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Salt & Straw Unveils Ice Cream Made With Blood and Bugs

It's no Halloween trick... get your blood- or bug-flavored ice cream now

Published on: October 22, 2018

Salt & Straw blood ice cream for Halloween
Dracula's Blood Pudding ice cream from Salt & Straw

Nearly every kid loves ice cream, and so do grown-ups, right? Well, your ice cream mettle is about to be tested with a Halloween treat of a whole new variety.

Fabled Portland-based ice cream purveyor Salt & Straw — with two shops in Seattle — has unveiled some creepy flavors for the Halloween season. Salt & Straw is known for pushing the envelope in ice cream flavors, but this is seriously cutting-edge.

Are you ready?

One seasonal flavor is called Dracula's Blood Pudding and it contains real blood. From a pig. Inspired by the Italian chocolate and blood combo called sanguinaccio dolce, Salt & Straw calls this flavor "a heady combination of warm spices and cream [with] pig’s blood from one of our favorite partners, Portland’s Nicky USA."

If you haven't already closed this article in horror, there's more. 

Another of Salt & Straw's current seasonal flavors contains bugs. Yep, actual bugs. In Creepy Crawly Critters, you'll find dark chocolate-covered crickets and coconut toffee-brittle mealworms, mixed into a "light and fresh grass-green matcha ice cream [that's] spiked with zesty orange." Wow!

Crittles bug topping for ice cream Salt & Straw
Salt & Straw's Crittles ice cream topping made of bugs

If you don't like the sound of grassy ice cream, you can have the bugs — called "Crittles" — as a topping on any of Salt & Straw's flavors, including other seasonal flavors such as Mummy's Pumpkin Spiced Potion (thankfully vegan, sans Crittles, of course) and Essence of Ghost.

If these flavors sound hard to commit to, it's a good time to ask for tastes, which scoop shop staff will gladly provide. You can also buy seasonal flavors by the pint. Not near a scoop shop? You can order Salt & Straw pints for home delivery.

Salt & Straw, founded by cousins Kim Malek and Tyler Malek in 2011, has earned legions of fans with its imaginative ice cream flavors such as Pear & Blue Cheese and Arbequina Olive Oil. Salt & Straw specializes in small-batch ice cream made with locally-sourced ingredients.

Salt & Straw likes to keep its fans craving ice cream through its social media. Keep an eye on its Instagram for delicious-looking ice cream shots and announcements of special events and new flavors.

If you go...

Where: Find Salt & Straw Ballard at 5420 Ballard Ave. N.W., Seattle. Find Salt & Straw Capitol Hill at 714 E. Pike St., Seattle.

When: The Ballard shop is open daily, 11 a.m.–11 p.m.; the Capitol Hill shop is open daily 10 a.m.–11 p.m.

Cost: A single scoop is $4.95, double $6.95 and kids' scoop $3.95. A waffle cone costs $1 and splitting a single scoop among two flavors costs $.50 extra. Hand-packed pints are $10.50.

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