In life, there are just some things that do not go together.
Water and oil, cats and dogs, even Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston (don't even try and defend that sham relationship) are just a few examples, but usually, I find there's a bit of leeway when it comes to food. Depending on your tastes and your level of creativity, you can create some unlikely food combos that are delicious against all logic.
Peanut butter and jelly, french fries and ice cream and even pineapple on pizza all sound like horrendous mistakes on paper, but you'll find fevered advocates for each and every one, and you can't really blame them too much. Apart from pineapple and pizza. That person deserves all of your judgement.
But now, everyone's go-to condiment is getting the Avengers treatment; getting paired up with other foods to hopefully synergistic effect, but guys, come on: this is just too far. I appreciate the 'mayochup' ketchup-mayo combo, I even accept ketchup slices, but ketchup ice cream is too much.
Why?! Why would you do this? Looking like the crime scene for the murder of good taste, some mad food scientist decided to bring this horrifying flavor of ice cream into being, and I will forever rue the day that this Dr Frankenstein of desserts made the conscious, premeditated decision to bring this into the world.
You can find this cold, creamy abomination at the Gelati Enniscrone & Ballina ice cream shop, located at Inishcrone in Ireland. More importantly, you can thank a certain celebrity for the creation of this horrifying ketchup ice cream.
Way back when, we told you a little bit about what it's like to be part of Ed Sheeran's entourage. Specifically, which condiment you've got to be carrying on you at all times: Ed Sheeran reportedly makes everyone travelling him carry around a bottle of ketchup, lest there be french fries left dry, or a burger decidedly in need of some tangy tomato sauce.
Here's Sheeran showing off his Heinz ketchup tattoo, in case you were in doubt about how much this grown man loves ketchup.
I knew celebrities were a little crazy in general, but this is insane even for their standards. But at least Ed Sheeran wasn't directly involved in creating this ice cream; instead, this is an ill-advised tribute ahead of his trip to Ireland as part of his tour, where he'll play in Dublin toward the tail-end of this week. It is still his fault, though.
"We @gelati_icecream decided to welcome Ed Sheeran back to Ireland by creating his favourite flavour : Tomato ketchup!! Drop in for a free Ketchup cone if attending the concert," declare Gelati triumphantly, but to be honest: you couldn't get me to eat this ketchup ice cream if you paid me, let alone if you gave it to me for free.
Well there you go, folks: if you're ever in Ireland and looking to try something new, why not try a traditional Irish pie, or go for a pint of Guinness or something? Try pretty much anything but this: there's a good chance it'll derail your holiday, not to mention ruin ice cream for you forever.