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National Ice Cream Month: Quirky Ice-Creams From Around The World

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Helen Hokin: July is national ice-cream month. Here are some of the quirkier ones.
The Fabulous Frozen Factory – Monterrey, Mexico
Giving Heston Blumenthal a run for his money is The Fabulous Frozen Factory which uses liquid nitrogen to create ice cream in front of customers. Set in a former warehouse, the brightly-coloured liquid nitrogen ice cream machines dominate the minimalistic space designed by interior designer Jakob Gómez. Ice cream is made within seconds on request – and then topped by the customers with a range of extra sweet treats and sauces.
Heladeria Coromoto – Merida, Venezuela
Heladeria Coromoto offers a staggering choice of 860 flavours, holding the Guinness World Record for the most flavours available at an ice cream parlour. At the entrance, customers are met by the vast imposing menu – which takes up an entire wall and lists some of most outlandish taste sensations imaginable. Stranger flavours include: shrimp; sardines and brandy; mushrooms and wine; and ‘pabellon criollo’ – a take on the humble Venezuelan dish of beef, black beans, rice, cheese and plantain.
Frosty Pooch, Hoboken, New Jersey, USA
Dogs are always keen for a lick of ice cream, but our four-legged friends are, of course, lactose intolerant. This, coupled with the fact that dogs can overheat rapidly on a hot day, led to husband-and-wife team Angela and Raymond Meyers founding Frosty Pooch in 2011. They serve a range of frozen treats for dogs around New Jersey (and at events beyond) from their classic ice cream truck – helping pampered pooches to get their chops around frozen bacon and peanut butter lactose-free ice cream or peanut butter ‘puppsicles’.
San Crispino – Rome, Italy
Near the Pantheon in the Italian capital, San Crispino has long been established as one of Rome’s finest locations for gelato. The parlour’s philosophy is to provide the best ice cream using the finest ingredients, regardless of cost (so just as well you saved money on the flights!). Resurrecting old flavours with a modern twist and using the freshest ingredients is the trademark here – including their signature honey-based ice cream inspired by a recipe from Buontalenti, the Florentine inventor of gelato in the sixteenth century. Putting taste on top, cones are out as they only get in the way of the true subtleties of the gelato on offer.
Big Gay Ice Cream – New York, USA
Opened in 2009 by Doug Quint and Brian Petroff as “Big Gay Ice Cream Truck”, the parlour’s focus has always been to bring the fun of ice cream to the streets of New York. Five years on this New York institution has outlets in East & West Village – with one in LA opening later in the year. The staff, infectiously enthusiastic for all things frozen and colourful, make Big Gay Ice Cream the popular establishment it is today. Unicorn-tastic.
Eyescream and Friends – Barcelona, Spain
Bringing shaved candy-floss style ice cream from Taiwan to Barcelona is the minimalistic Eyescream and Friends. Children and adults alike have been flocking to the small shop in the Barceloneta area of the city to enjoy the light style of ice cream and the dozens of toppings on offer.
Dondurma Vendors – Istanbul, Turkey
A malleable version of ice cream served on the streets of Istanbul, dondurma is known for its high elasticity and chewy texture. Highly-skilled and creative stallholders around the city amaze tourists with special magic tricks, making cones disappear before their eyes and serving the tallest ice creams possible.
Murphy’s Ice Cream – Dingle, Ireland
Set in the charming seaside town of Dingle on the south-western coast of Ireland, Murphy’s ice cream parlour serves up authentic flavours from the Emerald Isle for the town’s tiny population of 1,920 residents. Combining Irish craic with scoops of native nibbles including Toasted Irish Oats and Dingle Lemon Curd, the owners use fresh, locally-sourced ingredients such as sea salt from Dingle Bay and milk from the indigenous Kerry cow to bring the true tastes of Ireland to life. The success of the original parlour has prompted the opening of two further outlets in Ireland, one in Killarney and the other in Dublin, where customers can also enjoy a triple caffeine, sugar and alcohol hit from cones of Irish Coffee – all from the comfort of the shop’s indoor swing.
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