For years, ice cream was simple: vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and cookies & cream reigned supreme. But now, in the 21st century, hipsters, foodies, innovators, and daredevils have taken over and have expanded into the world of ice cream. We’re proud to present the weirdest ice cream flavors in every state.
Alabama: Banana Walnut Pudding from Island Ice Cream & Treats
We’re starting off not-too-weirdly with this flavor, but just wait. Some of these flavors will have you smiling/cringing/crying/all of the above.
Alaska: Gold Nugget from Coppa
Yes, real 24k gold. You can eat it because you are ~royalty~.
Arizona: Prickly Pear from Black Cow Cafe
Probably the perfect flavor to cool down on pretty much every day in Arizona. Plus, it’s a fruit, so it’s almost healthy.
Arkansas: Baked Brie with Almond Ricotta Macaroons from Loblolly Creamery
Why not add some dairy to your dairy? Plus, baked brie is all the rage for literally every cooking video that shows up on my Facebook Newsfeed.
California: Candy Cap Mushroom from Humphry Slocombe
Humphry Slocombe features a number of flavors that may be a better fit for you pasta including prosciutto, golden beets, foie and carrot mango. For fun, try to figure out what ingredients are included in their special “spotted dick” flavor.
Colorado: Honey Jalapeño Pickle from Sweet Action Ice Cream
“Honey jalapeño” sounds like the name of a fancy salsa sold at Whole Foods. Then you add in “pickle” and your taste buds just start scrambling.
Connecticut: Sandy Annie from Walnut Beach Creamery
Blue vanilla, chocolate-covered pretzel goldfish and graham cracker sand. AKA your childhood blended into a frozen dessert.
Delaware: Ghost Pepper from The Ice Cream Store
You have to sign an actual waiver to eat this ice cream. If you’re not down for the dare, feel free to try their other flavors such as booger, “deez nuts,” motor oil, and “looks like viagra.”
Florida: Tequila Almond from La Michoacana Natural
Feel free to pre-game with an entire gallon of ice cream.
Georgia: Collard Green Ice Cream from Morelli’s Ice Cream
Avocado sorbet is also available to help you reach your necessary vegetable intake. Don’t let the fact that it’s ice cream dissuade you from convincing yourself that this is healthy.
Hawaii: Maiz Queso from Magnolia Ice Cream & Treats
Corn and cheese. Pictured alongside its friend “Macapuno Ube” (young coconut and purple yam).
Idaho: Ice Cream Potato from Westside Drive-in
I cannot imagine something more Idaho than ice cream on a potato.
Illinois: Goat Cheese Caramel Cashew from Black Dog Gelato
If goat cheese, caramel and cashews aren’t enough flavors for you, Black Dog Gelato has an entire sundae bar filled with cookies, nuts, candied bacon and brandied cherries so you can pile your ice cream even higher.
Indiana: Garden of Good and Evil from Hartzell’s Ice Cream
Honey, lavender and vodka. Just wondering who decided which flavor was considered “evil?”
Iowa: Black Walnut from Blue Bunny Ice Cream
Just hoping that black walnut is not the same as burnt walnut.
Kansas: Roasted Beets with Goat Cheese from glacé
Another one of those ice creams that can easily replace your side salad at dinner.
Kentucky: Granny’s Sweet Potato Casserole from The Comfy Cow
Maybe you were never a fan of casseroles because you were weirded out about how many strange cans of soup got thrown into every baking pan. However, ice cream is different. Ice cream makes everything better.
Louisiana: Dark Chocolate and Chinese 5-Spice from The Creole Creamery
That was just the shortened name. It gets better. This ice cream is made with dark chocolate, Chinese 5-spice, candied orange pecans, duck fat caramel and “quacklin” dust.
Maine: Avocado Cayenne from Rococo Ice Cream
The ice cream form of guacamole.
Maryland: Chocolate Molé from The Charmery
Currently picturing a magical combination of avocado cayenne and chocolate molé ice cream.
Massachusetts: Coconut Lemongrass from SoCo Creamery
This seems like an ice cream flavor you could still consume when on a juice cleanse diet.
Michigan: Play Dough from Ashby’s Sterling Ice Cream Parlor
Kids can finally eat their play dough. You might not be a kid, but you can now eat your play dough too.
Minnesota: Margarita Pizza from FrozBroz
This is a lot.
Mississippi: Maple with Candied Bacon from Area 51 Ice Cream
The people of the 21st century decided that bacon can go with everything.
Missouri: Mountain Dew & Doritos from Sparky’s Homemade Ice Cream
If this unique combination of late night munchies is not your cup of tea, you can also satisfy your cravings with Trix and donuts, dirt, and doughnut bacon brittle.
Montana: Lemon Dill from Sweet Peaks Ice Cream
Salad dressing flavors have become ice cream flavors.
Nebraska: Red Stag Whisky Cherry Mash from Ivanna Cone
This sounds like it could be a really fancy cocktail, yet you get it as an ice cream.
Nevada: Coconut Sticky Rice with Mango Swirl from Icecycle Creamery
Adding more carbs to ice cream is always a plus.
New Hampshire: Sweet Potato Cashew from Rock Salt Creamery
All of Rock Salt Creamery’s ice creams are vegan, so the dessert gets their creaminess from cashews. The ice creams are free of everything (dairy, eggs, soy, gluten) except calories unfortunately.
New Jersey: Black Sesame from Torico Ice Cream Parlor
This deceptively looks like the goddess of all ice creams (cookies and cream), and I’m not sure if my taste buds would be happy or sad that it’s not.
New Mexico: Carrot Cake Ice Cream from KaleidoScoops
Kindly saving you the from the physical effort of having to cut a piece of cake and scoop ice cream.
New York: Fried Chicken and Waffles from CoolHaus
If you have every though “wow I like breakfast” and “wow I also like ice cream,” then this is the place for you.
North Carolina: Cold Sweat from Sunni Sky’s Ice Cream
The confusion your taste buds experience in response to savory ice creams is nothing to the confusion they will go through when eating cold ice cream with hot peppers (and this is another one of those ice creams you have to sign a waiver to consume).
North Dakota: Dill Pickle from Dakota Drug Co.
Dakota Drug Co. is home to the United State’s last Whirl-A-Whip machine, a machine that mixes in all the flavors you want from bacon to pickles to Oreos.
Ohio: Lucky Charms Mason’s Creamery
You don’t even need to chunk out all the marshmallows because the ice cream is the marshmallows. Childhood dreams have come true.
Oklahoma: Graham Cracker from Rosy’s Ice Cream Social
And then because you’re ~creative~ and ~innovative~ you add a scoop of chocolate ice cream, and marshmallows, and smother it in chocolate sauce, and you’ve made a s’more.
Oregon: Bone Marrow & Bourbon Smoked Cherries from Salt & Straw
I can personally confirm that this flavor is considered completely normal in Portland. You can also get some of your daily meat (and marrow) intake cored with the “salted caramel Thanksgiving turkey” flavor.
Pennsylvania: Ramen from Little Baby’s Ice Cream
You’ll have a variety of meal (dessert?) choices at Little Baby’s Ice Cream including oyster, tomato soup and grilled cheese, sushi and Irish potato.
Rhode Island: Buttered Popcorn with Roasted Peanuts & Chocolate Covered Caramel from Tricycle Ice Cream
In fourth grade, I ate a popcorn-flavored candy cane, so I’m not going to lie the idea of this popcorn-flavored ice cream gives me some unpleasant flashbacks (but I would still try it…why not).
South Carolina: Aunt Cathy’s Zucchini Bread from Sweet Cream Company
Aunt Cathy baked this bread just for you. With zucchini grown in her garden, for you.
South Dakota: Grasshopper Fudge Revel from SDSU
Made by college students at South Dakota State University, so you know it will be good even if you question the name and have no idea what’s in it.
Tennessee: Cumberland Gridlock from It’s All So Yummy!
If you took all the leftovers in your snack cabinet and added a chocolate car on top, the result is the Cumberland Gridlock, made with banana ice cream, honey roasted peanuts, marshmallows, pretzels, white chocolate chips, peanut butter and apparently even more.
Texas: Asparagus Water from CoolHaus
Everyone went crazy when Whole Foods started charging $5.99 for asparagus flavored water. People thought it was weird. We thought no one would buy it. Then it became an ice cream flavor, and suddenly Whole Foods regained its position as hipster food trendsetter.
Utah: Blue Mint from Aggie Ice Cream
Blue mint does not sound natural, but it does sound interesting? Delicious?
Vermont: Schweddy Balls from Ben & Jerry’s
This may not be a weird flavor necessarily, but that fact that it’s actually called “schweddy balls” lets it make the list.
Virginia: Guinness from The Split Banana
Beer in one hand. Beer ice cream in another hand.
Washington: Strawberry Balsamic from Molly Moon’s
Olive oil ice cream also available in Washington if you’re trying to be ~inventive~ and develop a nice balsamic olive oil dip for your bread or something.
Jokes…. that could be weird… and soggy.
West Virginia: Grape Pineapple from Austin’s Homemade Ice Cream
It may seem more like a cough syrup flavor than an ice cream flavor, but it’s world famous for being delicious. TBH though, if you were sick, ice cream can cure anything.
Wisconsin: Hearty Breakfast from Calliope Ice Cream
The ice cream to cure any ailment you may have: French toast, bacon and an extra kick of whiskey in case you need a little help (with anything pretty much).
Wyoming: Piña Colada from Big Dipper Ice Cream Shop
Side effects include happiness and delighted taste buds. Side effects do not include a hangover.