While traditional ice cream flavors like chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla are all super tasty, they’re also, well, so last year. The frozen treat rage that’s heating up like crazy is all about quirky ice cream flavors that not only sound and look cool, but they also have some interesting health benefits. (The last one listed, in particular, has us at Eat This talking!) Check out these peculiar ice cream trends and consider diving into one of these 20 Dairy-Free Frozen Desserts for when you want an icy treat, sans lactose.
Matcha Ice Cream
Now you don’t have to drink tea to reap its detox effects. Members of Tea-rrific! Ice Cream have invented this all-natural, tea-infused treat that utilizes both local ingredients, and those from around the world! No artificial flavors, gums, or preservatives cloud this ice cream’s aura. Made with hormone-free cream, non-fat dry milk, cage-free eggs, organic evaporated cane sugar and—of course—loose leaf herbal teas, this ice cream is a refreshing, healthful way to survive the heat waves this summer. Flavor options include Matcha Green, (Chunky) London Mist, Lavender’s Blueberry, Ginger Matcha and Masala Chai. At $10 per pint, this Connecticut-stationed company distributes its ice cream to states all across the Northeast, Mid Atlantic and Midwest. For more information on detox tea, click here!
Alcoholic Ice Cream
“ID, please!” Why? This ice cream is spiked with chocolate liqueur, Patrón, and vodka, so you may need to have a designated driver after licking this Italian-inspired ice cream! Tipsy Scoop’s liquor-infused ice cream is a way you can satisfy your cravings for both an alcoholic beverage and a bowl of ice cream, but for half of the calories; sounds like an ideal route for weight loss, right? Following in her great, great, great grandfather’s footsteps, the creator of Tipsy Scoop took her ancestor’s passion for making ice cream and added a modern boozy twist on it. With fun flavors like Cake Batter Vodka, Maple Bacon Bourbon, and Tequila Mexican “Hot” Chocolate, it will be hard to track down a taste your palate does not adore.
The Hangover Remedy
We’re not sure you’d have a hangover from that last ice cream, but just in case… A South Korean company has ignited the latest hangover-cure trend in Asia. Coined the Gyeondyo-bar, which translates to “hang in there,” these ice cream bars contain 0.7 percent of raisin tree extract—an ingredient that has been used to treat hangovers in Korea since the 17th century. Unfortunately, this grapefruit flavored remedy is not for sale in the United States just yet, so you may just have to stick to Aspirin and lemon-lime Gatorade for now!
This Jet Black ice cream is not made of licorice. Ditch the detox water and head over to Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream for a scoop of coconut ash? Yep, coconut ash. It’s made from all things coconut, literally: cream, flakes, milk and even the charred, processed remains of a coconut shell. Sounds appetizing, no? Believe it or not, charcoal is a potent detoxifier— well — the activated form, that is. The activated variety of charcoal is processed so that it is not only safe to consume, but also acts as an ultra-absorbent, toxin-removing mechanism. Its absorbent capabilities are so effective that it’s often given to those who have been hospitalized for toxin exposure or drug overdose. Its plethora of minute sponge-like pores allows it to suck up and flush out detrimental toxins hiding out in your liver. But make sure to only ask for one scoop because this ingredient is so powerful that it can also rob you of essential minerals, medications, and vitamins. While this flavor of ice cream will not help you lose belly fat, it will help you deplete that obnoxious belly bloat. Filter your bod with this sweet treat at the beach!
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