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VIDEO: Wildest ice cream in town

I scream, you scream, we all scream for … garlic shrimp ice cream? Tomato sorbet with prosciutto? A scoop of boozy Corn Flakes? Just watch

Posted June 12, 2012 by Mari Taketa

What went down in Kakaako last Saturday, you had to be there to understand. How one ice cream can taste like shrimp chips. How another tastes like the scent of banana. How Cap’n Crunch can exude fog. How fast whiskey ice cream can make you happy-dizzy.

Nearly 100 people paid $25 each to sample 16 to 19 first-time flavors at Ice Cream Bar&D, Honolulu’s first pop-up featuring experiments in ice creams and sorbets. The favorites? All over the place. Spicy watermelon and tomato with prosciutto were up there. So were garlic shrimp and hurricane popcorn. Cap’n Crunch, of course.

Mine? Harvey Slocombe, banana leaf, red curry carrot, spicy watermelon. And the funnest ice cream of all: the smoking-cold Cap’n Crunch Oops! All Berries.

If you missed this, don’t worry. With both sessions sold out, organizers are promising more to come: more pop-ups, featuring more dessert chefs, with even more flavor experiments — can you say chawanmushi?!


  1. Annoddah_Dave
    Posted June 11, 2012 at 8:07 am

    EO:  Pretty wild stuff.  I’m a traditionalist but willing to try…I love ice cream as my body shape will attest.

  2. Melissa808
    Posted June 11, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Love Aker’s uniform!!!
    BTW I had the Humphry Slocombe “Secret Breakfast” ice cream in SF. I didn’t post it on my blog but it’s in my Flickr album.

  3. Posted June 11, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Yum. :)

  4. Amy1
    Posted June 11, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Some will be good in 4 stars dinner in between entries dessert.  Now many 4 to 5 stars restaurants are doing so and very chic indeed.   It no longer just for ending of the meal now.  Wonder if there going be a cucumber sorbert?

  5. nonstopmari
    Posted June 11, 2012 at 12:08 pm

     @Annoddah_Dave u wd have laughed. u wd have stood there shaking ur head. and u wd have been all over the boozy corn flakes (like me :)

  6. nonstopmari
    Posted June 11, 2012 at 12:09 pm

     @Melissa808 this needs to be on a menu somewhere in hnl. daniel skurnick said it wasn’t much of a challenge to make. he’s aiming for a dashi-based chawanmushi ice cream next time

  7. nonstopmari
    Posted June 11, 2012 at 12:09 pm

     @annedreshfield totally :D ok, well, not so much the mushroom or the black truffle, surprisingly, it just tasted like soft serve

  8. nonstopmari
    Posted June 11, 2012 at 12:10 pm

     @Amy1 exactly! there were some good intermezzo flavors in there. cucumber sorbet w/ mint wd be SUCH a hit…

  9. Posted June 11, 2012 at 12:12 pm

     @nonstopmari Really? The mushroom? That’s pretty surprising.

  10. nonstopmari
    Posted June 11, 2012 at 12:26 pm

     @annedreshfield well, it REALLY tasted like mushroom … just like the gills of a mushroom. which may be good, but i was looking for something more

  11. Soos2005
    Posted June 11, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Thx fot the peek! We’re @wholeoxdeli & I told @kiawe_fire I love his hat!

  12. nonstopmari
    Posted June 11, 2012 at 1:39 pm

     @Soos2005  @wholeoxdeli i hope  @kiawe_fire has some leftover flavors for u!! i asked, but things were so busy behind the counter, i only got partially melted boozy corn flakes and hurricane popcorn, and the furikake and mochi crunch are soggy by now :(

  13. sakeshop
    Posted June 11, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    So sad I missed this! Would love to take my son to the next one! Malcolm can work the shop….he’s not an ice cream/sorbet kind of guy ;)

  14. nonstopmari
    Posted June 11, 2012 at 3:35 pm

     @sakeshop u wd love it! wasn’t this during ur shochu tasting on sat? i wanted to pop over, but my system can only handle so much sugar :(

  15. sakeshop
    Posted June 11, 2012 at 4:39 pm

     @nonstopmari Yes, it was 2-7:30 that Saturday. Malcolm had another engagement that day so I wouldn’t have been able to sneak out anyway.

  16. turkfontaine
    Posted June 12, 2012 at 7:08 am

    the decadence. only a rotting capitalistic system could conceive of such a hedonistic display of egregious consumption, while workers suffer with only 31 flavors from Baskin Robbins.
    i can almost taste the Hurricane Butter;  no, i CAN taste it. Cuc! put on your Prada sneaks! we’re going out for ice cream!

  17. nonstopmari
    Posted June 12, 2012 at 12:45 pm

     @turkfontaine yes. u’re right. and since we’re in decline as a society, we might as well enjoy it ;)
    i have no idea who cuc is.

  18. 808marv
    Posted June 12, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Oh so the french fry was a topping and not mixed in?  I saw the tweet of the purchase of 20 or so orders of fries from McDonald’s “Epic Meal Time” style for this event lol.  What were the comments on that one?  The Hurricane Butter looked very appealing. Not so sure about “cream of mushroom” ice cream.  Can’t wait to see what they come up with for the next one!

  19. turkfontaine
    Posted June 12, 2012 at 2:08 pm

     @nonstopmari cuc. my massage parlour gf from umi street. i’d break up with her, but she does my quarterly taxes. just because she’s got a PhD from HoChiMinh-U, she thinks she’s better than me

  20. nonstopmari
    Posted June 12, 2012 at 3:23 pm

     @808marv i didn’t hear much abt the truffle mac fries, but i can tell u i didn’t taste any truffle. wish i cd have had more fries to swipe thru the soft serve. hurricane popcorn was a winner (mochi crunch + ice cream works), but i think u’d be surprised at what u’d find urself impressed w/.

About Mari Taketa

Mari Taketa is a dedicated eater who's as opinionated as she is hungry. She covered everything from neighborhood mom-and-pop places to ethnic eateries to fine dining restaurants on Honolulu's dining scene for Metromix Honolulu and The Honolulu Advertiser's TGIF. Before that, she ate her way through Vietnam, Scotland and Japan, where she lived, traveled or worked, after recovering from a journalism career that included stints as editor-in-chief of Hawaii Business magazine and reporter and editor at The Associated Press. Her goals are to always be hungry for more, and to always want to know what's around the next corner.

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