Where: Ben & Bill’s Chocolate Emporium, Bar Harbor, Maine, and Northampton and Vineyard Haven, Mass.
Seafood in your ice cream? In Maine, America’s lobster capital, and Massachusetts, a close runner-up, it’s not unusual to order up a scoop of lobster ice cream. The lobster ice cream is real Maine lobster cooked, picked, buttered and folded into a buttery vanilla ice cream.
Rhubarb & Saffron Champagne Cocktail
Where: Salt & Straw, Portland, Oregon
Portland’s cult favorite Salt & Straw came up with Rhubarb & Saffron Champagne inspired by a rhubarb spritzer created by a local bartender. Described as Champagne ice cream with a tart ribbon of saffron and rhubarb jelly.
Silver Gulch Forty Below Stout
Where: Hot Licks Homemade Ice Cream, Fairbanks, Alaska
Beer in ice cream is all the rage. Hot Licks jumped on that brew wagon, with a partnership with Alaska’s Silver Gulch Brewing & Bottling Co., to create a flavor that folds the brewery’s signature Stepping Stone Stout into the ice cream.
Where: Purple Door Ice Cream, Milwaukee
Purple Door uses Kinnickinnic Whiskey – which comes from Milwaukee’s Great Lakes Distillery just up the street -to make this treat with a kick. Purple Door, which opened its first and only scoop shop in April, makes and sells all its ice cream under the same roof.
Saison With Sunflower Seeds & Golden Flax
Where: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
It takes milk from grass-fed cows, mixes it with Lancaster, Ohio’s Rockmill Brewery ale, and adds flax and sunflower and pumpkin seeds. Once a coveted treat in Columbus, Ohio, Jeni’s is now nationwide, although this flavor is an online exclusive.
Bacon Jalapeno Popper
Where: Amy’s Ice Creams, Texas
The spicy, fried taste of jalapeno poppers, a touch of lime, along with bacon, and cream cheese.
Milk and Cereal
Where: Afters Ice Cream, Fountain Valley, California
As one of the rotating scoops at Afters Ice Cream, the flavor tries to replicate the “beautifully sugared milk” you get after you finish a bowl of cereal. According to the owner: “We took it one step further with our ice cream by creating a specially baked corn flake that has been lightly caramelized, salted and sugared.”
Carrot Habanero Pepper
Where: Steve’s Ice Cream, Brooklyn, New York
Steve’s Ice Cream- in business since the early ’70s – makes this carrot-infused treat that gets spice from the habanero peppers and silky sweetness from coconut cream, carrot juice and organic bourbon vanilla extract.