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National Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day

Jul 1, 2017

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! July 1st marks National Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day according to, a day to sample or wonder about the awkward or just plain silly kinds of ice cream flavors. It is meant for more than the love of the traditional vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream.
Mitchell’s Ice Cream in downtown Cleveland is known to mix up some seasonal flavors that to some might seem funky and to others are well worth the wait. Their salted butter sweet corn layers the flavors on your tongue making you wonder why every bothered trying to pick the perfect cob in the first place. And their jalapeno strawberry has just the right combo of heat and sweet.
Another great shop churning out wacky flavors is Ample Hills Creamery in New York City. With two locations plus season kiosks, they are sure to satisfy some flavor-seeking tastebuds.
From the savory and smokey to the sweet and surprising, LICK Pure Cream in Seattle offers curiosity and thrill seekers a chance to test those boundaries, too. Flavors like pork-belly pecan can’t go wrong, right?
How to Observe
Celebrate by venturing out to your local ice creamery and testing their many concoctions, or head down to the grocery store and get creative by finding different ingredients to make your own! You can also try to find some crazy flavors yourself! Here are just a few we came across – mashed potato ice cream, beer ice cream, olive oil ice cream, buffalo wing ice cream, goat cheese ice cream and candied bacon ice cream. Willing to try one? Use #CreativeIceCreamFlavorsDay to share your creations on social media.
The natural creativity of human beings, according to, finds expression through many forms such as painting, poetry, music and…. Ice cream flavors. The selection of available flavors boggles the mind and often stretches the bounds of believability. From fish flavored varieties to ice cream made from goat’s milk, the options for satisfying your ice cream craving seem endless. Haagen-Daz announces new flavors and types of ice cream every year, and there are many local boutique ice cream shops with their own unique flavors. Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day celebrates all the crazy flavors that have been invented over the years and even those which have yet to come to light!
How did Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day come about? This is a good question, and one for which we don’t have a definite answer. The likelihood is that the origins of the day rest in the hands of the ice cream makers themselves, who hoped to inspire more business and creativity!
Another possibility is that a few intrepid ice cream experimentalists got together to see what their combined enjoyment for ice cream could uncover in regards to undiscovered flavors. Vanilla alone is no longer interesting enough, how about we throw pickles in there? Maybe they dared each on to greater and crazier feats of ice cream creation, throwing in any errant ingredient which came to hand. Whatever the truth, ice cream is certainly rich with opportunities!
There are numerous ways to celebrate Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day! One might go out and explore an ice cream shop, perusing the flavors for something exotic, unusual, or simply untried. Some flavors to search for and consider: Smoked Chocolate and Tequila, Duck Fat and Caramel Joy Sauce, Sichuan Pepper and that’s just a start!
If riding someone else’s creative coat tails doesn’t suit your fancy (or maybe the crazy flavors you find don’t jive with your sensibilities) feel free to create your own! Maybe start with a base of vanilla and add unique toppings to taste. Or dust off the ice cream maker that’s been lying dormant in the garage and mix up your own concoction of cream and flavorful goodness, whether it’s avocados, anchovies, or eccentric berries and fruit it’s sure to be in the spirit of the day!
Another possibility is to hold a Cultural Favorite Ice Cream Party, wherein you invite your friends over to try out some cultural flavors. Japanese Ice cream may beat all for out and out weird flavors. The Japanese love two things: seafood and green tea, so it is no surprise that both have ended up in their ice cream. You could challenge your friends to try some shrimp ice cream or, if that fails to impress them, serve up some python flavor. If that doesn’t stop them then bring out the jellyfish ice cream you’ve been saving just for this day. These are all real flavors hailing from the minds of Japanese ice cream culture.
However you choose to enjoy it, the bounds of ice cream creativity are sure to be stretched to new limits, and your enjoyment and appreciation of this beloved food item will no doubt increase!
It seems like almost anything can be made into a ice cream flavor nowadays. Mental Floss has a great list of the 12 strange-but-true ice cream flavors. Breakfast in bed? Fois gras? Lobster?! has a list of a few that you may actually want to try: Namely, 'Bacon on the boardwalk.'
Whatever flavor is your favorite, sit back and enjoy a cone today!
I scream, you scream, we all scream for … horse flesh ice cream? Okay, so maybe “we all" don’t. But some people do. A lot of people, in fact. Horseradish, foie gras, and lobster, too. Next time you’re craving an ice-cold cone, why not step out of your vanilla/chocolate comfort zone to try one of these 12 strange-but-real ice cream flavors.
1. Raw Horse Flesh
There are two dozen attractions within Tokyo’s indoor amusement park, Namja Town, but it would be easy to spend all of your time there pondering the many out-there flavors at Ice Cream City, where Raw Horse Flesh, Cow Tongue, Salt, Yakisoba, Octopus, and Squid are among the flavors waiting to tickle (or strangle) your taste buds.

2. Horseradish
Since opening Max & Mina’s in Queens, New York in 1998, brothers/owners Bruce and Mark Becker have created more than 5,000 one-of-a-kind ice cream flavors, many of them adapted from their grandfather’s original recipes. Daily flavor experimentations mean that the menu is ever-changing, but Horseradish, Garlic, Pizza, Corn on the Cob, Lox and Jalapeņo have all made the lineup.

3. Yazoo Sue With Rosemary Bar Nuts
As one of the country’s most decorated ice cream makers, Jeni Britton Bauer—proprietor of Ohio-based Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams—is constantly pushing the boundaries of unique treats, as evidenced by her lineup of limited edition flavors, including the Yazoo Sue With Rosemary Bar Nuts, a mixture of cherry wood-smoked porter and rosemary, brown sugar and cayenne pepper-dusted peanuts, pecans and almonds.

4. Breakfast in Bed
“Traditional” isn’t the word you’d choose to describe any of the 70 ice cream varieties at The Ice Cream Store in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. They don’t have Vanilla, they have African Vanilla or Extreme Vanilla Bean. But things only get wilder from there, and the shop’s proprietors clearly have a penchant for bacon: there’s the standard Bacon (African Vanilla ice cream with bits of real bacon); Bacon, Maple with Jack Daniels; Chocolate Covered Bacon; and Breakfast in Bed, an African Vanilla ice cream base with pasteurized egg yolks, real maple syrup and—you guessed it—bacon! Bonus points for the shop’s Mental Floss for Trailer Trash: vanilla ice cream with Oreo, Twix, Butterfinger, Nestle Crunch, M&Ms and Reese’s Pieces.

5. Foie Gras
It took four months of testing and tasting to perfect it, but French ice creamery Philippe Faur—who’ve made ice cream from caviar, mustard and black truffle—finally perfected a foie gras kind of the cold stuff in 2008, which has since gained some serious popularity.

6. Lobster
Don’t let the “chocolate” in the title fool you: Ben & Bill’s Chocolate Emporium in Bar Harbor, Maine makes the most of The Pine Tree State’s most famous delicacy with its Lobster Ice Cream, a butter ice cream-based treat with fresh (again buttered) lobster folded into each bite.

7. Wasabi Pea Dust
Big Gay Ice Cream started out as an experimental ice cream truck and morphed into one of New York City’s most swoon-worthy ice cream shops, where the toppings—not the ice cream—make for an inimitable indulgence, with Toasted Curried Coconut, Cayenne Pepper, Cardamom, Sriracha and Wasabi Pea Dust among your choices.

8. Pear With Blue Cheese
“Salty-sweet” is the preferred palette at Salt & Straw in Portland, Oregon, where sugar and spice blend together nicely with flavors like Honey Balsamic Strawberry With Cracked Pepper and Pear With Blue Cheese, a well-balanced mix of sweet Oregon Trail Bartlett Pears mixed with crumbles of Rogue Creamery's Crater Lake Blue Cheese. Yum?

9. Secret Breakfast
You never know exactly which flavors will appear as part of the daily-changing lineup at San Francisco’s Humphry Slocombe, but they always make room for the signature Secret Breakfast. Made with bourbon and Corn Flakes, you’d better get there early if you want to try it; it sells out quickly and on a daily basis.

The sweet-toothed scientists at New York City’s Il Laboratorio del Gelato have never met a flavor they didn’t like—or want to turn into an ice cream. How else would one explain the popularity of their Fig & Fresh Brown Turkey gelato, a popular selection among the 200 flavors they have created thus far.

The philosophy at New Orleans’ Creole Creamery is simple: “Eat ice cream. Be happy.” What’s not as easy is choosing from among their dozens of rotating ice creams, sorbets, sherbets and ices. But only the most daring of diners might want to swap out a sweet indulgence for something that sounds more like a salad, as it the case with the Avocado With Mint & Sour Cream.

If you happen to find yourself in an ice cream shop in Juneau, remember this: Eskimo ice cream—also known as Akutag—is not the same thing as an Eskimo Pie, that chocolate covered ice cream bar you’ll find in just about any grocery store. Though the statewide delicacy has usually got enough fresh berries mixed in to satisfy one’s sweet tooth, its base is actually animal fat (reindeer, caribou, possibly even whale).

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