Amid all the barbeques, sparklers, parades, and sweaty family gatherings, it’s easy to forget that the Fourth of July is really a holiday celebrating rebellion. Ain’t no tea-taxing Brits going to hold us down! So in the spirit of rebellion this Independence Day, we’re rounding up our most rebellious flavors — the ones that broke the mold, went their own way, and pushed the boundaries of ice cream greatness.
Item number 1
Ah, Schweddy Balls. The flavor that launched a million laughs and the ire of a million people who didn’t want to think about balls and ice cream getting too cozy with one another. Fair, we suppose. We’ll remember you fondly, Schweddy.
Item number 2
This pint was a rebel of the highest order. It had a powerful message about resisting the Trump administration’s regressive and discriminatory policies and building a future that values inclusivity, equality, and justice for people of color, women, the LGBTQ community, refugees, and immigrants. And fudge, it was about fudge, too.
Item number 3
Late Night Snack
Who’s ever heard of putting potato chips in ice cream?! Not many people, but when the Flavor Gurus did it, it was an instant hit. We salute you, Late Night Snack, you broke the rules and covered the pieces in sweet, sweet fudge.
Item number 4
Ok, we’ll be the first to admit that this was a weird flavor. Looking back, we’re not sure whose idea it was to combine plum and caramel or what inspired them, but we know that it certainly rebelled against flavor convention (if there is such a thing).
Item number 5
Just like the baseball stadium vendors that inspired its name, this pint had popcorn in it. And while that sounds pretty delicious, it’s also a reminder that not all rebellions go well. The popcorn, it turns out, was Peanuts! Popcorn!’s downfall: the moisture from the ice cream seeped in and made it a soggy mess. At least it’s still one Flavor Guru’s favorite flavor flop.
Item number 6
The Non-Dairy Lineup
For a company that’s proudly churned up ice cream flavor after ice cream flavor since 1978, the launch of our Non-Dairy flavors was quite the rebellion. But fans were on board, and we’ve never looked back.
Item number 7
It debuted in 1979, a raucous mash-up of chocolate ice cream, pecans, almonds, raisins, and chocolate chips. The raisins were the most dastardly bit — it’s the only flavor ever to include them. Another rebellion that didn’t quite go as planned.
Item number 8
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Sure, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough is everyone’s favorite flavor (and what could be so rebellious about that?), but its origin story is steeped in rebellion. When it was suggested to us by an anonymous fan at our very first Scoop Shop, we didn’t know what to think. Cookie dough?! Uncooked?! It was pure madness.
Item number 9
The flavor’s a rebellion, the name’s a rebellion, and every single person who’s ever grabbed a pint and chuckled to themselves right there in the ice cream aisle has been committing a small act of rebellion. Rock on, Half Baked lovers.
Item number 10
Bourbon Pecan Pie
It sounds tasty, doesn’t it? But it’s likely you’ve never seen this pint in your local ice cream freezer, because it’s only available in the state of Texas. That’s right, this flavor breaks the mold by being not only wildly delicious, but hand selected by the people of Texas (really — we toured Texas sampling different flavors and Texans voted that this was their fave). Yeehaw!