Bacon, Foie Gras, and Durian: How Ice Cream Parlors Are Moving Beyond Vanilla

July 25, 2015

Ice cream flavors are getting weirder. Here’s why.

When Scott Moloney left his job as an investment banker in 2010 to start a creamery, he didn’t have many plans beyond traditional flavors. For the first month, his shop Treat Dreams in Ferndale, Michigan, offered a standard menu board with flavors like vanilla, chocolate, mint chip, and strawberry ice cream. The only outlier was a Fruit Loops flavor, he recalls. Then came the city’s DIY Street Fair. The gathering of artisan vendors called for something a little more creative from Treat Dreams, and Moloney accordingly developed a specialty flavor that he…