Weird ice cream is still good ice cream

This will be a very quick post, because I didn’t actually cook anything this time. Easy peasy!

There’s a little “express,” grocery store at the end of our street, and it always shocks me that they’re able to stock such a great number of diverse food items within such a small amount of space. When I saw this ice cream, I had to pick it up, partly because it aroused my curiosity, but also to support the express store’s willingness to take a risk on a product. I’m guessing they don’t sell a lot of this in my neighbourhood, but they still had a shocking number of these containers available for sale.


Living in diverse Toronto as we do, it no longer shocks me to see green tea ice cream, or black bean ice cream, because I’ve tasted both at sushi restaurants for years. But black sesame? I couldn’t even imagine the flavour.

Another thing that excited me about this purchase was that I’m always looking for something my kids might try. People often ask, “Are your kids daring eaters too?” The answer to that question is a very firm, “Nuh-uh,” but I thought they might be willing to make an exception for something boasting the title, “ice cream.” And I was right. Happy Mother’s Day to me. There’s nothing moms enjoy more than being right when it comes to their kids. Right?

IMG_3206My daughter couldn’t even hold back long enough to get a bowl or take her scooter helmet off.

This ice cream was muddy good.


He’s mad because she won’t let him hold the container. Oh, the joy in being a little brother.


Success with the muddy black sesame ice cream! Rating: 4 Yums. It’s hard to describe the flavour. Think rich ice cream. Now add sweet sesame, with a toasted aftertaste. I should have gotten more creative with this dangerous food and made a dessert that incorporated a few things, restaurant-style, but I thought it might be fun to throw that out there as a question. What would go well with sesame ice cream if you were trying to be fancy? I’m thinking dense warm molasses cake with seaweed in it. Who has other ideas?


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    May 7, 2013

    Maybe some sort of Green Tea sponge, something light & delicate?

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      Ann Allchin
      May 7, 2013

      Yum, thanks! I might just have to do it!

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    Joanna @ Midwestern Bite
    May 8, 2013

    I LOVE crazy ice cream flavors. My Husband . . . not so much. His response is the same with crazy ice cream as it is with any non chocolate dessert. Were they out of chocolate? I like to look at it as more for me. Though the toddler loves all flavors of ice cream so I’ll have to share with him but he’s small so how much could he eat?

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      Ann Allchin
      May 8, 2013

      Yes, I’m a little disappointed that the ice cream went over so well because of the share factor too. I had garlic ice cream once, and someone on Twitter just told me there’s asparagus gelato near her, but unfortunately she’s in Austria. Might be a good excuse for a trip though? I’m sure you could lure The Husband there with some chocolate?

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    May 12, 2013

    I make my own ice cream at home, and have even managed to convert my teenager from Ben & Jerry’s (Mostly).

    For a base I use frozen bananas (chopped into small pieces to make it easier)

    Then add the bananas to a food processor with a little liquid of some kind (I tend to use vanilla soy milk to keep it vegan) and then process away. After a short while, believe it or not, it will have the texture of ice cream. Then you can add whatever you like – which is the dangerous part lol.

    The “ice cream” won’t re-freeze well so keep the volume to what you are likely to use. But with a preparation time of a couple of minutes it’s so easy.

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      Ann Allchin
      May 13, 2013

      Thanks! I bought an ice cream maker on Kijiji last year and experimented with bananas and milk, and it did work out very well (some of my other attempts with cream and egg didn’t – it’s hard to get consistency right!). I’ve definitely fantasized about experimenting with creative ingredients myself. I think herbs would be neat. Thanks for reminding me to go it alone!

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    May 14, 2013

    How about crumbled cookie in there…please! Sesame ice cream just doesn’t sound all that delish. Love the pics!!

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      Ann Allchin
      May 18, 2013

      I’m going to give you a couple big glasses of wine and then I know you’ll be all over it!

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    Cinnamon @ eatpraytri
    May 16, 2013

    This actually sounds really good to me! It looks so gross though! HA! I live in such a small town in the middle of the desert that I would probably never find anything like this. I will have to search the next time I’m in the big city! 😉

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      Ann Allchin
      May 18, 2013

      I’ve had black licorice ice cream before too, and it does similar things to faces and teeth. You’ll have to let me know what creative foods you have in the desert. Cactus? Prairie dog? 🙂 Thanks for popping in! I’m going to start posting my responses to your photography challenges ( for anyone else reading) but we’re away right now. Soon! Looking forward to next week!

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