Wacky ice cream flavors – who knew! | The heart of the farm is the family

I love this time of year. Cool nights that make for a good sleep. Warm, not too humid days. But best of all, ice cream shops all over the Commonwealth are starting to open and I’m becoming a much happier person.

No, it’s not the reduction in seasonal affective disorder that makes me happy. It’s the availability of freshly made over-the-counter ice cream!

When my kids were younger and we used to travel, we used to play a game where we tried to outdo each other by coming up with weird ice cream and topping flavors.

I thought it would be fun to see what “weird” or crazy flavors of ice cream are being concocted around the world. Believe me, I thought I’d heard of everything, but raw horse meat ice cream can’t be a real thing, can it?

An amusement park in Tokyo, Japan actually serves raw horse meat ice cream, along with other “delicious” flavors such as squid, cow’s tongue, and octopus. I just can’t reconcile my thoughts on the taste of silky smooth creamy ice cream from my vast experience with any of these. Yeah !

But wait. There is more. Closer to home, Little Baby’s Ice Cream in Philadelphia has served pizza-flavored ice cream for its seven years in business (2012-2019).

I dare not guess why they closed as I couldn’t find any reference to it beyond the alleged harassment during the Pizzagate debacle a few years ago. Little Baby’s was also known for several other unique ice cream flavors such as Vanilla Cardamom Custard and Earl Grey.

I guess like most people in America, when I think of Maine, I think of lobster. Not to disappoint, Ben and Bill’s Chocolate Emporium in Bar Harbor has been serving lobster ice cream since 1988.

While some people hated it, others said the buttery vanilla ice cream base infused with the buttery lobster mixture was actually quite tasty. The jury is out on this one for me, mostly because I can’t imagine eating and loving it, but who knows?

On its website, Salt & Straw in Portland, Oregon, says the West Coast chain “may be the only ice cream chain in the country with the kind of cult following reserved for ’80s movies or indie bands. “.

The company regularly organizes “student inventor” competitions at its various sites to develop new, unique and popular flavors of ice cream.

Some of their unique flavors – not as weird as some of the ones mentioned above – are pear and blue cheese, olive oil, and strawberry honey balsamic. Not too bad in my opinion.

I overlooked the Europeans, so here are some fun flavors from across the pond. You may have already guessed that the British would offer ice cream that tastes like fish and chips.

It is composed of a creamed cod fillet and a butter-pepper paste. This questionable confection is served with potato ice cream chips and vinegar dressing.

Another version of the fish and chips flavor is fish flavored ice cream dip and another pea flavored ice cream dip, served with french fries and topped with chunks of fried fish. Sorry, but I don’t think so.

Something a little more appetizing to some of my readers might be a gin and pink peppercorn flavored Irish ice cream.

Murphy’s of Galway prides itself on its wacky flavor offerings that are often suggested by customers. These included smoked salmon, green peas and mint, none of which lasted long in the dairy case.

The owners consider the worst ice cream they ever made was the smoked salmon. Having never tasted this and not really wanting to, I am inclined to agree that this is the second worst on my list of ice creams to try, raw horse flesh being first.

A year ago and despite the problems created by COVID, the Commonwealth Ice Cream Trail opened with 26 participating dairies. We are so blessed.

In partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, visitpa.com provides information on the trail, which is actually divided into three separate trails located in the eastern, south-central, and western portions of the state.

Visitpa.com provides visitors with a detailed description of the 26 sites on the three trails, with links to find additional information such as directions, flavors for sale and hours of operation.

An example is in my corner of the country – Hall’s Ice Cream. I became familiar with Hall’s when I moved to Perry County and began my annual work with the County Community Fair. It is also sold at our local farmer’s market.

This year’s trail sites are not yet available, but I’m sure they will be soon and will provide information for a fun weekend ride.

Whatever your favorite flavor, wherever you live, commit to visiting local ice cream parlors this spring and summer (and year-round for some).

Support the PA Dairy by enjoying one of my favorite things and experience some of our beautiful countryside along the Ice Cream Trail. I could see you there!

PMMB is always available to answer questions and concerns. I can be reached at 717-210-8244 or by email at [email protected]

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