Kooky Japanese Ice Cream Flavors May Ruin Your Appetite

PHOTO: Various flavors of Japanese ice cream are seen in this April 19, 2009 file photo.

Vanilla who?

A handful of American ice cream parlors have attracted attention in recent years for outlandish ingredients that range from bourbon and cornflakes (Humphry Slocumbe in San Francisco) to habanero peppers (Sunni Sky's Homemade Ice Cream in Angier, N.C.). But truly adventurous dessert lovers would do well to book a flight to Japan.

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In the Land of the Rising Sun, a handful of small-batch suppliers are gaining a cult following for "novelty ice creams" that include flavors such as "beef tongue" and "viper," according to Kotaku.com.

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From pints with "raw horse meat" to squid ink soft serve in a wafer cone, the odd concoctions know no bounds. Other flavors making a splash include soy sauce, shark fin, whitebait, sea urchin, miso ramen, grilled eggplant, fermented bean, Japanese pickle, fried shrimp, salad, seaweed, chicken wing, crab and octopus, among others.

How fearless are your tastebuds? Would you try any of these Japanese novelty ice creams?

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