Skip to comments.The Best Ice Creams Money Can Buy
Posted on 05/23/2014 7:25:56 PM PDT by kingattax
Plain as it is, vanilla is the nations 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 & Jerrys 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 thats generic or less pronounced.
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These people never had Blue Belle.
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.
Texas’s own Blue Bell beats them all- in my opinion.
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.
My favorite is Haagen-Dazs Salted Caramel gelato.
we have Blue Bunny out here - not sure if it’s the same but I love their natural vanilla
How is gelato different from regular ice cream? Aldi has Italian gelato that looks pretty good.
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.
in that order.
All required chocolate sauce.
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.
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.
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."
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.
No doubt! AND....it doesn't taste like communism!
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.
Vanilla isn’t plain. It is a very complex flavor.
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.
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.
Exactly. See my #15.
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
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.
Don’t know where you read that....maybe it only applies locally. Vanilla has been the number one seller forever
This is from a webpage for a gelato shop:
Gelato is Italys version of ice cream, with three major differences.
First, gelato has significantly less butterfat than ice creams typical 18 and 26 percent. Tests conducted by Delawares Department of Agriculture confirmed Caffé Gelatos 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 gelatos 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, gelatos taste is further enhanced as it melts in the mouth.
I like Blue Bell Dutch Chocolate... other than that not so much
We first tried this in Oregon a few years back. We can now buy it in AZ making us very happy :-)
Gelato has more cream and is a denser product
Well if you are going to add chocolate sauce you may as well list card board to the list
Asking questions of fact is obsolete in the internet age:
Gelato typically has more sugar than ice cream and may have a custard base with egg yolks.
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.
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.
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
Straus coffee ice cream makes one wish it was connected via IV:
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.
Sorry, chocolate sauce is a vehicle for ice cream, not vice versa.
So is VSOP.
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.
Nothing like Teaberry ice cream in PA in the summer.
Can’t get it where I’m at, so I have to make it.
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.
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.
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.
I thought Breyers was the fancy brand. Lol
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.
Off to the kitchen I go!
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.
If there’s a Häagen-Dazs shop at the mall or freestanding they usually have peppermint but what a pain.
Blue Bell Milk Chocolate Ice Cream
(not to mention, nobody makes plain glazed donuts like Shipley Donuts)
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.