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Is this the grossest ice cream flavour ever?

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What's not to like about hummus? The chickpea spread is delicious with pita bread or vegetables and is a good source of protein. So how about a scoop of hummus ice cream?

According to ABC News, an ice cream shop in Israel has created a new hummus-flavoured ice cream, using ground chickpeas, tahini, vanilla and sugar.

"I am a hummus freak. I always thought that one day we should make ice cream out of hummus, and after many experiments, we checked the right temperature, the right kind of grains, and achieved the perfect product," Michael Minna, owner of La Genda ice cream shop in Jaffa, told local media, ABC News reports.

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Perfect? Well, the broadcaster says ice cream maker Boris Schwartz describes it as a little sweeter than your typical hummus, and definitely an acquired taste.

"It is a little strange, not for everyone, it's for people who like special things," Mr. Schwartz said.

Of course, given all the other wacky flavours that ice cream makers have introduced over the years, is hummus ice cream really so bizarre?

San Francisco ice cream parlour Humphry Slocombe is famous for unusual flavours, like foie gras, boccalone proscuitto, salt and pepper, and "secret breakfast."

In Vancouver, La Casa Gelato has been churning out flavours like garlic, curry and durian for ages. Same goes for Mario's Gelati, which has been known to produce flavours, such as Dijon mustard, ouzo and tomato basil, mostly custom-made for hotels and restaurants.

And hummus ice cream seems downright vanilla compared with breast milk ice cream, produced by one British ice cream shop last year.

What's the weirdest ice cream you've ever tried?

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Wency Leung is a general assignment reporter for the Life section. Before joining The Globe in early 2010, she has worked as a reporter in Vancouver, Prague, and Phnom Penh. More


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