New Zealand: Hokey Pokey Ice Cream
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.
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
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.