When we’re not whipping up new flavours and trying to make the world a better place, we like to keep on top of the world’s coolest ice cream trends. And you won’t believe what we’ve been seeing lately. Seriously, there are some wild things happening with our favourite chilly treat.
We’ve gathered up the craziest, tastiest, and most inspired trends taking over ice cream shops and Instagram feeds alike. You have to see these to believe ‘em!
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Mochi Ice Cream
These colourful treats hail from Japan, and anyone who’s tried them is sure glad they did. They’re balls of ice cream — usually strawberry, vanilla, or green tea flavoured — wrapped in mochi, a sweet rice paste. Ice cream that doesn’t even need a spoon? We’re in!
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Ice cream’s supposed to be sweet, right? Wouldn’t making a non-sweet ice cream go against the very rules of the dessert universe? Apparently not, according to this trend. Flavors like blue cheese, horseradish, tahini, balsamic vinegar, and even fish and chips are popping up everywhere. Consider us bewildered.
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Cereal Milk Ice Cream
If you’ve been paying attention, you know that we’re pretty pumped about this one. As soon as our US pals heard about cereal milk ice cream, they got right to work concocting our Cereal Splashback flavours, based on American childhood favourites. What is it, you ask? It’s an ice cream-ified version of that sweet, sweet milk at the bottom of your cereal bowl. And it’s aaah-mazing.
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Alcoholic Ice Cream
Ice cream shop? Bar? Why choose! From wine sorbets to cocktail and beer ice cream flavors, this trend has something for everybody (except the under-18 set, that is). This booze packs a real punch — unlike our own Urban Bourbon flavour, which uses real bourbon, but would take a bellyache’s worth to give you even a hint of a buzz.
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Crazy Ice Cream Sandwiches
Seen any especially crazy ice cream sandwiches lately? You probably have, because they are so on-trend right now. We’ve seen ice cream sandwiches made from macarons, PB & Jelly, doughnuts, fried brioche and even baos. We’ve even taken a stab at getting in on the action ourselves — bacon and Ben & Jerry’s, anyone?
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Rolled Ice Cream
This trend rolled right out of Thailand and into the hearts of ice cream lovers the world over. They pour liquid ice cream and all your mix-ins onto a chilled metal surface and chop the mix-ins into the liquid. Once it’s blended and chilled, they scrape it into rolls and serve it up. If that’s not clever, we don’t know what is.
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We have to assume it’s their ultimate Instagram-ability that has pushed these wild sundaes to the top of the trends lists. Whether they’re foodie-inspired like this matcha sundae, retro-knickerbocker-glory style, or just really over-the-top, sundaes are taking over.
What are your favorite ice cream trends? Seen anything particularly cool lately? Let us know in the comments below!