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Moon Mist

The Nova Scotia ice cream flavor is so beloved, women dye their hair to match its pastel swirl.

Moon Mist can refer to many things: a flavor of Faygo soda, a Magic the Gathering card. But for Nova Scotians, Moon Mist is an eye-catching, mouthwatering blend of three distinct flavors of ice cream: grape, banana, and bubblegum. 

It’s an unusual combo, to say the least. One theory says that a flavor company shopped it around in the early 1980s, as Nova Scotian dairies started churning out the tricolored variety at roughly the same time. The result was a hit in Canada’s Atlantic provinces, where it’s the most popular flavor of ice cream. 

As for why it’s such a favorite, opinions vary. There’s the nostalgia factor, and its status as a regional specialty makes it a rare treat for Nova Scotians far from home. But much of the appeal lies in its vibrant colors: The purple, yellow, and blue of Moon Mist ice cream are as vivid as a summer day by the water. The vibrant shades are so out-of-this-world, that fashion-forward Moon Mist lovers are even dyeing their hair to reflect their ice cream.

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Anne Ewbank Anne Ewbank