These Are the Fun New Ice Cream Flavors to Try This Summer
Traditional vanilla is always a hit, but this year's new ice cream flavors include bold bursts of popcorn, loquats and even zucchini.
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Moo-ve over, normal flavors
Maybe alcohol-infused ice cream isn’t the most groundbreaking concept out there, but when LongHorn Steakhouse decided to spice up otherwise-normal ice cream with their signature steak Char seasoning, bits of real steak and swirls of caramel, the entire ice cream game changed forever. Does this mean ice cream finally counts as a whole protein-rich meal? Learn more about this savory dessert here.
Stranger flavors abound at Baskin Robbins
Baskin Robbins wants everyone to taste their Stranger Things concoctions. The partnership-focused flavors are available in sundae-form through July for 2019, where you can actually order Demogorgon-themed waffle cones filled with Netflix monster-appropriate flavors. Check out our favorite Stranger Things characters as ice cream flavors.
Breakfast, but make it dessert-worthy
One of the biggest trends in ice cream right now is the crossover of real meals in dessert-worthy pints. Expect to see waffles, pancakes, cereal and other traditional most-important-meal-of-the-day flavors making their way into scoopable pints, like this Humphrey Slocombe Complete Breakfast 4-Pack. It comes with two pints each of Blue Bottle Vietnamese Coffee and Secret Breakfast, a delicious blend of cornflake cookies and bourbon, so it’s all but a guaranteed good time. If you prefer a savory breakfast, try our sizzling bacon breakfast recipes.
Mythical creatures make for wild flavors
If you’re onboard the everything-unicorns food trend and are over 21, good news—Tipsy Scoop Unicorn Amaretto Toffee Ice Cream Topping is prepared with actual amaretto and is completely delicious on its own or a truly magical accessory for typical store-bought vanilla. But don’t stop there! Take a look at our gorgeous unicorn-inspired recipes.
This is a bright idea
“Expect 2019 to be the year of Instagrammable flavors,” explains Mark Becker, co-founder of Max & Mina’s, a local artisanal ice cream maker in New York City. “In the past, we saw a lot of interesting flavor combinations that didn’t really have much visual appeal, but with everything being about social media uploads now, bright colors are one of the biggest trends. Expect happy-looking citrus flavors and lots of bright toppings to fill store freezers.” Halo Top Creamery’s high-protein, lower-calorie Lemon Cake flavor is sure to be a hit.
Spice up your life
“Cardamom pistachio is actually our most popular unusual flavor right now,” shares Becker, who sells Max & Mina’s to the nation’s top confectioners like Dylan’s Candy Bar and Bloomingdales. “A customer requested it once. We quickly realized cardamom plays so nicely against sweetness, and pistachios offer a rich, nutty texture that balances it all perfectly.” More into ice cream sandwiches? Here’s the ice cream sandwich brand that beat out the rest in a blind taste test.
Your two favorite desserts had a baby
Ice cream and cheesecake just got married and created these adorably delicious Blue Bunny Strawberry Cheesecake Bunny Snacks, only they’re lower in fat than you’d expect and topped with strawberry sauce and graham crunch. Did we mention they’re single-serving size, too?
If veggies tasted like ice cream
Are you sitting down right now? This flavor looks and tastes like classic vanilla, but it’s actually packed with real zucchini for fiber, nutrients and the ability to trick finicky eaters into having actual vegetables. The hidden zucchini in Peekaboo Vanilla With Hidden Zucchini delivers vitamins and minerals including vitamin A, C, calcium, phosphorous and more without anyone even catching on. Trick picky eaters with these other recipes that are secretly packed with veggies.
A vegan bouquet for your mouth
A pint of Noona’s Dairy-Free Rose Ginger Ice Cream is a tongue-tingling burst of floral romance for your tongue. While dairy-free and vegan flavors aren’t necessarily crazy, combining those elements with flavors like rose and ginger certainly is conversation-worthy. All of these fun ice cream flavors should be easy to find these days, but here’s why you’ll never find grape ice cream.
Pumpkin spice, but extra nice
If Thanksgiving flavors are your favorite, you’ll be excited about Nye’s Cream Sandwiches in Pumpkin Cranberry Spice flavor being on the market and ready for your ongoing gratitude. Think of this flavor as a surprisingly perfect combination of your favorite PSL foods and sweet cranberry sauce flavors. Here are our top 10 pumpkin desserts of all time.
Ice cream, brownies and cookie dough
Why stop at just one of your favorite flavors when you can have all three in a serving of Enlightened Brownies & Cookie Dough, which only has 100 calories? We know cookie dough ice cream isn’t groundbreaking, but a lower calorie option which also includes brownies? The future is finally here.
Take the Cannoli is made with Italian mascarpone ice cream with chocolate-covered cannoli shells for the ideal Italian dessert. Prefer to make your own ice cream, but don’t have an ice cream maker? Here’s exactly how you can do that.
This “beets” your typical cotton candy
Peekaboo Cotton Candy Ice Cream is already a mashup of dessert flavors you don’t normally find together, but what makes it even more interesting is the real, organic beets used to add significant nutrients and natural food coloring to the recipe. Neat, huh? Here are 10 reasons you should be eating more beets.
Peanut Butter lovers will fawn over this
Reese’s infused ice cream is hardly new, but until now it was hard to find a packaged ready-to-eat Reese’s Ice Cream cake. This price-friendly Reese’s Ice Cream Cake requires no special ordering and is equally perfect for birthdays and random happiness-inspiring moments.
You can’t lose with a tasty snooze
Nightfood is an ice cream company designed to leave unhealthy nightly cravings behind and replace them with sleep-supporting minerals, enzymes and amino acids. Flavors include Midnight Chocolate, Full Moon Vanilla, Cookies n’ Dreams, After-Dinner Mint Chip, Cold-Brew Decaf, Milk & Cookie Dough, Cherry Eclipse, and Breakfast in Bed (maple ice cream with waffle chunks). You’ll probably be especially appreciative of the decaf coffee option. Try some of these homemade toppings for an even more special treat.
You’ll go coconutty for this upgraded classic
Typical coconut is a classic standby, but this take adds the unexpected element of black sesame seeds. Try 365 Everyday Value Toasted Coconut & Black Sesame Ice Cream if you love a slightly caramelized version of rich, sweet coconut flavor with the added earthy, nutty texture of sesame seeds.
The guac isn’t extra in this case
If you’re into personalized gifts, eCreamery is a genius idea for the sweet-toothed people on your list this year. You can make almost any custom flavor you can imagine and have your own label on each pint. Might we suggest a surprisingly delicious combination of avocado ice cream with raspberry and caramel swirls? Sounds strange, but we promise you’ll be impressed with the creamy texture. Next, try some of these avocado recipes that you’ll love.
A surprisingly good combo
We can think of dozens of good reasons to try goat milk and we think adding Jeni’s Goat Cheese With Red Cherries Ice Cream is an ideal way to start. Expect ripe red cherries to balance the slightly tart, creamy goat milk base in a way that’s surprisingly refreshing.
That’s a lotta loquat
If you’re not already familiar with loquat, it’s a sweet, tangy and lightly citrus-inspired vitamin powerhouse. If you already love persimmons, berries and clementines though, you’ll be delighted by Lick Honest Ice Cream’s Loquat Margarita variety. It’s splashed with real Dulce Vida Blanco Tequila though, so make sure you’re old enough for a legal scoop. Want to head out for a scoop? You can’t go wrong with the best ice cream shops in every state.
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