This summer has been a wild one for grilling-themed frozen treats. The season began with the Frenchsicle, a ketchup popsicle flavored with tomatoes to taste like French’s iconic ketchup. Then, gourmet ice cream purveyor Van Leeuwen debuted their Grey Poupon mustard-flavored ice cream with salted pretzel, said to taste tangy and sweet.
Now, we’re going where no frozen treat has gone before, as Oscar Meyer is coming in hot with the Cold Dog. Made in collaboration with Popbar, the treat allows hot dog and popsicle fans alike to enjoy a smoky wiener-flavored ice pop with a swirl of mustard. Available in pop-up locations on the East Coast, you also may be able to snag one from the Weinermobile as part of Oscar Meyer’s “Stupid or Genius” campaign.
But wait, there’s more: So Cute Ice Cream dropped ketchup and mustard flavored ice creams as well at the Canadian National Exhibition and the Social, not to be outdone has a Let the Dogs Out! Sundae, a toasted buttered bun ice cream base with chunks of caramelized Nathan’s all-beef hot dogs.
Why are we suddenly so obsessed with condiments and hot dogs in our ice cream? The simple answer is that probably no one is hankering for a hunk of meat in a popsicle or the tang of mustard in a sundae, but it does make for great photos and videos. In the TikTok and Instagram world we live in, nothing seems more unique than outrageously flavored foods. If you’re looking for attention online, you will definitely get a reaction with one of these wacky desserts. You can try it, but you don’t have to like it. We’re already predicting Pink Sauce Pops for 2023.
In the meantime, can we get a “Heck Yeah” for chocolate, vanilla and strawberry ice cream?