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New Zealand: Hokey Pokey Ice Cream

New Zealand: Hokey Pokey Ice Cream
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While you reveal a lot about yourself when you order ice cream, ordering this New Zealand favourite probably means you’re fun. Krista Canfield McNish, founder of FoodWaterShoes, an international food site, says that the blend of Hokey Pokey ice cream can vary across New Zealand, depending on which shop you visit, but mostly it means plain vanilla ice cream mixed with generous heaps of honeycomb toffee. The outcome is a super-rich, creamy ice cream—and it’s delicious, says McNish. It’s popular throughout the North and South islands of New Zealand and even available at supermarkets, with a leading brand called Tip Top’s Hokey Pokey.

Japan: Mochi

Japan: Mochi
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Available in nearly every city across Japan, you might mistake these small circular rounds of ice cream for macaroons at first glance. Ice cream is shaped into bite-size circles and pounded rice paste is wrapped around to keep it from melting. Coming in at just 400 kilojoules a pop, you’ll need to sample at least a handful of mochi before heading out for more sightseeing (and more mochi).

Spain: Fun-Shaped Ice Cream

Spain: Fun-Shaped Ice Cream
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Ice cream in Canada tends to be shaped by the ubiquitous ice cream scoop—the round mound we’re so familiar with. In Spain, however, they dispense with the scoop altogether. According to McNish, you can wander down a supermarket aisle in any major Spanish city—from Madrid to Barcelona—and you’ll likely find Frigo, a brand of ice cream which presents the frosty treat in a variety of quirky shapes, from rocket ships to pies. For more of a gourmet experience, head to Madrid where you can visit Rocambolesc Gelateria. “They make an absolutely insane coconut and violet sorbet that you can top with a cloud of cotton candy and star shaped sprinkles. Rocambolesc even offers a cherry/strawberry flavoured arbutus bear, which is Madrid’s fuzzy mascot, shaped popsicle as well as funky popsicles flavours, like Girona apple and blood orange plus mango sorbet, in wonky shapes like noses and fingers,” she says.

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Italy: Gelato

Italy: Gelato
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While exploring the ancient Roman streets under the scorching sun, the very vision of a gelato stand may make your mouth begin to water. As a timeless tradition dating back to the Italian Renaissance, gelato is a popular summer day (or any day!) treat that helps you cool down. Gelato likely will remind you of traditional ice cream at first glance, but it’s actually lower in fat. You’ll find it to be a thicker consistency with richer flavours (and ahem, likely, more sugar), infused with all sorts of sweet and savoury spices and ingredients.

San Francisco: Taiyaki Ice Cream

San Francisco: Taiyaki Ice Cream
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“Taiyaki, or fish cone ice cream, is a common sight in Japan,” says McNish. “In order to create a taiyaki, pancake or waffle batter is popped it into a fish shaped mould. A dollop of sweetened red vanilla azuki bean paste is dropped in the bottom of the fish tail and then you get to put your favourite flavour of ice cream on top,” she explains.

Turkey: Dondurma

Turkey: Dondurma
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One of the highlights of any trip to Turkey is a mouth-watering ice cream tradition called dondurma. Made with salep, an orchid root found locally, ice cream in Turkey is super-stretchy (like mozzarella cheese) and also very chewy (like gummies or taffy). And yet, it’s still cold. Made in a variety of flavours and served throughout the country, Turkey is the only place where you can actually nibble on this strange concoction, since orchid root is illegal to export.

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Cuba: Mantecado

Cuba: Mantecado
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If you travel to Cuba, McNish says you’ll have plenty of tropical, mouth-watering ice cream flavours to pick from—and at bargain prices, to boot. You can stop by any ice cream parlour (or as it’s called in Cuba, ‘heladeria’) and walk away with a huge cone for under a dollar. A traditional Cuban flavour is ‘mantecado,’ which McNish explains has a custard base with a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg. Or if you’re more into fruit, coco glace is a coconut ice cream served inside of a coconut shell.

Thailand: I Tim Pad

Thailand: I Tim Pad
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As beautiful and picturesque as beaches in Thailand are, its location means that weather is humid, sticky and hot nearly year-round. You’ll need a refresher when you’re trekking through streets and sands, so make a pit stop to try I Tim Pad. Easy to eat on the go—and a super-popular street snack—you might think you’re buying a small veggie wrap when you stumble across a stand. In Thailand, ice cream chefs don’t churn their ice cream, but instead they flash-freeze it to make a circular, thin shape that they scrape off and turn into tiny ice cream rolls. Pretty easy for a quick, sweet bite!

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Southern US: Snow cream

Southern US: Snow cream
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Blame it on the fact that many Americans below the Mason-Dixon line rarely see snow, but there is a timeless tradition of scooping it up to make a fun snow day dessert. Being mindful of where the dog last ventured, Southerners will scoop up a bowl of snow, top it with sugar, milk and vanilla extract to make an inexpensive and easy ice cream blend. Sanitary? Maybe. Delicious? Totally, y’all.

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