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Flavor of the day for ice cream chains: Savory

Savory flavors are claiming more freezer space as ice cream chains slide into their peak season.

Denny’s has already veered away from the usual vanilla options by featuring a Maple Bacon Sundae this spring. But the base of that LTO is a scoop shop’s staple, plain vanilla ice cream. It just happens to be garnished with two ingredients from the breakfast cook’s station, maple syrup and bacon slices, broken up.

Not so with one of the additions slated for Cold Stone Creamery this summer. One of the new choices in its Gold Cone premium line will be a strawberry-basil ice cream.

A Mojito Sorbet will follow in August.

Today the Maggie Moo mix-in chain opened the carton of its new summertime flavors. Prominent among them: Pretzel and Green Apple Ice Creams.

They share freezer billing with a new Root Beer Ice Cream—not a savory flavor, but certainly unconventional.

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