Tasty Tuesday: Ice Cream Flavors from Around the Globe

Ice Cream Day is December 13th, so if you were looking for an excuse to indulge on a sweet treat, here is your opportunity. The standard flavors that come to mind when I think ice cream are chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. Then there are some more adventurous flavors, that are sure to satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth. What I did find out, however, is that there are some flavors out there that fall way out of the normal spectrum that Ben & Jerry’s or Häagen-Dazs might come up with. Here is a list of some ice cream flavors from all corners of the globe. Some sound delicious and definitely worth the try, while others are so unusual that the sound of them might turn a few stomachs.

1. Helado de Maiz/Corn Ice Cream – Puerto Rico

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I know that this sounds nauseating, but the name is deceiving. I had this ice cream for the first time when I was a kid, and when I heard “corn ice cream” I was immediately turned off…until I tried it. The ice cream doesn’t taste like corn, but more like a vanilla ice cream that’s sweeter. It’s usually served with cinnamon sprinkled on top, and is found at locally owned ice cream shops in Puerto Rico. I know they have corn ice cream in Japan and in other countries as well, but I can’t speak for how those might taste.

2. Raw Horse Flesh – Tokyo, Japan

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In Sunshine City shopping mall in Japan, you’ll find Ice Cream City, where they specialize in some of the most eccentric flavors out there, including raw horse flesh, squid, and ox tongue. If you’re into some adventuresome eats, this is the place for you. Yes, chunks of meat included.

3. Viagra Ice Cream – Moneglia, Italy


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…yes, it’s a thing. Read about it here.

4. Secret Breakfast – San Francisco, California


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This ice cream is only found at Humphry Slocombe’s in San Francisco, where this flavor sells out early on every day. This spot is known for their weird flavors, but Secret Breakfast, a combo of whiskey and Cornflakes, is a hit with almost everyone who tries it.

5. Cheese Ice Cream – The Philippines


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Reviews are mixed on this flavor. Some people who have tried it says it tastes like expired cheese, while other say it’s a delightful and unexpected surprise.

What flavor do you want to try?

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