Have you ever tried fish and chips, foie gras or beer flavoured ice cream? Neither have (nor want!) we. But here are the Top 10 of the craziest ice cream flavours we have found around the world and the reason why a strange ice cream might be so attractive to us:
- Olive oil
- Basil and avocado
- Rosemary, honey and goat cheese
- Salt licorice
- Banana curry
- Truffle with black caviar
- Lavender honey
- Champagne and Violette
The above mentioned flavours make the fennel, miso and cactus ice creams sound almost like a plain vanilla. But besides their creativity, why are all this experiments with ice cream so attractive to us? The reason lies in the way we perceive and interpret flavour.
The perception of the aroma is created in our brain, as a result of the differences among the characteristics of the various aromatic molecules. The taste exists not in the food we eat, but rather in the way it is reproduces by our brain. A particular flavour triggers an array of memories and associations and their unusual combinations provoke our curiosity and sense of novelty. Kids normally prefer intense and simple flavours. Growing up, as when their brain system for taste is forming itself and maturing, people begin to like also more sophisticated flavours (e.g. coffee, dark chocolate, beer) because of their variety and profound complexity.
Furthermore, the sensibility to the taste stimuli is greatest at the standard temperature in our mouth (22-37 ° C). Also, by increasing the temperature the volatile ingredients are released (this is why our coffee tastes better hot), so the more the ice cream melts in our mouth, the more flavour we feel. This means, that when the ice cream enters our mouth (at around -13 °) we almost do not feel any flavour, but then suddenly, as it quickly melts, our mouth is filled with taste and aroma, coming almost as a surprise. All this is very intriguing to our brain.
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