• Mother Moo Creamery in Sierra Madre (Photo - Staff).

      Mother Moo Creamery in Sierra Madre (Photo – Staff).

      Let us revel in 8 unusual local Ice Cream flavors in the area!

      By Roxanne Elhachem

      Explore 8 unusual, but equally delicious, ice cream and gelato flavors available in the Greater Pasadena Area.

      8- Corn

      Coconut Vanilla Corn (Photo - Staff).

      Coconut Vanilla Corn (Photo – Staff).

      Corn and ice cream were never mentioned in the same sentence until now. This particular ice cream is coconut based with a very creamy aftertaste. Mixed with the right touch of agave and raw vanilla for a delicious yummy treat.

      Caution: The day we visited the shop the air-condition was not working. We were told it was out for few weeks and hadn’t been fixed. You can imagine how hot it was inside the shop that it felt better stepping outside where the temperature registered 102 degrees! We hope the air-condition is fixed very soon for the sake of the customers and mainly the employees.

      @ KindKreme
      319 S Arroyo Pkwy
      Pasadena, CA 91105

      7- Black Sesame

      Black Sesame ice cream (Photo - cookworks.com).This Alhambra shop is a staple in the San Gabriel Valley community since 1919, and offers a refreshing ice cream that awakens the taste buds.

      This particular ice cream tastes just like sesame with a unique texture and sweetness that’s not overpowering. Definitely for the adventurous type. Try it once, and you may end up ordering it over and over!

      @ Fosselman’s Ice Cream
      1824 W Main St
      Alhambra, CA 91801 

      6- Horchata

      Horchata gelato (Photo - Staff).

      Horchata gelato (Photo – Staff).

      Three words come to mind when you try this gelato flavor: creamy, spicy, and refreshing! The subtle cinnamon spice makes this gelato taste like Christmas in July (O.K. September).

      Hello Gelato (formerly Picomolo) struck gold with their version of horchata gelato. If you like the drink, you will love the gelato!

      @ Hello Gelato
      319 S Arroyo Pkwy
      Pasadena, CA 91105

      5- Brown Butter Sage

      Bronw Butter Sage (chefderekpaterson.com).This quaint little place is located in a residential neighborhood and offers such unusual flavors that will make your head spin trying to decide on the right choice, and your mouth drool wanting to try every flavor.

      If you have a sweet tooth (and who doesn’t?) you’ll love the Brown Butter Sage flavor. It’s like having a butter explosion in your mouth.

      An excellent companion to a hot day!

      @ Carmela Ice Cream
      2495 E Washington Blvd
      Pasadena, CA 91104

      4- Olive oil & Yogurt

      Bulgarini Gelato (Photo - Facebook).

      Bulgarini Gelato (Photo – Facebook).

      This hidden gelato gem is tucked behind a Rite Aid shopping center in Altadena. You will feel like you’ve been transported all the way to Italy.

      Make sure you get to taste their olive oil and yogurt gelato, as they use fresh seasonal fruits, and their pistachios are imported all the way from Italy.

      @ Bulgarini Gelato
      749 E. Altadena Dr.
      Altadena, CA 91001

      3- Pastrami

      Pastrami ice cream and Reuben Sammie (Photos - Coolhaus).

      Pastrami ice cream and Reuben Sammie (Photos – Coolhaus).

      Yes! Pastrami!

      This shop has come a long way from starting in a beat-up old postal van at the world-famous Coachella Valley Music Festival in April 2009, to its present location in Pasadena.

      Inspired by the Jewish deli, the owner created this pastrami ice cream with their own “HAUS”-made caramelized Pastrami and Sir Kensington’s Special Sauce.

      Do not be fooled by the name, this ice cream is delicious. It is recommended that you eat it with ‘Marbled Rye’ cookie to make the REUBEN ice cream sandwich (see photo above)!

      @ The Coolhaus Shop
      59 E. Colorado Blvd
      Pasadena, CA 91105

      2- Earl Grey

      Mystery Earl Grey (Photo - Staff).

      Mystery Earl Grey (Photo – Staff).

      A fairly new addition to the area, the Stick Station is a gelato shop located in the heart of One Colorado. All its gelatos are made with organic milk.

      Like most of the places we visited, we had a hard time choosing one flavor at this shop, but since this is about unusual (and tasty) flavors, it was clear the Mystery Earl Grey had one our hearts. It’s made with organic earl grey tea and mixed overnight in order for the flavors to settle in and explode in the mouth the following day. The “mystery” comes from its three toppings; pistachio, wild cherries and chocolate.

      A feast for the eye and a treat for the soul.

      @ Stick Station
      64 W Union St, #1
      Pasadena, CA 91103 

      1- Celery

      Celery ice cream (Photo - Staff)

      Celery ice cream (Photo – Staff)

      Wipe that surprised look off of your face and give this creamy goodness a try. You will be pleasantly surprised as it is Karen’s (the owner) favorite ice cream to make, and our favorite to try.

      This ice cream is simply delicious! It doesn’t taste like celery, partly because it’s is made from a sweet batch of organic celery from the farm “The Garden of…”.

      It’s simply a treat that needs to be experienced in order to be appreciated!

      @ Mother Moo Creamery
      17 Kersting Ct
      Sierra Madre, CA 91024

      Try to stay cool by enjoying these unusual and delicious local flavors. We all deserve a break from the heat after all, eight wonderful breaks!


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