Pickles and ice cream? We all know the weird pregnant lady stereotypical craving. The question is, is it really all that weird? The combo of sweet mixed with savory, spicy, or citrus foods isn’t really weird. We put brown sugar into our BBQ sauce then slather it on ribs and lime into a creamy curry. So why not take everyone’s favorite frozen treat and add some unique ingredients?
Go ahead, swirl miso paste into your ice cream and toss in some goat cheese or cayenne pepper if you want to. If it tastes good it tastes good. Speaking of which, if you really want to try some weird combos that taste good, try these 15 wacky homemade ice cream recipes out for size.
Move over vanilla ice cream, it’s time to bust out the ice cream maker and satisfy those weird cravings.
1. Basil Olive Oil Ice Cream
Basil and olive oil tastes phenomenal on a caprese salad, but ice cream? Don’t knock it tell you try it. The freshness of basil with the richness of olive oil was made for ice cream.
2. Avocado and Honey Ice Cream
Avocados are your secret weapon in making gooey brownies and creamy mousse, so why not toss them into ice cream? Unlike avocado toast, this isn’t some millennial fad. This is an ice cream recipe that’s here to stay.
3. Sweet Corn Ice Cream with Peach Swirl
Sweet corn may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you’re thinking about swinging by the ice cream store, but after this recipe it will be. The combo of sweet corn, pureed peaches, and cream cheese give this homemade ice cream a unique flavor that you’ll want a double scoop of.
4. Jalapeño Cheesecake Ice Cream
Before you wonder how on earth this came about, let me say one thing: jalapeno poppers. Sweet cream cheese on the inside with spicy goodness on the outside, it was only a matter of time before it made its way into ice cream form. And are we sure glad it did! Forget the milk, cream is the best way to cool down this heat.
5. Curry Ice Cream with White Chocolate Drizzle
No this isn’t a flavor from Salt & Straw in California or Sweet Action Ice Cream in Colorado, this is purely homemade genius from Champagne and Paper Planes. Like chili pepper chocolate, this recipe is a beautiful match.
6. Ginger Miso Ice Cream
Miso in ice cream? Why didn’t I think of this. Rather than tasting like its signature umami flavor you’ve undoubtedly tried in soup form, it takes on a salted caramel likeness when added to the coconut cream. Pairing it with ginger is simply a bonus. I wouldn’t be surprised if Ben and Jerry’s came out with an ice cream flavor like this.
7. Blueberry Goat Cheese Coconut Ice Cream
If you love goat cheese as much as I do, then you’ll want a lick of this ice cream. Using coconut milk as a cream base, saute the blueberries in some arrowroot, then layer it in the chilled base with some fresh goat cheese to give it a nice swirl.
8. Red Beet, Rose Water, Honey, Goat Cheese, and Goat Milk Ice Cream
You wanted an unusual ice cream recipe and A Brown Table has got it. Goat cheese may sound like a crazy enough ingredient, but add in red beets with rose water, honey, and a touch of brown sugar and now it sounds like a meal. Which it kind of is, but in frozen form. Grab a spoon because your taste buds are in for an incredible ride.
9. Blue Cheese and Buttered Pear Ice Cream
Speaking of cheese, if you really love it give this flavor a go. Blue cheese and pear may sound more like something you want on your pizza or salad, but when you have it in ice cream form your mind will be blown.
10. Maple Ice Cream with Bourbon and Bacon Toffee
No you haven’t died and gone to heaven. This ice cream does in fact exist. I know it’s crazy enough as it is, but some chocolate chips would taste great on top.
11. Shiner Bock Ice Cream
Texas, this one’s for you. Marrying the love of ice cream with the iconic Texas Shiner Bock beer, true happiness is born. Why doesn’t every ice cream shop have this one?
12. Purple Yam (Ube) Ice Cream
We put marshmallows on sweet potatoes and call it casserole, so why not try purple yam flavored ice cream?
13. Pickle Ice Cream with Crunchy Peanut Butter Topping
Of course, we had to include the steroetye of every pregnant women’s cravings, a pickle ice cream recipe. While it may sound weird to the non-pregnant, the flavor is something tasty to be experienced. It’s got the tang of bread and butter pickles, a sweet cream base, and a crunchy peanut butter topping to top it all off.
14. Cilantro and Lime Ice Cream
No this isn’t a new salsa recipe, this is your next favorite ice cream recipe. I know it may sound crazy, but seriously give this one a try. If you’re still tempted to sprinkle on some sea salt and bust out the chips, we won’t blame you.
15. Sriracha Ice Cream
Sriracha fans, today is your day because Sriracha and ice cream have finally been married together in this recipe.
Chef’s Note: Take your taste buds to the max and use Sriracha as a topping.
Too busy to make your own unusual flavor? From Portland, Oregon to Kennebunkport, Maine, take a look at these 12 American zany flavors from ice cream shops around the United States.