As much as we love savoury food — and trust us, we love all food — dessert is really where our passion lies. If we had our way, we’d wake to the smell of freshly-baked waffle cones, pour melted ice cream over our cereal, brush our teeth with whipped cream, and then head off to work in our cone-mobiles. Ah, the good life.
And as passionate dessert-lovers, we like to keep on top of the latest dessert trends sweeping the country. Remember when red velvet cake was all over the foodie magazines? It was already in pint form in the freezer section, too.
And so we present you with our top 4 most foodie-inspired flavours — these are the flavours snatched from the earliest hints of a trend and expertly ice cream-ified by our beloved Flavour Gurus (thanks, guys).
Item number 1
Dark spirits have long been a favourite for after dinner — remember that shot of bourbon your grandpa would always pour himself after the plates were cleared away? — and the food world is finally realising that after-dinner drinks and after-dinner desserts play pretty darned nicely together. Even in the same bowl. Urban Bourbon features burnt caramel ice cream with almonds, fudge flakes, and bourbon caramel swirls. If that doesn’t scream foodie heaven, we don’t know what does.
Item number 2
Topped Salted Caramel Brownie
People are way into salt these days. Way. And salted caramel has been a foodie favourite ever since the 1990’s when French chef Pierre Hermé invented a salted caramel macaron, captivating the hearts and tongues of dessert lovers the world over. Today, the sweet and salty combination found in Topped Salted Caramel Brownie pays homage to chef Pierre with vanilla ice cream, brownies, chocolatey chunks, and a salted caramel swirl, all finished off with a delicious layer of fudgey topping. Sweet!
Item number 3
Oh, my ganache! Truffle Kerfuffle boasts a good number of super-foodie ingredients — like roasted pecans and a salted chocolate ganache swirl — that make it a real foodie paradise. In recent years, chocolatiers have found that chocolate-lovers are looking for new, exciting ways to enjoy their favorite sweet treat. One of the most popular: innovative truffles with unexpected ingredients. Like sour lemon, strawberry balsamic, and apple sauce. (But don’t worry, we won’t unleash a sour lemon truffle ice cream flavour on you.)
Item number 4
Spectacular Speculoos Cookie Core
Ever since the world gave birth to cookie butter, we've been wild about it. It’s made appearances everywhere from school lunchboxes to high-end chocolatiers’ displays, tempting palates from one country to the next. And speculoos is the crème de la crème of cookie butters — a sweet spreadable version of the European spice cookies of the same name. So it’s no surprise that as soon as we heard about it, we thought, “Yup, we’re gonna make that into an ice cream.” No regrets.