Ice cream usually hits the spot, but some flavors out there miss the mark by a long shot. While creativity in the kitchen can lead to some delicious discoveries, it seems like the taste testers for these flavors were out to lunch. Here are 11 ice cream flavors that probably should have stayed as just weird ideas.

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Chewing gum? Great. Ice cream? Fantastic. Combine them, and you’ve got a recipe for confusion. The chewy bits of gum interspersed with the ice cream can leave eaters puzzled, unsure if they should swallow or spit.

Birthday Cake

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While meant to conjure up festive joy, the intense sweetness and artificial flavoring can be a bit much. It’s like eating a spoonful of sugar with a side of more sugar, wrapped in a bow of nostalgia that not everyone wants to unwrap.

Cotton Candy

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This flavor takes you on a rollercoaster ride back to the fair, but not in a good way. The overly sweet, somewhat artificial taste can feel like a mouthful of melted plastic to some, leaving a longing for the simpler flavors of childhood.

Butter Pecan

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It’s like a buttery, nutty overload that not everyone can appreciate. Some find the chunks of pecan disruptive, longing for a smoother scoop. It’s a divisive classic that leaves people either in adoration or absolute aversion from the artificial taste.

Rum Raisin

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As if raisins weren’t divisive enough in cookies, this flavor attempts to bring a sophisticated, boozy twist to ice cream but often ends up reminding people of accidentally eating their grandparent’s desserts. The rum-soaked raisins can be jarring, making it a love-or-hate affair.

Green Tea

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Its subtle, slightly bitter taste is a far cry from the sweet, creamy delight most seek in ice cream. It’s an acquired taste that not everyone has acquired, making it a lonely choice in the freezer aisle.

Rainbow Sherbet

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A colorful mess that promises fruit flavors but delivers a confusing, often overly sweetened concoction. It tries to be too many things at once, leaving your taste buds bewildered and your childhood memories tainted.


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It’s like brushing your teeth and eating ice cream at the same time—a combination that’s not always welcome. The strong, minty flavor can overpower the senses, making it a less-than-refreshing choice for some.


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Surprisingly, this classic can be a flop when it uses artificial flavoring, turning what should be a berry delightful experience into a synthetic letdown. It’s a big disappointment when it misses the mark on natural sweetness and half the time contains no actual strawberry!


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No banana-flavored sweet has ever fared well and banana-flavored ice cream is no different. It strays too far from the fruit’s natural, subtle sweetness, venturing into overly ripe or artificial territory. It’s a slippery slope between banana bliss and banana regret.


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Licorice ice cream takes the controversial candy and freezes it into a divisive scoop. Its bold, aniseed flavor is an acquired taste, turning what could be a pleasant dessert into a polarizing palate test.

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12 Foods To Eat If You Want To Look Younger

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