By Chelsea Karnash
REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (CBS) – They say some like it hot, but hot sauce in ice cream? That might be too much, even for spicy food fanatics.
So much, actually, that The Ice Cream Store, the Rehoboth Beach shop that’s offering the concoction, requires those who try their new ghost pepper flavor to sign a waiver in advance of taking that first fiery taste. That’s because this ice cream features the super-hot Bhut Jolokia chili pepper—also known as the ghost pepper and recognized as the hottest pepper in the world—in three (yes, three!) ghost pepper sauces that are mixed in with the traditional ice cream ingredients.
Store owner Chip Hearn, who also owns Peppers on Route 1, often travels the country to hot sauce and gourmet food shows, so perhaps it was only natural for him to combine ice cream and hot sauce. In fact, the Ice Cream Store has already been serving up a milder hot sauce ice cream to customers, called the Scorpion Sting, that the ghost pepper flavor is based on.
And this isn’t the first “odd” ice cream flavor that’s been created by Hearn and his staff. The Ice Cream Store also serves, among others, cereal milk ice cream, with emulsified Corn Flakes and Cap’n Crunch, and Latte Da ice cream, cappuccino ice cream infused with caffeine and energy drink—just two of the 90 flavors that will be available there this summer.
While the ghost pepper ice cream isn’t for the faint-hearted, Hearn says customers are loving The Store’s wacky inventions—lines were out the door last season, despite a plethora of ice cream shops in the area.