Scenes from a Snacknado Invasion with Ian Ziering at Baskin-Robbins

The actor talks Sharknado-inspired ice cream, his favorite flavor, and breakdancing against <em>Melrose Place</em>

Los Angeles magazine: OK, Ian, let’s get this question out of the way: Were any sharks harmed when making this ice cream called Snacknado inspired by your Sharknado movies?

Ian Ziering: No, no, no, there were absolutely no sharks harmed or used when making the Baskin-Robbins Snacknado ice cream. There are no fish at all in this ice cream. I promise.

This was how I began my interview with Ian Ziering, former teen-idol star of iconic ’90s TV show Beverly Hills 90210 and current star of cult film franchise Sharknado. I spoke with Ziering at the flagship Baskin-Robbins in Burbank while he was promoting the dessert company’s newest flavor called Snacknado.

LAM: So if there is no shark in Snacknado, then what’s the connection to Sharknado? Is it a fury of flavors?

Ian Ziering: This ice cream is a whirlwind of salty caramel, chocolate-covered potato chips, and pretzels, and bits of candy. It’s a natural disaster of flavors.

LAM: A delicious disaster.

Ian Ziering: Baskin-Robbins has a tradition of connecting their products to pop culture, which is why we’re doing this. A lot of thought went into this and they knocked it out of the park.

According to the official press release, Baskin-Robbins’ Snacknado is a salty caramel-flavored ice cream loaded with chocolate-covered potato chips and pretzels, all swirled together with candy pieces, chocolate fudge, and salted pretzel ribbons.

LAM: Ian, you’re still loved for your Beverly Hills 90210 character Steve Sanders. What would a Beverly Hills 90210 ice cream taste like?

IZ: It’d be called “Rush” in honor of Steve Sanders’ father, and it’d be a mix of chocolate and salted caramel.

LAM: Who would win in a breakdancing battle, the cast of Beverly Hills 90210 or Melrose Place?

IZ: I don’t want to tip my hand and give our advantage away, but Luke Perry would be our frontman.

LAM: Do you actually eat Baskin-Robbins ice cream?

IaZ: I grew up eating it. My dad used to take me all the time as a child.

LAM: What’s your favorite flavor?

IZ: Jamoca Almond Fudge.

LAM: Thanks.

IZ: Let me scoop up some Snacknado for you. What kind of cone?

Ziering proceeded to expertly scoop, with a peeling and packing motion (he was well-trained), two gigantic globes of Snacknado flavored-ice cream onto a sugar cone and handed it to me.

I felt like I was on an episode of Beverly Hills 90210 hanging out with Dylan, Brandon, Kelly, Brenda, and the rest of the gang at the Peach Pit. It was surreal. The Snacknado ice cream was decadent, salty, sweet, crunchy, and creamy—truly a delicious disaster.

Snacknado will be available at Baskin-Robbins shops as its Flavor of the Month starting March 1.

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