You can’t call yourself a true garlic lover until you’re daring enough to try garlic ice cream…and like it. I fell in love with garlic ice cream back in 2006 at the Gilroy Garlic Festival, one of the largest food festivals in the United States with food, drinks, arts & crafts and live entertainment.
Garlic ice cream is really an acquired taste that people often find difficult to describe. It’s cool, smooth, and creamy (like all good ice cream should be), but it also uniquely combines a sweet vanilla flavor with a rich, buttery garlic flavor. Whatever the exact flavor is, it grew on me.
I just had to attempt to recreate my beloved garlic ice cream from Gilroy at home. The result? Even better than the original! If you have an ice cream machine and are adventurous enough, try my roasted garlic ice cream recipe at Small Kitchen College.
And for those of you who are road trippin’ down the California coast around July 27th, 28th, or 29th, you must stop by Gilroy, the “Garlic Capital of the World,” and try the infamous garlic ice cream!