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I scream, you scream, we all scream for…liquid nitrogen ice cream!? It’s true that ice cream trends are getting more and more creative, and a simple vanilla cone will no longer do. The latest crazes are all about method, presentation, and the most ridiculous yet tasty flavors you can imagine. Customers want to enjoy their ice cream, sure, but they also want to be able to take a killer photo to post on social media. Feeling behind the times? Read on to learn about the most innovative ice cream shops around the world.
Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream (New York, USA)
Incorporating a global fusion of flavors on their menu, Morgenstern’s in New York City is doing things with ice cream that you won’t find anywhere else. Their most famous creation is the Black Coconut Ash cone, a pitch black ice cream that has captured the attention of Instagrammers everywhere. Other exotic flavors include durian, sunflower seed, and raw milk. If you’re interested in something other than a simple scoop, try the Avocado Ice Cream Toast or Mile High Coconut Cake, which is topped with Thai purple basil and black currant sorbet. No matter what you choose at Morgenstern’s, you’re in for a unique treat.
Gelateria Fatamorgana (Rome, Italy)
You’ve had gelato before, but you’ve never had what they’re serving at Gelateria Fatamorgana. What sets them apart from every other gelato spot in Rome is that they’re not afraid to experiment with flavors. Sure, they’ve got the usual suspects—chocolate, pistachio, stracciatella—all of which are rich, creamy, and intensely flavored. But they also serve up some creative combinations, like black olives and dry martini, or pear and gorgonzola cheese. Each gelato is made from whole, natural ingredients, so the flavors taste exactly as they should. For gelato that thinks outside of the cup, try Gelateria Fatamorgana.
N2ice Cream Lab (Cape Town, South Africa)
Some ice cream shops have interesting flavors, some have creative forms—but for N2ice Cream Lab in Cape Town, it’s the method that’s intriguing. They start out with all the usual ingredients (cream, sugar, and add-ins), but then add liquid nitrogen to the mix. The liquid nitrogen quickly freezes the ingredients while also allowing the fat and water particles to remain small, creating a creamy consistency in double time. And because each batch is made on the spot, you know you’re getting the freshest product possible. N2ice offers just two flavors, but gives plenty of options for sweet add-ins. They also serve up two low-carb, low-sugar ice cream flavors as well. For an ice cream experience like no other, N2ice Cream Lab is it!
Gelocchio (Cairns, Australia)
No longer are you bound to enjoy your gelato and sorbet in a cup or cone—at Gelocchio, you can enjoy it on a stick instead. But this isn’t just any average Popsicle. They have refreshing flavors like dragon fruit, lychee, and mango passion fruit, as well as more decadent choices, like caramel and chai latte. Then you can dip your pop in chocolate, roll it in nuts, or enjoy it as is. If you like your ice cream fresh, portable, and unique, then you have to visit Gelocchio.
Drip Ice Cream (Oregon, USA)
Ice cream always makes people happy, but Drip Ice Cream tends to make people just a little happier. Pioneered in Oregon for those carrying a medical marijuana license, Drip Ice Cream’s cannabis-infused pints are now available for everyone over the age of 21 in the state. It comes in four flavors (Salted Caramel, Cookies & Cream, Honey Lavender, and dairy-free Coconut Lemon Zest), but more importantly, is available in two different potencies. Experienced users can spring for the Extra Strength, containing 75 mg of THC, while newbies can test the waters with Regular Dose (15 mg). They even offer a measuring guide so users know exactly how much to eat for their desired high. Drip Ice Cream may not be for everyone, but it certainly adds a new level of bliss to an otherwise ordinary frozen treat.
IceDEA: Idea in Ice Cream (Bangkok, Thailand)
Whoever says you can’t have ice cream for dinner has never been to IceDEA: Idea in Ice Cream. At this creative shop in Bangkok, they mold ice cream into crazy creations like US Steak and Tonkatsu. Don’t worry—the flavors are still firmly planted in the sweet category. It might look like you’re digging into a plate of steak and fries, but you’re really enjoying hazelnut ice cream (or a brownie, if you ordered your steak well done) and caramelized banana slices. IceDEA offers up some ridiculously Instagrammable treats that you won’t want to miss.
Junked Food Co. (Toronto, Canada)
The name says it all: Junked Food Co. manages to make ice cream an even more decadently delicious dessert with its sinful toppings. Try the Cookie Doh-Nut Soft Serve, which starts out as a simple vanilla cone and is topped off with cookie dough, Oreo crumbs, glazed donut chunks, and peanut butter sauce. If sugary sweet candy is more your speed, order Talk Nerdy To Me. This cone is topped with sour gummies, Nerd candy, marshmallows, and white chocolate sauce. These over-the-top creations are obviously not meant for daily consumption, but the cones are small enough that you won’t get a stomachache. For an extra special ice cream cone, Junked Food Co. is the place to go.
Lick Me, I’m Delicious (London, England)
While Lick Me, I’m Delicious isn’t actually an ice cream shop per se, it is an ice cream experience that you need to see to believe. This company brings their Wonka-like creations to corporate events, where you’ll pay top dollar to taste some of the most interesting sweet treats in the world. One of their most famous ice creams actually glows in the dark! Powered by luminescence of jellyfish, this ice cream turns a glowing neon green when it comes into contact with the tongue. Another delight that will make you scratch your head? The Edible Mist Orb. It’s perfect for those on a diet, serving up nearly 40 calorie-free hits of cold, intense flavor mist that you suck through a straw. You’d have to be lucky to score an invite to an event serving these desserts, but your mind will be blown if you do!
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