Although we haven’t experienced the pleasure (terror?) of sampling it, we’re willing to bet that the fish ‘n’ chips ice cream being produced by an English dairy company qualifies for the Strange Snacks of the World Hall of Fame.
The ice cream is creamed cod-flavored, encased in a vanilla and pepper batter, and served with potato ice cream chips and, naturally, salt, vinegar, and lemon wedges.
On the face of it, cod doesn’t seem to be the most auspicious ice cream flavoring, but the deep-fried crust is reminiscent of the Mexican fried ice cream that Chi-Chi’s began pimping in the ’80s. Seafood-enhanced ice cream actually has a long history; Dolley Madison, for one, was apparently a huge fan of oyster ice cream.
And bizarro ice cream flavors aren’t really new: San Francisco’s Humphry Slocombe makes foie gras and government cheese varieties; Japan has produced horse meat and chicken wing ice creams; and garlic ice cream has turned up at food festivals and restaurants throughout the country. Back in England, Heston Blumenthal’s bacon and egg ice cream has already set the bar high for odd flavors. And closer to home, there is of course Wylie Dufresne’s ice cream bagel.
So fish ‘n’ chips ice cream, while certainly veering far from the beaten path paved by chocolate and strawberry, isn’t all that weird. Whether it actually tastes good, however, remains open to interpretation.
[Via Serious Eats]