Move over, chocolate! These eight wacky ice cream flavors will have you craving something extra special for dessert.
The Flavor: Booger
Sweet Spot: The Ice Cream Store in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
This snot-colored goodie is actually made of only yummy ingredients: vanilla ice cream, caramel, and bits of marshmallow with green food coloring added to give the concoction its icky appearance.
The Flavor: Cicada
Sweet Spot: Sparky’s Homemade Ice Cream in Columbia, Missouri
To create this crunchy treat, boiled cicadas (a type of insect) are covered in milk chocolate and dipped in brown sugar. They’re then mixed into a brown-sugar-and-butter-flavored ice cream. But the strange concoction is only available when the cicadas are around—once every 13 years when a new generation emerges from underground.
The Flavor: Vanilla
Sweet Spot: Lick Me I’m Delicious in Bristol, England
The flavor of this ice cream isn’t what makes it weird—an English ice cream maker added the proteins that make jellyfish glow to his vanilla recipe. When you lick the ice cream the proteins activate, causing your scoops to light up.
The Flavor: Cereal Milk
Sweet Spot: Momofuku Milk Bar in New York City
This cereal-flavored sweet may remind you more of breakfast than dessert: It tastes milky and is sprinkled with cornflakes.
The Flavor: Pizza
Sweet Spot: Little Baby’s Ice Cream in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
You’ll definitely want to eat this pizza cold. A shop in Philly whips up pizza-flavored ice cream using tomato, basil, oregano, salt, and garlic.
The Flavor: Cold Sweat
Sweet Spot: Sunni Sky’s Homemade Ice Cream in Angier, North Carolina
Made with three kinds of peppers and two kinds of hot sauce, this super-spicy ice cream will leave your mouth scorching hot.
The Flavor: Tiger Tail
Sweet Spot: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
No big cats were harmed in the making of this confection! Orange flavored and swirled with black licorice sauce, the ice cream is named for its tigerlike coloring.
The Flavor: Pet Bird
Sweet Spot: Torimi Café in Tokyo, Japan
A Tokyo ice cream shop has flavors such as sparrow and parakeet. But you won’t find feathers in the scoops—the flavors just contain the things these birds eat, like fruit, nuts, and seeds.
Text by Allyson Shaw, NGS Staff
Photo credits: stockcreations, Dreamstime (booger); Pichet Panyaud, Dreamstime (cicada); ZJAN/Supplied by WENN.com/Newscom (glow); Hongmai2012, Dreamstime (cereal); Michael Flippo, Dreamstime (pizza); Pipa100, Dreamstime (hot sauce); Peter Sjökvist, Dreamstime (tiger); Mirage3, Dreamstime (parakeet)