Crazy Things People Do to Ice Cream
Serve It Over Hamburgers
Ice Cream Cheeseburger, Florida: 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.Photo courtesy of Dennis and Cheryl Reas.
Top It with Dried Peas
Big Gay Ice Cream, New York City: At the first brick-and-mortar location of the trendy Big Gay Ice Cream Truck, soft serve topping options include bacon marmalade and wasabi pea dust. Photo © Emma Story.
Turn It into Spaghetti
Spaghettieis, Germany: This popular German specialty resembles spaghetti with marinara sauce but actually consists of vanilla ice cream that’s been passed through an extruder and topped with strawberry sauce and coconut.Photo © Verena Fuchs.
Make It X-Rated
Ice Cream Cocktail, London: Brit parlor, The Icecreamists, devises boundary-pushing flavors like the‘Sex Bomb’ ice cream cocktail: “Fior di Latte ice cream is blended with natural stimulants (Ginkgo Biloba, Arginine, Guarana) and other secret ingredients for blood flow and energy. Scented with a gentle infusion of citrus zest. Topped with a shot of burning La Fee Absinthe administered from a hospital IV drip.” Thankfully, even pseudo-ice cream anarchists impose a limit of one per customer.Photo © Wendy Rose Gould.
Mix It with Duck Fat
Philippe Faur, France: At his eponymous ice cream boutiques, French ice cream artisan Philippe Faur uses Maison Rougié foie gras to create his luxe, award-winning duck foie gras ice cream. Royal Petrossian caviar, mustard and truffle ice creams are a few more of Faur’s nine savory flavors.Photo © foodfolio / Alamy.
Stir in Meat
Prosciutto 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. Photo © Jesse Friedman.
Eat It with Sliced Bread
Street Carts, Singapore: Singaporeans flock to street carts for ice cream loti, a slice of soft bread (that's often rainbow-colored) wrapped around sweet corn-, mango- and taro-flavored ice creams.Photo © Jennifer Erin Wong
iCream, Chicago: With the help from “mad scientists” wielding liquid nitrogen at this quirky parlor, ice cream fanatics can craft their own flavors, like banana-curry soy ice cream with graham crackers and Nutella swirl.Photo courtesy of iCream.