Flickr photo by joyosityMemorial Day weekend is the official kick-off to summer, which means it's time to bust out those ice cream makers.
Instead of the usual go-to chocolates and vanillas, be daring and venture into the realm of nontraditional flavors.
We found 10 odd, yet delicious, flavors that are sure to be a hit at your next barbecue:
- Avocado Ice Cream: Popular in Central and South America, this pretty green dessert is a great way to use up those avocados before they spoil.
- Maple Syrup Ice Cream: Maple syrup adds to pancakes and waffles, but as ice cream? The sugary sweetness was practically made for it.
- Salted Butter Caramel Ice Cream: While in Paris, I tried this flavor at the famous Berthillon ice cream shop located on Ile Saint-Louis. C'est tres bon!
- Sweet Potato Ice Cream: A Southern secret -- if you like sweet potato pie, you'll love this.
- Olive Oil Ice Cream: I've had olive oil gelato before and it was ah-mazing. I can only assume the ice cream version would be just as good.
- Strawberry-Basil Ice Cream: Strawberry and basil -- the two flavors of summer mixed together for creamy deliciousness.
- Grape Ice Cream: Grape gets gypped on the ice cream flavor front, even though it's a favorite for Popsicles. Let's give grape some lovin'.
- Sweet Corn Ice Cream: You might actually get the kids to eat their veggies with this dessert.
- Peppercorn Ice Cream: You don't usually find pepper in dessert, but the pepper and sweet cream flavors complement each other surprisingly well. Try it with black or pink peppercorn.
- Sea Salt Ice Cream: There's a pepper one, so why not a salt one?
Have you ever tried an nontraditional ice cream flavor? What's your favorite?