Soft serve machines are catching on all over the world, especially in Japan. Japan has a very different flavor palate than America, and so they’ve branched far beyond the ordinary flavors of chocolate and vanilla. Let’s take a look at some of the flavors going through Japanese ice cream machines.
Green tea is very common in Japan, though it might be odd to think about green tea soft serve when there are so many other flavors which are begging for attention.
Black Sesame (Kuro Goma)
Black sesame ice cream really does exist! It’s one of the prevalent flavors in Japan, so it’s only natural that there would be a black sesame ice cream. The ice cream is actually black!
Calpis is described on Wikipedia as having a “light, somewhat milky, and slightly acidic flavor, similar to plain vanilla-flavored yogurt.” Consider this the Japanese vanilla.
One wouldn’t think that sweet potato would go very well with a soft serve, but it does. The Japanese flavors are authentic, made from prepared sweet potatoes, and put directly into the mix as it is prepared. The result is beautiful; a creamy, milky delight that just begs for a second taste.
Sea urchin isn’t something that you would think of as going into a soft serve. This undersea denizen is usually reserved for entrees and appetizers, rather than desserts. The Japanese, however, have found a way to make it work in soft serve.
Seaweed? As an ice cream flavor? It has got to be an interesting mix, one where the taste is expected to be so very sweet, yet comes out deliciously tangy. If you happen to have some wakame laying around, try it out.
Jet black soft serve for the discerning palate. It’s described as slightly fishy with a touch of salt by many of the folks who have given it a shot. Perhaps you’d like to give it a try as well? The only warning is that it turns your tongue black for a little bit.
Not simply for bath salts and smelling good, lavender is an herb which has been used for many purposes since the middle ages. Japanese sweets lovers have been enjoying lavender soft serve (or soft crème) for quite a while, and it’s definitely a flavor which could be highlighted by a culture that emphasizes subtlety.
In the US, we have the most amazing array of soft serve machines and ice cream machines available to us. We can make literally anything which comes to mind, from the wakame to the squid ink, the grape to the coconut as a flavor of soft serve ice cream.