21 Unexpected Ice Cream Flavors Gallery

You’ve never heard of flavors like this

21 Unexpected Ice Cream Flavors Gallery

You can hit up any old Baskin Robbins or Ben & Jerry’s for your usual cone. You can browse the aisles of supermarkets for old reliable flavors. You will always have your choice of chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, and if you’re feeling really wild, rocky road. But these 21 flavors are not your grandma’s after-dinner mint chip.

These flavors hand-selected by The Daily Meal are made by their respective shops and inventors to be unexpectedly delicious, weird, and fun. Many of these ice creams come from some of the best ice cream stands in every state, and the winning flavor combinations they’ve created are hardly something just anyone could dream up on their own — they’re just that surprising. Could these be some of the best new ice cream flavors for 2018?

Once you read about flavors like Thanksgiving Dinner, Lobster, and Brown Sugar Sour Cream and Rhubarb Jam, you’ll never crave those boring run-of-the-mill flavors again. Click here to truly surprise yourself with all that ice cream has to offer and read about these 21 unexpected ice cream flavors.

Avocado & Oaxcan Chocolate Fudge, Salt & Straw, Los Angeles, CA

Don't wrinkle your nose at this avocado ice cream. After all– cold avocado is pretty much just as creamy and delicious as anything you would put on a cone. Plus, it's swirled with ribbons of fudge made from Oaxcan chocolate that Salt & Straw Los Angeles sources from local LA Oaxcan-style restaurant, Guelaguetza.

Thanksgiving Dinner Ice Cream, The Ice Cream Store, Rehoboth Beach, DE

Dreamstime

Beans, greens, tomatoes, potatoes… Those are the flavors the Ice Cream Store in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware is trying to evoke in their Thanksgiving Dinner ice cream. It’s actually African vanilla ice cream with pasteurized egg yolks, castor sugar, Heinie Hurtn’ Hot Sauce and Campell’s tomato juice. Don’t yuck at this flavor that could very easily be somebody’s yum!

Lobster Ice Cream, Ben & Bill's Chocolate Emporium, Locations in the Northeast

Dreamstime

According to Ben & Bill’s Chocolate Emporium– an independent chain with shops around the Northeast, this sweet shop’s lobster ice cream is a major hit during peak season. It’s made with butter-flavored ice cream and studded with bits of chopped and buttered local lobster meat.

Fireweed and Honey, Rochelle's Ice Cream, Eklutna Lake, AK

Dreamstime

According to Rochelle’s Ice Cream, their Fireweed and Honey flavor is made from a bright pink native plant, combined with honey. The flavor is both floral, sweet, and unique.

Durian, Perfect Scoop, Las Vegas, NV

Dreamstime

Durian is considered to be the stinkiest fruit in the entire world. People have compared its scent to dirty diapers, hot garbage, and rotting meat, but oddly its taste has been described as mild or popcorn-like. This Vegas creamery is bravely bringing durian-flavored scoops to the masses!

Olive Oil, The Bent Spoon, Princeton, NJ

Dreamstime

One Yelp review describes The Bent Spoon in New Jersey this way: “The best ice cream in the Northeast! The flavors are so unique and delicious.” One of their more unique flavors is their olive oil ice cream, which is a summertime fan-favorite.

Sriracha & Chocolate, Mason's Creamery, Cleveland, OH

Not only is Mason’s Creamery’s sriracha and chocolate ice cream spicy and sweet, it’s also vegan! That means fans of ice cream of all kinds (dairy and not) can enjoy this wacky flavor inspired by the spicy condiment.

Basil and Ginger, Amy's Ice Cream, Austin, TX

Dreamstime

Amy’s Ice Cream, a Texas ice cream powerhouse with over 350 flavors, serves a Southeast Asian-inspired scoop called All Thai’d Up. It’s a mix of ginger, fresh basil, coconut cream, coconut rum, lime juice, and toasted coconut.

Booger, Amy's Ice Cream, Austin, TX

Dreamstime

Booger Monster, another one of Amy’s Ice Cream flavors, doesn’t taste like the stuff up your nose. It’s actually a mix of crème de menthe and peppermint ice creams, tossed with chocolate chips and marshmallows.

Brown Sugar Sour Cream and Rhubarb Jam, Ruby Jewel, Portland OR

This combination of flavors is pretty much every good thing you can think of rolled into one creamy, dreamy treat. It’s sold at Salt & Straw’s big Oregon competitor, Ruby Jewel.

Green Chile, La Lecheria, Santa Fe, NM

Dreamstime

New Mexico ice cream shop La Lecheria is scooping out flavors inspired by the local foodscape. Case in point: their Green Chile ice cream flavor. It’s spicy, creamy, delicious, and seasonal!

Black Licorice, Izzy's Ice Cream's, Saint Paul, MN

Dreamstime

If you love black licorice or black jelly beans, you will go nuts for Izzy’s Ice Cream’s Black Licorice flavor. Izzy’s describes it as having a “rich, buttery texture with the sweet saltiness of the black licorice you grew up with.”

Merlot, Bobtail Ice Cream Company, Chicago, IL

Dreamstime

This Chicago creamery serves a merlot-flavored ice cream that can’t be beat. As if a red wine ice cream didn’t seem decadent enough, it’s studded with dark chocolate chips.

Nerds, Mallard Ice Cream, Bellingham, WA

Dreamstime

Nerds, aka those tiny colorful sugar nuggets, have inspired one ice cream flavor at Mallard, the best ice cream stand in Washington state.

Guyabana, Moo's Gourmet Ice Cream, Jackson Hole, WY

Dreamstime

The best ice cream stand in Wyoming has one really unexpected flavor. Moo’s Guyabana ice cream is made with the Caribbean fruit also known as guanabana and soursop, which tastes sort of like a papaya.

Cereal Milk, Momofuku Milk Bar, New York, NY

Dreamstime

Momofuku is known for their iconic Cereal Milk soft serve. One bite tastes exactly like slurping the remnants of cereal milk from the bowl.

Detention Ice Cream Pie, Ice & Vice, New York, NY

Dreamstime

There’s pretty much no other ice cream name cooler than Detention Ice Cream Pie. This New York ice cream spot’s hard-edged flavor is made with malted vanilla, Mexican chocolate brownie, and Fruity Pebble dust.

Pizza, Little Baby's Ice Cream, Philadelphia, PA

Pizza ice cream is real, which means anything is possible. Little Baby’s Ice Cream makes their pizza flavor with tomato, basil, oregano, salt, and garlic, just like your favorite pizza pie!

Ranch Dressing, Little Baby's Ice Cream, Philadelphia, PA

Nothing goes better with pizza than ranch dressing. Little Baby’s ice cream uses buttermilk, dill, garlic, and chives to make this creamy white flavor that is the perfect complement to their pizza ice cream. Get one scoop of each for the dessert version of your favorite dinner combo!

Pickle Juice, Lucky Pickle Dumpling Company, New York, NY

Pickle juice is the flavor darling of 2018. Sonic is releasing icy pickle slushies, but if you want something a little smoother, New York City’s Lucky Pickle Dumpling Company offers a pickle juice soft serve. Yummy!

Sunbutter and Jelly, Owowcow Creamery, Newtown, PA

Perfect for the peanut-averse, or just for people who really like sunflower butter — that sunbutter and grape jelly ice cream from Owowcow is all the fun of a PB&J without the allergic reaction that can be one of summer’s biggest health hazards to avoid.

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