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The Best Ice Creams Money Can Buy
Yahoo ^ | May 23, 2014 | Consumer Reports

Posted on 05/23/2014 7:25:56 PM PDT by kingattax

Plain as it is, vanilla is the nation’s favorite ice-cream flavor. Our expert tasters tried 19 (including gelatos), separating the yum from the ho-hum. For ice-cream lovers who venture beyond vanilla, we also recommend a dozen in three other flavors: salted caramel, mint chip, and fudge brownie.

Taste. Among vanillas, Ben & Jerry’s and Häagen-Dazs are the clear winners: dense and creamy, with intense dairy flavor and complex, high-quality vanilla flavor. A runner-up, Talenti, is quite sweet and a bit icy, with a fruity-floral vanilla flavor typical of Tahitian vanilla.

As you go down the Ratings, the ice creams tend to be a bit more gummy or have vanilla flavor that’s generic or less pronounced.

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Pet Dairy Ice Cream is just plain country good !
1 posted on 05/23/2014 7:25:56 PM PDT by kingattax
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To: kingattax

These people never had Blue Belle.


2 posted on 05/23/2014 7:27:41 PM PDT by Skooz (Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us)
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To: kingattax

I read quite a few years ago that the most popular flavor was butter pecan. Maybe it has changed since then.

My favorite is cherry with butter pecan a good second.


3 posted on 05/23/2014 7:29:54 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: kingattax

Texas’s own Blue Bell beats them all- in my opinion.


4 posted on 05/23/2014 7:30:09 PM PDT by patriot08 (NATIVE TEXAN (girl type))
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To: kingattax

I knew a guy who ran a huge (Summer only) ice cream place in Western Carolina. They carried two brands, Sealtest and Biltmore.

He said the Sealtest brand outsold Biltmore by around two to one. They were both delicious.


5 posted on 05/23/2014 7:34:37 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: kingattax
My favorite is Haagen-Dazs Salted Caramel gelato.

6 posted on 05/23/2014 7:34:54 PM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your teaching is my delight.)
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To: Skooz

we have Blue Bunny out here - not sure if it’s the same but I love their natural vanilla


7 posted on 05/23/2014 7:35:53 PM PDT by blueplum
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To: kingattax

How is gelato different from regular ice cream? Aldi has Italian gelato that looks pretty good.


8 posted on 05/23/2014 7:37:32 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: kingattax

I’ve never had Pet Dairy. NOBODY cab beat Blue Belle’s Triple Chocolate Decadence, but Hagen Daz vanilla is pretty dang good. (Probably jaded. We always have BB vanilla in the freezer)

Does anyone from around San Antonio remember Knowlton’s? That was fabulous ice cream- esp their Peaches & Cream.

Gandy’s (West Texas & maybe SW Tx) used to have a Lemon Chip & Cherry Vanilla that was out of this world.


9 posted on 05/23/2014 7:38:10 PM PDT by KGeorge (Till we're together again, Gypsy girl. May 28, 1998- June 3, 2013)
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To: kingattax

Vanilla

Peppermint

Coffee

in that order.

All required chocolate sauce.


10 posted on 05/23/2014 7:39:17 PM PDT by Clint N. Suhks
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To: KGeorge

When we lived in Oklahoma there was a chain called Braums. Everyone raved over how good it was and while I didn’t think it was great, it was still very good.


11 posted on 05/23/2014 7:41:00 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: kingattax

I like a lot of different brands.

But I remember every summer Borden;’s came out with peach. Only lasted 2-3 months and then had to wait until next year.

I guess Bordens is out of business, but never found it when we moved to soCal.


12 posted on 05/23/2014 7:44:13 PM PDT by morphing libertarian ( On to impeachment and removal (IRS, Benghazi)!!!)
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To: kingattax
Blue Bell Home made Vanilla is my favorite.. Tastes like the freezer vanilla we made when I was a kid.

Blue Bell only expanded from TX east to AL about20 years ago, so doubt if the northerners or far westerners have it.

Originating in Brenham, TX, Blue Bell's original creamery is still open to the public.

Their Motto is"We eat all we can and sell the rest."

vaudine

13 posted on 05/23/2014 7:44:15 PM PDT by vaudine
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To: kingattax

Pet Dairy had a stab at market entry in my neck of the woods in Maryland. Their fresh peach was outstanding, rich, smooth, creamy. Best peach ice cream, second only homemade. Chik-Fil-A fresh peach shakes seasonal fav, well worth the drive.


14 posted on 05/23/2014 7:44:30 PM PDT by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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To: Skooz
These people never had Blue Belle.

No doubt! AND....it doesn't taste like communism!

15 posted on 05/23/2014 7:45:22 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: kingattax

For my money, they are all pretty much the same at the top end. We are talking a matter of degree, or a half of a degree difference.

Obviously the cheap stuff is...well... cheap, and you get what you pay for. Low milk fats replaced with hydrogenated oils, carrageenan added for texture and imitation vanilla.


16 posted on 05/23/2014 7:45:31 PM PDT by Ouderkirk (To the left, everything must evidence that this or that strand of leftist theory is true)
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To: kingattax

Vanilla isn’t plain. It is a very complex flavor.


17 posted on 05/23/2014 7:47:20 PM PDT by wideawake
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To: kingattax

Brigham’s.

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18 posted on 05/23/2014 7:48:16 PM PDT by Mears
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To: Clint N. Suhks

It annoys the crap out of me that peppermint is considered a seasonal flavor when it’s one of the all-time best ice cream flavors, and worse yet, that it’s a WINTER seasonal. It’s an ideal SUMMER ice cream, cool, crisp, refreshing. More savory aalty-sweet stuff like pecan praline or something like that makes more sense in winter.


19 posted on 05/23/2014 7:49:09 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: kingattax

Both “Ben” and “Jerry” are the filthiest of Maoists so I don’t give a rat’s hindquarters how good their ice cream might be.


20 posted on 05/23/2014 7:49:10 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Rat Party Policy:Lie,Deny,Refuse To Comply)
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To: Gay State Conservative

Exactly. See my #15.


21 posted on 05/23/2014 7:50:57 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Ouderkirk
yeah..the % of butterfat is the key..more means better taste.

22 posted on 05/23/2014 7:51:25 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Bathhouse/"Rustler" Reid? d8-)
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To: kingattax

Marianne’s in Santa Cruz California....four generations making ice cram that is fabulous. Outside of the ice cream I make at home I vote for Marianne’s period paragraph end of story.

And a ps after the 30 : I will NEVER buy Ben and Jerry’s anything. Haagen Daz is not bad. I love the peppermint bark at Christmas time. Their chocolate gelato is very nice


23 posted on 05/23/2014 7:52:24 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: kingattax
I recently discovered Snoqualmie, a small ice cream brand from the Seattle area."http://www.snoqualmieicecream.com"

It's smooth, creamy, really lovely, available here and there throughout the country. The ingredients are pure as they come, and the price tag --not exactly cheap. I pick up the occasional pint when they go on sale.

My fave flavor is French Lavender.

It must be everyone's fave, as it sells out first. Luscious.

24 posted on 05/23/2014 7:53:02 PM PDT by Veto! (OpInions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: yarddog

Don’t know where you read that....maybe it only applies locally. Vanilla has been the number one seller forever


25 posted on 05/23/2014 7:53:15 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: Yardstick
How is gelato different from regular ice cream?

This is from a webpage for a gelato shop:

Gelato is Italy’s version of ice cream, with three major differences.

First, gelato has significantly less butterfat than ice cream’s typical 18 and 26 percent. Tests conducted by Delaware’s Department of Agriculture confirmed Caffé Gelato’s vanilla and chocolate gelato both have less than 10 percent butterfat.

However, less fat does not mean less taste. With the lower butterfat content, gelato is less solidly frozen than ice cream and melts in the mouth faster.Therefore, the customer will taste gelato’s full flavor immediately.

Second, gelato has a much higher density than ice cream. Ice cream is produced by mixing cream, milk and sugar, then adding air. Manufacturers add air to ice cream because it nearly doubles the quantity of their product. But, it cuts their quality in half. No air is added to gelato. The result is a higher quality dessert with a richer, creamier taste.

Third, gelato is served slightly warmer than ice cream. While both gelato and ice cream are served well below the freezing temperature of 32 degrees Fahrenheit, gelato is served 10 to 15 degrees warmer than ice cream. Because it is less solidly frozen, gelato’s taste is further enhanced as it melts in the mouth.

26 posted on 05/23/2014 7:53:41 PM PDT by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: patriot08

I like Blue Bell Dutch Chocolate... other than that not so much


27 posted on 05/23/2014 7:53:44 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: kingattax

We first tried this in Oregon a few years back. We can now buy it in AZ making us very happy :-)

28 posted on 05/23/2014 7:53:59 PM PDT by azishot
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To: Yardstick

Gelato has more cream and is a denser product


29 posted on 05/23/2014 7:54:24 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: Clint N. Suhks

Well if you are going to add chocolate sauce you may as well list card board to the list


30 posted on 05/23/2014 7:55:02 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: Yardstick

Asking questions of fact is obsolete in the internet age:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:IPA_for_Italian

Gelato typically has more sugar than ice cream and may have a custard base with egg yolks.


31 posted on 05/23/2014 7:55:12 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: Still Thinking

Peppermint ice cream on a chocolate brownie and hot chocolate sauce, NOT fudge sauce, is the best holiday treat. I guess it goes with Christmas why it’s so seasonal. It’s even hard to find in the best gourmet stores anytime.


32 posted on 05/23/2014 7:55:33 PM PDT by Clint N. Suhks
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To: patriot08
Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla sets the standard.

On special today 3.99 today 1/2 gallon.

Bananna Split & Orange Swirl today

The Orange Swirl is like a 1/2 gallon of Dreamsicle.

33 posted on 05/23/2014 7:56:35 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: morphing libertarian

Oh my now that takes me back. Can I be that old??? I LOVED Borden’s peach ice cream. One of the truly great ice crams. Dolly Madison used to have a brick and mortar store in the place I grew up in. Nothing better on a hot summer night than driving out to get ice cream and then go to the airport to watch the planes land


34 posted on 05/23/2014 7:56:41 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: kingattax

Straus coffee ice cream makes one wish it was connected via IV:

http://strausfamilycreamery.com/products/item/organic-coffee-ice-cream

Their other flavors are deadly; deadly because it’s all you’ll ever eat again. Will make you say “screw the waistline!”; make you abandon all discipline; leave you with no willpower; make you turn down a romp in the hay with your dream girl; etc etc etc.


35 posted on 05/23/2014 7:57:01 PM PDT by Hostage (ARTICLE V)
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To: Nifster

Sorry, chocolate sauce is a vehicle for ice cream, not vice versa.


36 posted on 05/23/2014 7:57:17 PM PDT by Clint N. Suhks
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To: Nifster

So is VSOP.


37 posted on 05/23/2014 7:57:40 PM PDT by Clint N. Suhks
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To: Clint N. Suhks

I’m sure that’s what they’re thinking, but it’s still effed up. First of all, it’s SO good it should be available all year round, and if they MUST make a seasonal out of it, sell it in the summer for God’s sake. When I used to make my own ice cream, peppermint was definitely one of the summer flavors.


38 posted on 05/23/2014 7:59:37 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: kingattax

Nothing like Teaberry ice cream in PA in the summer.

Can’t get it where I’m at, so I have to make it.


39 posted on 05/23/2014 7:59:40 PM PDT by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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To: kingattax

Ice cream is like sex - even when it’s bad it’s pretty good. So these comparisons are kind of silly. I would rather have Breyers Cookies & Cream than many of the fancier varieties - many of them are too sweet and rich for my taste.


40 posted on 05/23/2014 7:59:57 PM PDT by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite it's unfashionability)
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To: Skooz

Ah, Blue Belle, for the little cremery om Bremham, Texs. My absolute favorite is their butter pecan. I have been to their creamery in Brenham.


41 posted on 05/23/2014 8:00:04 PM PDT by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a Tea Party descendant...steeped in the Constitutional Republic given to us by the Founders)
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To: kingattax

Another vote for Blue Bell Homestyle Vanilla. There is really no comparison. For those of you who are doubtful, go get a gallon and eat some with no toppings or adornment. It is amazing. A rich, creamy, eggy, vanilla explosion in every bite.


42 posted on 05/23/2014 8:00:18 PM PDT by Anitius Severinus Boethius (www.wilsonharpbooks.com - Eclipse, the sequel to Bright Horizons is out! Get it now!)
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To: Some Fat Guy in L.A.

I thought Breyers was the fancy brand. Lol


43 posted on 05/23/2014 8:00:44 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Nifster

we owned a mom and pop grocery in Logan WV. I would stock shelves or help my dad deliver groceries in the summer and could talk whatever I wanted from the store.


44 posted on 05/23/2014 8:01:34 PM PDT by morphing libertarian ( On to impeachment and removal (IRS, Benghazi)!!!)
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Häagen-Dazs Carmel Cone is awesome. Vanilla ice cream with carmel swirls and little bits of chocolate.

Off to the kitchen I go!

45 posted on 05/23/2014 8:04:14 PM PDT by Henchster (Free Republic - the BEST site on the web!)
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To: hoagy62

Right, less fat. Apparently the regulation in Italy is that gelato must contain at least 3.5% milk fat versus 10% to be called ice cream here in America. And more dense with less air. Which brings up a point about Ben & Jerry’s. They may be flaming leftists but their ice cream has noticeably less air whipped into it than most brands. Generally speaking it is a superior product.


46 posted on 05/23/2014 8:04:52 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: Still Thinking

If there’s a Häagen-Dazs shop at the mall or freestanding they usually have peppermint but what a pain.


47 posted on 05/23/2014 8:05:00 PM PDT by Clint N. Suhks
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To: Nifster

Blue Bell Milk Chocolate Ice Cream

(not to mention, nobody makes plain glazed donuts like Shipley Donuts)


48 posted on 05/23/2014 8:05:11 PM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: kingattax
I know, it's not very conservative. But this is my favorite:


49 posted on 05/23/2014 8:05:59 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: kingattax

In the Summer of 1969 I ran the milkshake machine at a huge Summer retreat. At the beginning of the Summer the Sealtest guy came by and showed me how to operate the machine, to disassemble it for cleaning etc.

He told me he could make the best milkshake I ever tasted but that it was illegal to sell it in North Carolina. He then took a half gallon of ice milk mix and poured it into the machine.

After it was ready, he made a milk shake for me and sure enough, it was the best one I had ever tasted. I asked him why it was illegal to sell it and he said it was so rich that it made people sick. sure enough, maybe 15 minutes later I began to feel a bit nauseous. I never did get so bad that I threw up buy I understood what he was saying.


50 posted on 05/23/2014 8:10:52 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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