Salt & Straw’s 2021 Gone Viral Restricted Version Pack tasted as bizarre as this yr felt

What do viral tendencies style like? Salt & Straw has boldly requested this query with the discharge of their limited-edition pack of ice cream flavors referred to as “2021 Gone Viral.”

The Portland-based handmade ice cream firm launched 5 flavors impressed by 2021 viral tendencies on Wednesday. Salt & Straw believes that ice cream generally is a type of storytelling, and this unique pack places that ethos to the check. Consisting of 5 distinctive flavors, “2021 Gone Viral” brings these inescapable moments to life by means of flavors like “Billionaire Boys House Membership,” “#FreeBritney,” “Calamari Contest,” “Non-Fungible-Tropical Tuna Tamales,” and “Nature’s Cereal.”

Salt & Straw’s 2021 Gone Viral restricted version pack in all its glory. Credit score: Elena Cavender

These flavors are as bizarre as 2021, and I sampled all of them.

Billionaire Boys House Membership

Soylent pudding w/ charcoal ice cream & white chocolate-covered astronaut ice cream chunks

Billionaire Boys Space Club ice cream in a glass

An intergalactic taste. Credit score: Elena Cavender

This taste was impressed by billionaires going to house. I believed the idea of billionaires going to house would style actually wealthy, function costly elements, and style good as a result of somebody instructed you it could style good, however Billionaire Boys House Membership ended up being essentially the most attention-grabbing taste of the pack.

The ice cream manages to appear to be outer house. It is darkish gray and the freeze-dried ice cream hunks and white Soylent pudding appear to be craters and stars at midnight sky. Do not let the Soylent idiot you, this taste is scrumptious. The ice cream is buttery with a powerful sesame taste that is balanced out by the freeze-dried ice cream hunks. It is a extra mature rocky highway.


Pink bubble gum ice cream, tons of edible glitter, w/ Pepsi & Champagne gummy bears

#FreeBritney ice cream in a pint

A taste so fairly it deserves two images.

Credit score: Elena Cavender

#FreeBritney ice cream in a glass

Credit score: Elena Cavender

This taste is a celebration of Britney Spears conservatorship ending, and in response to Salt & Straw, that tastes like the very best bubblegum ice cream you have ever had, and I am unable to assist however agree.

#FreeBritney is a correct celebratory taste. It is Pepto Bismol pink and includes a splattering of various shades of blue sprinkles. The ice cream is the fragile bubblegum taste. It is not too in your face or sickly candy which is never completed. Whereas the gummies added some texture, I did not look after the flavour and would have most well-liked uninterrupted spoonfuls of pink goodness.

Calamari Contest

Dalgona honeycomb, teal and pink tracksuit ice cream, bone marrow fudge

Calamari Content ice cream in a glass

So vibrant it appears to be like inedible. Credit score: Elena Cavender

Impressed by the web craze surrounding Squid Recreation, this ice cream is a stunning teal and pink, so vibrant that it resembles Play-Doh. This taste is bizarre, in the easiest way. I could not put my finger on the ice cream’s precise taste and the ingredient listing wasn’t a lot assist. The undefined ice cream taste permits the dalgona honeycomb to essentially shine. The Dalgona honeycomb is the very best half and melts in your mouth and sticks to your tooth. The bone marrow fudge was tremendous salty which difficult the flavour profile, however left a nasty style in my mouth.

Non-Fungible-Tropical Tuna Tamales

Roasted pineapple compote & prickly pear (aka “tuna”) clear caramel, masa ice cream

Non-Fungible-Tropical Tuna Tamales ice cream in a glass

Similar to NFTs this taste shouldn’t be for me! Credit score: Elena Cavender

This taste is an ode to NFTs, so it ought to come as no shock that I did not prefer it. I anticipated an NFT-inspired taste too both be doing an excessive amount of or extraordinarily underwhelming. Salt & Straw did the previous. This taste was so overpowering that I spit out my first chew. The roasted pineapple taste was overwhelming and mixed with the prickly pear it tasted soapy. The masa ice cream itself was understated and fairly yummy, however I could not get behind the ice cream as a complete.

Nature’s Cereal

Coconut water sorbet + pomegranate seeds + combined berry jam

Nature's Cereal ice cream in a glass

It would not be 2021 viral tendencies with out a homage to TikTok. Credit score: Elena Cavender

Nature’s Cereal was a viral TikTok recipe popularized by Lizzo that consisted of recent fruit and coconut water. I used to be wanting ahead to this taste essentially the most. I by no means dipped my toe within the TikTok development, however berries by no means disappoint. The sorbet was gentle, tangy, and tasted vaguely like a popsicle. The pomegranate seeds added some crunch, however had been awkward to eat with the ice cream.

All these flavors can be found for a restricted time at Salt & Straw.