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Drizzling This Pantry Staple on Your Ice Cream Will Make it Taste Even More Delicious

This is the dessert of your dreams.


When it comes to summer treats, nothing will help you beat the heat like a few scoops of ice cream. Personally, I’m a fan of the simpler things, and tend to favor a cup of vanilla or chocolate. Recently, however, I stumbled upon a secret that I just had to share: drizzling olive oil over my ice cream.

Olive Oil On Ice Cream — Why It Works

Why fix something that isn’t broken, you ask? Well, this little trick will enhance your dessert in the best way possible. Yes, it may sound a little strange, but adding a bit of olive oil along with some flaked sea salt (optional) on ice cream isn’t an idea I came up with on my own. Expert foodies everywhere have been doing it for years.

Olive oil makes the perfect topping for ice cream because it has a savory, aromatic flavor, which offers just the right contrast to a sweet scoop of ice cream. And since olive oil is a fat, it also adds richness and decadence, making this treat one you’ll crave over and over again.

I’ll admit that I thought this trick was more than a little weird (I’m not big on mixing savory and sweet tastes when it comes to desserts), but after trying it with some chocolate ice cream, I see why it’s gained popularity. The richness of the oil almost makes the ice cream taste like a fancier dessert, like real Italian gelato.

The key to doing it right is using a high-quality oil. These tend to have a more potent, aromatic flavor. Generally, high-quality oils will cost a little more at the grocery store, and they typically come in a dark bottle, which prevents the oil from oxidizing and changing flavor. You can also purchase extra virgin olive oil online. We love this one from Oilala (Buy on Amazon, $28.99).

Just as well, sticking to the basics is better when it comes to flavors. Opt for plain vanilla or chocolate ice cream, drizzle on about a teaspoon of your olive oil, and to finish, you can also top your dessert with a light sprinkling of sea salt (to taste), which helps to bring all the different flavors together. I definitely preferred the ice cream with salt combination!

So the next time you’re enjoying some ice cream, turn things up a notch by adding a drizzle of olive oil, and a sprinkle of sea salt if you’re feeling adventurous. Little did you know you could enhance your favorite dessert with such a simple tweak!

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