From Pizza Crust to Fried Chicken: The Most Outrageous Ice Cream Flavors You Can Try This Summer
These crazy scoops from parlors across the country are for adventurous dessert eaters only
Taylor Ham and French Toast
Windy Brow Farms 359 Ridge Rd, Fredon Township, NJ 07860 As part of their "Only In Jersey" series this summer, this meat-filled scoop features housemade challah french toast, local maple syrup, and of course, caramelized taylor ham, a New Jersey staple. "It's about as crazy (awesome) as it sounds..." they wrote on Instagram.
Bruno Pizza 204 E 13th St, New York, NY, 10003 This ice cream usually comes in a bowl, but is sometimes served on top of a slice of cinnamon pizza. It was recently debuted on The Chew, and each scoop features fresh plain pizza dough, which is toasted and charred before sitting in gelato base overnight and thrown into the ice cream maker the next morning.
Carolina Reaper Pepper
The Ice Cream Store 6 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 This ice cream shop made headlines in recent years with its ghost pepper scoop, which you had to sign a waiver to order, and they're turning up the heat again this summer. Their newest spicy flavor is bright red, and made with the world's hottest pepper (seriously, it sent someone to the hospital!) in authentic, uncut form.
Blue Cheese Walnut Caramel
Sweet Action Ice Cream 52 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203 Apparently, blue cheese is not only for salads and dipping wings—now you can order crumbles in a cup or a cone. The flavor debuted in 2017 when the creamery was asked to create a few specialty ice creams for the American Cheese Society's convention. The blue cheese ice cream, which is mixed with a handmade swirl of brown sugar, butter and toasted walnuts was such a hit with the society and their customers they're bringing it back for a limited time only this summer.
Black Olive Brittle and Goat Cheese
Milk Chocolate Curry
Ultimate Ice Cream Company 195 Charlotte St, Asheville, NC 28801 This mom-and-pop shop is well-known around town for their creative flavors. This milk chocolate scoop has a surprising twist: curry powder. The store, which also serves boozy ice cream, has many other unique flavors on the menu, like Butternut Squash with Candied Nuts, Blue Cheese Caramel Swirl, Grilled Pineapple and Black Pepper, Sweet Corn Bacon, and Goat Cheese Bing Cherry.
Ben & Bill's Chocolate Emporium 66 Main St, Bar Harbor, ME 04609 The shop's name may be a little misleading since the thing people look forward to most every summer from this eatery is the ice cream that features shellfish. The crustacean is cooked, picked, buttered and then mixed into a traditional vanilla base.
Fried Chicken and Waffles
Coolhaus Various Locations (In Store Only) This popular ice cream parlor (John Legend loves their cookie sandwiches!) turned a savory breakfast favorite into a scoop. Its base is a brown butter maple ice cream mixed with maple candied chicken skins and caramelized waffles for an interesting mix of textures and flavors.
Max & Mina's 7126 Main St, Flushing, NY 11367 The experimental flavors at this ice cream parlor rotate every day, but this beer and snickers combo is one that shouldn't be missed. They're known for having 5,000 options, and have used ingredients like lox, wine, and Cheez-Its, among others, so no matter the day, you're bound to have a unique scoop.
Old Bay Caramel
Ricotta Toast with Red Berry Geranium Jam
OWowCow 4105 Durham Rd, Ottsville, PA 18942 This brand new flavor debuted this spring, and was such a hit they're keeping it in their limited-edition rotation for summer. Each scoop is made with golden lemon cream, swirled with local knotweed honey, anise hyssop, lavender, and a mix of local, organic edible flowers from Barefoot Botanicals and Peace Valley Lavender.