I was talking to a friend about going to Mitsuwa, a Japanese market near Chicago, when she told me about the snake icecream.
At first, I thought she was kidding. Who would eat snake icecream? and how can you possibly get the taste of it in the icecream?
I quickly opened a google page and did a quick search. She wasn’t lying.
In fact, I found out that there are many odd ice cream flavors:
1. Ox Tongue Ice Cream
What better way to tickle your taste buds than with another tongue? Though Ox Tongue Ice Cream may not be the first delicacy to come to mind, its taste is nothing to have a beef with.
2. Fish Ice Cream
Something must smell fishy about ice cream flavored with saury – a saltwater fish popular in Japan. But there’s no worries about that with this offering from Kimura Shoten as the fishy fumes have been drowned out by liberal doses of brandy.
3. Wasabi Ice Cream
Sushi gets its punch from the horseradish paste known in Japanese as wasabi. While its tingling taste makes a delightful addition to raw fish, wasabi’s tangy flavor also makes for a surprisingly edible ice cream.
4. Nagoya Noodle Ice Cream
Some would think you’d be off your noodle to imbibe an ice cream flavor such as this. Fortunately, Chakkiri Musume Honten, the inventors of this ice cream, were able to develop noodles that didn’t turn hard when they were served under 30 degrees Celsius.
5. Chicken Wing Ice Cream
Nagoya is famous for its poultry, so it should come as no surprise that the taste of this ice cream is best described as foul. It actually tastes like a fried chicken wing, which is fine if that’s what you’re eating, but not if you’re tucking into some ice cream.
6. Raw Horseflesh (Horse Sashimi) Ice Cream
The mere thought of putting raw horseflesh into ice cream may be enough to produce plenty of neigh … And, rightfully so. You can get it straight from the horse’s mouth, this would have to vie for the vilest ice cream ever created. The chunks of meat inside it offer ample proof of why horseflesh is usually used in dog food.
7. Dracula Cool Garlic Mint Ice Cream
At last! An ice cream that lets everybody around you know you’ve eaten it! Garlic-flavored Dracula Ice Cream is a summer delight you can really sink your teeth into. Designed to ward off vampires, this uncommon choice of flavoring may ward off a few ice cream lovers, too. Garlic may well be a wonderful condiment for an assortment of foods, but, as for a substance vampires really hate, this is bloody awful. Incidentally, Garlic Ice Cream was made in the tiny Aomori Prefecture village of Shingo, which claims to be the place where Jesus Christ’s grave is located. A taste that seems to leave the mouth in an undead state. Definitely not to be eaten during daylight (and nighttime is best avoided, too).
8. Squid Ink Ice Cream
If the idea of Squid Gut Ice Cream seems unpalatable, perhaps Squid Ink flavor is more of a tentacled taste-bud tantalizer.
9. Soy Sauce Ice Cream
Soy sauce is the undisputed flavor of Japan. But why it had to be put into an ice cream is anyone’s guess. Diving into Soy Sauce Ice Cream leaves you with the feeling that when it comes to soy based edibles, perhaps soylent green may have been a tastier choice. Each bite is a reminder of foods that should never be mixed.
10. Indian Curry Ice Cream
Definitely not a taste to give others if you’re trying to curry favor. Curry flavored ice cream goes a long way toward putting the bomb into Bombay. The adventurous ones who try this ice cream will be rewarded with the taste of curry lingering in their mouths for hours.
11. Pit Viper Ice Cream
The pit viper is one of the most dangerous poisonous snakes inhabiting the Japanese archipelago. And a bite into this reptilian flavored ice cream can certainly seem deadly. Pit viper is regarded as an aphrodisiac in Japan, but the terrible taste makes it hard to fall in love with this ice cream.
12. Charcoal Ice Cream
The “coalden” child of Japanese ice creams. A must-eat for the coal miners. Not cool, but undoubtedly “coaled.” An ice cream that could char reputations. But the taste? Char-ming.
13. Miso Ramen Ice Cream
An ice cream that really gets on the noodle of some, but the ramen and miso are both Japanese culinary favorites. If only the delicacies had been left in the noodle bowl instead of blended with ice cream.
14. Cheese Risotto Ice Cream
Italians are famous for raising their arms and gesturing in exasperation at the slightest provocation. Imagine how they’d be after learning that the Japanese have added one of Italy’s national dishes, and a savory one at that, to sweet ice cream.
15. Natural Viagra Ice Cream
Just what the ice cream shops have been missing – Viagra flavored ice cream.
Too learn more about the many flavors of Japanese ice cream check out this webpage:
It features never before seen flavors. I might man up and try some of them. I’m quite curious about the chicken wings one. If I do, I’ll make sure to post a review and recap the unique experience.
How about you
What’s the weirdest flavor of ice cream you’ve tried in your life?
Was it good? How would you describe your experience?