Tasting Garlic Ice Cream

As soon as I heard that there was an ice cream parlour in Vancouver that sold garlic ice cream, I knew I had to go. I’m pretty adventurous in my tastes, and I love to try new crazy foods – even if they do sound disgusting – so off I hopped to La Casa Gelato with a spring in my step.

If Willy Wonka ever decided to expand his candy business to ice cream, he’d have a tough time competing with this place. Upon entering, I let out an immediate groan. There before me were an amazing 218 different flavours of ice cream, all lined up in a row. Some people might think this is a good thing, but personally I think so much choice is a bad thing. It means going through the horrible process of deciding what you want. Who the hell likes deciding stuff?

Often I’ll end up spending 20 minutes looking at a menu in a restaurant, staring at a number of choices, wishing I was a cow with multiple stomachs. “Should I have the steak…or the hamburger. Hmmm. I’ll have the hamburger. But…but…the steak looks sooo good. Ok, I’ll have the steak….but what if that hamburger is juicy and tasty? Ok. I’ll have the hamburger…” Usually, I can never actually decide and I instead have to flip a coin. This is never fool-proof though, and often I’ll still end up changing my mind again. And again. And again. As I said – who the hell likes deciding?

So there I am, trying to decide, strolling along the many flavours (and I mean strolling, 218 flavours in a line lasts for about half a mile!) noting down the most interesting varieties, trying to make my decision.

First there were the classics of the ice cream world, your Strawberries and Vanillas. Then there were the more modern flavours, your Rocky Roads and Cookie Doughs. After that there were what I’d like to refer to as the “awesome flavours”, the types that make you shout “OH MY GOD! YOU PUT NUTELLA INTO ICE CREAM! I LOVE YOU!” These would be your Nutellas (obviously) and, your Candy Canes.

Then there’s the disturbed ice creams. The types that were clearly thought up by some deranged psychopath, hell bent on making you vomit. The types of ice cream that could barely even be considered ice cream to a sane individual. I’m not lying to you when I say I saw the following: Cheddar Cheese and Apple (really!), Pear and Gorgonzola (honest!), Jalapeno (no lying!), Bacon (seriously!), Dog Poo (ok, that’s a lie). Then, one of my personal favourites. Corn. Yup. Corn. Not Corn and Strawberry. Not Corn and Vanilla. Just Corn. Good old reliable Corn in ice cream… yum.

But let’s not forget the tastiest ice cream of all: Garlic.

With my heart set on the smelly stuff already, my decision was easy. But I also had to decide on a second flavour. Something that complemented Garlic. Hmmm. Strawberry and Garlic? Nope. Liquorice and Garlic? Bleurgh! Corn and Garlic?! Tempting…but…no thanks.

I ran along the flavours, trying desperately to find something to complement Garlic. Then I saw it. Right there in front of me, glistening in the sun. Pineapple. Good old reliable Pineapple. Pineapple goes with EVERYTHING. Pizzas, curries, desserts. I’d hit the jackpot here. The perfect flavour combination.

With a smile on my face I strutted over to the girl behind the counter. “I’ll have a scoop of Garlic and a scoop of Pineapple, please.” The girl gave me an evil smile. The type of grin that lets you know there’s a joke that you’re not in on. I should have known then that I was in trouble, but I’m never one to back down, so I paid up and she started to scoop my ice cream.

First she placed a scoop of Pineapple on the cone. Then she moved onto the Garlic. The tub was almost entirely full. “It’s probably so full because so many people buy it and you need to replace it all the time, because it’s delicious, right?” I exclaimed. The girl simply replied with her grin, before handing me the ice cream. “Enjoy” she said before cackling wildly into the air. I cowered from the shop, a little scared and as I left I’m pretty sure I saw her turn into a bat. (Which was weird, I thought, why would vampires be selling garlic ice cream?)

As I exited the shop, I realised the time to taste my glorious concoction was at hand. I brought my tongue up to the garlic ice cream, closing my eyes to increase my sense of taste. In slow motion, the creamy scoop touched my tongue and it was then, that I knew.

I had been duped

It tasted DISGUSTING. Imagine, if you will, that you are licking a giant wet garlic clove! Not the most tasty of things, I assure you. It tastes almost like a sweaty shoe (which funnily enough is the next flavour they’re going to make…)

Realisation quick set in, I was just another stupid tourist. Trying disgusting foods, just to say I’ve tried them! I felt pathetic. But that’s ok, I thought, the pineapple will still be enjoyable. But no, I’d been duped again! Now I knew, why the girl grinned so evilly. Now I knew the joke. To get to the pineapple, I had to make my way through the entire scoop of garlic. I cringed my way through it, belittling myself for being such a moron.

Thankfully the pineapple ice cream was almost good enough to make up for the punishment. But all day afterwards the smelly taste of garlic lingered in my mouth, reminding me that sometimes you shouldn’t do things for the sake of doing them. Especially if you know you wont like them. And especially if they take a whole packet of Tic Tacs to relieve.

38 thoughts on “Tasting Garlic Ice Cream

  1. I’m glad someone else agrees with me about the problem of having too many choices. But I think I would have chosen Pear and Gorgonzola over Garlic.

    1. Oh, I love them both too, but I’m guessing they don’t cook the garlic that they put into the ice cream so it tastes exactly like licking a garlic clove. Yuck.

      1. I’ll make it a point to have the garlic flavored scoop at the bottom with something more tolerable on top. At least if it’s really bad I can always throw it out after enjoying the nicer scoop on top πŸ™‚

        1. The ice cream was so expensive that even if it was on the bottom I’d have probably forced myself to eat it. Damn those Vancouver food prices!

  2. Did anyone tell you that you can ask for a sample taste of any of the ice creams there? My brother tricked me that way with the raspberry jalapeno ice cream! Apple and cheese isn’t too bad actually, and corn is actually quite sweet. Bacon scares me, but isn’t bacon supposed to make anything taste better?? LOL

    1. Haha, I did notice the samples, but unfortunately I was so sure that I was going to enjoy the garlic that I didn’t bother. I guess my cockiness was my downfall.

      I think that corn ice cream is actually really really popular in Asia. It just sounds crazy to me though.

  3. Reblogged this on Lies Hurt my Sanity and commented:
    I love the way you write, and the story is quite hilarious. My only question is, why didn’t you find a trash can to drop the garlic scoop off into? πŸ˜‰
    Just to say you were ballsy (read:dumb) enough to do it.
    You rock. πŸ˜€

  4. Eating garlic bread while reading your post. But I wonder how that garlic ice cream taste like.
    Would be nice to try with all that forecast to sweat through its hottest in Brisbane.

    Thanks for the visit Dan.

  5. Thanks for liking my blog – really liked this entry. A few weeks ago I tried two new things – crocodile pizza, which tasted OK at first but left a weird after-taste, and the delicious liquorice ice cream they make here in Australia. Haven’t seen any garlic ice cream but will learn from you and avoid. Thanks.

  6. Oh man. I live about an hour north of Gilroy, California–garlic capital of the world. They have a garlic festival every year, with garlic wine and garlic ice cream and garlic this and garlic that. I’ve always been tempted to go and try it, but I might just learn from your experience and stick with the tried and true.

    1. I actually contemplated going to that festival a few summers back when I was in Oregon. I love garlic! Just…this garlic bread was absolutely foul.

  7. Garlic ice cream! Awesome! I’m from a little town in Gilroy, CA that claims to be the “garlic capital of the world”. Well, we were at one time, but now we just have a massive garlic festival every year and there is always garlic ice cream for sale! I didn’t think it was so bad . . .

    1. The person above you is from near Gilroy too. I might have to try getting there, but I wont be eating any ice cream…I think the problem is that the garlic isn’t cooked for the ice cream, perhaps? Just like licking raw garlic. Ugh. Not good.

  8. Hahaha, garlic sounds pretty foul. I had liquorice ice cream once, which nobody else seemed to like, but I thought it was pretty nice.

    This shop in Vancouver sounds a lot better than the quaint little ice cream vendor in the smallest city of the United Kingdom, though.

  9. I am so excited to read all of this, you mentioned Willy Wonka and Sake in the same breathe – but I fear you used “sake” in the personal term, as in “for my own sake, not yours,” and not as rice wine…. FORGIVEN. But Forbidden.

    For if Wonka would have only made a Japanese Rice Wine Candy…. well the images are endless.

  10. You, sir, chose the wrong garlic gelato shop. Over here in Michigan (where it’s so cold we *have* to specialize in frozen treats) there”s a gelato shop that sells absolutely delicious sweet cream & garlic gelato. They also have maple-bacon (yum).

    How does one even sell 218 flavors of ice cream?

    1. This place has maple-bacon too! I’m torn about whether that’ll be nice or not. I’ve had maple-bacon stuff before and loved it! But in an ice cream? Hmm. Might have to get back to you on that one.

  11. That’s AWESOME! Some things should NOT be made into icecream It’s an insult to the existing yummy cream. Carmalized Pear and Gorgozola goes well on pizza. Probably my favorite.

    I hate too many choices, as well. I cursed the day Cold Stone came to town with all their mixes and base flavors. (besides that, it doesn’t agree with my body.)

    But CORN. That cracks me up, not creamed corn? They couldn’t have called it “Just corn” – that would be funny. They ran out of clever names!

    What’s next a green/salty ice cream called Booger? (I’m afraid no one would try that) How ’bout Pickle?

    Lake Forest, CA

  12. Wow, this is crazy! I live in Vancouver, so I’ll make a point to go there soon and snoop around! Great blog post by the way, made me chuckle πŸ™‚

  13. Oh, I like this post! Made me laugh aloud! πŸ™‚ I like to try new flavours as well and sometimes, I see myself as adventurous, though I don’t think I would have gone as far as garlic ice cream; thank you for letting it known that it’s horrible πŸ˜‰ At least I know now not to try it out, haha πŸ™‚

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