Garlic ice cream

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A garlic ice cream cone

Garlic iced cream is a flavour of ice cream consisting mainly of vanilla, or honey, and cream as a base, to which the garlic is added. It has been featured at many garlic festivals, including the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Gilroy, California.

Preparation and description[edit]

According to a recipe by the San Francisco-based restaurant, The Stinking Rose, which is well known for including garlic in all of its dishes, garlic ice cream is basically vanilla ice cream with some garlic.[1] The Scandinavian Garlic & Shots, which is based in Södermalm, serves garlic ice cream which is essentially a combination of honey flavoured ice cream and garlic.[2] Garlic ice cream is savoury in taste.[3]


Tasters of garlic ice cream at the 2012 North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival had positive feedback for the ice cream flavour, with one of them commenting that it "is really creamy, subtle flavors, but you can taste the garlic".[4]

Notable use[edit]

Garlic ice cream at the 2007 Gilroy Garlic Festival in Gilroy, California.

Garlic ice cream has been a featured dish at several garlic conventions. Examples include the 1986 Ithaca Garlic Festival in Ithaca, New York[5] and the Gilroy Garlic Festival, which has included garlic ice cream as one of its featured garlic dishes a handful of times, including in 2000[6] and 2005.[7] It has also been showcased at the 2011 Toronto Garlic Festival in Toronto, Canada[8] and the 2012 North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival at Forster's Farm in Orange, Massachusetts.[4]

Garlic ice cream is a food item on The Stinking Rose's food menu.[9] The ice cream flavour is treated as a "sauce" to accompany food items like steak,[10] although it can also be consumed as a dessert item.[11]

In popular culture[edit]

In accordance with a stereotype that Jews tend to add garlic to most of their food, a novel by Julian Ursyn Niemcewicz depicted Polish Jews eating garlic ice cream.[12]


  1. ^ Froncillo, Andrea (2006). The Stinking Rose Restaurant Cookbook. Ten Speed Press. ISBN 9781580086868. 
  2. ^ Porter, Darwin (2011). Frommer's Scandinavia (24 ed.). John Wiley & Sons. pp. 342–. ISBN 9781118090237. 
  3. ^ Wysocki, Heather M. (2012). Four Seas Ice Cream: Sailing Through the Sweet History of Cape Cod's Favorice Ice Cream Parlor. The History Press. pp. 56–. ISBN 9781609495282. 
  4. ^ a b Russell, James F. (October 1, 2012). "Garlic ice cream a hit at North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival". Telegram. 
  5. ^ Damerow, Gail (1994). Ice Cream!: The Whole Scoop (2 ed.). Glenbridge. pp. 186–. ISBN 9780944435298. 
  6. ^ Adema, Pauline (2009). Garlic Capital of the World: Gilroy, Garlic, and the Making of a Festive Foodscape. University of Mississippi Press. pp. 81–. ISBN 9781604733334. 
  7. ^ Encyclopedia of Observances, Holidays and Celebrations. MobileReference. 2007. pp. 828–. ISBN 9781605011776. 
  8. ^ Farqhuarson, Vanessa (September 25, 2011). "Garlic ice cream and more at the Toronto Garlic Festival". National Post. 
  9. ^ Poole, Matthew (2010). Frommer's San Francisco 2011 (6 ed.). John Wiley & Sons. pp. 158–. ISBN 9780470943502. 
  10. ^ "10 Weirdest Ice Cream Flavours". Stylist. Retrieved June 21, 2013. 
  11. ^ Marin, Rick (June 30, 1999). "Beyond Primary Colors: Bold New Ice Creams". The New York Times. 
  12. ^ Oisteanu, Andrei (2009). Inventing the Jew: Antisemitic Stereotypes in Romanian and Other Central-East European Cultures. University of Nebraska Press. pp. 78–. ISBN 9780803224612.