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Weirdest Ice Cream I've ever had...

I just had SWEET CORN ICE CREAM at Sweet Rose Creamery...it tasted like a frozen tamale... I actually liked it a lot!!

Check this place out for a uniquely delicious experience:

Sweet Rose Creamery
225 26th Avenue, Suite 51
Santa Monica, CA 90402
(310) 260-2663

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  1. I love that sweet corn ice cream!

    1. Sweet Rose is the best. Their mint is great too.

      1. Jalapeno ice cream at a long defunct shop in the Gaslamp in San Diego. NOT good.

        Salt & pepper ice cream at Humphrey Slocombe in San Francisco. Surprisingly good. Salt & pepper is actually one of their milder, more basic flavors!

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        1. re: Violatp

          i've seen jalapeno ice cream elsewhere. not as strange as dill ice cream (with little bits of dill pickle), apparently a hit with expecting mothers. i did not try it.

        2. Fig and balsamic vinegar ice cream at Scoops. Utterly fantastic.

          Garlic ice cream at a spot in Gilroy. Quite nasty.

          1. Cool Haus "fried chicken & waffles ice cream" with pieces of fried chicken skin included. I liked it.

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            1. re: wienermobile

              the chicken and waffles ice cream is the bomb

              1. re: carln

                Here is Cool Haus' description "Brown butter maple ice cream with maple candied chicken skins and carmelized waffles"

            2. TEPPAROD THAI

              Possibly the first Thai restaurant in LA ... possibly the USA.

              40+ years ago. It was an unforgettable corn ice cream.

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              1. re: SilverlakeGirl

                I remember that place and that ice cream very fondly. Sigh...

                1. re: Chauve Souris

                  I'd love to know if it truly was the first Thai restaurant in LA. According to Wikipedia r=there were only a handful of rest in the USA around the time.

                  1. re: SilverlakeGirl

                    I did some research on Tepparod a few years ago. An article in the L.A. Times said that it may have been the first Thai restaurant in Hollywood, and it was certainly the first such restaurant to become established.

                2. re: SilverlakeGirl

                  I remember Tepparod and its corn ice cream vividly though I was a young kid then. I used to love their fried rices, barbecued beef, noodle dishes and iced tea. It was the first Tepparod, on Melbourne, that my family would eat at. It was my favorite restaurant in L.A.

                  1. re: SilverlakeGirl

                    just want to thank you for this. I'm going to email shortly.

                  2. Garlic Ice Cream at Stinking Rose (missed out on the steak, though!) ;) I wasn't a fan of the ice cream.

                    1. Olive Oil Gelato at Pizzeria Mozza. It just isn't my cup of tea.

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                      1. re: Ogawak

                        I beyond loved the olive oil gelato i had at batali's joint in NYC, i'm trying to remember the name but it has seemingly escaped me.

                        hopefully someoone remembers the name ?????


                        1. re: kevin

                          Probably Otto, the pizzeria/salumeria with the bar and train station board

                          1. re: a213b

                            that's it, yeah, at the bar,

                            and i remembere ti was one of batali's cheaper restaurants and that the name started with an "O"


                            1. re: kevin

                              Happy to help; don't post nearly as much as I used to (well, was never really that much), but glad to be of some service.

                              And you're right; the Olive Oil gelato there is sublime, though I believe I prefer Bulgarini's Yogurt gelato with Olive Oil drizzled over it.

                              1. re: a213b

                                That's why after I tried it in NYC I was so excited to try it in LA, right when Pizzeria Mozza was opening up. But it sounds like it's not quite the same, not even close. And I gave up since they did not add it to the Mozza menu at least until two years in.

                                On the other hand, their butterscotch budino is pretty damn good.

                                no joke.

                                1. re: kevin

                                  I tried the olive oil gelato because the waiter at Mozza assured me it was Mario Batali's favorite and his creation. It just wasn't for me. You might very well like it if they have it.

                        2. re: Ogawak

                          I recently saw a place seeling olive oil and black pepper gelato!

                            1. re: kevin

                              Not to take over...

                              But I usually see olive oil and black pepper gelato at Paciugo in Hermosa Beach. Excellent stuff.

                              1. re: Novelli

                                hmm, i' never been.

                                jhust opened ????

                                maybe i'll give it a whirl.

                        3. The girlfriend made me try corn and cheese ice cream from a market (inside of a small mall) in eagle rock... way too weird for me, and i usually like weird.

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                            1. re: kevin

                              I'm not really sure since I'm not from there. It's the one that has a Target. I think the place is called Seafood City.

                              1. re: FullAutoMedic

                                They might have a Jollibee and a mini movie theatre there too ????

                                Like a mile before you get to Casa Bianca ?

                                1. re: kevin

                                  You are speaking of Eagle Rock Plaza on Colorado at the 2 Freeway.

                          1. Sweet corn ice cream is a staple in the Philippines. If done right, it's pretty delicious.

                            1. If you think that's weird, you should check out Scoops.

                              Some of the quirkiest and most quixotic ice cream flavors you'll come across.

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                              1. re: ipsedixit

                                For some reason, every time I go to Scoops, the flavors are pretty tame. Brown Bread is probably the most unusual flavor they have had in my three or four visits.

                                  1. re: odub

                                    That is something I would have loved to try. I don't live near Scoops and only gone to the Hyperion one a few times that I've been in the area. I just don't seem to catch them on days with flavors like that.

                                    1. re: odub

                                      Yep - Just another day at Scoops...

                                      1. re: odub

                                        Sure... Ice Cream City in Namjatown, located in the Higashi-Ikebukuro district.

                                  2. Bacon caramel. It was absolutely delicious.

                                    1. Take it easy on the noob.

                                      Mine was squid ink + black licorice ice cream in Tokyo.

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                                      1. re: J.L.

                                        where in Little Tokkyo did you hit it up ?

                                        I'm so there.

                                        1. re: kevin

                                          You're gonna have to go far. No "Little".

                                            1. re: bulavinaka

                                              shit, my bad.

                                              just re-read the post. that ain't fair, jl. this is an LA board.

                                              but please let us know the name if i ever end up having a great BIG time in BIG Tokyo.

                                        2. The first time I had the smoked milk flavor at Matteo's I thought it was pretty unusual.

                                          1. This stuff is...not sure if popular is the right word, but it does get around random shops in China.

                                            I dug it, but it's easier to consume with a drink.

                                            As a non-local, I wonder if Mashte Malone's offer random enough flavors? Passed it by a bunch, but never went in.


                                            1. Lobster ice cream. A waste of perfectly good lobster (and ice cream!)

                                              1. Well, Humphrey Slocombe is sort of the benchmark for unusual ice cream.

                                                But decades ago, I had truffle ice cream. No, not chocolate truffles, the tuber kind. It was at Warren LeRuth's eponymous restaurant in New Orleans, over on the West Bank.

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                                                1. re: lemons

                                                  Pretty routine here in L.A. to have housemade winter truffle ice cream at Kiriko...

                                                  1. re: J.L.

                                                    JL, maybe you had it.

                                                    They weren't serving the white truffle ice cream at Kiriko the past couple seasons.

                                                    Must have asked for it s bunch of times.

                                                    1. re: J.L.

                                                      Dd you actually have it last winter ?????

                                                      Thanks. Man.

                                                        1. re: J.L.

                                                          dman, i went there a whole slew of times last winter and they never had it.

                                                          each and every time they didn't have it.

                                                            1. re: J.L.

                                                              Can you please save a couple scoops for me next season ?

                                                    2. re: lemons

                                                      Brigtsens ??????

                                                      Is that the joint on the West Bank of NOLA ?


                                                      1. re: kevin

                                                        Nope. Much longer ago than that, and Brigtsen's is Uptown, no on the West Bank. And a fine spot it is, too. Am editing the above to reflect the end of the brain freeze. LeRuth's.

                                                        1. re: lemons

                                                          It was called LeRuth's ????

                                                          Is it still there ?

                                                          1. re: kevin

                                                            Oh, gosh, no. When I said decades, I mean decades. Hunt, where are you? I'm thinking close to 30 years ago. Our loss; Warren LeRuth was brilliant. And, yes, that was the name.

                                                            1. re: lemons

                                                              The "Wino" is probably hanging out on the Wine board. ;>)

                                                              1. re: JAB

                                                                oh, bill hunt ?

                                                                usually he chills on the orleans board right ?

                                                                1. re: Servorg

                                                                  I thought that was probably the case. Thanks for the link.

                                                      2. I had lemongrass and kaffir lime ice cream with fish sauce caramel @ Salt and Straw in Portland, Oregon.

                                                        I had to get it because I love fish sauce haha. The first bite was good but I couldn't eat the whole scoop lol. It was just too funky.

                                                        1. Ukrainian Rose Petal from a shop on the Ocean City NJ Boardwalk in the early 70's Doubt they are still there. It was interesting but wold not get again.

                                                          1. Chai tea. The first bite was weird, then it was totally delicious. I saved some for my friend and she said the same exact thing.

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                                                            1. re: coll

                                                              i had that at scoops, great stuff.

                                                            2. I've had Durian ice cream in Malaysia.
                                                              Out of our group I was the only one to get past a few licks and finish it.

                                                              State side I would have to say Nicotine ice cream.

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                                                              1. re: burntwater

                                                                Durian - oh man... Hints of vanilla, rotting onions and toe jam...

                                                                1. re: bulavinaka

                                                                  I got the peanut butter.

                                                                  Now who's got the toe jam ?

                                                                2. re: burntwater

                                                                  Here in L.A., Scoops offers a delicious durian ice cream a few times a year.

                                                                  1. re: J.L.

                                                                    I'll have to ask Tai about that the next time i see him.

                                                                    BTW he was the one who made the nicotine flavored Ice cream. It tasted just like you had finished smoking a cigarette.
                                                                    I told him he should make a coffee and cigarette combo.

                                                                    1. re: burntwater

                                                                      Instead of lighting up after a romp in the sack, lovers should just go to Scoops instead.

                                                                      Next flavor for Tai to replicate: Langer's pastrami on rye.

                                                                  2. re: burntwater

                                                                    There's a place in San Francisco (Polly Ann's?) that has been making durian ice cream for years. Durian's initial tastes work fine in this context. Then the oniony undertone kicks in...

                                                                      1. re: J.L.

                                                                        Durian doesn't work well in cold applications (i.e. ice cream, shakes, etc.)

                                                                        You need it at room temp to fully appreciate the funk. Cuz, if you ain't eating durian for the funk, then it's a fucking waste of time and calories, and body odor.

                                                                        1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                          "...fully appreciate the funk."

                                                                          Ipse's other career track http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6ntuD... (I'm appreciating the funk) perhaps?

                                                                          1. re: Servorg

                                                                            Even on my best days, I'm not 1/10 that musically inclined.

                                                                          2. re: ipsedixit

                                                                            I think there are situations where durian will work at non-ambient temperatures. I really really enjoyed the durian ice cream at Scoops. I also go for the durian smoothie at Saigon Flavor.

                                                                            The best (ambient-temp.) durian I've ever had was in Bali. Our guide saw the damn thing fall off the tree and told our driver to pull over so we can try it. Supposedly the best time for durian is immediately after it naturally (i.e. unprovoked) falls off the tree.

                                                                            Dude was right: Totally different experience than the store-bought stuff.

                                                                            Have you tried the durian puffs for dim sum at King Hua?

                                                                            1. re: J.L.

                                                                              No. I really do prefer durian in it's natural state even if that means frozen/defrosted here on this side of the Pacific.

                                                                            2. re: ipsedixit


                                                                              I've now gotten myself stuck in an internal audio cycle with Tone-Loc's "Funky Cold Me-Durian"...

                                                                              thank you... thank you very much.

                                                                              1. re: FranklinJefferson

                                                                                I've now done you wrong twice

                                                                                No Lion's Share facsimile in LA and now I've gone and hay-wired your brain to Tone-Loc.

                                                                                1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                  Fortunately it isn't Shaun Cassidy crooning "Da Du-rian-rian-rian Da Du-rian".

                                                                                  1. re: FranklinJefferson

                                                                                    Wasn't there a pop group called Durian Durian?

                                                                                      1. re: Tripeler

                                                                                        They jammed with Yngwie Mangosteen

                                                                        2. Caramelized parsnip ice cream in St. Paul, MN (Izzy's Ice Cream). They no longer make this flavor, but they have tons of other unusual offerings (like basil or green tea oreo or church elderberry). Yes, I know it's not in LA, but for any visitors, it's definitely worth a stop.

                                                                          1. Madras Curry, also at Sweet Rose. I ordered a whole scoop after I sampled it, and it was good til the last bite. They make great ice cream there.

                                                                            1. Marinated pear and Bleu cheese. I thought I'd blow the cheese. But it was amazing. At straw and something else in Portland Oregon .

                                                                              1. Black Truffle Ice Cream at the late, lamented Le Toque on Sunset.

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                                                                                  1. re: kevin

                                                                                    That's the one!
                                                                                    Closed up shop here (in the space that, until recently, held Michael Mina's XIV) and moved his operation up to Napa where, to the best of my knowledge, it's still flourishing to this day...

                                                                                1. A friend made bourbon and cornflake gelato.
                                                                                  Sooooo good.....

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                                                                                  1. re: perk

                                                                                    Sounds like Humphry Slocombe Secret Breakfast!

                                                                                  2. Wasabi ice cream in Japan. Taste like mild wasabi. Not too strong as far as being spicy, delivered in the form of ice cream.

                                                                                    1. Pistachio Wasabi from Scoops, so weird, but it was good!!!

                                                                                      1. Shredded dried pork ice cream, squid flavor ice cream, durian ice cream.

                                                                                        1. When I was a kid, I remember having mint ginger ale sherbet. It was a dark green color, tasted so good!!!!

                                                                                          1. ok it's not all natural, and yes this photo is from the web, but you (or your youngster) might be interested in November's flavor of the month at baskin robbins, First Class Camouflage -- Chocolate, Salty Caramel, and Cake-flavored ice cream with matching waffle cones.

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                                                                                            1. re: jessejames

                                                                                              just in time for the zombie/alien invasion

                                                                                              now, we are ready

                                                                                              1. re: fgrade

                                                                                                I think they had veterans day in mind, but either way we're covered...

                                                                                                the "world class chocolate" at baskin robbins dipped in salty peanuts is a guilty pleasure...well, if guilt were an emotion that I had about food...

                                                                                                1. re: jessejames

                                                                                                  all pleasure, no guilt, im a slut

                                                                                              2. re: jessejames

                                                                                                My boys are going to thank you for this PSA. The only thing they like more than ice cream is camouflage.

                                                                                              3. Black licorice ice cream at Hans' Homemade Ice Cream in Santa Ana, I thought it was really good, esp. if it's accompanied with a scoop of the very good vanilla.

                                                                                                1. Must sprinkle on the sea salt if you have the sweet corn ice cream. Makes a world of difference. Delicious.

                                                                                                  1. How about Salt & Straw's Thanksgiving Ice Cream flavors?


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                                                                                                    1. re: snooze button

                                                                                                      Had some salted chocolate and also pumpkin pie ice cream from mother moo at Joan's on third yesterday. 2 pints. 4 chocolate chip cookies. Naughty naughty.

                                                                                                      1. re: jessejames

                                                                                                        Sounds delicious. Tis the season for culinary naughtiness!

                                                                                                        1. re: snooze button

                                                                                                          Oh yeah! And I'm a sucker for pumpkin desserts!

                                                                                                      2. re: snooze button

                                                                                                        Went to Salt & Straw today after lunch at Gjelina and on our way to dinner at The Gorbals in DTLA...yes, true Chows get around!

                                                                                                        First time I've seen a roped off area for a que to get in an ice cream shop. No problem though. Maybe 10-15 mins. tops.

                                                                                                        I had a scoop of the salted caramel thanksgiving turkey and a scoop of the honey bourbon corn pudding. Very interesting flavors and remarkable texture. The candied turkey skin was key, and although I didn't taste much of the corn the bourbon and honey was really up-front. In fact, I think there was so much bourbon, it facilitated the melting.

                                                                                                        The GF had a scoop of their Almond Brittle with Salted Ganache and a scoop of Stumptown Coffee & Compartes Love Nuts. I really liked the coffee flavor. Nice, strong, and a little bitter. The almond brittle had huge chunks and the ganache was nice and salty.

                                                                                                        1. re: Novelli

                                                                                                          +1 on salt&straw's thanksgiving menu. i tried the honey bourbon corn pudding which is not that odd sounding or tasting, then moved onto the cranberry walnut stuffing and the thanksgiving turkey...both were interesting but not very tasty. in any case, kudos to them for the creativity, for sure!

                                                                                                          1. re: namstermonster

                                                                                                            The creativity is there, for sure. But I think I'll stick to purchasing their classic flavors, and pop in to taste test the seasonal specialties, just in case!

                                                                                                            1. re: Novelli

                                                                                                              Indeed, that's what I always end up doing- try all the weird flavors then go for what shouldn't be able to be messed up (almond brittle w/salted ganache, ooey gooey brownie, tomato/avocado sherbet). I do have to say, however, the apple pie flavor I had a short while back was pretty wretched, resulting in being tossed less than halfway through. I just wish they'd bring their pear&blue chz flavor down from portland. As far as unusual flavors go I think Quenelle tends to do a better job although they're generally lean toward the less bizarre side.

                                                                                                      3. Takin' it easy on the noob (who now ain't so new): but right up there with squid ink/licorice gelato was Scoops' one-shot experiment a few years ago with foie gras ice cream (which Cam The Chow Pup tried, and pronounced "...not a success..." )(This, since it's the next step down for him from "...interesting..." translates basically as "WHAT did I just put in my mouth?!?!!")