Given the Cold Shoulder

Blurring the line between genius and madness, typical recipe brainstorming sessions can yield any number of wild, unpredictable results, combining disparate flavors that bear tenuous connections at best. It’s the best and worst part of any free-association exercise, opening up the floodgates and allowing a torrent of unfiltered ideas to flow. I’ve come up with some of my greatest hits this way, but sometimes, I’ve inadvertently managed to cobble together terrifying Frankenstein monstrosities instead. Most of these are easily eliminated before they ever come to fruition to assault unsuspecting eaters in real life, but unfortunately, it sometimes takes a round of testing before I realize the errors of my ways. Recipe writers don’t like to talk about it, but failure is far more common than success.

Thus, given my adoration for ice cream and endless supply of crazy concepts, I’ve dished out more than my fair share of distasteful scoops. In honor of Nation Ice Cream Day today, I thought it might be fun it dive into the archives to unearth some of these frozen horrors. Brace yourselves: The following list is not for the weak of stomach.

  • Raisin Bran Ice Cream
  • Black Garlic Ice Cream
  • Old World Borscht Ice Cream
  • Ketchup Ice Cream
  • Bread & Butter Pickle Chip Ice Cream
  • Cinnamon-Raisin Noodle Kugel Ice Cream
  • Smokey Barbecue Sauce Ripple Ice Cream

Consider yourselves lucky that I had enough common sense to know when to put the ice cream paddle down. Not all ideas can be winners, but you have my word that only the best ever make it into print.

I hope everyone is enjoying this “holiday” with only the creamiest, sweetest, and most luxurious of sweet scoops!

10 thoughts on “Given the Cold Shoulder

  1. You know in today’s world of novelty eats, some of these might actually fly. Think state fair foods, like Pork Parfait at the Indiana State Fair, although I would much prefer the Old World Borscht Ice Cream over a meaty parfait any day. :-)

    1. Haha, I love the fact that you’re still into those flavors! Nothing gets thrown out here, and based on the comments, it seems as though at least the noodle kugel might still be worth salvaging… I’ll go back to the drawing board and see what I can do with it. ;)

  2. Hahaha! Thank you for being so wise as to pass on the black garlic ice cream recipe. The raisin bran doesn’t sound so bad, though :D I just located my ice cream maker which has been missing ever since we moved, so I’m about to start searching my ice cream archives, too! Or dreaming up new flavors.

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