The world's wackiest ice creams
July 2nd, 2011
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Kate Krader (@kkrader on Twitter) is Food & Wine's restaurant editor. When she tells us where to get our grub on, we listen up.

Hurray for the 4th of July! You can have an all-out grilling marathon, eat unlimited amounts of potato salad and even more ice cream.

But wait – there are some frozen desserts you might think twice about before serving at the holiday picnic. We’re not saying they’re not tasty (though some of them sure sound disgusting). We’re just saying keep the mint chocolate chip handy, just in case.

Ice cream cheeseburger: Florida (pictured above)
Here’s why you go to the Florida State Fair: because you find something amazing like the ice cream cheeseburger, from Carousel Foods. It’s exactly what it sounds like: a cheeseburger, topped with lettuce, pickles, tomatoes and, you guessed it, a giant scoop of fried ice cream.

Cicada ice cream, Missouri
Sadly, Sparky’s no longer sells this ice cream (the Columbia, MO, health department is weird about desserts with bugs, apparently). But just in case they bring it back, here’s what you get: cicadas that were caught in employees' backyards, then boiled and coated with sugar and chocolate and folded into brown sugar ice cream.

Lobster ice cream, Maine
At Ben and Bill's Chocolate Emporium in Bar Harbor, Maine, the owners mix chunks of local Maine lobster into their butter ice cream. It’s one of their most popular items for shipping. Really.

Ice cream cone ramen, Tokyo
Kikuya ramen shop precisely cuts a soft serve vanilla ice cream cone in half then sets it on top of a bowl of varying flavors of ramen, including one with classic soy sauce broth. They thoughtfully serve the noodles chilled to keep the ice cream from melting too fast.

Government cheese ice cream, San Francisco
Humphry Slocombe routinely wins best ice cream polls in the Bay Area and around the country. So we have to believe that their flavors, which include prosciutto and foie gras, are good. But we’re just not sure about a government cheese version.

Beef Tongue Ice Cream, Tokyo
In our book, Ice Cream City wins the award for all-around most disturbing flavors. Among their best sellers: beef tongue (which was apparently created for meat lovers), whale and oyster.

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  1. Colleen

    Ben & Bill's!!! I was just there, we go to Maine every year. Their ice cream and candy are legendary all throughout Mount Desert Island. I have yet to try their lobster ice cream, I'm not brave enough :)

    July 9, 2011 at 11:14 am |
  2. Kathi

    There's a famous ice cream store in´the city of Mérida Venezuela. I think the name is Coromoto's. Unbelieverable flavors and names. I was with a group of friends several years ago and we went to get ice cream. The guys were joking around about the blue ice cream....named Viagra. Also are ice creams flavored according to well known Venezuelan cuisine. A fun place to go.

    July 4, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  3. blunt

    I prefer my ice cream with w33d in it, with a bottle of water and a bag of Fritos on the side.

    July 3, 2011 at 10:01 pm |
  4. Emelia Kanson

    (To the people who commented, actually, Japan is incredibly healthy as a whole. Between their lifestyle and healthcare system, they're MUCH healthier than Americans. Fun fact, a medium size anything here is a large there.)

    July 3, 2011 at 9:02 pm |
  5. Emelia Kanson

    I'm not sure if these sound delicious, disgusting or both. Either way, I'll definitely need to try some next time I visit Japan. Mazui kamoshirenai kedo... oishii kamoshirenai...

    July 3, 2011 at 8:55 pm |
  6. American meth-head in Ogden,ut

    You should try the flavor I made this morning ! I made a small batch of vanilla about a quart and i put mint , lemon and about a 16th of an an once of meth in it ! Guess what the stuff is killer !!! I ate one cone and then i cleaned the house about 4 times !! I think its clean now !!! I need another ice cream cone then i think i'll just hide in the closet for a while "those black shadows are still flying around my house !! Even in the day light "!!!!

    July 3, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  7. justathought

    NO THANKS! To most of the wierd flavors. But, once me wife sent me to the store to get some ice cream and I asked her what flavor, she said, "Something unusual." I brought home some pumpkin ice cream, it was great; it tasted like pumpkin pie. Sure wish I could find some more.

    July 3, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  8. Mary J

    I'd try the lobster one. The rest not so much.

    July 3, 2011 at 11:50 am |
  9. Ravenlynne

    I believe the author was incorrect when he stated that "some of them sound downright disgusting." They ALL sound downright disgusting. No thanks.

    July 2, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  10. Jon C

    You should try craft beer flavored gourmet ice cream.

    July 2, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
  11. Pat H.

    You not seen weird and wild ice cream unless you've been to Dolores Hidalgo in Mexico. Every flavour you could think of, and others you would never think of.

    July 2, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
  12. CoffeeClue

    I think the picture looks great. Next time I'm at the FL fair, I'd love to try it. As for all "fat" comments below, you go to the fair to get gorged out. You know this before hand. So, if you don't want to eat the stuff, then don't go.

    July 2, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
  13. Vivian

    This actuallyl doesn't look that bad.

    July 2, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
  14. Maty

    This may not fit the bill weird, but unusual, yes! I dig the red bean shave ice at Matsumoto's in Hawaii. Yum!

    July 2, 2011 at 12:01 pm |
    • هاست

      You couldnt be more correct..

      November 12, 2011 at 8:31 am |
    • website scripts

      Might be this blog's greatest blog yet!

      November 29, 2011 at 3:32 am |
  15. j gold

    I've heard of ice cream flavored with the sex organs of parasitical sub-tropical vines, germinated with mycorrhizal fungi and rubbed between the hairy legs of melapone bees. And they feed this to our children!

    July 2, 2011 at 10:44 am |
    • Sc

      Best. Comment. Ever. :-)

      July 2, 2011 at 11:47 am |
    • Ravenlynne


      July 2, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  16. American Citizen

    Foodie Trends Offensive
    Many of these latest food trends like the item in this news article are meant to offend certain religious groups that scrutinize what they eat. The forced visual or outrageous food combinations are unnecessary and are purposeful to shock.
    ©2011 American Citizen ™. All Rights Reserved.

    July 2, 2011 at 9:28 am |
  17. George

    How about all of the ice cream flavors they have on the Iron Chef Japan? I've seen squid ink ice cream, broccoli, fois grois, sea urchin, the list goes on and on. Dolly Madison's favorite flavor was oyster.

    July 2, 2011 at 9:18 am |
  18. stormy

    If you are looking for different flavors of ice cream/gelato then you need to go to La Casa Gelato in Vancouver, BC. They have 518 different flavors and counting. Best gelato on the planet, period.

    July 2, 2011 at 9:10 am |
  19. Andy

    Oh, there's no mention of taro, green tea, azuki bean or ginger ice cream flavors that is enjoyed in many Asian countries?

    July 2, 2011 at 9:10 am |
    • Janis

      Cause those aren't weird.

      July 2, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
    • TJ78

      The ginger ice cream sounds good but those flavors listed in the story above sound absolutely horrible.

      July 2, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
  20. MHFC

    At a Michelin-starred restaurant in Dijon, France, we had beer ice cream as a "palette cleanser" between courses. It really did taste like beer, though with that ice-cream creaminess. Quite unusual and surprisingly good.

    July 2, 2011 at 7:48 am |
  21. hlee

    My daughter and I had some "Rock Salt" ice cream in Osaka, Japan once. And yep, it was made from rock salt, no sugar. Very creamy, but strange.

    July 2, 2011 at 6:41 am |
  22. RichardHead

    I've heard the Wacky Tobacky ice cream down in Mexico is pretty good.

    July 2, 2011 at 5:51 am |
  23. Michael

    I live in St. Louis. The cicada ice cream was enormously popular.

    July 2, 2011 at 4:36 am |
  24. Shawn

    Sweet Corn On The Cob ice cream is so great. It tastes buttery and a little salty. May not sound good, but it's delicious. Got the recipe off the Today show a couple of years ago. Try it'll love it.

    July 2, 2011 at 3:30 am |
  25. Nope

    ugh, that picture above skeeves me out. It's a heart attack in a bite.

    July 2, 2011 at 3:16 am |
  26. Brian S

    Where is the sriracha ice cream?

    July 2, 2011 at 2:52 am |
    • jordan

      in my dreams...

      July 2, 2011 at 11:21 am |
  27. Mel

    Once had fried pork shaving ice cream in Taiwan–salty, not sweet, but not unpleasant. Same place made ice cream out of Chinese medicinal herbs. One item was ginseng ice cream. Also saw dill pickle ice cream advertised in an ice cream parlor in Carmel, CA–a flavor only a pregnant woman could love. LOL

    July 2, 2011 at 2:51 am |
    • Ravenlynne

      I've never known a single pregnant woman that has eaten pickles with ice cream.

      July 2, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  28. Mark

    I'm surprised the garlic ice cream at the Gilroy, CA Garlic Festival is not on the list.

    July 2, 2011 at 2:25 am |
    • Yum!

      I've had that! It's not as weird as the garlic chocolate, garlic jelly, or garlic wine that they have. One of these days I'm gonna get back to my hometown for the garlic festival!

      July 2, 2011 at 3:02 am |
    • BT

      because CNN is so heavily east coast biased.

      July 2, 2011 at 5:21 am |
    • StuckInThisTwilight

      I've tried it had the Garlic festival we have here in Dayton, Ohio too! Garlic Ice cream is one of the nastiest things I have ever put in my mouth.

      July 2, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  29. LayersOfFat

    america, this is why you're fat.

    July 2, 2011 at 2:22 am |
    • Brittany

      lol I totally agree and I'm from America..The icecream with the burger made my stomach flip and I want puke...that's gross..

      July 2, 2011 at 6:18 am |
      • reese brooks

        yeah because eveyone in america only eats hamburgers

        July 2, 2011 at 8:12 am |
      • Lara

        Yeah because everyone in America only eats ice cream. Where were you trying to go with this comment? Seriously, think before you post.

        July 2, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
    • MannyHM

      Moderation, moderation, moderation. Not overindulgence, not deprivation.
      I remember ice cream sandwich (one scoop of ice cream on a bun) after marching in ROTC in the tropical sun the whole morning ! WOW !

      July 2, 2011 at 8:55 am |
    • Ryan in Michigan

      @LayersOfFat – And, yet, two of those ice creams are from Japan. Using your logic, all of Japan must be fat too, right? Why no "Japan, this is why you're fat!" comment? Oh, right, because you're biased against America, because we're so evil and fat. Gee, wonder why I didn't see that before.

      July 2, 2011 at 10:52 am |
      • Jenny

        I, myself, and biased against America because I live here and I see how people eat.

        July 2, 2011 at 11:54 am |
      • Ryan in Michigan

        Right, Jenny. You should be biased against a country based on the way they eat. Kinda shows how shallow you are. Did it ever consider to you that different countries have different ways of eating. For instance, that people in Japan, India, and Arabia often sit on the floor to eat, or that in Ireland, you never eat everything on your plate (it shows that the provider of the meal has provided you with enough food). Are you biased against these people as well?

        July 2, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
      • Ryan in Michigan

        Sorry, "occur", not "consider". I realized my grammatical error for the grammar Nazis out there.

        July 2, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
      • Heidi

        I don't understand why everyone is getting so worked up. America is fat. Have you looked around? One reason is because of our food culture. We don't eat to live, we live to eat. We have astounding levels of variety and decadence, as evidenced above. (And no, we're not the only country, but we can't count ourselves out of the category either).

        My husband is from Kenya, and his eating habits are drastically different from mine and most of our American friends. He doesn't sit around and snack. He doesn't really understand the point of eating something "just because it tastes good" if he's not hungry. He just has a very different relationship with food.

        July 19, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
    • Rojo_pr

      In Lares, Puerto Rico we got rice &beans ice cream, guacamole ice cream, garlic ice cream, bread fruit ice cream, pork ice cream etc ..etc just ask for and you got it.

      July 2, 2011 at 11:27 am |
    • Maty

      @Layers of Fat- There is a sort of tradition at County (or State, or other) Fairs in the US to see which vendor can create the most outrageous and absurd take on typical Fair foods. They are over the top, and they are mainly to garner attention (see article above).

      July 2, 2011 at 12:04 pm |
      • do fruit flies bite

        An all 'round amazing piece

        October 6, 2011 at 5:43 am |
    • TJ78

      Speaking as an American, America is fat because most of its citizens lack the ability to apply willpower and moderation when they eat. You can enjoy foods like this (though I find these flavors disgusting) provided you don't gorge yourselves on them. There is a difference between a serving size and a trough. Sadly most people have yet to find it.

      July 2, 2011 at 12:40 pm |
    • Ravenlynne

      Wow. Thanks for the incorrect broad generalization.

      July 2, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
    • Stew Pedassle@Layersofstupid

      Yep! Cuz we eat stuff like this 24/7 .... dumbazz.

      July 3, 2011 at 8:27 am |
    • bobl

      LayersOfFat you are obviously just another hater whose opinions and hateful comments are completely insignificant .

      July 7, 2011 at 7:20 pm |
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