There just isn’t a better summertime treat than ice cream. Vanilla, chocolate and strawberry will always be a good, safe choice, but read on to discover some truly unexpected ice cream flavors found around the world.
- United States: Ube
If you’re visiting Hawaii this summer, be sure to head to Dave’s Ice Cream and try the Ube. This specialty flavor blends vanilla and purple yams that are native to the Philippines. Sounds refreshing!
- Ireland: Dingle Gin and Caramelized Brown Bread
From the Emerald Isle comes natural and wholesome flavors inspired by the surrounding landscape of Dingle. Using sea salt from the salt water and distilled rainwater to make sorbets, you’ll enjoy flavors such as Dingle Gin and Caramelized Brown Bread.
- Japan: Squid
Tried a scoop of squid ink ice cream in your cone lately? What started out as a novelty flavor has quickly gained popularity throughout Japan. If you like eating cold fish, then this is the one for you. If that doesn’t appeal, then give the soy sauce cone a try.
- Switzerland: Tiramisu
Maybe this isn’t the most unusual flavor but taking a classic Italian Tiramisu dessert and turning it into ice cream is brilliant. This recipe has pretty much the same ingredients as its namesake: mascarpone, biscuit, coffee and cocoa powder. Sounds like a winner!
- England: Salt and Vinegar
No surprise here. The salt and vinegar ice cream at London’s Heddon Street Kitchen’s Ice Cream Bar is for those people who love their traditional fish and chips. This unusual flavor is available only in summer, so hurry over.
- South America: Beef and Cheeseburger
The Coromoto Ice Cream Shop in Merida, Venezuela has created some very bizarre and interesting flavors for people who can’t get enough of beef and pasta dishes. How about a cheeseburger, spaghetti or beef ice cream cone for lunch?
- Scotland: Haggis
Haggis anyone? You know you’ve wanted to try a haggis, so what better way to test it out than a dish of Haggis at Morelli’s Ice Cream Parlour. In case you need a reminder, haggis is a traditional savory Scottish pudding with a few unusual ingredients.
- Israel: Hummus
Legenda Ice Cream in Tel Aviv turned a healthy and popular dish from Israel into an equally popular ice cream treat. The ingredients are like those in hummus using ground chickpeas, tahini, vanilla and sugar. This is one that could be made quite easily at home!
- Mexico: Chiles and Chocolate
Some like it hot – even when it’s cold! Mexico is home to a deliciously spicy combo of chilies and chocolate.
- India: Kulfi
A popular form of ice cream in India is Kulfi – a dessert that is creamier and denser than ice cream and is not whipped before freezing. Some of the more popular flavors include mango, pistachio and saffron.
- Canada: Maple Syrup and Canadian Bacon
If you love Canada, then you love hockey, maple syrup and Canadian bacon. Take two of those and mix them with your ice cream… it’s a like a party in your mouth, eh.
Every region has a unique flavor to share and each Best Western Hotels & Resorts location embodies a piece of the local culture. Every Best Western hotel is independently owned and operated, which means that no matter where you travel you’ll get a comfortable and authentic experience.