If you’ve ever gone shopping for ice cream, whether at a grocery store or an ice cream shop, chances are you’ve seen every flavour imaginable. The options are endless — strawberry, sweet corn, buttermilk, they’re all there — but have you ever noticed that one regular fruit goes shunned, never to be seen or requested? We’re talking about the lowly grape, people. And, we finally have an answer as to why grape ice cream isn’t, and will never be, a thing.
The folks at Thrillist, went digging for answers and got the scoop from the big dogs themselves — Ben & Jerry’s. According to the ice cream giant, since grapes are about 80 to 84 per cent water, it’s really hard to create a smooth ice cream. The water obviously freezes and thus you’re left with ice chunks all up in your grape ice cream. Yuck.
“Making ice cream at home, you can get fruit like grapes pretty close to a puree, but when you are using fruit as a base on a large scale, that’s when you run into problems,” Ben & Jerry’s PR lead, Sean Greenwood, said to Thrillist.
Plus, B&J says there’s just no demand out there for them to even try and make grape ice cream a thing.
“Grapes are a difficult fruit, because of the water content — but it’s also not a very mainstream flavor for ice cream,” Greenwood said. “Most people don’t even associate grape with ice cream. People grew up on cherry and vanilla — so now, they love cherry-based ice cream. Grape has not broken through the creme-de-glace ceiling, if you will.”
So, sad news for all you grape ice cream advocates out there. Y’all will have to continue churning out this unique ice cream in your kitchens, ’cause grape ice cream’s not coming to stores near you anytime soon.