Quirk Books recently posted a collection of humorous ice cream flavors inspired by books: Things like “Clockwork Orange Creamsicle” and “War and Peach.” Each flavor includes advertising copy describing its ingredients, and a few of them sound pretty darn good. These could be replicated at home, either as regular mixed ice cream or as individual sundaes.
In particular, “Berry Potter and the Container of Secrets” is described as “a magical blend of butter beer, Bertie Bott’s Strawberry Flavour Beans and chocolate frogs.” That sounds like butterscotch ice cream, strawberry jellybeans (Jelly Belly has two varieites: Strawberry Jam and Strawberry Cheesecake), and chocolate frogs: If you’re making a batch of ice cream with mix-ins, it’d be easiest to just use chocolate chips or chocolate chunks; for individual desserts, you could use a frog-shaped candy mold to make real chocolate frogs and perch a few atop each sundae.
“Whirled War Z” is another flavor that sounds yummy: “Gummy worms crawl through a swirl of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream. Beware of the random splattering of cherries.” To make a large batch–which would work particularly well as an ice cream cake–soften equal amounts of strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate ice cream. Line a cake pan with plastic wrap and spread the ice creams in layers, scattering gummy worms and cherries (fresh, frozen, dried, or candied, according to your whim) between the layers. Freeze until firm, then unmold on a serving platter and slice. For sundaes, sprinkle scoops of neapolitan ice cream with the worms and cherries.
I’m sure there are plenty of other literary combinations possible: Dracula-inspired “Vein-illa:” Vanilla ice cream with dark chocolate hearts and a coil of pureed raspberry “blood;” Poe’s “Night in the Toothsome October:” Pumpkin ice cream swirled with sherry-caramel sauce and pecan shortbread bits; and Oscar Wilde’s “Pleasure of Dorian Gray:” Bourbon ice cream with candied orange peel and a licorice ripple.
Have suggestions for other combinations? Leave ‘em in the comments!