Some ice cream flavors are popular across the world. Others maintain a small, but loyal following in their place of origin. Even if the fanbase never grows, local pride in regional ingredients can keep unlikely flavors alive. From New England's medicinal berries (once popular in perfumed gum) to Northern California's abundance of fresh garlic, any resource is fair game for consideration.
Whether it's a lack of widespread appeal or a crucial ingredient that doesn't travel well, these flavors and styles are difficult to find outside their homes. You have to go straight to the source. Keep an eye out for these regional favorites on your next (rocky) road trip. A world far more interesting than vanilla exists if you know where to look.
Tigers (and their tails) are native to Asia, but tigertail ice cream is Canadian to its core. After the First Canadian Army helped liberate the Netherlands during the Second World War, some Dutch families immigrated to Canada to begin anew. With them came licorice, which Canadian soda fountains swirled into orange ice cream. Most popular from the 1950s to 1970s, the citrusy, slightly herbal ice cream is now a nostalgic treat for those raised in the Great White North. Elsewhere, the orange-and-black-striped flavor is almost entirely unknown.
One scoop can make any kid feel like a hero—and any Midwesterner feel like a kid again. But this comically bright delight isn't just a color show; it's three distinct ice cream flavors blended together. A Detroit brewery produced the first-known combination during Prohibition, when beer sales were a little flat. They swirled together a trio of Faygo Red Pop, yellow lemon, and Blue Moon ice creams (the latter of which is a Midwestern mystery flavor that fans liken to everything from Froot Loops to marshmallows). Today, creameries sell the iconic color set in other flavors, but it's still tough to track down outside the Midwest.
Double the dairy, double the fun. In the Philippines, grocery stores and street vendors sell a blend of sweet cream and cheddar ice cream (sometimes studded with actual shreds of cheese) alongside flavors such as chocolate and vanilla. Millions of Pinoy ice cream fans eat salty-sweet scoops of keso (from the phonetic spelling of the Spanish queso) stuffed inside pillowy bread rolls called pan de sal. Some even liken the tangy, savory balance it creates to a slice of cheesecake.
Reaching for a cone of dondurma may leave you empty-handed.
Turkey's taffy-like ice cream contains salep and mastic—powdered orchid bulbs and pine resin—which render it slow-melting, elastic, and thick enough to cut with a fork and knife. The finished product is so sticky that vendors often make a show out of it, playing tricks on customers using sleights of hand and misdirection to keep the twirling cones just out of reach. Don't be deterred: Good things come to those who wait.
Some remember teaberry's minty spice as an old-fashioned favorite; others think it tastes like a pain reliever made with wintergreen. These crimson berries grow on an evergreen plant native to New England, but taste like neither tea nor berries. Pennsylvanians love them in ice cream, though their shocking pink hue and medicinal flavor is scarcely known outside the Mid-Atlantic. As polarizing as it sounds, the flavor was ubiquitous in the 1960s, appearing in sweets, cure-alls, and gum.
The town of Gilroy in Northern California is the self-proclaimed “Garlic Capital of the World.” Stores, farmers' markets, and an annual festival all pay tribute to the fragrant bulb. Despite garlic's almost exclusive presence in savory food, the town doesn't stop at spaghetti dinner. Even their ice cream is laced with it. Fans say the subtle, nutty kick adds a rich and buttery element to a predominantly vanilla base, but critics find the aftertaste disturbing. Other garlic-infused flavors include chocolate, roasted almond, pistachio, and pecan praline.
So on Wednesday, TPM’s Allegra Kirkland received a tip from a Federal Election Commission staffer: Buried in a recently published FEC rule-making document about requiring online ads to disclose who’s behind them, said the staffer, is an “Easter egg.”
Allegra was getting the tip, the staffer said, because she was the only reporter who correctly noted that the FEC’s recent disclosure that it’ll start looking into whether the NRA received Russian money to help Trump was little more than a standard step in response to a complaint, not a full-blown investigation.
We always like to reap the benefits of our past reporting. And the FEC’s recent decision to create disclosure rules for online ads was a significant and surprising step that could help protect elections from foreign meddling.
So we eagerly investigated. Were the proposed rules being quietly watered down? Bolstered further?
And then we found it, on page 33, hidden in an arcane discussion of exactly how the disclosure might be required to appear:
Would a hyperlink in a communication be a reliable way to identify the payor or could hyperlinks prove to be transient? Could an indicator be used to defeat disclosure by linking to, for example, goo.gl/nRk1H1 at publication and then, once a complaint is filed with the Commission, to an actual political committee’s website?
Click on the link there, and you’ll find it, too. I guess the joke was on us. (And for those of you lucky enough to be unfamiliar with this particular c. 2008 online meme, here’s some background.)
“It’s not the best joke ever,” our Deep Throat told us once we got it. “But the bar is low in federal rule-makings.”
Re-imagine Disney’s TRON: Legacy movie scenes with LEGO bricks!
Build Disney’s TRON: Legacy with this LEGO Ideas set, featuring 2 Light Cycles, 3 minifigures and a TRON grid/display base to recreate the movie chase scene and Identity Disc battle.
Build, play and display with this futuristic LEGO Ideas 21314 TRON: Legacy set from Disney, featuring 2 Light Cycles, each with minifigure seats and translucent-colored light-style elements, plus a divisible TRON grid with attachment points for the vehicles. Use the grid as a display base for the Light Cycles or split it in 2 to recreate the chase scene from Disney’s TRON: Legacy movie. Alternatively, stage an Identity Disc battle between the 3 included LEGO minifigures—Sam Flynn, Quorra and Rinzler—on the grid. This construction toy includes a booklet with information about its fan creator and LEGO designers, plus the lowdown on Disney’s TRON: Legacy movie and its main characters.
Striking while that iron is hot, guys.
All jokes aside, this looks like a great set for the TRON nerds in your life.