When we’re not whipping up new flavors and trying to make the world a better place, we like to keep on top of the world’s coolest ice cream trends. And you won’t believe what we’ve been seeing lately. Seriously, there are some wild things happening with our favorite chilly treat.
We’ve gathered up the craziest, tastiest, and most inspired trends taking over ice cream shops and Instagram feeds alike. You have to see these to believe ‘em!
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Mochi Ice Cream
These colorful treats hail from Japan, and anyone who’s tried them is sure glad they made the trip to the US. They’re balls of ice cream — usually strawberry, vanilla, or green tea flavored — wrapped in mochi, a sweet rice paste. Ice cream that doesn’t even need a spoon? We’re in!
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Cereal Milk Ice Cream
If you’ve been paying attention, you know that we’re pretty pumped about this one. As soon as we heard about cereal milk ice cream, we got right to work concocting our Cereal Splashback flavors, based on all your favorites from childhood. What is it, you ask? It’s an ice cream-ified version of that sweet, sweet milk at the bottom of your cereal bowl. And it’s aaah-mazing.
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Alcoholic Ice Cream
Ice cream shop? Bar? Why choose! From wine sorbets to cocktail and beer ice cream flavors, this trend has something for everybody (except the under-21 set, that is). This booze packs a real punch — unlike our own Urban Bourbon flavor, which uses real bourbon, but would take a bellyache’s worth to give you even a hint of a buzz.
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Crazy Ice Cream Sandwiches
Seen any especially crazy ice cream sandwiches lately? You probably have, because they are so on-trend right now. We’ve seen ice cream sandwiches made from macarons, cupcakes, donuts, croissants, churros, even foie gras. We’ve even taken a stab at getting in on the action ourselves — bacon and Ben & Jerry’s, anyone?
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Rolled Ice Cream
This trend rolled right out of Thailand and into the hearts of ice cream lovers the world over. They pour liquid ice cream and all your mix-ins onto a chilled metal surface and chop the mix-ins into the liquid. Once it’s blended and chilled, they scrape it into rolls and serve it up. If that’s not clever, we don’t know what is.
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We have to assume it’s their ultimate Instagram-ability that has pushed these wild sundaes to the top of the trends lists. Whether they’re covered in candy and toppings, garnished with literal gold, or just really, really big, over-the-top sundaes are taking over.
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Sure, you can always count on your local Scoop Shop for a top-notch waffle cone or even a waffle cone dipped in chocolate and sprinkles, but you’ll have to travel a little further for a donut cone or a fish-shaped cone if you want to bite into this trend.
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Ice cream’s supposed to be sweet, right? Wouldn’t making a non-sweet ice cream go against the very rules of the dessert universe? Apparently not, according to this trend. Flavors like garlic, rosemary, cheddar cheese, sriracha, and buttered popcorn are popping up everywhere. Consider us bewildered.
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Cute, Cute, & More Cute
We know how it goes — you hit up a trendy new ice cream shop with your squad and the first thing you do with your cone is snap a pic for social media. (Don’t worry, we do it, too.) Shops are catching on and making the cutest cones they can to please patrons’ followers. From elephants to cats to chickens and flowers, these cones are almost too cute to eat (almost).
What are your favorite ice cream trends? Seen anything particularly cool lately? Let us know in the comments below!