It’s finally warm enough to dive into that hitlist of ice cream joints you’ve been keeping on your phone. Because who doesn’t enjoy a specialty sundae or a decadent milkshake here and there? While the classics are always a good choice, culinary geniuses are now serving up strange new soft serve flavors that you’re definitely going to want to try. With the rise of weird food pairings came a trend of more creative desserts — and trust us when we say they are having a major moment.
Like picklebacks? If so, keep scrolling for pickle-flavored soft serve and some other strangely tasty flavors we’ve seen so far.
Lucky Pickle Dumpling Co. in NYC is dishing out ridiculously tall servings of pickle-flavored soft serve for just $5. It may seem taboo, but the savory-sweet swirl is shockingly good. They also serve matcha and chocolate-dip flavors is you’re feeling less adventurous.
Little Damage in Los Angeles is serving up jet-black almond charcoal soft serve. It gets its color naturally from activated charcoal, so be warned that it may temporarily turn your teeth a shade of gray (so worth it, though). We highly recommend that you get a scoop in a made-to-order black waffle cone.
The social media hot spot is also stuffing flavors like matcha, beet, sticky rice mango, and Unicorn Tears (a blue-tinted vanilla) into homemade charcoal waffle tacos. You’re guaranteed to get a lot of likes on this one.
Van Leeuwen Ice Cream in Brooklyn, NY, is serving doses of sunshine with this swirl. When regular vanilla just isn’t enough anymore, grab a cone of Tropical Spiced Vanilla — which includes ingredients like Tahitian vanilla, cardamom, and pink peppercorn — and Turmeric Ginger swirled together.
Tartine Cookies and Cream in San Francisco uses milk of local water buffalo to make their decadent soft serve. While dark chocolate and Ethiopian Yukro-infused coffee sound tasty, it’s the vibrant Concord Grape flavor we’re after (though, technically-speaking, it’s a sorbet).
If you were into our nut milk eggnog, it may be time for you to try Mr. Dewie’s Cashew Creamery, with locations in New York and California. They’re dishing out scoops of Golden Milk, a spicy flavor with turmeric, cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, anise, and black pepper.