10 Wacky and Wonderful Ice Cream Flavors

June 25, 2013

It's official: summer has arrived. As the temperatures rise, we've been dreaming about delicious ways to cool off. A frozen treat is the perfect way to indulge during the hot days of summer, and these recipes are definitely worth treating yourself to. Sweet, salty, nutty, fruity -- these recipes cover all the taste bases. Put your beloved chocolate and vanilla back in the freezer and try one -- or all! -- of these unique flavors.

Olive Oil-Saffron Ice Cream with Burnt Orange Caramel Swirl by Stefani McGuinness

Olive Oil-Saffron Ice Cream with Burnt Orange Caramel Swirl

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Fresh Ricotta Ice Cream by PRST

Fresh Ricotta Ice Cream


Maple-Sage Ice Cream with Maple-Sage Sugared Walnuts by mrslarkin

Maple-Sage Ice Cream with Maple-Sage Sugared Walnuts


Ginger Ice Cream with Honey-Sesame Brittle by Jef

Ginger Ice Cream with Honey-Sesame Brittle


Arnold Palmer Ice Cream by PassTheKnife

Arnold Palmer Ice Cream


Kabocha Vanilla Chai Ice Cream by Courtney Pollack

Kabocha Vanilla Chai Ice Cream


Maple Ice Cream withTipsy Raisins and Maple-Candied Cashews by cristinasciarra

Maple Ice Cream with Tipsy Raisins and Maple Candied Cashews


Strawberry Fennel Ice Cream by gluttonforlife

Strawberry Fennel Ice Cream


Oatmeal Ice Cream with Toasted Walnuts by darksideofthespoon

Oatmeal Ice Cream with Toasted Walnuts


Mango Ice Cream with Chili Sea Salt by 52scoops

Mango Ice Cream with Chili Sea Salt

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Hollis R. July 24, 2017
these are all justifiably wacky. mine was Bubble Gum, and one spoonful was enough.
Monica S. July 24, 2017
I had garlic ice cream at the Gilroy Garlic Festival. Some of my favorites are azuki, avocado, green tea, and basil. I accidentally made basil ice cream when I pulled frozen leaves from my freezer, thinking they were mint leaves. But it turns out, basil ice cream is great! Perhaps served with strawberries and drizzled with balsamic vinegar ...
MarieGlobetrotter July 24, 2017
Foie Gras ice cream with spices. Not kiding. It was good actually....but I like foie gras (sorry, I was raised in Europe. You grow up with that stuff at Christmas)
Mar P. July 24, 2017
Not my favourite, but yes, garlic ice cream
Matt July 23, 2017
Goat cheese—it's such a normal food, but cold and sour isn't the first thing that comes to mind when it comes to ice cream. It was pretty good. I actually thought it was too sweet.
Giselle July 23, 2017
Smoked ice cream in Turkey. Imagine licking the wall after a house-fire. Awful.
Imogen E. July 23, 2017
There is a local artisanal ice cream maker here in Canberra Australia, called Frugi, who makes the divine ice cream and is very adventurous with flavours. My favourite so far is ylang ylang, the fennel is also divine, as is the black truffle. Tragically I missed the port sorbet and blue cheese ice cream pairing. The wackiest he's ever made that I haven't tried is butter chicken!
Allison July 22, 2015
One of the most unusual (and favorites) is Lavender Gin from Amy's in Austin, TX.
PRST July 21, 2015
I am suggesting you all try my walnut oil and white pepper ice cream. It won't disappoint if you use a high quality walnut oil (not the typical French grocery store brand). Sounds strange but it's very delicious. My strangest so far: Pecorino gelato in Florence-it was killer! Although I just had avocado and lime at Sweet Peaks in Missoula, MT. Yum yum. And, I just experimented with making a preserved lemon ice cream. It is positively divine.
Alan D. July 21, 2015
almost all sound great. The weirdest ice cream I ever had was at a small artisinal shop in Cordoba, Spain in 1987 -- blue cheese and walnuts.
MarieGlobetrotter July 24, 2017
that sounds AWESOME.
AmberDawn July 6, 2013
I want to know where to find these@
michael July 6, 2013
These are not whacky they are pallette extravagant to every day taste buds "yummy"!!!!
Najee July 6, 2013
Wacky? I gave a gasp at the Kabocha Vanilla Chai flavor!
PRST June 26, 2013
If you are looking for "wacky" try my White Pepper and Walnut Oil Ice Cream. It hasn't received many hits on this Food 52 but it sure is deliciously wacky! Believe me, try it!!
dymnyno June 25, 2013
I would never call these flavors wacky! They are delicious!