Unique Ice Cream Flavors and Recipes

Outdo old-fashioned vanilla and stack your waffle cone with these unusual yet addictive flavors instead.

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Trail Mix Ice Cream

Ice cream and camping don't usually bunk together, but this trail mix-studded frozen concoction is the exception. Riddled with nuts, chocolate candies and raisins, this cone is equipped to hit the trails (at least in spirit).

Get the Recipe: Sweet Actions' Trail Mix Ice Cream

Curry and Mint Ice Cream

Add an Indian touch to dessert with Bal's bright curry and mint ice cream with white chocolate chips.

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Goat Cheese Ice Cream

A helping of crumbled goat cheese adds tangible tang to this whole milk ice cream, which is best served with macerated peaches as a sweet counterpoint.

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Caramel Balsamic Swirl Ice Cream

Vanilla ice cream becomes a complex sweet-savory treat when drizzled with caramelized balsamic vinegar.

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Pumpkin Stracciatella Gelato

Stracciatella means "little rags" in Italian, and refers to the shards of pure chocolate in this amazing gelato. You can make and eat this the same day, but it’s better when chilled overnight.

Get the Recipe: Pumpkin Stracciatella Gelato

Brown Butter Bacon Ice Cream

This butter-kissed and bacon-speckled ice cream is an inspired way to cool off, with a slightly meaty edge.

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Cilantro Lime Ice Cream

A bright bunch of fresh cilantro lends an herby flavor to this batch of ice cream, which benefits from the added flavor of bourbon vanilla bean powder and candied lime peel. 

Get the Recipe: Lick Ice Cream's Cilantro Lime Ice Cream

Gorilla Ice Cream Sandwiches

This recipe requires no cream, no milk and no ice-cream maker, as frozen bananas and mascarpone yield a decadent texture all on their own. With the ice cream sandwiched between double chocolate, pecan-studded cookies, these treats are the perfect one-bite portions.

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Raita Ice Cream with Indian Pistachio Brittle

Raita is a yogurt-based Indian condiment that is typically flavored with a variety of herbs like cilantro and mint. This ice cream base begins the same way –– with Greek yogurt and herbs –– but adds in a sweet nut brittle that's scented with cilantro, cumin and fennel seeds.

Get the Recipe: Raita Ice Cream with Indian Pistachio Brittle

Sweet Corn Ice Cream, Salty Popped Corn and Caramel-Candied Bacon

Michael Symon's sweet and salty dessert brings not one, not two but three unique and irresistible flavor pairings to the table.

Get the Recipe: Sweet Corn Ice Cream, Salty Popped Corn and Caramel-Candied Bacon

Honey-Rhubarb Ice Cream

Combining the mouth-puckering sour flavor of rhubarb with a creamy honey ice cream base may create the perfect marriage. If you just can't get enough of it, spoon extra ruby-red rhubarb sauce over the top.

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Olive Oil Gelato

Debi and Gabriele's gelato gets a good dose of extra-virgin olive oil (nearly a cup) in its custard base, which means this unusual spoonful is both silky and sophisticated at the same time.

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Fear the Turtle Ice Cream

Hailing from the University of Maryland's favorite ice cream spot, The Dairy, Fear the Turtle is an addictive white chocolate ice cream with caramel sauce, salted pecans and a little bit of creme de cacao.

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Goat Cheddar Ice Cream Sundaes

Goat's milk and grated goat's milk cheddar add a zippy twist to ice cream when blended with heavy cream and sugar. Pair this tangy scoop with a sweet cherry vanilla sauce and spiced walnuts for a decidedly different sort of sundae.

Get the Recipe: Farmhouse Goat Cheddar Ice Cream Sundaes with Cherry Vanilla Sauce, Spiced Walnuts and Thyme Whipped Cream

Vanilla Bean and Cannellini Bean Ice Cream

Mashed cannellini beans gain a tinge of sweetness from superfine sugar and nutmeg and lend a surprising velvety texture to vanilla bean ice cream.

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Roasted Strawberry and Buttermilk Ice Cream

This is no ordinary strawberry scoop. Roasting strawberries for just a few minutes evaporates some of their water and concentrates the flavor, while a touch of lemon juice and buttermilk helps draw out the subtle tartness of the berries.

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Quick Sour Cream Ice Cream

Just four ingredients make up the base for this incredibly easy ice cream. Combine sour cream, half-and-half, sugar and lemon juice in an ice-cream maker and dessert is served.

Get the Recipe: Quick Sour Cream Ice Cream

Asiago Ice Cream

For an unexpected meal-ender, serve this savory ice cream alongside grilled Treviso. All you need is grated Asiago cheese, olive oil, heavy cream, and salt and pepper to get this unique scoop started. 

Get the Recipe: Asiago Ice Cream with Grilled Treviso: "Gelato" di Asiago con Treviso Griglia