Putting salt into desserts is nothing new, of course. We’ve seen a whole slew of salted caramels and salted chocolate and yet I had never had salt – or salted – ice-cream before. I had heard about sea salt ice-cream being a hit in Japan, and even making it’s way down to Australia, but it wasn’t until Pizza Hut in China started offering the treat on its menu that I had the chance to try it for myself.
The ice-cream came out looking rather blue, which I just can’t imagine is natural. It did, however, remind me somewhat of the ocean which of course is where sea salt comes from. Tasting it was not at all unpleasant. It wasn’t salty in the sense that you were dying for a sip of water. Yet you could taste the salt in the ice-cream. It was as if you could taste salt without it being salty, if that makes any sense. Of course salt is hailed by chefs around the world as a way of enhancing the natural flavors of food, so perhaps it does make sense after all.
Fear Factor – 2 / Taste Test – 7