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Recipes for non-traditional ice cream flavors?

I'm on a ice cream-making tear...I've made raspberry, blueberry-ricotta, and white nectarine so far. Now I've got some fresh sweet corn steeping for sweet corn ice cream and I'm thinking of carrot next.

Please share your experience making unusual veggie or fruit ice creams or sorbets.

We prefer American-style ice creams (without egg yolks) and use cream, sugar, and sweetened condensed milk along with the flavor ingredients.

"Non-traditional" flavors in the US may be traditional in another culture, so I'm looking forward to some interesting ideas.

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  1. Lavender
    Tea (black, green, whatever you like)

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    1. I made a delicious popcorn flavoured ice cream. You make buttered popcorn then you seep the cream in it. It is different, unusual and really worth it. I topped the ic off with caramel corn.

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      1. re: Gloriaa

        Years ago, back in maybe 1974 or so, my sister and I spent some time in California with an aunt and uncle. They took us to Baskin Robbins, and we had popcorn and peanuts ice cream! The pooped corn was stirred into vanilla, along with salted peanuts. I remember that it was really good!

        1. re: wyogal

          .......well I hope the corn wasn't really 'pooped' that'd be a whole different recipe. love the sound of that and moreover, hubby would really love the sound of that.

          I'd bought a $2 in a box ice cream/frozen yogurt maker a couple of years ago. it was fun to experiment with cinnamon ice cream, banana ice cream, tried to do flavors that you can't necessarily buy but could make.
          hubby was pretty tickled as he is a major ice cream fanatic.

          washing the spinner part then setting it out to dry, I knocked it off the counter and it broke so the other parts had to be tossed as well. I really do need to get another one.

        2. re: Gloriaa

          That sounds so good. Do you strain out the popcorn before you freeze it?

          1. re: Discerning1

            I strain it out. I think the texture would be off if you didn't.

          2. re: Gloriaa

            I made a popcorn ice cream and swirled caramel in it when i churned it. So this was my caramel corn ice cream. Pretty yummy.

          3. Not that unusual but I recently made a no-churn key lime pie ice cream which was delicious! I just added freshly squeezed key lime juice to my standard condensed milk ice cream recipe and then rippled the crumbs through the nearly set ice cream.

            I also do a version with regular limes and elderflower which is very refreshing.

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            1. re: helen_m

              helen, mind asking if you could post your standard condensed milk ice cream recipe. I've never seen nor tried that.I do realize this post of yours is almost a year old, you may not see this request: TIA

              1. re: iL Divo

                Hi! I used this recipe: http://sugarcooking.blogspot.com/2009... you can easily change the flavourings, it's a very well behaved recipe.

            2. Definitely check out Jeni's book. It sounds perfect for you.

              1. Ginger ice cream is one of my favorites. Heat the milk and cream with fresh ginger and then let it steep until cool before straining. I also particularly like clove flavored ice cream.

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                1. re: stockholm28

                  wow how much clove? that's one strong flavor.........
                  but, that said, I do amp up Martha Stewarts amount of clove in her yummy cookies called maybe > "Cringle" really not sure of the name anymore sorry,

                2. rose geranium

                  lemon verbena

                  1. Dying to try mastic or rosewater ice cream just need time to make it

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                    1. re: Siegal

                      where do I purchase rose water please?

                      1. re: iL Divo

                        I bought a bottle of rose water at Lee Lee's (Asian Market in Chandler, AZ) but you can buy it on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_nos...

                    2. Coconut, lemon grass and ginger.

                      Mojito: line, mint and rum.

                      Strawberry basil balsamic

                      1. This link from David Lebovitz makes me drool, and it contains his insanely good milk choc Guinness ice cream recipe: http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2008/03/...

                        I haven't made this but a fellow Hound shared it with me along with her tip that you can put it in lovely little popsicle forms from Ikea http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/search/?que... and it comes out perfectly, no need for an ice cream maker. Enjoy!

                        1. I always recommend blue cheese and dark chocolate ice cream whenever anyone asks for a strange flavour recipe.

                          It might sound strange but the blue cheese really compliments the chocolate as they both share similar flavour molecules. Just make sure to go easy on the blue cheese!


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                          1. re: RubenPorto

                            that's a great link. thanks for posting.
                            but man oh man................so many steps, so detailed, I'm afraid I don't have the patience to first find everything organic, second, all the inbetween stuff.
                            looked like it produced a lovely product but then saw a picture for other flavor ideas with pictures under that picture and the dark chocolate ice cream picture is the same one featured for the blue cheese chocolate, so............ I'm confused

                          2. Sour cream ice cream (google for recipes); pear sorbet using bottled pear nectar, simple syrup, lemon juice, and Park William liqueur; dulce de leche ice cream (common in Latin American countries). Also, we used to add rum and nutmeg to bought vanilla, with good results---no reason you couldn't make it that way. In Barbados we had nutmeg ice cream---that was our inspiration.

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                            1. Ever since I saw a "wine ice cream" pin on Pinterest, I've wondered how it would taste.

                              1. Barbara Kafka's "Vegetable Love" includes recipes for ice creams made from Beets, Carrots, and Avocado. I've not tried any of them; my wife says, "nay nay."

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                                1. re: jmckee

                                  Avocado ice cream is superb. There is one available commercially that I buy. I can only imagine how much better homemade would be.

                                2. Has anyone ever tried Caramalised Ant Ice Cream? And by Ant I mean the insect. I know that the guys at Noma in Copenhagen use insects in their dishes but I don't know whether they have ever experimented with insects in their desserts.

                                  1. Orange Pineapple
                                    Strawberry Sorbet
                                    Cherry Chocolate Chip
                                    Corn Bread
                                    Jalapeno Corn Bread
                                    Grapenut (as in the cereal)
                                    Pear sorbet
                                    Apple Cinnamon
                                    Banana Chocolate Chip with Walnuts
                                    Coconut Pineapple
                                    Cranberry Walnut
                                    Egg nog
                                    Honey sunflower vanilla
                                    Lemon ginger snap
                                    mango sorbet
                                    Oatmeal raisin cookie

                                    These are just a few they have at our local ice cream shop. I tried to stick to fruit/veg flavors as much as possibile.

                                    Also on my list to try to make: blackberry, woodchuck cider sorbet

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                                    1. If you are ever in San Francisco, you should check out Humphrey Slocombe. They're really creative with some of their flavors: Secret Breakfast (bourbon and corn flakes), kumquat-poppyseed, balsamic caramel, guinness-gingerbread, peanut butter curry...


                                      They do have a recipe book, but unfortunately I've heard mixed things about it -- people say some of the recipes don't work.

                                      1. In Asia, we adore green tea and red bean flavor ice cream. It adds a bit of healthiness to an otherwise not-so-healthy dessert. And they are actually delicious! Just google up red bean or green tea ice cream recipes. There are tons of them.

                                        1. just turn on Chopped. < you'll get plenty..........
                                          man they put some crazy ingredients in the ice cream machine trying to get in all the essentials of the last round

                                          1. This is not that strange, but one of the best ice creams I've had lately is Dark Chocolate Bourbon. Another is Blackberry Earl Grey (a sorbet). If wyogal's idea of cardamom appeals to you, you might want to look at some kulfi recipes (it's a kind of Indian ice cream made with condensed milk and cardamom). Mango kulfi is especially good. And, last thought, I saw a recipe for Late Harvest Riesling ice cream in Food & Wine that looked pretty good, too.

                                            1. Olive oil. It's amazing. Especially served with a drizzle of olive oil and some Maldon sea salt flakes. All my ice cream recipes contain eggs (I'm a custard freak), so I cannot provide a link to a recipe for you. Sorry.

                                              1. Thai Basil ice cream is heavenly. The kind I make has egg yolks but I am the interwebz has one without.

                                                Strawberry beet is very good and the most gorgeous color.

                                                1. what ice cream maker do you use?