If you grew up with your parents telling you that you can’t have ice cream for dinner, they probably never thought about it including avocado, balsamic vinegar or goat cheese. There has been a true revolution in the world of ice cream, and the only rule is that there are no rules. We’ve collected a variety of salty, sweet and just plain unusual combinations that will inspire you to bring the ice cream maker out of storage immediately. Get ready, ’cause these 15 sweet and savory desserts are going to blow your ice-cream-lovin’ mind.


1. Strawberry Balsamic Rosemary Ice Cream: Balsamic + Rosemary is already a winning combo. Add strawberries to that and you’ll be pleasantly surprised at just how delicious it actually is. (via Brit + Co)

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2. Lemon Poppyseed Ice Cream: We know this is already delicious in muffin form, so ice cream is a logical next step. (via Whole New Mom)

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3. Matcha Mint: We feel relaxed just thinking about this blissful combo that’s typically reserved for our morning tea. (via Bojon Gourmet)

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4. Fig Ice Cream: If you’ve only experienced fig through Fig Newtons, this a must-try. (via Saveur)

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5. Red Beet, Honey, Rose Water, Goat Cheese and Goat Milk Ice Cream: The ingredients might be a mouthful to say, but if they taste as delicious as it looks, we’re willing to give it a try. (via A Brown Table)

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6. Maple Frozen Custard With Candied Bacon: The only thing we’re left wondering is if this flavor comes with a side of pancakes. Either way, it caught our attention at bacon. (via Foodie with Family)

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7. Coconut Curry Ice Cream With Honey Salted Cashews: Curry combines a variety of sweet and savory spices that lends itself to be a better partner for ice cream than you might have imagined. (via Aida Mollenkamp)

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8. Banana Curry Ice Cream: If you’re going to try curry in your ice cream, we might as well make it more attainable by sharing two different recipes. (via Scoop Adventures)

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9. Banana Chocolate Avocado Ice Cream: We love avocados and ice cream equally, so how could bringing them together be anything but right? (via The Saffron Girl)

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10. Buttered Popcorn Ice Cream: Imagine topping this off with caramel popcorn. Yep, we went there. (via Clockwork Lemon)

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11. Vanilla Ice Cream With Olive Oil and Sea Salt: This is one vanilla ice cream that doesn’t require any additional toppings. (via Honestly Yum)

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12. Goat Cheese Balsamic Ice Cream: The blogger behind the recipe notes it tastes like a really, really good cheesecake, and we couldn’t be more excited to try it! (via Brooklyn Supper)

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13. Sweet Corn With a Salted Caramel Swirl and Chocolate-Covered Potato Chips: We’ve seen corn show up in some pretty unexpected dishes. This ice cream recipe definitely takes the cake. (via How Sweet Eats)

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14. Jalapeño Cheesecake Ice Cream: Now that’s a spicy ice cream! Since they say milk is the best way to cool down the heat, maybe this recipe is on to something. (via Meats and Sweets)


15. Brown Sugar Bourbon Ice Cream: We never did meet a booze-spiked cone that we didn’t like. (via Brit + Co)

What’s the most unusual ice cream combination you’ve ever tried? Tell us in the comments!