Are you a vanilla type person … or are you an ice cream freak?
When it comes to the most bizarre of frozen treats, you may be shocked by just how far ice cream freaks will take their flavor explorations.
While many people enjoy traditional flavors like chocolate and vanilla, there is a freezer full of experimental ice cream creations waiting to tantalize your taste buds.
From pickle-flavored scoops to those infused with glowing jellyfish protein, these top 10 weirdest ice cream flavors have captured the imagination of the public —whether they are edible is a different story!
Interested in making your own weird ice cream? Try Hijinx homemade ice cream blend! Our delicious D-I-Y ice cream is a super fun and easy way to share an ice cream experience with friends and family!
And don’t forget to check out our own weirdest ice cream recipes here!
Now, let’s find out the 10 weirdest ice cream flavors on earth!
Top 10 Weirdest Ice Cream Flavors … On Earth
1. Lobster Ice Cream [Weird Rating: 8 out of 10 ]
Brought to you by Ben & Bill’s Chocolate Emporium in Bar Harbor, Maine, Lobster Ice Cream features chunks of real lobster meat folded into buttery vanilla ice cream – truly one-of-a-kind.
Per Gastro Obscura, “the proprietors invented the flavor either to prove to a patron that their ice cream was truly homemade, or in response to a customer quipping that the Maine parlor’s menu offered every flavor but lobster.”
Though that origin story may simply be lore, its results speak for themselves.
2. “Horse Flesh” Ice Cream: [Weird Rating: 10 out of 10]
Japan's Basashi ice cream, also known as horse flesh ice cream, is made with actual raw horse meat. It contains actual chunks of raw horse meat and has sparked debates over ethical concerns and food safety issues.
Despite its controversy, this daring concoction remains popular at some specialty shops, and at the adventurous Namja Town theme park in Tokyo.
3. Pickle Ice Cream [Weird Rating: 4 out of 10]
Pickle ice cream was first introduced by The Ice Cream Store located in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Now, you can find This uncommon flavor across the country at shops like Lucky Pickle Dumpling Co. on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
It has been a hit among pickle aficionados and those in search of something outside-of-the-box to please their sweet tooth.
The Ice Cream Store originally combined vanilla ice cream with real dill pickles and green food coloring to create this unique treat that is both sweet and tangy.
And now home cooks are replicating it too! This video shocked viewers as it featured pickle ice cream made without an ice cream maker. Can you say, “perfect for pregnancy cravings”?
4. Cicada Ice Cream [Weird Rating: 9 out of 10]
Photo credit: The Columbia Missourian
In 2011, Sparky's Homemade Ice Cream in Columbia, Missouri made headlines when they released their cicada-flavored ice cream.
This limited-edition flavor featured locally sourced cicadas that were boiled, coated in brown sugar and milk chocolate before being mixed into a brown sugar butter-based ice cream. Though it may sound unappetizing to some, this daring creation sold out within hours.
5. Glowing Jellyfish Protein-infused Vanilla Ice Cream [Weird Rating: 10 out of 10]
Photo credit: The Dairy Reporter
Lick Me I'm Delicious, a UK-based ice cream company, took innovation to the next level with their glowing jellyfish protein-infused vanilla ice cream.
The secret behind this glow-in-the-dark treat is a synthesized version of the luminescent protein found in jellyfish. When licked or agitated, the ice cream emits an eerie blue-green glow.
This one-of-a-kind flavor was developed by food inventor Charlie Harry Francis and can be read about on the Daily Mail.
Is it one of the top 10 weirdest ice creams in the world? We think so.
6. Oyster Ice Cream [Weird Rating: 8 out of 10]
Photo credit: Sora News 24
Another unique creation from Namja Town in Japan: oyster ice cream. Wander to their food area, Fukubukuro Dessert Street, to try an array of unusual ice creams.
You can even get a flight for the equivalent of $2 USD! Besides the aforementioned horse meat ice cream, you can choose from other specialties like oyster, eel, or charcoal.
Be aware: the oyster ice cream does contain oyster chunks.
7. Pizza-flavored Ice Cream [Weird Rating: 5 out of 10]
Little Baby's Ice Cream, a since-defunct ice cream shop in Philadelphia, found fame when they crafted a pizza-flavored ice cream with tomato paste, red pepper flakes, oregano and garlic powder to capture the essence of this beloved dish.
They also created flavors like Earl Grey Sriracha and Vanilla Cardamom. If you’re not ready to move on to the full “pizza” just yet, you can start with a cheese ice cream like this Blueberry Goat Cheese recipe.
Even check out one creator’s attempt to recreate the famous ice cream from Little Baby’s!
8. Spicy Sriracha Ice Cream [Weird Rating: 6 out of 10]
This fiery creation is perfect for those who love spicy food. Made by incorporating sriracha sauce into creamy vanilla ice cream base, this unique combination can be found at Glace Artisan Ice Cream in Kansas City, and many other creameries with unique flavors.
If your palate is brave enough, try making your own 3-ingredient sriracha ice cream at home (all you need is a blender).
9. Foie Gras Ice Cream [Weird Rating: 9 out of 10]
This controversial flavor—literally deemed “California’s most controversial ice cream” by Literary Hub—was created by chef and co-owner, Jake Godby, at Humphry Slocombe creamery in San Francisco.
Combining rich foie gras with a sweet vanilla base results in an indulgent treat that has been both praised for its unique taste and criticized for its use of what is often-considered an unethical food product.
One thing’s for sure: this controversial confection certainly created a nationwide interest in unusual ice cream.
If you’ve got a strong stomach, check out the process behind these foie gras ice cream bars.
10. Chili Peppermint Ice Cream [Weird Rating: 3 out of 10]
A perfect blend of spicy and refreshing, this unusual combination was first introduced by The Bent Spoon artisanal ice cream shop located in Princeton, New Jersey.
This combo of hot chili pepper and minty peppermint is one that might throw off any lover of classic mint chocolate.
While it seems to be unavailable now (RIP), The Bent Spoon still prides itself on flavor innovation. The creamery’s other recent flavors include Hibiscus Ginger, Tastykake, and Italian Mimosa. A bit more palatable than foie gras ice cream.
Making Weird Ice Cream at Home
So you’re psyched about all of these fascinating flavors, but…you don’t want to travel to the UK just to get a cone.
To try any of these flavors at home, look no further than Hijinx Ice Cream Mix. Using just this ice cream mix and water, you can create ANY of these weird and wild flavors—or classic ones—using Hijinx. All you need is a blender!
From flavors like "Cinnamon Toast Crunch", "Peanut Butter & Jelly," or even “Irish Grasshopper” you can create your own fun twist on classic favorites while also experimenting with unconventional ingredients.
Now it’s easy to create unusual combinations AT HOME, like Sriracha Pickle, or unexpected favorites like Espresso Martini ice cream (yes, you can add alcohol to Hijinx!).
Creative thinkers—from New Jersey to Japan—are pushing the limits of confection inventions by blending traditional ice cream flavors with out-of-the ordinary components and modern techniques.
By incorporating unconventional ingredients to using cutting-edge techniques, these unique creations continue to push the boundaries of frozen dessert innovation. Some might say that the best ice cream is just an ice cream you haven’t tried before.
Ready to indulge in some weird ice cream flavors? Visit Hijinx Ice Cream today!