You might think you’re an ice cream connoisseur, but have you tried every method of enjoying this delicious frozen treat? Ice cream is one of the most versatile desserts in the world, with hundreds of brands offering thousands of flavors ranging from strawberry to lavender to bacon. You can serve it on a cone, layer it in a cake, throw it in a shake, sandwich it between two cookies, wrap it in mochi and even toss it in the deep fryer. No matter how you serve it, it’s always the perfect way to cool yourself off on a hot summer’s day.
Eating ice cream from a waffle bowl might seem eccentric, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Different cultures around the world have put their own spin on this iconic American dessert. No matter how many flavors you’ve tried, you haven’t tried everything that ice cream has to offer until you’ve sampled these varieties. Next time you’re in the mood for a frozen treat, skip the trip to the ice cream shop and try one of these unusual recipes that will make you rethink everything you thought you knew about ice cream.
1. Fried Ice Cream
How exactly do you deep-fry ice cream? Surely the ice cream would fall apart and melt in the hot oil? It sounds impossible, but deep-fried ice cream is one of the tastiest–and most unusual–treats that you’ll ever try in your lifetime. While fried ice cream is typically sold at Mexican restaurants, nobody’s actually sure where this unusual dessert originated. It might sound complicated, but you can actually make it at home, although you’re more than welcome to order it at a restaurant if you want to save yourself from trouble.
Fried ice cream is made by making a crust of cornflakes and cinnamon. You roll a ball of ice cream in egg whites, roll the ball in the cornflakes and cinnamon, then drop the ball in the deep fryer for a few seconds. When you take the ball out of the fryer, a hard crust has formed around the ice cream, which is still cold on the inside. It’s the perfect combination of sweet, delicious ice cream and a hard crunchy shell. Plus, nobody will believe you when you tell them that you ate deep-fried ice cream!
Want to try deep fried ice cream for your self? Here is a recipe.
2. Mochi Ice Cream
If you’re a fan of Japanese cuisine, you might have heard the word “mochi” thrown around a few times. Mochi is essentially a rice cake that can be filled with sweet or savory fillings like red bean paste. When used in desserts, it’s sweet, chewy and delicious. Mochi ice cream takes this chewy snack to the next level by taking a ball of ice cream and wrapping it in a layer of mochi. The outside is soft and chewy, while the inside is cold and creamy. To make it even more authentic, mochi ice cream is typically made with traditional Japanese flavors like green tea.
You can buy mochi ice cream at certain grocery stores in Wheatley, Tilbury or Leamington, or simply make it at home using a simple online recipe. You’ll need sweet rice flour, cornstarch, sugar and ice cream. After preparing the mochi, you’ll wrap it around the ice cream balls like you’re making a dumpling. Pop it in the freezer, then take it out when you’re ready to serve. It’s a great homemade dessert, snack or treat for your kids. Imagine their surprise when they bite into the little mochi dumpling and find sweet ice cream inside!
3. Ice Cream Cake
This is our favourite! When you’re looking for ice cream near me, you can’t go wrong with a classic ice cream cake from iScreams in Wheatley. This dessert combines the best of both worlds: a light, fluffy cake with a layer of cold ice cream. It’s cool and refreshing and perfect for summer birthdays and backyard barbecues. Why serve the cake and ice cream separately when you can serve them both at the same time?
Ice cream cake allows you to infuse different flavors into the cake that wouldn’t be possible normally. You can’t exactly bake a cake with nuts or cookie dough pieces (well, you could try, but it probably wouldn’t end well.) But what if you add a block of your favourite cookie dough or rocky road ice cream in the middle? You can mix-and-match flavors by having chocolate ice cream with a vanilla cake, or vice versa. And this special type of cake has to be frozen, so it’ll be especially cold and sweet when it’s time for dessert.
At iScreams we make our cake completely from ice cream with a cookie crust and a layer of gooey goodness in between ice cream layers.
Ice cream cakes are popular for birthday parties, as they offer two of your kids’ favourite foods at once: cake and ice cream. But who says that you have to wait for a birthday party to enjoy this delicious frozen treat? Pick up one at your local ice cream shop or make your own cake at home using natural ingredients.
It’s layer after layer of creamy frosting, velvety cake, and sweet ice cream. Few desserts are more indulgent than an ice cream cake from iScreams, sometimes you need to treat yourself!