• Vietnamese coffee ice cream is spiced with cardamom and cinnamon, and sweetened with condensed milk. (SBS Food)Source: SBS Food
Take a trip around the world with 17 ice-creams showcasing local flavours, from ale to avocado, hokey pokey to halva.
25 Jan 2018 - 2:01 PM  UPDATED 14 Jan 2019 - 2:09 PM


1. Flourless chocolate cake with ale ice-cream

Beer ice-cream, because England. 


2. Avocado ice-cream

Like avocado smoothies, avocados bring a lightness and creaminess to ice-cream. A touch of lime juice brings a zingy boost. 

New Zealand

3. ANZAC biscuit hokey pokey ice-cream sandwiches

Hokey pokey ice-cream is an easy-to-love New Zealand creation of vanilla ice-cream filled with crunchy pieces of golden honeycomb. It is a natural pairing with caramel sauce.  



4. Chocolate and cinnamon ice-cream sandwich

The chocolate-cinnamon flavour combination popular in Mexican cuisine has ancient Aztec and Mayan roots.


5. Roasted peaches and basil ice-cream

Basil may not sound like a typical ice-cream addition, but its soft aniseed flavour adds a natural sweetness and exotic aroma.


6. Coffee ice-cream (kem cà phê)

Vietnamese coffee is a distinctive feature of Vietnamese cuisine: rich condensed milk mixed with strong coffee. These popsicles channel this appeal, with a coffee base and toffee sauce. 

Vietnamese coffee ice cream is spiced with cardamom and cinnamon, and sweetened with condensed milk.


7. Dulce de leche ice-cream

Dulce de leche - a type of rich, bittersweet caramel popular in Argentina - is a party-pleasing ingredient whatever the dessert.


8. Green tea ice-cream

Recreate this earthy and refreshing sushi-shop favourite at home.

Middle East

9. Halva ice-cream 

Halva is a paste made from almonds popular in Middle Eastern sweets. In ice-cream, it's rich and nutty.


10. Honey, pistachio and saffron kulfi

You don't need an ice-cream maker for this simple dessert - infuse milk with spices, then strain and freeze it. You can pour the mixture into one large container for a whole iced dessert, or into individual portions. 


11. Nougat ice-cream with nuts and glaće fruits

An elegant iced dessert that blends the elements of nougat (almonds, pistachios, honey, glaće fruit, egg whites) with cream, and doesn't require an ice-cream maker.


12. Pandan ice-cream with toffee pecans in a waffle cone

Pandan is used in South Pacific cuisine to flavour desserts, bringing a unique sweet and piney aroma. 

Pandan ice-cream with toffee pecans in a waffle cone


13. Pumpkin ice-cream choc chip cookie sandwiches

Like a freshly baked pumpkin pie, but in ice-cream form. 


14. Olive oil ice-cream

Olive oil sounds like an unusual base for an ice-cream, but trust us on this - it works. Depending on the olive oil you use, the result may be rich and golden-tasting, or more peppery or grassy.


15. Irish soda bread ice-cream

Bread ice-cream? You better believe it. Soda bread crumbs make a surprising but well-suited addition to smooth ice-cream, bringing a sour crunch.


16. Turkish delight ice-cream timbals

The flavours of Turkish delight are fully felt in this floral-tasting ice-cream, which combines pistachios, pieces of turkish delight and rosewater with the cream mixture. 


17. Passionfruit pavlova ice-cream sandwiches

Sunny passionfruit ice-cream sandwiched between airy pavlova brings together the flavours of Australian summer in one bite.

More global ice-cream
Torrone and cherry dark chocolate semifreddo

A cross between a mousse and gelato, this semi-frozen dessert is a great one for summer as you don’t need an ice-cream maker.

Banana tarte tatin with rum & raisin ice-cream

Banana and caramel are one of life's great pairings. Add to this a boozy ice-cream to cut through all the sweetness and you've struck dessert magic, friends.

Mango and Thai basil ice-cream with fresh coconut shavings

On a hot summer's day, there's nothing like this refreshing ice-cream to cool you down. The balance of the sweet mangoes and herbaceous Thai basil is truly a flavour explosion. Choose mangoes when they are in season and at their peak.

Dairy milk chocolate ice-cream

This rich, smooth-as-silk chocolate indulgence is sure to become a household staple. Sorry.

Caramelised Fuji and Calvados ice-cream

This is a warming and boozy ice-cream reminiscent of the flavours of an apple tarte tatin.