Nine new bizarre ice cream flavors from Lithuanian chefs

By Jim Cornall

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Black rye bread flavored ice cream.  Pic: Lithuania Travel/Restaurant Compensa
Black rye bread flavored ice cream. Pic: Lithuania Travel/Restaurant Compensa

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They’re at it again. It wasn’t that long ago we revealed some more ‘interesting’ ice cream flavors from Lithuanian chefs who were experimenting with some new and unusual flavors.

This summer, they are introducing a new selection of bizarre natural ice cream varieties, including organic cucumber and honey, green salad sorbet, and natural moose antler.

With CBD-infused ice cream trending, increased demand for savory flavors, and the proliferation of artisanal producers—the past year has been a time of significant changes for the world of ice cream.

Lithuanian chefs inspired by last year’s local flavors—including nettle, beer, and pine needle—continue to experiment with new ways to give this frosty treat Lithuanian twist.

Lithuania Travel has put together a list of nine new bizarre Lithuanian ice cream flavors created for the post-quarantine summer in 2021. How many would you try?

Black rye bread​ flavored ice cream.

Black rye bread is so essential in Lithuanian cuisine that the locals are now putting it in ice cream. Visitors can try it at the restaurant Compensa in Palanga.

Cucumber and honey​ ice cream.

While the pairing of cucumber and honey may sound odd, it is a classical Lithuanian treat and the ultimate taste of summer. Therefore, the chefs at Labanoras have come up with an ice cream recipe that captures this unmistakably Lithuanian palette of flavors.

Aged cheese Džiugasand cranberry​ ice cream.

This ice cream is made by mixing the popular Lithuanian hard cheese Džiugas with cranberries—known to the locals as wild rubies. Served with a crunchy molten cheese biscuit, the country’s visitors can give it a taste at the restaurant Porto.

Moose antler and smoked seasonal berry​ ice cream.

According to the chefs at Cordo.22 the mixed flavors of moose antlers powder (which the males in the wild shed each year), smoke-infused seasonal berries, and locally produced aged malt delivers a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Frozen yogurt dessert with salad sorbet and cucumbers​.

The chefs at Palaima made this dessert with frozen white chocolate flavored yogurt together with fresh cucumber strips and a frosty green sorbet made from fennel, romaine lettuce, fresh mint, and other spice herbs.

Pažaislis tea rose​ ice cream.

Though tea roses have adorned the Pažaislis Monastery—the largest in Lithuania and the most renowned example of Baroque architecture in the country—for centuries, this year the kitchen chef of Monte Pacis decided to use the fragrant flowers to create an ice cream.

Linden blossom ice cream with Imperial honey cake​.

This dessert is infused with the flavor of linden blossom. Made with modern ice cream technology by the chefs at Monte Pacis, it is served with a slice of crunchy honey cake Medutis, inspired by the ancient recipes from the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.

Avocado ice cream with melon pure​.

Travelers can try this new dessert at the villa-restaurant Miško natos.

Browned butter ice cream with caramelized pears.

The chefs at SALA Plateliai Resort made sure the sweet browned butter mixed with vanilla ice cream freezes instantly, creating crunchy flakes of caramel. Meanwhile, the caramelized pears served on the side balance the flavor.

And if those nine aren’t enough, or you’re desperate to find these ice creams, you can find a map of interesting ices here​.

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