Ice Cream Can Get Bizarre in Japan

Your typical ice cream in Japan is rather vanilla. Things usually don't get much crazier than green tea. But in some places, the ice cream gets downright strange. Viper ice cream, anyone?

The above containers read "mamushi" (まむし) in Japanese, and on the label, right next to "almond," that is exactly what's listed as an ingredient.

In Japan, this kind of ice cream is called "novelty ice cream" (変わり種アイス) or "strange ice cream" (奇妙なアイスクリーム).

Sadly (or thankfully, rather), you can't really walk into any old Family Mart in Japan and buy snake ice cream. You'll probably just find a buncha Häagen-Dazs flavors.

A Namco-run "food amusement park" in Tokyo called Namja Town used to have an ice cream museum called "Ice Cream City" that displayed many of these flavors. However, that attraction ended last year.

Ice Cream Can Get Bizarre in Japan

But if you look around can find smaller ice cream makers, crafting truly odd flavors. You know, like "raw horse meat" (above). Then, there are soft cream stands who whip up all sorts of interesting treats, such as squid ink-flavored ice cream (below).

Ice Cream Can Get Bizarre in Japan

Some of the ice creams are just "flavored." Others have little bits of stuff in them.

These novelty ice creams are sold in local areas—often tourists spots. So, even when Japanese people traveling within the country happen upon these flavors, they are very surprised.

Here, have a look at some of the most exotic (?) flavors you can find in Japan:

Ice Cream Can Get Bizarre in Japan

Soy sauce. Hrm, not too bad.

Ice Cream Can Get Bizarre in Japan

Soft serve ice cream with fried oysters. Oh boy.

Ice Cream Can Get Bizarre in Japan

Shark fin ice cream with, apparently, actual shark fin.

Ice Cream Can Get Bizarre in Japan

Soft serve with whitebait.

Ice Cream Can Get Bizarre in Japan

Sea urchin ice cream.

Ice Cream Can Get Bizarre in Japan

Beer-flavored.

Ice Cream Can Get Bizarre in Japan

Miso ramen ice cream.

Ice Cream Can Get Bizarre in Japan

GOODNESS. That's monjayaki ice cream. And yes, monjayaki looks like barf.

Ice Cream Can Get Bizarre in Japan

Grilled eggplant ice cream.

Ice Cream Can Get Bizarre in Japan

Nattou ice cream. Nattou is fermented bean that smells... pretty bad!

Ice Cream Can Get Bizarre in Japan

Japanese pickle flavored ice cream.

Ice Cream Can Get Bizarre in Japan

Fried shrimp ice cream. (Apparently, however, that's marzipan.)

Ice Cream Can Get Bizarre in Japan

Slow boiled egg with ice cream. And marzipan, that ain't.

Ice Cream Can Get Bizarre in Japan

Cow tongue ice cream.

Ice Cream Can Get Bizarre in Japan

Salad ice cream. Notice the cucumber and the red bell pepper?

Ice Cream Can Get Bizarre in Japan

Eel ice cream with a type of Japanese pepper.

Ice Cream Can Get Bizarre in Japan

Wakame ice cream.

Ice Cream Can Get Bizarre in Japan

Chicken wing ice cream, which apparently tastes like vanilla... and chicken wings.

Ice Cream Can Get Bizarre in Japan

Crab ice cream. It's handmade!

Ice Cream Can Get Bizarre in Japan

Octopus with soy sauce ice cream. You didn't think we'd make it through without octopus, did you?

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