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Favorite commercial ice cream treat?

chocolatetartguy Aug 9, 2006 11:34 PM

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?

  1. Dommy Aug 9, 2006 11:49 PM

    Ice Cream Sandwich. Vanilla. Slightly Melty...



    1. sivyaleah Aug 10, 2006 12:05 AM

      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
        Katie Nell Aug 10, 2006 03:50 PM

        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
          sivyaleah Aug 10, 2006 04:00 PM

          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
            Katie Nell Aug 10, 2006 04:12 PM

            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
            chocolatetartguy Aug 10, 2006 06:45 PM

            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
              Katie Nell Aug 10, 2006 07:10 PM

              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
                jacinthe Aug 10, 2006 07:39 PM

                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
                  esteban Aug 12, 2006 12:34 PM

                  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. Justpaula Aug 10, 2006 12:18 AM

            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???

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              cooknKate Aug 10, 2006 02:23 AM

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

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                kim shook Aug 10, 2006 02:31 AM

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

                1. Will Owen Aug 10, 2006 04:02 AM

                  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. teamkitty Aug 10, 2006 04:13 AM

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

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                    1. re: teamkitty
                      Melanie Aug 10, 2006 05:32 PM

                      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!

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                        Katie Nell Aug 10, 2006 05:36 PM

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

                        1. re: Katie Nell
                          Melanie Aug 10, 2006 08:06 PM

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


                        2. re: Melanie
                          karen2006 Aug 10, 2006 07:56 PM

                          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
                            dustchick Aug 11, 2006 02:15 AM

                            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
                              Meredith Aug 11, 2006 06:30 PM

                              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
                          Kitchen Imp Aug 27, 2006 04:19 AM

                          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.

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                          Loren3 Aug 10, 2006 03:37 PM

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

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                            sarvey Aug 10, 2006 03:47 PM

                            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
                              MaryMo Aug 10, 2006 06:56 PM

                              Mmmmmm...It's It is it!

                              1. re: sarvey
                                Foodrat Aug 10, 2006 07:11 PM

                                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!!!!!

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                                  yummyinmytummy Aug 25, 2006 12:50 AM

                                  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. LoDega Aug 10, 2006 03:49 PM

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

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                                1. re: LoDega
                                  Dommy Aug 10, 2006 04:30 PM

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


                                  1. re: LoDega
                                    Leslie Aug 12, 2006 02:33 AM

                                    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
                                      LoDega Aug 12, 2006 02:55 PM

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

                                  2. Katie Nell Aug 10, 2006 03:52 PM

                                    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. Luther Aug 10, 2006 04:14 PM

                                      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
                                        welle Aug 10, 2006 07:03 PM

                                        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
                                          Katie Nell Aug 10, 2006 07:12 PM

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

                                          1. re: welle
                                            Luther Aug 10, 2006 07:19 PM

                                            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
                                              sivyaleah Aug 10, 2006 07:52 PM

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

                                          2. ipsedixit Aug 10, 2006 05:24 PM

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

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                                            1. re: ipsedixit
                                              JudiAU Aug 27, 2006 05:11 AM

                                              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. pescatarian Aug 10, 2006 06:57 PM

                                              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.

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                                                Alice Aug 10, 2006 07:34 PM

                                                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. LoDega Aug 10, 2006 08:24 PM

                                                  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)

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                                                    xica14 Aug 10, 2006 08:40 PM

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

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                                                    1. re: xica14
                                                      Dommy Aug 10, 2006 08:48 PM

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


                                                    2. OCAnn Aug 10, 2006 08:47 PM

                                                      Drumsticks, Bonbons & Cocounut bars.

                                                      1. geg5150 Aug 10, 2006 09:53 PM

                                                        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!

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                                                          niki rothman Aug 10, 2006 10:36 PM

                                                          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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                                                            chocolatetartguy Aug 11, 2006 02:08 AM

                                                            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
                                                              eve Aug 11, 2006 02:20 AM

                                                              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
                                                                niki rothman Aug 11, 2006 06:28 PM

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

                                                                1. re: niki rothman
                                                                  chocolatetartguy Aug 11, 2006 06:39 PM

                                                                  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
                                                                    niki rothman Aug 12, 2006 05:55 AM

                                                                    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. jfood Aug 11, 2006 10:45 AM

                                                              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.

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                                                                piccola Aug 12, 2006 12:33 AM

                                                                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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                                                                  sweet ginger Aug 12, 2006 02:19 AM

                                                                  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. Scrapironchef Aug 12, 2006 04:41 AM

                                                                  Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia cones.

                                                                  1. mamamia Aug 12, 2006 04:46 AM

                                                                    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*

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                                                                      goatcheesey Aug 12, 2006 05:45 AM

                                                                      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).

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                                                                        fryrose Aug 12, 2006 07:03 PM

                                                                        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
                                                                          Divamac Aug 13, 2006 04:50 AM

                                                                          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.

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                                                                          WINDELLA Aug 13, 2006 11:44 PM

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

                                                                          1. Emme Aug 14, 2006 01:30 AM

                                                                            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. J T Aug 22, 2006 01:53 AM

                                                                              Godiva's Belgian Dark Chocolate. A chocolate WMD.

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                                                                                Grenouille Aug 22, 2006 03:59 PM

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

                                                                                1. MSK Aug 22, 2006 04:19 PM

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

                                                                                  1. davinagr Aug 24, 2006 05:17 PM

                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                      SuzyInChains Aug 24, 2006 05:43 PM

                                                                                      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. toodie jane Aug 25, 2006 12:39 AM

                                                                                        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. yummyinmytummy Aug 25, 2006 12:54 AM

                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                            beer786 Aug 25, 2006 02:53 AM

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

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                                                                                              david t. Aug 25, 2006 08:11 AM

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

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                                                                                                TerryG Aug 25, 2006 11:13 PM

                                                                                                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.

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