When food and innovation come together, the result is an array of flavours that tease the palate this way and that. When you add ice cream to the equation, it’s pure cosmic bliss like these unique and daring flavours that will get you addicted in one bite.
The last thing you expect when you enter this stylish boutique is that they’ll be serving some of the most interesting ice cream flavours available in the capital. Climb to the first floor to be greeted by a tiny seating area serving coffee and just six to eight flavours of ice cream that change seasonally. Go for the delicious salted caramel ice cream that’s a mix of sweet and salt and is their most popular one.
Other flavours to try: Earl Grey, Blue Curacao & Kaffir Lime and Avocado ice cream.
Where: 135, Bhishma Pitamah Marg, Meharchand Market, Lodhi Colony
This delightful pink and blue ice candy truck brings out the child in you. It’ll be a tough task to make a choice when you see the flavours on offer but Mango Cheesecake is highly recommended. What we loved is the chocolate coating on half the popsicle, which complements the mango beautifully giving it a great contrast and creamy flavour.
Other flavours to try: Le Chocolatier, Tiramisu and Fruitilicious sorbet
Where: Leisure Valley, Sector 29, Gurgaon
Warning: the wait can be unbearable when you’re hungry but watching these delicious handcrafted ice cream rolls being made ensures that you don’t walk away. They pour cream on super cold metal that freezes it immediately. It’s then spread out evenly and scooped up with a spatula to form rolls. This decadent dessert is a dream for chocoholics. The rolls get their inspiration from Thailand, and suffice it to say, have now stormed their way into many countries.
Other flavours to try: Tequila Shot sorbet and Salted Caramel
Where: SF 56, Galleria, DLF Phase – IV, Gurgaon; Lower Ground Floor, Pacific Mall, Subhash Nagar; 310, 2nd Floor, DLF Place Mall, Saket
A hint of rose and delicious lychees make this yummy flavour irresistible during summer. This place is all about instant ice cream and they prepare it in front of you using liquid nitrogen. This is cooled down to minus 200 degrees Celsius and when poured onto the liquid ice cream, a frozen mass of delicious ice cream emerges.
Other flavours to try: Banarsi Punch, Coffee-Toffee, Snicker Snacker and Deep Purple
Where: Shop K5A, DLF Cyber Hub, Gurgaon and The Sangam Courtyard, R.K Puram
If you go weak in the knees just hearing about bananas and caramel, then go for this decadent ice cream at Azote. Also prepared using liquid nitrogen, it takes the traditional English dessert to a whole new level. The ice cream is topped with wafer biscuits and comes with a syringe that’s filled with heavenly chocolate sauce. They keep adding new flavours each week, but we really hope this one stays.
Other flavours to try: Red Velvet and Old Monk
Where: C-11, SDA Market, opposite IIT Gate, New Delhi
If Old Monk is your favourite drink, you’ve reached heaven! A bite of Rum Baba with chopped rum balls and chocolate rum fudge will give you the kick that perhaps you never expected from an ice cream. They pound the ice cream on a cold stone for about five minutes and then serve it.
Other flavours to try: Banoffee Freeze and Tiramisu
Where: DLF Mall of India, Noida
Nothing like a shot of Baileys after a meal, but if you happen to be in Hauz Khas Village, stop at Gelato Roma and try a scoop of this liqueur. The Irish legend is as good in the ice cream form and cools you instantly.
Other flavours to try: Hazelnut Chocolate and Roasted Almond.
Where: 2 Hauz Khas Village, Epicuria Food Mall, Nehru Place and Pandara Road Market
This delicious jaggery flavoured ice cream is unlike something you’ve ever tasted before. Made of date palm jaggery a bite of this reminds you of the legendary sandesh in Kolkata. The ice cream is slightly grainy in texture the gur syrup topping, that looks like dark honey, is absolutely lip-smacking.
Other flavours to try: Legacy Chocolate, Cinnamon Toast and Pan Masala Special.
Where: 84 & 85, M-Block, Outer Circle, Connaught Place
An ice lolly always reminds us of the orange bar we used to get outside school. But in its all-new avatar, these popsicles are available in a range of interesting flavours. Coast Cafe’s frozen take on this refreshing cocktail made with fresh watermelon, berries, lime and tequila gives a heady kick from the moment you sink your teeth into it. This is the kind of freezer pop you’d never want to finish eating.
Other flavours to try: Cucumber & Ginger icy pop and Fit Bit Chocolate
Where: H-2 Hauz Khas Village