The newest ice cream flavors on the block are anything but vanilla. The frozen treat is fast becoming the perfect fodder for food adventurists, with infusions like avocado or habanero peppers. Here’s a look at some novel and extreme ice creams that will tickle your palate this summer.—Denise Shoukas
The Ice Cream List
The ice cream with Chutzpah is adding Chocolate Gelt to its roster of delicious flavors based on traditional Jewish desserts. Rich milk chocolate coins—a traditional Chanukah candy—are added to creamy fudge chocolate ice cream. Other flavors include Ronne’s Rugelach, Apples & Honey, Matzoh Crunch and Coconut Macaroon.
Ciao Bella Gelato Company Belgian Chocolate S’mores Gelato
With rich Belgian chocolate gelato, large chocolate chunks, marshmallow swirls and bits of graham cracker, this twist on a campfire favorite is sure to seduce your taste buds. It contains no corn syrup or artificial hormones and is dairy and rBST-free, kosher and vegan friendly. Also in ice-cream-sandwich form.
This San Francisco ice-cream shop likes to keep things interesting with flavors like Thai Chile Lime, Golden Beet Saffron and Cayenne Cantaloupe sorbets. Ice-cream flavors include Peanut Butter Curry, Guinness Gingerbread, Boccalone Prosciutto and Russian Imperial Stout. Flavors rotate daily, with 10 to 12 always on offer.
Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
With flavors like Riesling Poached Pear Sorbet, Cherry Lambic Sorbet and Goat Cheese with Red Cherries, Jeni’s also offers medicinal-themed flavors, like the limited-edition Influenza Sorbet, made of ginger, honey, a shot of Maker’s Mark and a kick of cayenne—supported by an orange juice base.
Max and Mina’s Ice Cream
Located in Queens, New York, Max and Mina’s pushes the limits with highly acclaimed ice creams flavored with lox, beer, babka, corn on the cob or merlot. Celebrities like Rosie O’Donnell and Al Roker are known to be big fans of the local spot.
Philippe Faur Ice Cream
Among its 73 ice-cream and sorbet flavors are some savory twists—most notably saffron, black truffle, foie gras and even caviar ice cream, made with 60 percent white sturgeon Alverta Royal Petrossian caviar. All orders are shipped from France in high-tech packaging that prevents melting for 72 hours.
Phinizy & Phebe
Available in only two locations in New York City, it’s worth stopping by Marlow & Daughters (www.marlowanddaughters.com) or Brucie (www.brucienyc.com) in Brooklyn to try a scoop of Maple Bacon Pecan, made from roasted pecans, honey, sugar, cinnamon, maple syrup and bacon. Or try the newest ﬂavor: Rico Pico, made of a jalapeño-infused pineapple compote mixed into a smooth ricotta ice-cream base. phinizyandphebe.com
Denise Shoukas is a regular foodspring.com contributor
and is the author of foodspring’s food forager blog.