Artisan ice cream is taking over NYC this summer, with unique flavors like beer, durian, and zucchini delighting adventurous dessert-lovers. Here are five to add to your “must try” list:
1. Black Sesame
This powerful Japanese flavor, with its unique black color, is savory and delicious. Try it for yourself at the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory, or if you’re feeling really brave, get durian -- an exotic fruit known for its pungent flavor.
You’ve tried butter pecan, cookie butter, but what about plain butter? If you’ve ever been guilty of licking your fingers after buttering a piece of toast, you might want to try the butter flavor at Odd Fellows. Sadly, popcorn is not included.
3. Cake Batter Vodka Martini
Booze + ice cream? Don’t mind if I do. For those who like their drinks sweet and sugary, this flavor from Tipsy Scoop is infused with cake vodka, amaretto and white chocolate liqueur. Can you get a hangover from ice cream? The only way to find out is to try it.
4. Earl Grey Tea
Green tea is a popular flavor, but other types of tea have been left unexplored in the world of artisan ice cream. Van Leeuwen Ice Cream is trying to change that, with their vegan take on Earl Grey ice cream.
5. Sour Cream
You never know what you’re going to get with Max and Mina’s Ice Cream. They have a reputation for creating some of the most exotic ice cream flavors out there, including nova lox, spicy chumus, ketchup, and champagne.
6. Olive Oil (Gelato)
While Laboratorio del Gelato serves gelato and sorbet, rather than ice cream, they have their fair share of unique flavors, including olive oil. Rich and refreshing, olive oil gelato may not be the sweet, sugary ice cream you’re used to -- but it will certainly be an experience.