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Recipes for non-traditional ice cream flavors?

Discerning1 Jul 21, 2013 02:10 PM

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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    wyogal Jul 21, 2013 02:13 PM

    Tea (black, green, whatever you like)

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      Gloriaa Jul 21, 2013 02:49 PM

      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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        wyogal Jul 21, 2013 02:51 PM

        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!

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          Discerning1 Jul 21, 2013 02:57 PM

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

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            Gloriaa Jul 22, 2013 07:20 AM

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

        2. helen_m Jul 21, 2013 02:57 PM

          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.

          1. Becca Porter Jul 21, 2013 06:15 PM

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

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              stockholm28 Jul 21, 2013 06:55 PM

              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.

              1. jpr54_1 Jul 22, 2013 05:22 AM

                rose geranium

                lemon verbena

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                  Siegal Jul 22, 2013 06:39 PM

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

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                    cleopatra999 Jul 23, 2013 03:38 PM

                    Coconut, lemon grass and ginger.

                    Mojito: line, mint and rum.

                    Strawberry basil balsamic

                    1. grayelf Jul 24, 2013 04:32 PM

                      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/unusual-ice-cre/

                      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. RubenPorto Mar 31, 2014 04:04 AM

                        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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                          Querencia Mar 31, 2014 07:34 PM

                          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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                            Discerning1 Apr 1, 2014 11:01 AM


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                            mississippigirl1 Apr 1, 2014 08:14 AM

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

                            1. jmckee Apr 1, 2014 10:32 AM

                              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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                                grayelf Apr 2, 2014 07:16 AM

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

                              2. RubenPorto Apr 2, 2014 07:29 AM

                                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. melpy Apr 2, 2014 11:22 AM

                                  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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                                    Discerning1 Apr 2, 2014 05:34 PM

                                    Woodchuck?!? Please explain.

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                                      melpy Apr 3, 2014 03:21 AM


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                                    calumin Apr 2, 2014 12:34 PM

                                    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.

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                                      v2pham Apr 2, 2014 01:53 PM

                                      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.

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