Spending so much time thinking about, tasting and analyzing ice cream has been pretty great, but it's unfortunately also reminded us of some hard truths. Namely, all ice cream is not created equal. As amazing as some ice cream flavors are, there are just as many bad ones.
Here are 14 of the worst ice cream flavors we can think of, ranked from bad to worst. What's the worst ice cream flavor you've ever tried?
There is acceptable butter pecan ice cream, and then there is terrible butter pecan ice cream. It is never good.
Eggnog is questionable as is. As ice cream, it's inexcusable.
Keep bacon out of ice cream! If you have two perfect foods, why ruin them by needlessly smashing them together? (Ahem, Cronut™.)
Cotton candy is spun sugar. It is fluffy, airy, sticky and dissolves in your mouth. You pull it apart and eat it with your hands. Cotton candy should NOT be a flavor.
Licorice ice cream might sound good to licorice lovers, but the licorice flavor doesn't go well with creaminess -- we promise. It doesn't taste good cold, and it shouldn't ruin ice cream.
Raisins are questionable to begin with, but in ice cream they're an abominable offense. There is nothing redeeming about rum raisin ice cream. Nothing.
Garlic ice cream exists. We're not sure why, but it does, and it's more readily available than you might expect. One place you can find it is at Minneapolis-based Sebastian Joe's, which sells Roasted Garlic and Almond Chip ice cream. No thanks!
Why would anyone subject themselves to this? This isn't fancy -- this is nonsense.
Don't get us wrong- we love pizza and we are unashamed about our soft spot for pizza-flavored snacks. But pizza ice cream? Is nothing sacred? You can find this monstrosity at Philadelphia's Little Baby's Ice Cream.
Sunni Sky's Homemade Ice Cream
"Cold Sweat" ice cream from North Carolina-based ice cream store Sunni Sky's Homemade Ice Cream requires you to sign a waiver before you purchase it. It's made with some of the hottest peppers out there. Would you eat an ice cream that requires you to sign a waiver? We didn't think so.
Ben & Bill's Chocolate Emporium in Maine sells a butter-flavored ice cream with real pieces of cooked lobster. If you're adventurous enough to try it, amen. Beyond the shock value, however, this ice cream serves no purpose other than grossing us out!
Bubblegum Ice Cream
Bubble gum has a very specific and unmatched flavor. It works in gum. It does NOT work in ice cream. What are you supposed to do with the pieces of bubble gum? Chew them while your ice cream melts? Swallow them or spit them out? It's all wrong. Bubble gum flavored ice cream makes us gag -- simple as that.