Does Pesto Ice Cream Exist?

Filippo Berio Pesto Ice Cream

Short answer
Yes, fashion designer Anya Hindmarch is behind a London-based pop-up concept store called The Ice Cream Project which features a range of ice creams inspired by, and containing, some of her favourite food brands. One of them is an ice cream containing 6% pesto from the New Jersey-based company Filippo Berio.

Anya Hindmarch's Ice Cream Project Logo

Long answer
The Ice Cream Project is the brainchild of Anya Hindmarch, a fashion designer, entrepreneur and Sunday Times bestselling author. Her pop-up concept store in Chelsea returned for its third year on 7th June 2024, selling a wacky collection of fifteen flavours of ice creams and sorbets. Among them were Branston Piccalilli, Kikkoman soy sauce and one that particularly caught our eye, Filippo Berio pesto.

A tub of Filippo Berio pesto ice cream

The concept of pesto ice cream is nothing new, although most attempts have been little more than vanilla ice cream with a little basil puree added. The Ice Cream Project's Filippo Berio ice cream, however, is the real deal, containing 6% pesto, meaning olive oil, nuts, cheese, basil, garlic, salt, and pine nuts are all included.

Tubs of ice creams tasting of famous food brands

The small-batch ice creams also include Sun-Pat Peanut Butter, Sarson's Vinegar, and Heinz Baked Beans, and are all made by an undisclosed producer from Devon. Each flavour costs £4.50 a scoop or £16 a tub, and adventurous eaters can try all the flavours in one sitting with the pop-up store's tasting menu.

Filippo Berio's Ice Cream Pesto Ingredients

Ingredient
Whole Milk
Double cream
Egg yolk
Sugar
Glucose
Dextrose
Milk protein
Salt
Locust bean gum
Filippo Berio Pesto (6%)
     Basil
     Olive oil
     Sunflower oil
     Cashew nuts
     Potato flakes
     Grana Padano
     Extra virgin olive oil
     Salt
     Sugar
     Pecorino Romano
     Garlic
     Pine nuts
     Acidity regulator
     Lactic acid

Past flavours have included Polo mints, Heinz Tomato Ketchup, and Lyle’s Golden Syrup. Many visitors to the store have described how the outlandish flavours are strangely enjoyable and say that they somehow just work when they really shouldn't.