In the words of the Fresh Prince, “It’s summer, summer time!” Okay, well, not really. While spring was supposed to have sprung a couple of weeks ago, some parts of the country are still in the throws of winter. Brrr! For those of us in warmer climates, we are already dreaming of our favorite cool treats like ice cream, custard and frozen yogurt.
While many may think of ice cream and American’s in the same thought, this delicious hot weather treat has been served in many forms across the globe for centuries — sorbet, gelato, custard, semifreddo and other delightful variations. According to the International Dairy Foods Association’s history of ice cream, “Ice cream’s origins are known to reach back as far as the second century B.C., although no specific date of origin nor inventor has been undisputably credited with its discovery.”
No matter who originally invented this delicious warm weather treat, we can agree it is a favorite in many countries across the globe. From the U.S. to Italy to South Africa across to Sao Paolo and back up to Canada, we have scoured the internet to find 7 ice cream flavors that will test your will power and maybe force you to consider a little dessert before dinner.
Toasted Pecan Gelato – Bella Gelateria, Canada
Canada’s James Coleridge won the premiere Maestro Gelatiere Award at the 2012 Florence Gelato Festival with this flavor “Toasted Pecan Gelato”, a recipe using Californian Pecans, Maldon sea salt from the UK and Maple Syrup from Canada according to the Good Life Vancouver.
Amongst his other flavors includes a Chocolate & Single Malt Scotch, Italian Honey Nougat, White Truffle Gelato and more. On our next trip to Vancouver, we must make it a point to stop by this shop for a taste.
The Demoiselle Cup – Vipiteno Gelateria, Sao Paulo, Brazil
USA Today listed the Vipiteno Gelateria as one of the best ice cream parlors in the world in 2013. It’s a bucket list item for many who visit the area. Its flavor, The Demoiselle Cup, “one of the most coveted menu items, consists of dulce de leche ice cream topped with pear and ginger syrup, followed by whipped cream and crunchy burnt sugar.”
The Creamery Waffle – The Creamery, Cape Town, South Africa
When we talk about farm-to-table, who would have thought we would include ice cream into the mix? According to Eat Out, “The Creamery is the brainchild of Kate Shrire who works on the philosophy that all ingredients must be sourced locally from family run farms in the Cape.”
The Chocolate Brownie Sunday is also a flavor you may want to try when visiting Cape Town. We are planning a trip to the area next year. Maybe you will join us.
Hazelnut Semifreddo – Al Gelato di Marco, Italy
If you ever make your way to Verona, Italy, then head off to Marco Scamperle for a taste of hazelnut semifreddo. It is simply dreamy and delicious.
Should you decide to try your hand at making this semifreddo yourself, check out this recipe by the Kitchen in Tuscany. It’s the perfect dessert to introduce at your next dinner party.
Your guest will leave with something to talk about for days to come. And hopefully, you will not have any leftovers to come between you and your summer bikini plans.
Mango Macadamia – Simmo’s Ice Creamery, Australia
Everyone wants to head ‘down under’ at some point in their life, right? Australia is often referred to as paradise with its many terrains – dessert, city life, ocean living and more. The weather is seemingly perfect most of the time. On a warm summer’s day, you just might to try out some delicious and mouth-watering ice cream from Simmo’s Ice Creamery.
Afar magazine contributor, Kirsten Alana refers to Simmo’s as the best ice cream in Western Australia. Have you been here? What is your take on it?
Fleur d’Oranger – Fennocchio Maitre Glacier, Nice, France
There is not much about France not to like. It offers some of the best food in the world. And the South of France is an area that will never get old. Spending summers in Eze near Nice may be the ideal environment for families. Nice is a typical stopping point for many arriving from Italy or Spain or central France. Make sure to visit Fennocchio’s to taste any of there delicious flavors including the Fleur d’Oranger. It just may make your heart go pitter-patter.
Your ‘fave’ flavor – Anywhere, Worldwide
You tell us what the seventh flavor should be on the list. What is the best ice cream flavor in the world to you? Share it in the comments below.
International Dairy Foods Association
Good Life Vancouver
Eat Out South Africa Food Guide
Kitchen in Tuscany