The Ice Cream Flavor You'll Have To Travel To Canada To Try

If you look around the world, you'll find tons of amazing foods and dishes you might not have closer to home. Some countries, for instance, have special fast food menu items, while others have coveted flavors that you might not be as familiar with. That's exactly why you'll have to travel to Canada if you want to try their unique ice cream flavor, called "tiger tail." To get its rather apt name, the orange and black-striped ice cream is made with orange-flavored ice cream with whirls of black licorice ripple distributed throughout.

According to Atlas Obscura, the unusual ice cream flavor became a beloved flavor in Canada between the 1950s and 1970s. While adults who grew up eating the nostalgic flavor can still get it and enjoy the whimsical flavor combination, it definitely isn't as prolific as it once was in soda shops and ice cream parlors of yesteryear. And if you're trying to find it beyond Canadian borders, you may have a serious trek on your hands.

It isn't quite so popular today, though

According to Atlas Obscura, Canada does have some major ice cream chains that still carry and sell tiger tail ice cream, such as Baskin-Robbins. Plenty of locally-owned or independent ice cream shops also still make and distribute the flavor. But that doesn't mean that this treat has remained a major favorite among Canadians. 

Ashley Chapman, vice president of Chapman's Ice Cream in Ontario, told Atlas Obscura that the flavor isn't exactly a best-seller. It could be that the incorporation of black licorice, always a bit of a controversial ingredient, turns some potential tasters off. However, they continue to make it "because loyal tiger tail fans raise an enormous fuss whenever its future appears in jeopardy." That's some major dedication to the orange- and black licorice-flavored ice cream. And if you're likewise intrigued by the look and potential taste of this stuff, get ready for a road trip. You'll have to travel all the way to Canada to get a taste. Or, for the especially intrepid, you can always try to make your own ice cream at home.