flavor can be incorporated into it.

Let’s start off by introducing some ice cream flavors that are a bit tamer…THEN we’ll move on to some of the crazy stuff!

At Jeni’s, an ice cream shop in Ohio, they are offering an array of sophisticated ice cream and sorbet flavors. The more unusual ones to note are: Buttercup Pumpkin & Amaretti Cookies, Goat Cheese with Cognac Figs, Smoked Tea & Plum Pudding, Vanilla Cedar Wood, Riesling Poached Pear Sorbet, and Wildberry Lavender.

Buttercup Pumpkin

Wildberry Lavender

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goat Cheese With Figs

 

If you’re into even more strange flavors, Humphry Slocombe in San Francisco offers a huge variety that will be sure to make you want to try them all! This ice cream shop is catered towards adult consumers and their menu of flavors change daily usually offering 10-12 flavors a day. Below is a list of just some of the bizarre yet enticing flavors they have to offer:

ICE CREAM

  • Prosciutto (cured ham)
  • Cinnamon Brittle
  • Foie Gras (fattened duck liver)
  • Bourbon (whiskey)
  • Olive Oil
  • Jesus Juice (red wine & coke)
  • Peanut Butter Curry
  • Pink Grapefruit Tarragon
  • Sour Cream
  • Salted Licorice
  • Strawberry Black Olive
  • Strawberry Candied Jalapeno
  • Sweet Summer Corn
  • White Chocolate Lavender
  • Salt and Pepper

SORBET & SHERBET

  • Carrot Mango
  • Cayenne Canteloupe
  • Cucumber Ice Milk
  • Golden Beet Saffron
  • Hibiscus Beet
  • Pineapple 5-spice
  • Rhubarb
  • Szechuan Strawberry
  • Thai Chili Lime

These flavors sound amazing and I wish I could fly to San Francisco to try some of these out! These combinations of flavors may sound odd, but who knows, maybe they are surprisingly complementary and not as weird-tasting as their name suggests. Would you be brave enough to try some of these flavors? Or do you tend to play it safe and stick to the time-tested classics?

ALSO…I thought an interesting thing to talk about is the use of human breast milk in ice cream. Do you think this is absurd and creepy? I do. The thought of ingesting a stranger’s breast milk is just awkward beyond words. But believe it or not, this ice cream was available in an ice cream shop in London before Government officials found out and confiscated this flavor. The flavor was named “Baby Gaga” and contained Madagascan vanilla pods, lemon zest, and of course, human milk. It was shut down due to concerns around the potential harm of contracting hepatitis from the breast milk. The owner of the ice cream parlor insisted that the women who donated their breast milk were screened before the milk was taken and pasteurized to be used for ice cream and therefore it was safe; but nevertheless there was much debate around the issue. Another interesting fact: apparently Lady Gaga wanted to sue the ice cream shop for using her name in their ice cream!

Baby Gaga Ice cream

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References:

http://www.jenisicecreams.com/pages/ingredients-nutritional-information.html#Signature

http://www.humphryslocombe.com/%7C_Home_%7C.html

Hunphry Slocombe ice cream: http://kelseats.com/2010/11/03/humphry-slocombe-gets-it-done/

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/discoblog/2011/03/02/uk-shuts-down-breast-milk-ice-cream-but-is-it-safe-to-eat/

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2011/mar/04/lady-gaga-baby-ice-cream

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5 Responses to “Who Screams for Ice Cream?”

  1. Jessica November 6, 2011 at 8:23 pm #

    I love ice cream too and it is certainly weird that there are flavours that have the most interesting combinations. I have heard of this place in Toronto that does this. Apparently you can make your own ice cream flavour and then get a pint of it to go home.

    • fcheung13 November 7, 2011 at 8:20 pm #

      Really?? What is this place called? I’d definitely like to check it out one day

  2. foodfactforthought November 11, 2011 at 5:01 pm #

    hmm… the baby Gaga flavour sounds kind of sketchy… I’m surprised someone would donate their breast milk for the sake of ice cream! In any case, that was a really interesting post!

    Janis

    • Sarah November 12, 2011 at 4:28 pm #

      Interesting post! I’m not a fan of ice cream but the goat cheese and fig one sounds delicious! I’d pass on the breast milk ice cream though..

      -Sarah Walkom

  3. stephaniereintjes November 19, 2011 at 11:08 am #

    Cool post! I never knew there were so many different flavours of ice cream. I know I’ve seen dandelion before, but goat cheese with figs sounds truly unique! I will have to agree on the Baby Gaga though, I don’t think I would be able to eat it.

    Stephanie Reintjes

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