From Pizza Crust to Fried Chicken: The Most Outrageous Ice Cream Flavors You Can Try This Summer
Multiple NYC Locations
This scoop shop partnered with Président cheeses to create two flavors that include actual cheese as an ingredient. Alongside their feta flavor, the shop created this brie scoop, made with a sweet cream base blended with Président Creamy Brie, an oven-roasted garlic caramel swirl, and tiny bits of brioche French toast.
CHOCOLATE CHILI COOKIE DOUGH
15 W 27th St, New York, NY
At this Indian restaurant, traditional cookie dough gets a spicier twist when it's mixed with a hint of chili powder. The shop also serves a Moringa Mint flavor, and any of their scoops can be served in a homemade flavored cone, which is covered in edible flowers and poppy seeds, like the rose hibiscus one pictured above.
TOASTED MISO GIANDJUA CRUNCH
859 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL
As part of their "Chef Series," this scoop shop partnered with Top Chef Season 4 winner Stephanie Izard to create a unique flavor that features a Japanese fusion of hazelnut and paste made from fermented soybeans and barley or rice malt. Ten percent of proceeds from every pint sold will go toward Mission Muscle.
In celebration of one of their cheese's second birthday, Murray's teamed up with this New York City-based ice cream company to create an Annaliese scoop ($5) made with hints of butterscotch and roasted hazelnuts that still features a "cheese forward taste."
1120 Jackson St, Omaha, NE
This small hometown favorite is known for pushing the limits with their flavors (they even use salmon in one of their scoops during lent), and this black Japenese-inspired flavor is no different. Infused with squid ink, which gives it its color, this scoop is for the most adventurous ice cream eaters only.
6838 Ranchester Dr, Houston, TX
This scoop shop really wants to "have fun and push the envelope" with their flavor experimentation. "We have found that most of our customers are ready to step out of their comfort zone and try new things," the shop's owner tells PEOPLE. "They may not like some of these new flavors, but at least they can say they tried it, and that’s exactly what we want." The shop's latest crazy flavor is made with homemade barbecue sauce that is mild, sweet and tangy, and mixed with candied pecans for a slight crunchy texture.
Multiple NYC and Philadelphia Locations
This ice cream shop is known for their outrageous toppings, but this might be their craziest flavor yet. Their "CHEAT-OHS" scoop is vanilla soft serve infused with Cheetos and then dusted dusted with with crumbs from the puffs. On Twitter, the shop's owner said this is "probably one of the more disturbing flavors we’ve ever done. I hate how much I love it."
2311 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA
When this ice cream joint first tried out a scoop using pickles, they failed because of the brine's acidity. "It immediately curdled our dairy base whenever the two came in contact," they wrote on their blog. However, they were determined have a pickle-flavored ice cream in their shop, so they came up with a compromise: a cucumber flavored scoop mixed with dill herbs.
188 Ludlow St, New York, NY
There are few ingredients this gelato shop hasn't toyed with. From beets to wasabi, this shop pushes the envelope with their creative flavors. In creating their bright green scoop, Jon Snyder, the shop's owner figured they could also try out broccoli florets in their ice cream. "You have to like broccoli," he tells PEOPLE. "but it's a great way to get yoiur daily vegetable dose."
TAYLOR HAM AND FRENCH TOAST
359 Ridge Rd, Fredon Township, NJ
As part of their "Only In Jersey" series this summer, this meat-filled scoop features housemade challah french toast, local maple syrup, and of course, caramelized taylor ham, a New Jersey staple. "It's about as crazy (awesome) as it sounds..." they wrote on Instagram.
204 E 13th St, New York, NY
This ice cream usually comes in a bowl, but is sometimes served on top of a slice of cinnamon pizza. It was recently debuted on The Chew, and each scoop features fresh plain pizza dough, which is toasted and charred before sitting in gelato base overnight and thrown into the ice cream maker the next morning.
CAROLINA REAPER PEPPET
6 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach, DE
This ice cream shop made headlines in recent years with its ghost pepper scoop, which you had to sign a waiver to order, and they're turning up the heat again this summer. Their newest spicy flavor is bright red, and made with the world's hottest pepper (seriously, it sent someone to the hospital!) in authentic, uncut form.
BLUE CHEESE WALNUT CARAMEL
52 Broadway, Denver, CO
Apparently, blue cheese is not only for salads and dipping wings—now you can order crumbles in a cup or a cone. The flavor debuted in 2017 when the creamery was asked to create a few specialty ice creams for the American Cheese Society's convention. The blue cheese ice cream, which is mixed with a handmade swirl of brown sugar, butter and toasted walnuts was such a hit with the society and their customers they're bringing it back for a limited time only this summer.
BLACK OLIVE BRITTLE AND GOAT CHEESE
MILK CHOCOLATE CURRY
195 Charlotte St, Asheville, NC
This mom-and-pop shop is well-known around town for their creative flavors. This milk chocolate scoop has a surprising twist: curry powder. The store, which also serves boozy ice cream, has many other unique flavors on the menu, like Butternut Squash with Candied Nuts, Blue Cheese Caramel Swirl, Grilled Pineapple and Black Pepper, Sweet Corn Bacon, and Goat Cheese Bing Cherry.
66 Main St, Bar Harbor, ME
The shop's name may be a little misleading since the thing people look forward to most every summer from this eatery is the ice cream that features shellfish. The crustacean is cooked, picked, buttered and then mixed into a traditional vanilla base.
FRIED CHICKEN AND WAFFLES
Various Locations (In Store Only)
This popular ice cream parlor (John Legend loves their cookie sandwiches!) turned a savory breakfast favorite into a scoop. Its base is a brown butter maple ice cream mixed with maple candied chicken skins and caramelized waffles for an interesting mix of textures and flavors.
7126 Main St, Flushing, NY
The experimental flavors at this ice cream parlor rotate every day, but this beer and snickers combo is one that shouldn't be missed. They're known for having 5,000 options, and have used ingredients like lox, wine, and Cheez-Its, among others, so no matter the day, you're bound to have a unique scoop.
OLD BAY CARAMEL
RICOTTA TOAST WITH RED BERRY GERANIUM JAM
4105 Durham Rd, Ottsville, PA
This brand new flavor debuted this spring, and was such a hit they're keeping it in their limited-edition rotation for summer. Each scoop is made with golden lemon cream, swirled with local knotweed honey, anise hyssop, lavender, and a mix of local, organic edible flowers from Barefoot Botanicals and Peace Valley Lavender.