Tiger Tail Ice Cream Recipe [Tiger Tiger] - Celebration Generation (2024)


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Tiger Tail Ice Cream (Tiger-Tiger Ice Cream) - a beloved ice cream flavour in Canada. With my recipe, you can make it yourself, wherever you are!

Originally published July 30, 2012. Updated on 4/29/2021

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"Favorite ice cream flavors" was recently the topic of discussion among a group of friends.

Once again, I had to lament the lack of "Tiger Tail" availability in the USA. It was my favorite flavor as a kid, and one of the uniquely Canadian food stuffs that I miss.

Tiger Tail - or “Tiger Tiger”, depending on what area you’re from - is an orange-flavored ice cream with a black licorice ribbon running throughout.

You might recognize the flavor from the Tiger Tail Cake recipe I created, inspired by it.

Well, not being one to just whine about what I can't have, I created a recipe for a homemade version.

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Homemade Tiger Tail Ice Cream

Much like the Honey Garlic Cooking Sauce Recipe I created for the same reason... this really hit the spot.

The appearance AND flavors were just right, and the licorice ribbon was just perfect.

As a kid, I used to eat the ice cream from around the thickest parts of ribbon, leaving the best for last... and this homemade version did NOT disappoint, on that front.

Truth be told, I kind of shocked myself!

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I know I can create recipes for pretty much anything, but I thought for sure that the sweet, sort of sticky, kind of crystalline texture of the ribbon would take some serious trial and error to perfect.


Now, while I realize that this tiger tail ice cream recipe will be heartily welcomed by many of my Canadian readers, I also realize that it will sound weird - or outright disgusting - to most of my American readers.

If you don't have anything against black licorice, I encourage you to give it a try!

It may sound a little wacky to people who haven't been exposed to it, but seriously - even kids love this stuff back home.

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A Note on the Licorice Caramel

Due to the way caramel is made, this recipe makes a bit more of the licorice ribbon than you'll actually need.

Save some for a future batch, or heat it up slightly as an ice cream topping. It's good stuff!

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This recipe is one of many fantastic Canadian recipes in my cookbook, "More Than Poutine: Favourite Foods from my Home and Native Land”. "More than Poutine" is a Canadian cookbook like no other - written by a Canadian living away, it includes both traditional home cooking recipes, as well as accurate homemade versions of many of the snacks, sauces, convenience foods, and other food items that are hard to come by outside of Canada! Order your copy here on this site, through Amazon, or through any major bookseller!

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More Canadian Comfort Food!

Whether you’re a Canadian in the US or not, we could all use some comfort food these days. Here are some Canadian Favourites!

Back Bacon / Canadian Bacon
Canadian Popcorn Seasoning Recipes
Confetti Bars
Dill Pickle Dip
French Canadian Pea Soup
Homemade Deep N Delicious Cake
Homemade Doughnut Holes - Timbits!
Homemade Wunderbars
How to Make Peameal Bacon and Back Bacon
Maple Butter Tarts
Montreal Bagels
Persians Recipe
Poutine, My Way!
Puffed Wheat Squares
Replica Swiss Chalet Sauce

Looking for even more Canadian recipes? Check out our full Canadian Recipes list!

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Tiger Tail Ice Cream Recipe (AKA Tiger-Tiger Ice Cream Recipe)

As weird as it may sound to some, this is a beloved ice cream flavour in Canada... and has been for decades! You can make it at home, wherever you are!

Prep Time30 minutes mins

Cook Time10 minutes mins

8 hours hrs

Total Time8 hours hrs 40 minutes mins

Course: Appetizer, Dessert

Cuisine: Canadian

Servings: 8 Servings

Calories: 406kcal

Author: Marie Porter


  • Ice Cream Maker


Orange Ice Cream

  • 8 Large Egg Yolks
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Cups Milk
  • 2 Cups Heavy Cream
  • 2-3 teaspoon Blood Orange Extract
  • Orange Food Colouring

Licorice Ribbon

  • Cup Water
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • ½ Cup Butter
  • ½ Cup Milk
  • 3 teaspoon Anise Extract
  • Black Food Colouring


Orange Ice Cream Base

  • In a large pot, beat egg yolks together with sugar and salt until fluffy. When thoroughly combined, add a little of the milk at a time, whisking until fully incorporated and smooth – you don’t want any unblended chunks of egg mixture. Add remaining milk and heavy cream, whisk until well combined.

  • Heat just to the boiling point, whisking constantly. Once mixture begins to boil, remove from heat. Add orange extract, stir to combine. Color to desired tint with food coloring, and allow to cool.

Licorice Ribbon Sauce

  • Combine water and sugar in a medium sized pot. Bring to a boil, allow to simmer just until it starts to take on a golden color.

  • Remove from heat, add butter carefully – it will steam and may boil up. Stir until completely melted and well combined. Add milk and anise extract, stir to combine. Tint to deep black with food coloring, allow to cool.

To Make The Ice Cream

  • Once both the ice cream mixture and the ribbon mixture are cooled to room temperature, move them to the fridge to chill overnight.

  • Prepare orange ice cream according to your ice cream maker’s instructions. Once ice cream is finished processing, it’s time to create the striping effect:

  • Place a few scoops of ice cream randomly in whatever container you’ll be storing it in. Drizzle a scoop of licorice ribbon mixture over it, alloing it to pool in a few areas.

    Add a few more scoops of ice cream, pressing down lightly in a few areas to remove air pockets. Drizzle some more licorice ribbon, add more ice cream, etc.

    Continue to use up the rest of the ice cream – you’ll likely have some licorice ribbon left over.

  • Cover and freeze your ice cream container for at least a few hours, to firm up.

  • Store any leftover licorice ribbon in the fridge – pour it over ice cream, or save it or your next batch.


Calories: 406kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 284mg | Sodium: 210mg | Potassium: 165mg | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 1258IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 148mg | Iron: 1mg

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What are the ingredients in tiger tail ice cream? ›

Ingredients: milk, cream, sugars (sugar, glucose solids), licoriceripple (water, fructose, sugar, carbon black, pectin, citric acid,natural flavour), modified milk ingredients, orange base (concentratedorange juice, glucose, water, beet red, annatto, natural flavour), soymono- and diglycerides, cellulose gum, guar gum, ...

What is the flavor of tiger Tiger ice cream? ›

Tiger tail ice cream, also called tiger tiger or tiger flavor, is a Canadian orange-flavoured ice cream with black liquorice swirl. It is named for its resemblance to orange and black tiger stripes. Tiger tail is most popular in parts of Canada and not often found elsewhere.

What's in a tiger's tail? ›

Sugars (sugar, glucose), Fresh cream, Modified milk ingredients, Licorice ripple (sugars [sugar, glucose, fructose, blackstrap molasses], water, modified corn starch, palm oil, soy oil, salt, natural flavour, potassium sorbate, carbon black), Mono and diglycerides, Carob bean gum, Cellulose gum, Guar gum, Carrageenan, ...

Who invented tiger Tiger ice cream? ›

A woman named Morgan Carr is sometimes credited with having invented tiger tail ice cream in the '50s, but its exact origins are shrouded in mystery. This means that there isn't just one original formula that we could look to for inspiration.

How to make tiger tail? ›

Cut 2 2"x12" strips of orange construction paper, tape together into a long strip, and cut one end into curved tail shape. Make black stripes and tuck into pants for a Tiger Tail! Cut 2 2"x12" strips of orange construction paper, tape together into a long strip, and cut one end into curved tail shape.

How to make Tiger nut cream? ›

To make the milk, simply soak the tiger nuts in water for several hours, then blend them with the other ingredients until smooth. Strain the mixture through a cheesecloth or nut milk bag to remove any remaining bits of the nuts, and you will have a creamy and delicious tiger nut milk that is ready to enjoy.

Do they still make tiger tiger ice cream? ›

While tiger tail ice cream isn't as commonplace as it was during its heyday half a century ago, there are still a number of producers making this divisive retro flavour.

Where did tiger tail ice cream originate? ›

🐅This unique and retro Canadian ice cream flavour originated in Ontario back in the 1950s.

What two flavors are Tigers blood? ›

What is it? Despite what you may think, no tigers were harmed to produce this syrup! Tiger's blood is a delicious combination of sweet watermelon, strawberry flavoring and a hint of coconut. Tiger's blood shaved ice is often served at concession stands and ice cream trucks all across the world.

When was tiger tail ice cream invented? ›

A tiger tail. While a Google search for the frozen treat's origins doesn't turn up much information, a page on Atlas Obscura is dedicated to the flavour, and notes that it was popular in Canadian ice cream parlours from the 1950s to the 1970s.

Does Baskin Robbins have tiger tails? ›

As the seasons change so do our delicious flavour varieties. Whether you in the mood for a sweet Love Potion treat on Valentine's Day or a Tiger Tail ice cream treat filled with bursts of citrus for the summer, we have flavours fit for any occasion throughout the year.

What are the facts about tigers tails? ›

Tail. A tiger's tail is about one meter in length (3 ft) and may play a part in their visual communication (see communication- vision section). Tigers use their tail for balance when making sharp turns in pursuit of prey.

What does tiger tail ice cream taste like? ›

This orange and black licorice flavor is kind of a big deal in Canada.

What is tiger Boba ice cream? ›

For those of you who don't know what they are, these are ice cream bars/popsicles made with milk, brown sugar syrup, and chewy, soft boba.

What is in tiger King ice cream? ›

Buttercream Frosting & Oreos Mixed into a cake batter ice cream makes up our legendary Tiger King ice cream!

What is animal free ice cream made of? ›

These ice cream options tend to be made with coconut cream, coconut milk, almond milk, soy milk, or oat milk. Because they don't contain products from animals, they are lactose-free and considered vegan.

What are the ingredients of ice cream? ›

Ice cream is a frozen dessert typically made from milk or cream that has been flavoured with a sweetener, either sugar or an alternative, and a spice, such as cocoa or vanilla, or with fruit, such as strawberries or peaches. Food colouring is sometimes added in addition to stabilizers.

What did the Chinese use to make ice cream? ›

The earliest evidence of anything approaching ice cream being made was in China in the Tang period (A.D. 618-907). Buffalo, cows' and goats' milk was heated and allowed to ferment. This 'yoghurt' was then mixed with flour for thickening, camphor (yes camphor!) for flavour and 'refrigerated' before being served.

What is in Tiger King ice cream? ›

Buttercream Frosting & Oreos Mixed into a cake batter ice cream makes up our legendary Tiger King ice cream!

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