Move over, chocolate. Buh-bye, vanilla! See ya later, lemon sorbet! Across the globe, ice cream makers are transforming the very notion of what makes a good scoop. From spicy to sour, bitter to sweet, click through to check out some of the most unusual flavors from these pioneers of ice cream.
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1. Loaded Baked Potato Ice Cream.
Portland, Ore.’s Salt and Straw ice cream shop is known for its unusual flavors — pear with blue cheese, three berry barbecue, just to name a few — but perhaps the most, err, unconventional flavor is one of its newest: the loaded baked potato. A collaboration between the shop and acclaimed chef Michael Voltaggio, the sour cream-baked potato flavor is “loaded” with white cheddar cookie dough, bacon chocolate crumbs and onion juice caramel.
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2. Yazoo Sue with Rosemary Bar Nuts
When you combine a craft beer, pecans, peanuts and almonds, along with a little rosemary, cayenne and brown sugar, you can taste this truly unique ice cream flavor. A collaboration between the Nashville brewery Yazoo and the Jeni’s chain of scoop shops, you can actually purchase pints of Yazoo Sue at specialty shops across the U.S.
3. Sesame Kumquat Pumpernickel.
A unique trio of flavors if there ever was one, Brooklyn’s Oddfellows Ice Cream is famous for their out-there flavors. Also on the menu? Miso butterscotch cherry, strawberry tomato sorbet and rose raspberry with pink peppercorn.
4. Bourbon & Corn Flakes.
The ever-changing menu at San Francisco’s Humphry Slocombe usually includes some out-there flavors of both the sweet and savory variety. Peanut butter curry or olive oil, anyone? With so many quirky flavors available, who could ever pick a favorite? Well, the people have spoken: Secret Breakfast, a bourbon-flavored ice cream with corn flakes mixed in.
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5. Cold Sweat Ice Cream.
This flavor is so hot, you actually have to sign a waiver to eat it! Found at Sunni Sky’s in Angier, North Carolina, the ice cream is made with three different ultra spicy peppers, marinated in one ultra spicy hot sauce and finally topped with another ultra spicy hot sauce.