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Salt & Straw Offers Ice Cream Made With Blood and Bugs

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

Nancy Chaney

Published on: October 14, 2019

Salt & Straw blood and bug ice cream for Halloween
Spooktacular Series ice cream flavors from Salt & Straw

Everyone loves ice cream, right? Well, even die-hard ice cream fans might pause at these palate-testing Halloween flavors.

Fabled Portland-based ice cream purveyor Salt & Straw — with two shops in Seattle — hasjust unveiled its creepy new flavors for the Halloween season, called its Spooktacular Series. Salt & Straw is known for pushing the envelope in ice cream flavors, but these are downright hair-raising.

Dracula's Blood Pudding ice cream from Salt & Straw
Dracula's Blood Pudding ice cream Salt & Straw

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 chocolate-covered crickets and coconut-and-toffee-brittle mealworms, mixed into a "light and fresh grass-green matcha ice cream [that's] spiked with zesty orange." Wow!

Less creepy seasonal flavors include Mummy's Pumpkin-Spiced Potion (thankfully vegan), Black Cat Licorice & Lavender and The Great Candycopia. (Um, these are ones I'll try!)

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 account 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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