If we’ve learned anything from the rise of froyo establishments, it’s that there’s more to ice cream toppings than candies, fruits and nuts. Cereal, caramel corn, hot sauces, potato chips and bacon are all legit ingredients.
The easiest way to create your own crazy ice cream flavor is to start with a store-bought ice cream base, vanilla being the most obvious flavor choice. Then it’s up to you to dress it up with unique pairings. Berries and balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper, tropical fruits and peppers, potato chips and chocolate, and olive oil and lemon zest are all combos with culinary potential. And don’t forget the herbs and spices: lavender, mint, curry, cilantro and basil are strong contenders to add to the mix.
Make ice cream from scratch. Go online and find recipes for a fun combination that you’d never find at the grocery store. Honey-jalapeño-pickle ice cream, anyone?