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World's Strangest Ice Cream

World’s Strangest Ice Cream
Wilhelm Joys Andersen

Raw Horseflesh Ice Cream: Tokyo

Surely not, right? The Japanese are an adventurous lot when it comes to their treats, and ice cream is no different. In the Sunshine City shopping mall of the bustling Ikebukuro section of Tokyo you’ll find Ice Cream City, where you can sample a dazzling (or horrifying) array of flavors, from octopus and snake to “basashi vanilla,” which contains chunks of horseflesh sushi. Sounds too bizarre? Maybe you’d prefer the gyu tan, or cow-tongue sorbet. Not that all the locals go for the exotics: Baskin-Robbins reports that the top flavor at its Japanese branches is good ol’ Strawberry Cheesecake.

How It Tastes: Like vanilla and...something very chewy. It’s been described as a little sweet, but sweet in the venison way. Bonus: horsemeat is very lean, so it’s guilt-free, in its way.

World’s Strangest Ice Cream

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