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Favorite commercial ice cream treat?

I live 5 blocks from Sketch in Berkeley and oh, I know I should be going Ici and La, but my favorite ice cream treat right now is a vanilla fudge drumstick. I have one every day that things are going wrong at work (which is a lot lately). Multi-layered and then a chocolate well at the bottom of the cone and then you get to eat the peanuts that fell off into the bottom of the wrapper. That said, I am looking forward to sampling Mashti Malone in Hollywood at the end of the month.

Anyone else care to confess?

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  1. Ice Cream Sandwich. Vanilla. Slightly Melty...



    1. Dreamery's Coney Island Waffle Cone. One of the few pint sized ice creams I'm always tempted to eat the whole entire carton of in one sitting (this from someone who doesn't crave ice cream too often).

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      1. re: sivyaleah

        sivyaleah... are you talking about Edy's Dreamery Ice Cream??? I used to love that brand, and I can't find it anymore, so I e-mailed them about it, and they said they are not making Dreamery anymore!!! Can you still get it or are we talking about something different?!

        1. re: Katie Nell

          Nope, that's the one. Where do you live? I think it depends on what part of the country you're from. Here in the northeast, (I'm in NJ) it's still available. I think it's called Dreyer's in other parts?

          Their plain vanilla is amazing too!

          1. re: sivyaleah

            I'm in Kansas, but I thought they said they weren't making it at all anymore when I e-mailed them! (Of course, they acted like I was crazy for even contacting them about it!) I don't think we have Dreyer's either, but I'll check for that next time. Their plain vanilla is really amazing, and I'm not even a vanilla kind of girl! (The apple pie and strawberry cheesecake are good too and also not normally flavors I would like in my ice cream either!) I'm on a mission now!

          2. re: Katie Nell

            Dreyers in headquartered in Oakland, CA. Edy's used to be an old-time Berkeley ice cream parlor. It is now closed, but I'm thinking Dreyers may have bought the name?

            1. re: chocolatetartguy

              I went on Dreyer's website and Edy's website and they look the same, same packaging, same flavors, etc., so I'm not sure what the deal is...

              1. re: Katie Nell

                It's Edy's on the East coast and Dreyer's out on the West coast - I'm not sure why this is the case either, and I'm also not sure where the dividing line is. But they're the same thing, just different names.

                I love those ice cream Drumsticks too - ESPECIALLY the chocolate bit at the bottom of the cone, and I'm always careful not to hold the cone there lest I melt it.

                1. re: Katie Nell

                  dreyers sells as edys in the eastern us because of the ubiquity of breyer's ice cream. there is no fear of confusion between breyer's and edy's...

          3. In this area...I tend to go for icy novelties, so I am not sure if you would include it in the ice cream realm. But, cherry Marino's Italian Ices. Which must ONLY be eaten with the little wood scraper you get. And then half way through you have to turn it over to get the sticky-sweet-crunchy part! Just like I did as a child from the ice cream man. No fancy ices for me!!! Is Marino's available nationwide? After that, the Bomb Pop. Who cares that my tounge turns blue???

            1. Fudgesicle. I wrote a whole entry on my food blog about them

              1. Chocolate eclair, strawberry shortcake and (really hard to find) toasted almond bars. All of these are Good Humor bars!

                1. From about fifty years ago, there was a malted-milk push-up that I utterly adored. The Creamsicle/Dreamsicle (never did get it straight between those, but I loved'em both) were my other favorites. As for what you can get now, I'll go for the ice-cream sandwich, follwed VERY closely by the Drumstick.

                  Ohhh, lord...I almost forgot the Heath Toffee bar. UM!

                  1. It's It. No question. The TRUE San Francisco treat!

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                    1. re: teamkitty

                      I totally agree about the It's It. I now live on the East Coast and recently mentioned this delicious treat in a conversation and no one had a clue as to what I was talking about. Those poor, poor souls that grew up with out It's Its!

                      1. re: Melanie

                        I am one of those poor, poor souls... It's It sounds devine to me! :-(

                        1. re: Katie Nell

                          Althought it's expensive, it looks like you can order them and have them delivered, if you REALLY get desperate : )


                        2. re: Melanie

                          I grew up eating It's Its. I still think about them now! I live in Seattle and can't seem to find them anywhere up here :(

                          1. re: karen2006

                            Can't find them in Phoenix, which is probably good because I love It's Its. Had one during a visit home to Sacramento this past June. They are as good as I remembered!

                            Hmm..I will be visiting San Francisco soon. :)

                            1. re: dustchick

                              I have a few cases in my freezer at work from an event last week. Seems I should have one for lunch today - I mean thinking of those poor chowhounds without any it's its at all...

                        3. re: teamkitty

                          I agree 100% on It's It being the best ice cream treat. Where are you buying yours? I recently tried to find an It's It at a 7-11 in Berkeley where I had often bought them in the past. I was horrified at the blank look I got from the guy at the counter. He had no idea what they are and asked if maybe I'd like a frozen Snickers treat instead (!). So I went to Safeway and discovered to my dismay that they now carry only vanilla, and even that only at some stores. No more coffee, chocolate, or mint! I haven't tried Andronico's yet.

                        4. years ago, my reward for hard work on the house reno project was klondyke bars. yummy!

                          1. It's It! The San Francisco ice cream treat. Ice cream sandwiched between oatmeal cookies covered in chocolate. Can get mint, coffee, chocolate, and vanilla ice cream. Truly delicious.

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                              1. re: sarvey

                                Another vote for It's It! My favorites are the mint and the coffee. I recently confessed to this as being my favorite cafeteria food back in middle school... YUM!!!!!

                                1. re: Foodrat

                                  Here is my question...how does Its Its, differ from a Kool a Koo, also a ice cream sanwhich with oatmeal cookies and covered in chocolate...used to have them at Dodger Stadium, were the food, except for the Dogs is awful, but loved the Kool a Koo.

                              2. Choco taco!!! And they're so hard to find now. Why?

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                                1. re: LoDega

                                  I see them at the Rubios chain and Taco Stands on occassion! :) '


                                  1. re: LoDega

                                    I was sitting on the beach last week on Cape Cod and I sent my daughter up to the the ice cream truck in the parking lot with the request for her to surprise me. She brought brought back a Choco taco!! What a girl- she sure know how to make her mamma happy!!

                                    1. re: Leslie

                                      Always nice to know you're raising 'em right!

                                  2. Don't even ask... I'd do it all, if people weren't watching!! ;-) My favorites... the Drumsticks with the chocolate bottoms and Ice Cream Snickers Bars!

                                    1. 1. Drumstick (or Edy's Drumstick-flavor ice cream)
                                      2. Ice cream sandwich
                                      3. New Breyer's low fat "slow churned" ice cream bars, which contain a recombinant ice-structuring (antifreeze) protein isolated from deep-sea fish. By far the tastiest low-fat ice cream ever.

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                                      1. re: Luther

                                        If I remember it correctly, the article that ran in the NYTimes couple weeks ago, said it was too expensive to isolate that protein from the fish, so the companies clone it. Yikes.

                                        And here is the Edy/Dreyer map: http://www.dreyersinc.com/partnering/...

                                        Everyone loves to diss Haagen Dazs, but I like them, and if you look at the ingredients list for vanila it's very simple: "Cream, Skim Milk, Sugar, Egg Yolks, Natural Vanilla". No thickeners, no preservatives. Even Ben&Jerry's with their 'no hormones, no antibiotics' philosophy has thickeners and other stuff in their ice cream.

                                        1. re: welle

                                          Ahh... thanks! Still doesn't explain if I can get my Edy's Dreamery though!

                                          1. re: welle

                                            Yeah, by "isolated" I meant the gene was isolated, not the protein. The protein is expressed in and purified from yeast. The ice cream itself is extremely smooth (no ice crystals) but you can tell it's not full-fat because it has a sort of lightness on the tongue. It's not really too airy or sticky, though.

                                            1. re: welle

                                              I'm not dissing Haagen Dazs's lowfat versions - I think they're pretty darn good. I especially like the coffee one.

                                          2. Klondike Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches or just a plain old Vanilla Ice Cream Sandwich.

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                                            1. re: ipsedixit

                                              When I was a kid I would eat three klondike bars at a sitting...I haven't had one in 15 years...

                                              The only drugstore treat I still indulge in is Thrifty's (still sold at Rite Aid) double chocolate malted crunch in a sugar cone.

                                            2. The best I had recently was Chapman's Light Cafe au Lait - it's really good. Tastes like there's little bits of chopped up coffee beans in it.

                                              1. I love the haagen-daas vanilla ice cream with chocolate godiva hearts. Rich, creamy ice cream with godiva chocolate hearts filled with caramel, I believe. I think I might enjoy it more because it's so cute ;)

                                                Also been eating a lof of dreyers slow churned chocolate ice cream. This stuff tastes just like the real stuff and half the fat! =)

                                                I also love the sarah lee cheese cake bites covered in chocolate. I know, I know, it's not ice cream, but it is a frozen commercial treat ;)

                                                1. Oh! And those Dove bites with cherry ice cream inside are fantastic too.

                                                  AND PUDDING POPS!! (Does that count as ice cream? It did in my house, but we were weird)

                                                  1. It's It (when I can find them)
                                                    Neapolitan Ice Cream Sandwiches

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                                                    1. re: xica14

                                                      Our ice cream man (paletero) carries those! :)


                                                    2. Drumsticks, Bonbons & Cocounut bars.

                                                      1. My favorite is BlueBell Homemade Vanilla. It's liquid cocaine, I tell ya.

                                                        From Texas, but it's expanding across the country. It became available here in AZ about a year ago. I love it!

                                                        1. I love the Latino treats, paletas. Either mango, watermelon, or rice pudding (horchata)with raisins. I don't like rich, fatty ice cream. These 2 flavors manage to be rich without being cloying, and refreshingly fresh tasting, if that's not to redundant!

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                                                          1. re: niki rothman

                                                            Have you had the pina colada? The one flavor I had trouble with was the cucumber with chili. It was just to sour, in a non-citrus way.

                                                            1. re: chocolatetartguy

                                                              Carvel Brown Bonnets with chocolate ice cream are my downfall.

                                                              These were only available in Carvel Soft Serve Ice Cream stores--mostly on the East coast.

                                                              Years ago, these were made fresh so the chocolate shell had to set for a minute or two before it hardened. These days, the store freezes them ahead of time--not as much fun since invariably, the chocolate shell or icecream would run a bit over your hand as you held the cone.

                                                              Lo and behold, earlier this year I moved across a street from one of the few remaining Carvel stores in NYC. Now, when I do my laundry (this is an apt house), I go over for a Brown Bonnet while I am waiting for my loads to be ready for the dryer. I might just have to increase the frequency of doing laundry soon.

                                                              1. re: chocolatetartguy

                                                                Wow! Cuke n' chili, eh? never seen it. Do you love pina colada? I'll have to try it. Thanks.

                                                                1. re: niki rothman

                                                                  I've only seen the cuke 'n' chili at a cart that circulates around downtown Berkeley near the farmer's market. I am also a chili guy, but just couldn't take the cuke part. I assume one could find it in Fruitvale or the Mission.

                                                                  I usually keep hydrated on hot days at the Alameda Point Flea Market by eating multiple paletas. After plain pina, I favor the pina colada, which is sweet and creamy and of course non-alchoholic.

                                                                  1. re: chocolatetartguy

                                                                    Someone, it could be you(!), is going to get rich selling chili choc, chili mango, chili lime, chili vanilla - you get the picture - paletas. Now, THAT is a dessert whose time has come.

                                                            2. Years ago i used to buy something called a "Bullet." It was shaped like a bullet on a stick with, from the inside out, strawberry ice cream surrounded by banana ice cream and then dipped in chocolate. I have not seen in 30 years.

                                                              1. The Flake cone. I've only ever seen it in the UK - a soft-serve cone with a Cadbury Flake bar shoved in it.

                                                                Come to think of it, I've never seen a Flake bar in the States...

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                                                                1. re: piccola

                                                                  Cost Plus has the Flake bar- both in milk & dark chocolate.

                                                                  As for ice cream treats, I just love ice cream sandwiches- the melty vanilla ice cream, the soft, chewy chocolate cookie which of course, sticks to your fingers so you have a big ol' glob of cookie to scrape off when you're done... Just tried the Breyer's low fat ones recently- not bad, couldn't tell they were low fat.

                                                                2. Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia cones.

                                                                  1. Paletas, gotta be paletas. And they taste best when you buy them from the little man pushing the wagon and ringing the bell. Pina Colada has to be the best.

                                                                    I've always loved Daquiri Ice from Baskin Robbins too. *blush*

                                                                    1. Alright, when you said commercial, I thought ice cream truck. I definitely enjoy the simplest Haagen Dazs ice cream bars (vanilla with dark chocolate), but my heart pitter pats for certain ice cream truck/convenience store freezer foods.

                                                                      1. My father and I both have a penchant for Drumsticks. I love how the chocolate pools at the bottom of the cone.
                                                                      2. I also adore the old-school orange push-up. The color is wholly unnatural and the marketing usually involves Scooby Doo.

                                                                      And P.S., to my knowledge Dreyer's is W.Coast, Edy's is Midwest (and possibly beyond).

                                                                      1. My friend and I were talking last night and we both pine for a discontinued Haagen Dazs flavor Cappacino Chocolate Chunk. It was perfect, chunks of dark chocolate in a lightly flavored coffee ice cream. When I asked why they never had it in stores, they told me that they couldn't get the chunks into the container. Ha! They put fudge and nuts in flavors so I did not think that was a good enough reason to cut me off. Anybody else miss this one?

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                                                                        1. re: fryrose

                                                                          My favorite Haagen-Dazs flavor ever was Honey Vanilla. Sweet+sweet=deeeeelicious!

                                                                          If I am back home in Philly, my favorite frozen treat is a chocolate water ice with a soft pretzel and mustard on the side. In a pinch here in SoCal, I'll have a fudgcicle, please.

                                                                        2. Haagen-Daz's new sticky toffee pudding ice cream is to die for!!

                                                                          1. American Apple Pie by Ben and Jerry's.

                                                                            Rite Aid/Thrify's Mint Chocolate Chip.

                                                                            For a lighter satisfying treat, the haagen-daaz raspberry-vanilla popsicle. Also, years back, some brand (Fresh Fruit?) made a cappuccino flavored popsicle, but they took it off the market after it was discovered that their nutrition labels were incorrect. Later, they came out with a chocolate covered cap popsicle again, but it just wasn't the same, particularly with the chocoalte that ruined it.

                                                                            1. Godiva's Belgian Dark Chocolate. A chocolate WMD.

                                                                              1. Haagen-Dazs dulce de leche ice cream bars, with caramel coating.

                                                                                1. If it's No CA then the local award must go to "It's It's"!!!!!

                                                                                  1. Lately for me it's been the Little Ben n Jerry's cookie dough cups. Runner up is Good Humor Strawberry Shortcake bars, followed by original drumsticks w/Vanilla ice cream. Really love the lil bens for portion control though.

                                                                                    1. A Chipwich! An ice cream sandwich made with chocolate chip cookies and rolled in chocolate chips. I could live on them, but they have to be genuine Chipwiches.

                                                                                      1. We called them 50-50 bars (by Foremost?)and they were like an orange creamsickle. Orange sherbert on the outside, vanilla down the center.

                                                                                        OOOOO-o-o-o-o, 50-50 bars! not too sweet, crunchy and creamy.

                                                                                        1. Hands down best ice cream flavor bought in a pint FROM THE grocery store is Chubby Hubby, by my frinds Ben and Jerry...I think it cures all.

                                                                                          If you have not tried it, do...best served a little on the soft side.

                                                                                          1. snickers ice cream bars, i could eat a box easy.

                                                                                            1. Mikawaya mochi ice cream. You can get it at Trader Joes. Those little balls of ice cream are freakin addictive.

                                                                                              1. Baskin Robbins "Baseball Nut". Vanilla ice cream swirled with black raspberry ribbon and loaded with cashews. Ommm good!
                                                                                                ... but only available at the start of baseball season. Only 8 more months to go.