As much as we love savory food — and trust us, we love all food — dessert is really where our passion lies. If we had our way, we’d wake to the smell of freshly-baked waffle cones, pour melted ice cream over our cereal, brush our teeth with whipped cream, and then head off to work in our cone-mobiles. Ah, the good life.
And as passionate dessert-lovers, we like to keep on top of the latest dessert trends sweeping the country. Remember when red velvet cake was all over the foodie magazines? It was already in pint form in the freezer section, too.
And so we present you with our top 5 most foodie-inspired flavors — these are the flavors snatched from the earliest hints of a trend and expertly ice cream-ified by our beloved Flavor Gurus (thanks, guys).
Item number 1
Dark liquors have long been a favorite for after dinner — remember that snifter of bourbon your grandpa would always pour himself after the plates were cleared away? — and the food world is finally realizing that after-dinner drinks and after-dinner desserts play pretty darned nicely together. Even in the same bowl. Urban Bourbon features burnt caramel ice cream with almonds, fudge flakes, and bourbon caramel swirls. If that doesn’t scream foodie heaven, we don’t know what does.
Item number 2
Salted Caramel Almond
People are way into salt these days. Way. And salted caramel has been a foodie favorite ever since the 1990’s when French chef Pierre Hermé invented a salted caramel macaron, captivating the hearts and tongues of dessert lovers the world over. Today, the sweet and salty combination found in Salted Caramel Almond pays homage to chef Pierre with vanilla bean ice cream, roasted almond slivers, fudge flakes, and a salted caramel swirl.
Item number 3
Oh, my ganache! Truffle Kerfuffle boasts a good number of super-foodie ingredients — like roasted pecans and a salted chocolate ganache swirl — that make it a real foodie paradise. In recent years, chocolatiers have found that chocolate-lovers are looking for new, exciting ways to enjoy their favorite sweet treat. One of the most popular: innovative truffles with unexpected ingredients. Like sour lemon, strawberry balsamic, and applesauce. (But don’t worry, we won’t unleash a sour lemon truffle ice cream flavor on you.)
Item number 4
We can’t pick just one of our seven wildly delicious Ben & Jerry’s Non-Dairy flavors because the whole idea of making a frozen dessert out of almond milk instead of dairy milk is a total foodie move. Lots and lots of people are seeking out dairy-free versions of their faves these days, and chefs have responded by whipping up some truly amazing treats without ever reaching for the milk or butter. Like our Flavor Gurus, who knocked this line of almond-milk-based desserts out of the park.
Item number 5
Spectacular Speculoos Cookie Core
Ever since cookie butter made the long trip from its native Europe to the US, Americans have been wild about it. It’s made appearances everywhere from elementary school lunchboxes to high-end chocolatiers’ displays, tempting palates from coast to coast. And speculoos is the crème de la crème of cookie butters — a sweet spreadable version of the European spice cookies of the same name. So it’s no surprise that as soon as we heard about it, we thought, “Yup, we’re gonna make that into an ice cream.” No regrets.