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5 Quintessentially Greek Ice Cream Flavours

I scream, you scream, we all scream for... παγωτό ("pagotó" / ice cream)!

No Greek summer is complete without enjoying a delicious taste of ice cream. Ice cream in Greece comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes... from gelato to a scoop of ice cream accompanying a slice of baklava to παγωτίνια (῾pagotinia" / mini ice-creams), there is an ice cream available for everyone. While you'll find common flavours like vanilla or strawberry, you may also come across some unique flavours that you are likely to only find in Greece. Without further ado, here are five quintessentially Greek ice cream flavours:

1. Tsoureki

If you thought tsourekia were only for the Easter season, you are mistaken! I'm not talking about serving a piece of tsoureki with a scoop of ice cream, either! There is actually an ice cream made with this beloved Eastertime delicassy. Bits of this soft, sweet brioche bread mixed into ice cream make for a great combination not just on Easter, but any time of the year!

2. Ekmek Kataifi

Ekmek kataifi is a decadent dessert that already contains everything that makes dessert great - crispy, shredded phyllo pastry, nuts, syrup, and a sweet, creamy custard... so why not mix it into ice cream to make for the best of both worlds? Well, that's exactly what this sweet shop in Naxos decided to do... and if you haven't tried it out yet you're missing out.

3. Cheese

You probably weren't expecting this one, but this list was meant to surprise you! Yes, there is actually an ice cream that is flavoured with a hard, yellow cheese traditionally made on the island of Naxos called 'graviera.' The Greeks truly love and appreciate their cheeses, so while you may not find cheese-flavoured ice cream everywhere (or even appealing, for that matter), it is certainly eye-catching. Bonus: this one was served with generous pieces of homemade pasteli, a sesame-based dessert bar.

4. Rice pudding

Rice pudding or (ρυζόγαλο "rizógalo") is a creamy, comfort-food dessert that is versatile and can be enjoyed at any time of day whether as a snack or for breakfast! I have treasured memories of the Greek yiayiádes (grandmothers) at my church making this for our yearly Greek Food Festival. This sweet, milk-based dessert is often topped with ground cinnamon and (usually) served cooled, so enjoying rizogalo-flavoured ice cream seems like a logical way to enjoy a fun twist on this traditional sweet.

Rice pudding ice cream, pictured from Fatto a Mano's website here:

5. Mastiha

Ice cream made with mastiha may sometimes be referred to as παγωτό καϊμάκι ("pagoto kaïmaki" or kaïmaki ice cream). The flavour is unique as this resin is native to Greece; when it's added into the ice cream it gives it a sort of chewy texture you won't find in regular ice cream. Seeing as mastiha has been harvested from the island of Xios for at least the last 2,500 years, this is number one on my list of classic Greek ice cream flavours!

Container of "kaïmaki" ice cream sold in shops throughout Greece.

Let me know if you were brave enough to venture out of your comfort zone and try any of these flavours! Are there any you would have added to the list? Be sure to let me know!



I think rose ice cream should have been added to this list!🌹

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