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!
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...
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.