Scorpion Ice cream rules San Francisco Pier

Presented by The San Francisco Dungeon, Miss Piggott’s (Not-So) Nice Cream Pop-up Parlor dared Friday passersby to chomp into a critter-laden ice cream. Their reactions ranged from disgust to surprise. The most popular was “Cookies and Creep”: coconut ash ice cream with silkworms and ants. (Guests commented that eating the “crunchy” ants “wasn’t so bad.”) Parents were reluctant but kids – some as young as five – jumped at the opportunity. Spouses dared one another to eat the ice cream while others couldn’t decide which bug they wanted to bite into first!

Guests spun the “Wheel of Misfortune” to determine their disturbing flavor, as well as a chance to win free tickets to The San Francisco Dungeon to see the real-life inspiration behind Miss Piggott’s parlor.

he one-day experience was created by The San Francisco Dungeon for National Ice Cream Month.

Spirit of Alcatraz: black sesame ice cream with a drizzle of raspberry and grasshoppers.

Cookies and Creep: coconut ash ice cream with Oreos, silkworms and ants.

Wormfood: dirty mud ice cream with mealworms.

Black-Hearted Beauty: coconut ash black ice cream with strawberry hearts and scorpions.

Miss Piggott’s Special: All of the above on one scoop of ice cream.

The pop-up parlor was inspired by Miss Piggott, the beer-slinging, saloon wench who is always looking for a way to get one over on her customers. During the Gold Rush in the 1860s and 1870s, the Bay Area harridan would drug unassuming drunkards with the “Miss Piggott’s Special” – a concoction of brandy, whiskey and gin laced with opium – luring them atop a trap door where they would be shanghaied into the custody of needy ship captains looking for sailors. Similar to the guests in her saloon at The San Francisco Dungeon, she has found a new way to put a little scare into those looking for a sweet treat while walking the Wharf.

Her character is part of The San Francisco Dungeon, the ultimate live action journey through the city’s murky past where the audience is part of the show. This is the first attraction of its kind in North America, bringing to life the stories of the Bay Area from the last 100 years with a full theatrical cast, special effects, gripping storytelling, 360-degree sets, an underground boat ride and the city’s only underground drop ride, Escape Alcatraz.