Ketchuping With Summer


Sometimes weird combos arise and there’s no explanation as to why. But this time, there’s a decided person to point your finger at: Ed Sheeran.

OK, so the singer isn’t actually the one making new food fusion, but he is the inspiration for it. Celebrating the singer’s favorite food, plus honoring his tour this summer, UK based ice cream shop Gelati Enniscrone & Ballina worked to create an treat based on his favorite food: ketchup.

And the creation of Ketchup Ice Cream was brought into this world!

While you might think this is the first time this condiment has been creamed, you’d be wrong. Last summer, Freezer Burn PH created a Ketchup Mayo ice cream that came with a side of fries (feel free to make your own version — and let us know if you stomached it in the comments). Apparently, even Baskin-Robbins tried out to create a ketchup ice cream … amongst others:

At a factory in Burbank, they made hundreds of new ice creams a year but only eight or nine of those would make it to market. Among the flavors that never left the laboratory: Ketchup, Lox and Bagels, and Grape Britain. Exotic flavors were rotated into stores to change the mix each month. — Los Angeles Times

Even though Baskin-Robbins ketchup ice cream never made it out of the test kitchen, one ketchup infused ice cream did. Carnival Cream, better known as ketchup ice cream. The recipe we found comes from 1959! So get that bottle ready, because isn’t just for barbecues anymore.


Carnival Cream Ice Cream

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup Heinz ketchup
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 3 Tbs Maraschino cherries
  • 2 Tbs toasted almonds

Whip cream until stiff, then add in ketchup and vanilla

In a separate bowl, beat the eggs with sugar until thick, then add into whipped cream mixture

Pour mixture into individual molds (ex. cupcake tin or ice cube trays)

Top with chopped cherries and almonds

Freeze until firm


Bonus: read more about ice cream, including Carnival Cream (pg 216) in Sweet Spot: An Ice Cream Binge Across America by Amy Ettinger.

Images from Gelati Facebook, Mid Century Pinterest
Recipe adapted from Mid Century Menu