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I love this time of year. Cool nights that make for great sleeping. Warm days that are not too humid. But the best of all is that the ice cream shops all over the commonwealth are beginning to open and I become a much happier person.
No, it isn’t the reduction of seasonal affective disorder that makes me happy. It is the availability of fresh-made, over-the-counter ice cream!
When my kids were younger and we were traveling, we used to play a game in which we tried to outdo each other coming up with weird ice cream and topping flavors.
I thought it would be fun to see what “weird” or crazy ice cream flavors are concocted across the globe. Trust me, I thought I had heard of everything, but raw horse flesh ice cream can’t possibly be a real thing, can it?
An amusement park in Tokyo, Japan, actually serves raw horse flesh ice cream, along with other “yummy” flavors such as squid, cow tongue and octopus. I just can’t reconcile my thoughts of the taste of silky, creamy ice cream from my vast experience with any of those. Yech!
But, hold on. There’s more. Closer to home, Little Baby’s Ice Cream in Philadelphia served pizza-flavored ice cream during its seven years in business (2012-2019).
I won’t venture a guess as to why they closed as I couldn’t find any references to that beyond alleged harassment during the Pizzagate debacle a few years ago. Little Baby’s was known, also, for several other unique flavors of ice cream such as vanilla cardamom cream and Earl Grey.
I suppose like most of the U.S. population, 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 have disliked it, others stated the buttery vanilla ice cream base infused with the buttery lobster mix was actually pretty tasty. The jury is out on this one for me, mainly because I can’t imagine eating and liking this, but who knows?
On its website, Salt & Straw in Portland, Oregon, states that the West Coast chain “may be the only ice cream chainlet in the country to claim the kind of cult following reserved for ’80s movies or indie bands.”
The company regularly holds “student inventor” contests at its various locations to develop new, unique and popular flavors of ice cream.
Some of their unique flavors — not quite as weird as some of those mentioned above — are pear and blue cheese, olive oil and strawberry honey balsamic. Not too bad in my view.
I have neglected the Europeans, so here are a few fun flavors from across the pond. You may have guessed already that the Brits would come up with a fish and chips-flavored ice cream.
It is made with creamed cod filet and a butter-pepper batter. This debatable confection is served with potato ice cream chips and vinegar seasoning.
Another version of the fish and chips flavor is a dip of fish-flavored ice cream and another dip of mushy peas ice cream, served with french fries and topped with fried fish bits. Sorry, but I don’t think so.
Something a tad bit more palatable to some of my readers might be an Irish creamery ice cream flavored with gin and pink peppercorn.
Murphy’s of Galway prides itself on its wacky flavor offerings that are often suggested by customers. These have included smoked salmon, green pea and mint, none of which lasted long in the dairy case.
Proprietors consider the worst ice cream they ever made was the smoked salmon. Having never tasted that, and not really wanting to, I am inclined to agree it is second worst on my list of ice creams to try with the raw horse flesh being first.
A year ago and in spite of the problems created by COVID, the commonwealth’s ice cream trail opened with 26 participating dairies. We are so blessed.
Partnering with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, visitpa.com provides information about the trail, which is actually divided into three separate trails located in the east, southcentral and western portions of the state.
Visitpa.com provides its 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.
One example is in my neck of the woods — 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 in our local farmers market.
This year’s trail sites are not yet available, but I am certain they will be soon and will provide you with information for a fun weekend drive.
Whatever your favorite flavor, wherever you live, make a commitment to visit local ice cream shops this spring and summer (and year-round for some).
Support PA dairy by enjoying one of my favorite things, and experience some of our gorgeous countryside along the ice cream trail. I might see you there!
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