green ice cream green ice cream Is cannabis the next big ingredient trend? (Photo: zefirchik06/Shutterstock)

Cannabis ice cream flavor gives new meaning to 'sugar high'

It's a nutty concoction created by an ice cream shop owner in Israel. And it's got a lot of people talking.

The name is Italian for "vanilla," but there's nothing ordinary about this Israeli ice cream shop. Indeed, Vaniglia gelato, with six locations across Israel, is known for creating wild, inventive flavors and gauging customers' reactions. Flavors rotate regularly, but right now, you can find such varieties as whiskey cream, halva, pears in red wine, plum and black amber and – just for kicks and giggles – cannabis.

Yes, we said cannabis. Or, as owner Itay Rogozinsky puts it, "an ice cream that, in my opinion, tastes like the aroma of cannabis."

green gelato Go ahead. Eat your greens. (Photo: Arina P Habich/Shutterstock)

So, you might say it's cannabis-inspired, rather than flavored. It's made from a blend of herbs and nuts that Rogozinsky concocted after studying the anatomy of a marijuana plant. It's green in color, with an unidentified leafy herb sprinkled on top. The owner assured inquirers, however, that none of his gelato has any actual marijuana in it; not until his country legalizes it, that is.

Of course, if eating ice cream inspired by a controversial substance isn't exactly your thing, you can always play it safe; Vaniglia also has plenty of classic flavors like Belgian chocolate, strawberries and cream, and cheesecake with graham cracker crumbs.

When you can't decide between cheesecake and ice cream for dessert... try Vaniglia's mashup. When you can't decide between cheesecake and ice cream for dessert... try Vaniglia's mashup. (Photo: Courtesy of Vaniglia)

But ... oh yeah... back to cannabis. What, you're likely wondering, did people think of this off-the-wall creation?

So far, it's about "50-50," Rogozinsky said. "People like to try new things. Some people really liked it. For others, it was a bit weird."


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