When I lived in Eastern Europe, I encountered many inexplicable foodstuffs -- dishes I was served in restaurants and people's homes that I could not identify but felt compelled to swallow as the guest in the room. I am most afraid of unidentified meat products. But one evening I tried to decline and was nevertheless presented with a bowl of light brown ice cream by an insistent host that I didn't dare refuse...
This was the Czech Republic, and based on the meals I had seen, I guessed it was pork. My Czech not yet functioning, I asked for a translation. "Oh, that is very difficult," said the host. I decided it was peanut butter, and left it at that.
Since then, I have kept an eye out for the exotic, odd or gimmicky ice cream flavor -- often so blurred with sugar and cream as to be unrecognizable, always trying a little too hard. There's foie gras ice cream from France
. Soy sauce
(pictured) ice cream from Japan. Beer-flavored ice cream
from Newcastle. If that isn't enough to whet your appetite, check out this list of 101 scary ice cream flavors from around the world
, including ox tail, chicken wing, cactus, raw horseflesh and pit viper.
But enough of that. In the spirit of ice cream month, tell us: What's the strangest ice cream you've
Related: Would You Eat This? Foie Gras Ice Cream
(Images: Japanese Ice Cream )
- Kristin Hohenadel blogging from rue Vieille du Temple, Paris, France. She can be reached at kristin @ apartmenttherapy . com