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An ice cream parlor in Columbia, Missouri, caused a lot of buzz on Wednesday when we revealed their latest flavor had a, shall we say, "unexpected crunch."
The secret ingredient? Cicadas, duh.
So we took a poll, and 65 percent of our readers answered there's not a holy chance in heck they'd try the specialty of the house.
Regardless, we were intrigued and reached out to the mad scientists over at Sparky's Homemade Ice Cream for their side of the story:
Five Ways to Cool Off this Summer that Doesn't Involve Bugs in Your Ice Cream
Over the years, we’ve made maple bacon, carrot cake, green tea, jalapeño chocolate, Thai black rice and more.
One of our more popular flavors is a red wine ice cream made with wine from a local winery and dark chocolate chunks. Get your ice cream maker out and see what flavors you can think up!"
2. Ditch the cream and create a sorbet
Some of our most popular sorbets are our mango lime, strawberry lemonade, Champagne peach, and banana caramel.
You can even make a chocolate sorbet for your vegan friends - chocolate-banana and chocolate-orange are always winners. If you’re feeling real sassy, blend some sorbet together with orange juice or sparkling water and some vodka for a great summertime drink."
3. Wake up with a Red Bull shake!
When life hands you Red Bull and ice cream, blend the two together and enjoy. Make them just as you would a regular milkshake, replacing your milk with some liquid energy.
Customer favorites are made with mango, blueberry or raspberry ice cream, but don’t rule out using a sorbet instead."
4. Hang out with the root beer float’s older brother, the Guinness Float
We pour a whole can of Guinness into a glass and top it off with a hefty scoop of ice cream. Most people opt for coffee, cinnamon, vanilla or chocolate ice cream, but don’t be afraid to do some experimentation on your own."
5. If all else fails, add booze to your milkshake
Try making chocolate shakes with some Bailey’s or amaretto, a White Russian with vanilla ice cream, vodka and Kahlúa, or a Creamsicle with vanilla, orange juice, vodka and triple sec.
Above all, our Grasshopper is hands down the fan favorite here in Columbia. We blend peppermint chip ice cream with some milk, a shot of crème de menthe and a shot of crème de cacao and serve up the bright green shake to happy customers."
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