Truly unusual ice cream flavors are available in Japan. They might not suit everyone's taste but they certainly are fascinating! Read my Japanese Ice Cream page.

Ice cream and movie stars - now there's a subject! Read more about the connections between ice cream and celebrities here.

Ice Cream Inspired By Famous People

Almost any famous person it seems can inspire a new ice cream creation and commercial ice cream makers such as Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream and Baskin-Robbins have followed through with some great, novel new ice cream flavors on this theme.

In July 2008, Sir Elton John was honored by Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream with an ice cream creation called "Goodbye Yellow Brickle Road". Inspired by Sir Elton's first ever concert in Ben & Jerry's home state of Vermont, it was brought out in July 2008 for a limited period only with proceeds from sales going to the Elton John Aids Foundation. This rather special one-off ice cream consisted of chocolate ice cream, peanut butter cookie dough, butter brickle and white chocolate chunks. Sounds truly delicious!

In August 2008, Baskin-Robbins used the US Presidential elections to inspire some of their new flavors. They came up with “Whirl of Change” for Barack Obama and "Straight Talk Crunch” for John McCain. The latter was a particularly delicious concoction of vanilla ice cream, white chocolate, caramel and almonds. It's been reported that McCain himself gave it a seal of approval by declaring “It’s delicious”. You can read the full article courtesy of CBS News.

Ben & Jerry's have in fact made something of a specialty of this idea with proceeds going to charitable purposes. Here are some more of their creations ....

"Imagine Whirled Peace"
Inspired by John Lennon
It contained caramel and sweet cream ice creams, fudge peace signs and toffee cookie pieces.

"Country Peach Cobbler"
Inspired by Willie Nelson (country singer) with some of the proceeds going to Farm Aid.
The flavor contained peach ice cream and cinnamon-sugar shortbread pieces.

"Magic Brownies"
Inspired by The Dave Matthews Band
There were 2 different versions of this in fact - one in 2005 called "Dave Matthews Band Magic Brownies" and one in 2007 called "Dave Matthews Band Magic Brownies Encore Edition".
The first contained vanilla ice cream with swirls of raspberry and brownies
The second contained black raspberry ice cream swirled with sweet cream ice cream and fudgy brownies. Proceeds from the sales went to

"Americone Dream"
Inspired by Stephen Colbert (comedian and journalist)
The flavor contained vanilla ice cream, fudge-covered waffle cone pieces and a caramel swirl.

"Ethan Almond"
Inspired by Ethan Allen (early American Revolutionary)
The ice cream was created in 1988 in honor of the 200th anniversary of Allen's death.
It contained vanilla ice cream and chocolate covered almonds.

Author: Shelagh Caudle