I scream, you scream. That pretty much sums up the experience of eating lobster ice cream!
I know you won't believe me, though. When you find yourself in Bar Harbor, Maine (perhaps visiting Acadia National Park), you're going to do exactly what I did--head straight for Ben and Bill's Chocolate Emporium on Main Street to try this unprecedented concoction of creamy, buttery vanilla ice cream and Maine lobster for yourself.
The sweet shop's proprietors invented this odd combination in the early '90s to dispel any rumors that their ice cream was not homemade.
The taste is, how shall I say this delicately... disconcerting. Bruce, who shared a cup of Ben & Bill's signature Lobster ice cream flavor with me, wasn't quite as diplomatic in his reaction. I believe his candid analysis was, "There is nothing grosser than biting into a frozen chunk of lobster in your ice cream!"
I know: Lobster ice cream still sounds intriguing to you, right?
Let me offer a bit more proof that I'm qualified to steer you in the right direction when it comes to this particular frozen dessert.
Anyone who knows me is well aware that I have a penchant for all things "lobster." In fact, I rode atop a giant inflatable lobster in my wedding gown, which should convince you of my rather intense fondness for lobster. And it's not unusual for me to eat things like a Lobster Bomb in the name of "research."
Now, add in the fact that I was in Bar Harbor during a steamy Fourth of July holiday week when ice cream of just about any sort should have been a welcome treat. Oh, and most importantly of all--I was five months pregnant, and in five months, I hadn't yet met a morsel of ice cream that I didn't like.
I still wound up depositing the unfinished remains of our small cup of lobster ice cream in a Bar Harbor trash receptacle.
I know what you're thinking--how bad can lobster ice cream possibly be, particularly if Ben & Bill's Chocolate Emporium has been selling the stuff for more than two decades?
So, go ahead and try it. In fact, I dare you to! You don't even have to wait for your next visit to Bar Harbor. You can order lobster ice cream online. Call toll free, 800-806-3281, and Ben & Bill's Chocolate Emporium will gladly ship a pint, quart, half-gallon, or one- or two-gallon bucket (I beg you, start with the pint!) of lobster ice cream, packed in dry ice, to arrive at your home or office tomorrow.
Just make sure there is nobody around to hear you scream.
If you go...
Ben & Bill's Chocolate Emporium is located in the heart of Bar Harbor, Maine, at 66 Main Street. Call toll free, 800-806-3281, for hours and other information. Ben & Bill's also has New England locations on Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard and in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Just in case you don't believe that "Lobster" is indeed one of the homemade ice cream flavors at Ben & Bill's Chocolate Emporium in Bar Harbor, Maine, click here and look a the second flavor from the bottom.