Now You Can Get Black Ice Cream in Milwaukee

The trend has been sweeping the nation for some time ‒ now we can finally try it!

Ta-da! The Ruckus (4144 N. Oakland Ave.) has just come out with its newest flavor of soft-serve ice cream ‒ Black Madagascar vanilla.

But it’s the charcoal-like color that makes it particularly eye-catching. The burger joint (a sister of the Colectivo cafes) uses natural ash from charred coconuts to give the ice cream ‒ made from milk supplied by Columbus, Wisconsin’s Sassy Cow Creamery ‒ its color. The photo shows the ice cream pumped inside a red cone. Not into it? The Ruckus also has natural-colored Madagascar vanilla, as well as Dutch chocolate and swirl. 

What we have yet to determine is if this new flavor makes your tongue turn black. 

Hours: Sun-Thurs 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m.



Ann Christenson has covered dining for Milwaukee Magazine since 1997. She was raised on a diet of casseroles that started with a pound of ground beef and a can of Campbell's soup. Feel free to share any casserole recipes with her.