Known for its sweet and spicy pungent taste, garlic is used as a flavorful ingredient in cuisines around the world.
It also benefits the body in numerous ways, helping with high blood pressure and high cholesterol and serving as an immune system boost, an antioxidant, acne prevention, and vampire repellent.
While we like to ensure we're getting our daily dose by adding it to all sorts of dishes, there are some garlicky infusions even we think are quite odd -- namely, desserts.
Here are the four strangest sweet garlic-infused dishes at this weekend's Delray Beach Garlic Fest at Old School Square.
4. Garlic Kettle Corn
Garlic popcorn is nothing new -- and it's proven to be quite good. Garlic kettle corn, however, sounds kind of odd. This particular version was rather mild. It tasted as though a bit of garlic powder was sprinkled on the sugary popped corn. (Or, maybe, we had eaten so much garlic throughout the day that we were already immune to the flavor.)
3. Garlic Plantain Chocolate-Covered Frozen Banana
As strange as this sweet treat sounds, it was one of the least offensive garlic desserts at the festival. With just a hint of the vegetable and salty plantain chips to balance out the sweetness of the chocolate and banana, it was a refreshing palate cleanser from the rest of the pungent dishes.
2. Garlic Funnel Cake
The favorite childhood treat was introduced to some grown-up flavors over the weekend. The sweet fried dough had raw garlic added to the batter and was topped with powdered sugar. While the overall garlic flavor was mild, the thicker areas did have a fairly strong aftertaste. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either.
1. Garlic Ice Cream
A staple of the festival, garlic ice cream is definitely one of the weirder dishes to be found. Although it does sound like one of those food items that could be so odd it's good, this incarnation was just all right. At first, it just tastes like vanilla ice cream, but after sitting on the palate for a minute, notes of raw garlic take over. It's not completely unpleasant, but it's nothing to write home about. Had the garlic been roasted beforehand, it might be a whole other story.
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