Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream

If you’re looking for a simple scoop of chocolate ice cream…or vanilla…or strawberry…you’re not going to find it at Humphry Slocombe in San Francisco.

pig part ice cream

Okay, you might see one of them nestled somewhere amongst the wacky flavors on the ever-changing list. But you’ll have a better chance of finding Fumé (smoked) ice cream, Chocolate passion fruit, and cinnamon brittle. There’s a decidedly non-kosher Boccalone proscuitto ice cream, as well as Ancho coffee, Jesus juice sorbet (you don’t want to know…), Balsamic caramel, and Secret breakfast, a mixture of milk and sweetened breakfast cereal.

ice cream flavors

Granted these flavors aren’t for the timid. And they’re probably not what most people expect when they’re handed a cone. But each scoop is a one-of-a-kind experience and the flavors are the work of ice cream-maker Jake Godby, who’s rearranging the boundary between sweet and savory.

humphry slocombe

And that’s kosher with me.

Humphry Slocombe
2790 Harrison Street (at 24th Street)
San Francisco, CA
(415) 550-6971
Twitter @humphryslocombe

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62 comments

  • September 24, 2009 1:38am

    Actually, I *definitely* want to know what’s in the Jesus Juice ice cream!

  • Ian
    September 24, 2009 1:39am

    Oh lord, I understand Jesus Juice . . .but tell me that’s not frozen down for ice cream!!

  • September 24, 2009 1:41am

    One Bourbon & Coke float, please.

  • September 24, 2009 1:42am

    One Bourbon & Coke float, please.

  • September 24, 2009 1:51am

    I will try almost anything once, but I have to admit, the Jesus Juice scares me a little. I think that on my next trip to the Bay Area… I will go for the Hibiscus Beet… it’s a flower thing. The Cinnamon Brittle and Chocolate Passion Fruit sound dreamy too.
    -Michaela

  • Anita / married with dinner
    September 24, 2009 1:57am

    Actually, Secret Breakfast is bourbon & cornflakes. It’s my second-fave flavor there after salted licorice.

    Oh, and welcome to town :)

  • September 24, 2009 2:03am

    Intriguing combinations that I am going to have to try sometime. I wonder what kind of mouth feel Jesus has?

  • September 24, 2009 8:59am

    Hmm salt & pepper ice cream…I’m intrigued…and wow proscuitto ice cream!
    This place sounds fun!

  • September 24, 2009 9:02am

    Wow. That’s some serious ice cream, great address. Does that sign say peanut butter curry ?? I’ll take a double scoop of secret breakfast and balsamic caramel, please ! I’m curious what you got…. and what you thought !

  • September 24, 2009 9:13am

    i love it when people mix flavors that are unexpected, but work perfectly. so hooray! and savory ice cream is definitely something i wouldn’t mind seeing explored more. hope you are enjoying the states again!

  • September 24, 2009 10:20am

    Actually, I DO want to know about the Jesus juice sorbet. I went to their website, but couldn’t find it. It isn’t blood orange, is it? They also have cream cheese ice cream. That sounds good, but the government cheese flavor doesn’t sound so great.

  • September 24, 2009 10:22am

    “Jesus juice” is red wine and Coke sorbet. I didn’t try it, but perhaps I’ll give it at try if I make it back, Lord willing…

  • September 24, 2009 10:23am

    David – I’m about to try your bacon ice cream – another original. I’ve been open to the idea of savory ice creams ever since I tried roquefort ice cream in Barcelona a few years ago – it was sublime! Keep them coming!

  • September 24, 2009 10:30am

    Hello David,

    Oh if i lived in San Francisco, I’d definitely come back to the shop at every chance I get and try every single flavor they have… oh I wish! I must admit that I’m not totally convinced of ‘tasty salted pig parts’, but when they call it “Boccalone proscuitto” it sounds rather tempting…

    Have a great time there!

  • September 24, 2009 10:31am

    oh – Jesus juice actually sounds good! god knows why it has coke in it though…

  • Sam
    September 24, 2009 10:33am

    When I see flavour combinations like this I always wonder if they actually taste good.

    There are some chefs out there who seem to think that putting flavours together in unexpected ways will set them apart from the rest and let everyone see how brilliant they are at pushing the envelope. It seems as if it becomes an ego thing for them, and they forget that people eat out because they want to eat something delicious.

  • September 24, 2009 11:20am

    New York is soooooooooooooo behing SF!
    soooo frustrating,,,and why isn’t SF closer?

  • rappy
    September 24, 2009 11:26am

    Haha! Brilliant shop name, and if it’s a coincidence, it’s an awesome one.

  • September 24, 2009 12:10pm

    Bourbon and coke float? I think my heart skipped a beat. If only it weren’t 9am….

  • Cristina
    September 24, 2009 12:12pm

    Intriguing icecream flavours, just today I saw a “tomato” icecream which I was told was made with the same recipe as strawberry icecream just changing the fruit. I did try this summer however an incredible icecream flavoured with rosemary and vanilla… it was delicious ;-).

  • Lynn T. (Mom)
    September 24, 2009 12:17pm

    You made it to Humphry Slocumbe before us, & we live in Bay area! Wanted to go just for the name & the good BBC memories (let alone the great write-ups) but got distracted the last time we were in SF. See you tonight @ Charles Choc.
    bises, Lynn T.

  • September 24, 2009 12:19pm

    Actually, I *definitely* want to know what’s in the Jesus Juice ice cream!

  • September 24, 2009 12:24pm

    Just read an article about this ice cream in the AJC by Joe Yonan for the Washington Post. Had to stop by your blog and comment. I am a new blogger and looking for sites to use as a resource for my food’s class. This is a hit. Need some male writers. Thanks.

  • September 24, 2009 12:57pm

    Sam: It’s because people are pushing the envelope that new dishes and tastes get developed. Not everything works, but I was doing a demo in France and made the Avocado Ice Cream with espresso over it from my ice cream book, and no one wanted to taste it. (It’s a popular combination in Brazil.) But when they finally did, people flipped over it. It’s delicious!

    So while I’m not one for silliness in the kitchen–like the anchovy-flavored chocolate I once had in Spain–I do think it’s fun to play around. (I had my reservations with molecular gastronomy.) Ice cream is a good medium for experimentation, and for those unwilling to take the plunge, the staff was extremely friendly, and generous with samples.

  • September 24, 2009 12:59pm

    “Jesus Juice” — Coke & red wine. It’s what MJ served his young houseguests when they’d visit the Neverland ranch.

    My favorite HS flavors are salt ‘n peppa & olive oil… the former was kind of mind-blowing first time I tried it. Really anything they make is very very good. Also, check for the foie gras ice cream sandwiches — sometimes they have ’em in.

    Looking forward to the Omnivore event!

  • dave
    September 24, 2009 1:05pm

    harumphh. call me Eeyore, but it all sounds like crappy nonsense to me.

  • Dawn in CA
    September 24, 2009 1:08pm

    Ancho Coffee and Peanut Butter Curry… definitely on my must-try list the next time I head to SF. I love that smack-dab in the middle of all these outrageous flavors is “Honeydew.” Yeah, I’ll have to get some of that, too.

    So bummed BlogHer Food sold out ages ago. I missed the boat. :( Was hoping to score a ticket as I contemplate jumping into this crazy blogging world. That would be a great giveaway – last minute pass to BlogHer Food – don’t you think? (hint hint) ;)

  • triathlonmeg
    September 24, 2009 1:10pm

    This sounds like Scoops in LA! They make crazy flavors, and even have a chalkboard for guests to write flavor suggestions on. Brown bread, black pepper, beer etc are all interesting flavors they’ve come up with!

  • Lisa T.
    September 24, 2009 1:19pm

    I was going to explain that Humphrey Slocombe wasn’t a coincidence, but I see that my mom beat me to it. Who doesn’t love Are You Being Served?

    David, sorry I can’t make it tonight to see you, but I have to be in class tonight. :( But mom and Janet will be there and can tell me about the fabulous time I missed. I hope mom brings me some Charles Chocolate s’mores. Hint, hint.

    Bises!

  • September 24, 2009 2:38pm

    This reminded me of the tiny ice cream shop in Venezuela: “Heladeria Coromoto”, a teeny shop up in the Andean town of Merida (http://www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/2533/900-flavours-ice-cream-138) boasts the most flavors to date according to the Guiness Book of World Records! There are 900 flavors, ranging from the traditional chocolate, to wackiest such as “Pabellon”, the national dish of shredded beef, black beans, rice, and fried plantains. Love the dish, but on a cone? Hmmmm. ..

  • Emily
    September 24, 2009 3:14pm

    So glad to hear that Humphrey Slocombe is still alive and well! I was so glad to have visited them when they were first open last year and serving just a small handful of flavors. It’s tops on my list of places to visit when I go home for the holidays to see the folks!

  • simona
    September 24, 2009 4:36pm

    A propos kosher/non kosher ice crem ( bacon ice cream? what’s wrong with eggs and bacon, old-english style?) , aHappy New Year to you , and a kosher Yom Kippour….

  • September 24, 2009 5:04pm

    Balsamic caramel? Heaven, sweet heaven. I’ll skip Jesus juice (not a fan of the guy) thanks. The sad part about a place like this is that so much is tempting in part due to novelty, but such risk!

  • leuwam
    September 24, 2009 7:30pm

    secret breakfast is my favorite!! i love learning of new ways to indulge in bourbon. my favorite thing about humphry slocombe though is that though they always have customers there is never a ridiculous line.

  • September 24, 2009 7:48pm

    We have some fantastic ice cream and gelato joints here in Vancouver, B.C. For variety, there’s Casa Gelato, boasting 508 flavours, some of which are unusual to say the least (durian, garlic, and basil/Pernod). For really wonderful flavour however, I like to frequent Brazza on the North Shore and Mondo Gelato downtown. But, nothing beats settling in for the evening and making a recipe from your excellent book “The Perfect Scoop”! Thank-you for sharing your brilliance with the rest of the world. But I have to confess a fear of the ice-cream/meat combination (Though what carnivore doesn’t love a cream sauce with meat in it? So really – what’s the diff? I guess some of us are just wimps….)

  • Miss Kris
    September 24, 2009 8:44pm

    Thank you so much for this! We are headed to the Bay Area over the winter holidays, so I will add this to the list!

  • September 24, 2009 10:24pm

    Bourbon and Coke floats!!! I love it!

  • erleen
    September 24, 2009 10:45pm

    Avocado ice cream, avocado shake and avocado popsicles are regular treats when we were young (and also until now!). Almost anything sweet that can be done to avocadoes has been done here in the philippines…..

    we are not used to the savory (guacamole/dipping/salad) dishes you usually use avocado for =)

    my dad would raise his eyebrows and tell me I’m weird for using avocado as a dip :)

  • Norman
    September 24, 2009 10:47pm

    David,

    Greetings from Sydney, Australia. I am a new subscriber and this is my first comment. A fantastic intro to this intriguing ice-cream maker. Many thanks. San Francisco and Sydney are twin cities and we also have a vigorous, deliciously politically incorrect food scene here. One of our restaurants once served parmesan and tomato ice-cream with caramelised saffron reduction. A most successful combination which manages to avoid the self-consciousness of molecular gastronomy.

  • September 24, 2009 11:35pm

    This place was closed when I was on vacay in san fran this year in spring!!!!! I was very sad!

  • Maria-Jose
    September 25, 2009 3:09am

    Coke and red wine??? In Spain, we call this “calimocho” and it’s what young people drink when they want to get drunk fast….

    There’s a ice-cream shop in Gijon, a city in Northern Spain, where they have been serving fabada (chorizo and white bean stew) ice-cream, sea urchin ice-cream and cabrales ice-cream (cabrales is a blue cheese similar to stilton) for ages. Fabada ice-cream is not their most sold flavour, but blue-cheese is very good and loved.

  • September 25, 2009 3:51am

    Two scoops of ancho coffee, please! ;-)

    Only days ago did I discover I small artisan gelateria in a little town in the Italian Veneto region where I tasted liquorice ice cream for the first time in my life: So good, I wished I could pass there once a week!

  • September 25, 2009 4:08am

    I guess I’m not very adventurous food-wise. I could handle the Jesus Juice, anything chocolate, and the cream cheese but most of the flavors sound disgusting to me. I know for sure my French husband wouldn’t try any of them! The French don’t seem to be very open when it comes to their food traditions and palette! Cynthia

  • September 25, 2009 8:30am

    We’re planning a trip to SF in the next year, and this is going on the list – hoping to get a group of adventurous friends together over several flavors, with several spoons. Loved bacon ice cream, so why not salted pig parts, which is, after all, what bacon is….

  • September 25, 2009 8:42am

    Those are very bizarre ice cream flavours, sound like something Heston Blumenthall would come up with!

  • LB
    September 25, 2009 10:19am

    Unrelated to icecream, I just wanted to say thank for for your write ups of L’Etoile d’Or. My family visited the store yesterday and loved it and Ms Acabo. My sister, who can not go an hour without chocolate (and still maintains an impossibly thin figure, blast her) was completely enchanted, and I’m getting a nice, big box of goodies brought home to me.

  • September 25, 2009 10:20am

    When I was reading the chalkboard in the photo, for a split second I read “hibiscus beet” as “hibiscus beetle” (because it was over the word brittle, I guess) and thought that was by far the weirdest flavor I’ve ever seen. Heh. Not so far fetched, perhaps, with what these mad scientists are up to. I’ve heard of lobster ice cream around here in the northeast and I think that still takes the far-out cake. It is an insect of the sea, right?

  • Lisa
    September 25, 2009 11:47am

    I’ll be in San Fran for one night next week all the way on the other end of town… so close, and yet so far. Balsamic Caramel Ice Cream….

  • September 25, 2009 11:49am

    I remember hearing about about avocado ice cream when I was a kid and thinking that was the coolest thing. I wanted to try it! If only ice cream a couple decades ago had been this inventive!

  • Karen M.
    September 25, 2009 3:27pm

    Love this place and feel lucky to live in the SF Bay Area! One frustrating thing (unless they’ve changed in the last couple of months) is that the flavors vary every day, with the exception of Secret Breakfast and a few others. So if the list has Ancho Coffee today, you may not find it there when you visit on another day.

    That said, I love Secret Breakfast, Salt & Pepper, Olive Oil, Balsamic Caramel and Blue Bottle Coffee.

  • Jean Marie
    September 25, 2009 4:04pm

    Sweetsummer Corn drizzled with caramel sauce would be delicious!

  • Jake
    September 25, 2009 6:52pm

    Sorry I missed you David and thank you for the kind words
    -Jake

  • September 25, 2009 8:08pm

    RE: Brown bread ice cream. My husband and I had this in England three years ago. It was delicious. We considered going back for a second scoop, but then thought, Oh, we’re not that hungry. We’ll get it tomorrow. But tomorrow, we were in a different place and there was no brown bread ice cream to be had.

    We went to England three weeks ago. I had googled and googled trying to find a place that sold it. I asked every ice cream store we passed. All to no avail. I guess I will just have to make it myself.

  • Kat
    September 25, 2009 8:23pm

    This totally reminds me of scoops in Hollywood (like a commenter above mentioned)! Yum! If you’re ever in Portland you should check out Junior Ambassador’s ice cream cart on weekends. Super inventive and tasty flavors, and a really fun whimsical vibe!

  • keli
    September 26, 2009 2:13am

    Jesus juice is soooooo good! kinda tastes like coke pez. but my all time favorite is a tie between banana and red hots and the ginger cookie foie gras ice sandwich! this place rules!

  • September 26, 2009 1:15pm

    I might have to try making some hibiscus beet ice cream myself. That sounds outstanding…maybe with honey for sweetener.

  • September 26, 2009 5:39pm

    Hi David, I made your candied bacon ice cream recently and it was amazing. I even candied some extra bacon to sprinkle on top as we wanted to increase the bacon flavour! http://helengraves.co.uk/2009/09/guilty-pleasures-dinner-party-2pork-party/

  • September 27, 2009 7:24am

    Avocado ice cream milk shakes in Brazil…sigh
    O M G simply to die for.
    Actually they were a lot of ice + avocados + some sugar + milk = milk shake
    A shock at first and then so addictive..

  • September 28, 2009 5:49pm

    Hello! I passed up Bi Rite but THIS is worth going out of my way for — wish I had known about it. If you’re ever in LA, Scoops has a similar concept – foie gras ice cream.

  • October 2, 2009 9:00pm

    I love Humphrey Slocombe’s and I have to say, I was a bit reluctant to try the Jesus Juice, but oh, boy was I glad to have worked up the nerve as it worked so well. I’ve never had a bad flavor of any of the unique combos at that place.

  • Zeb
    October 21, 2009 3:58pm
  • March 4, 2010 4:23pm

    ooh i want to visit this place so bad. i find all the flavours so inspiring though for home ice cream experimentation! :)