Today, it's all about innovation. New flavors. Homemade and delicately crafted foods. Food trucks, craft beers, and mixology. What's the latest flavor-packed dose of originality to appeal to Americans' stomachs? The answer is ice cream. That's right. Just in time for summer and the inevitable heat waves that will come with it, a growing number of entrepreneurs are striking out, opening small ice cream shops with flavors that you have never heard of before.
Have You Tried These One-Of-A-Kind Flavors?
Would you indulge in a cone (or paper ice cream cup) of strawberry balsamic ice cream? What about sugar and spice ice cream? Honey jalapeno pickle ice cream (yum?), goat cheese cashew caramel, cream doughnut ice cream, basil avocado ice cream, rosewater ice cream, beer ice cream, green tea ice cream, and red wine gelato are just some of the wackiest and perhaps most daring flavors you'll find out there. A Pittsburgh, PA ice cream shop offers an especially decadent treat: baklava-flavored ice cream. "An entire sheet of the Greek sweet treat is turned into a batch of ice cream," The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes. "Phyllo dough, pistachios, almonds, and nutmeg translate a nutty pastry into a perfect buttercream-based refreshment." At the end of the day, ice cream shops are doing whatever they can to make sure their flavors stand out among the 1.5 billion gallons of ice cream, frozen yogurt, and gelato made every year.
Practicality Remains Part Of The Equation
There's money in ice cream; Americans eat the most ice cream in June, but July and August aren't far behind -- and the average American will eat ice cream 28.5 times per year. And, for foodies, producing original and innovative flavors is an art. Still, if making ice cream is in your future, there are plenty of practicalities to think about. Remember to purchase adequate supplies. Plastic spoons, napkins, paper ice cream cups with lids, plastic tasting spoons, and drink cups are all musts, and costs you should meticulously factor into your budget.
Do exotic ice cream flavors appeal to you? If the answer is yes and your future is in ice cream (or in frozen yogurt, gelato, or all three), dream up new flavors and thoroughly prepare the premises with all necessary supplies, from ice cream cones and tasting spoons to drink cups.