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Baskin-Robbins Mandarin Chocolate.

Has anybody seen this flavor at a BR store lately? It's my fav of all time (store-bought, anyway), and they used to feature it every once in a while. But I haven't seen it in ages.

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  1. Mmmm, that flavor sounds right up my alley....I'll take a look next time I'm in.

    P.S. Baskin-Robbins recently changed their logo & signage, not a good change.

    1. It was last around in 2003 -- we bought so much of it that the Woodland Hills store stocked it just for us!

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      1. re: Das Ubergeek

        Do you have any left? I'm getting the ice cream DTs.

        1. re: Bostonbob3

          I don't, unfortunately... it never lasted long!

        2. re: Das Ubergeek

          Have you seen any Swensen's Swiss Orange Chip around the SFV? I would be forever in your debt!

          1. re: Debbie W

            I'm sorry but Swensen's is long closed, in the U.S. anyway... I haven't seen Swensen's anything in a few years, and I miss it.

            1. re: Das Ubergeek

              As of July of 2006 at least, it was up and running on Russian Hill in S.F.

              http://sanfrancisco.citysearch.com/pr...

              1. re: ChowFun_derek

                The original Swensen's at Union and Hyde is independently owned (by the store's former manager) and still going. It has no connection to the chain (owned by a Canadian holding company) which is big in South America, the Middle East, and especially Asia (90+ branches in Thailand!)

                1. re: Gary Soup

                  I believe there are a few franchise locations floating around. There's a March Yelp review of one in Pleasanton, anyway--sort of a combo Vietnamese/diner place. There used to be a Swensen's in the Stardust in Las Vegas--but I can say with absolute certainty that it's gone, as the Stardust was imploded back in March. I fondly remember that ice cream from my childhood, especially a long-vanished flavor called Taffy Apple.

              2. re: Das Ubergeek

                The last I saw a Swensen's in the Westside was the mid-80's. Swensen's is still relatively popular in Asia - at least Singapore and Malaysia...

              3. re: Debbie W

                OMG, I so remember this. An absolute favourite!

            2. That was my absolute favorite flavor as a kid! I would love to have it again but I haven't seen it in years -- had no idea it was around in 2003.

              1. I can't eat BR since it traumatized my teeage years. Every friday we went to BR growing up and it was horrible in the '70's. One night we had a big argument on how good it was and I asked someone to leave a scoop in a cup overnight. The following morning it still had it's shape, barely melted. Haven't eaten again since 1978.

                There is a God though and moved to a town in CT over ten years ago that has one ice cream shop, you gussed it, BR. Hundreds of visits later with kids and as coach of numerous soccer teams and still can't eat it. My wife tries constatntly to convince me to try and I smile at her and decline. I just can't do it.

                I trust the Posters so far in this thread so I ask, Has It Changed?

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                1. re: jfood

                  eww... that explains the consistency I remember! Rocky Road was like a sweet chair cushion, complete with pocket detritus. I have been recently, and the ice cream's consistency is more like ice cream these days. :)

                2. I remember that one too, probably from the 1970s -- don't remember having seen it in ages, but I don't get to BR that often (and when I do, I generally get the peanut butter & chocolate which has, fortunately for my taste, remained on the regular menu). But I loved the chocolate/orange combination, and I believe it was the first I'd ever heard of combining those types of flavors. Now, of course, we are used to finding all sorts of fruit flavors mixed with chocolate.

                  I just googled for a recipe and found quite a few, not exactly like the original, but possibly promising, including:

                  http://www.lanierbb.com/recipes/data/...

                  http://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/recs...

                  http://www.fatfree.com/recipes/frozen...

                  Sarah C

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                  1. re: kittyfood

                    I LOVE Baskin Robbins peanut butter and chocolate ice cream. I wish some other scoop shop or company offerred it because I haven't been to Baskin Robbins in years. They seem like a place that would use lots of HFCS and artifical ingredients.

                    1. re: kittyfood

                      Actually, I DID have a recipe for a Chocolate Orange Sherbet that I no longer have. It tasted ALMOST IDENTICAL to the Mandarin Chocolate Sherbet that lead me here. It came with a refrigerator that I bought in the 80's that had all of the bell-and-whistles including a built-in ice cream maker complete with recipes. The recipe had cocoa, undiluted frozen orange juice, milk and nothing scary. It was even the near black color of the BR sherbet.

                      I wish I could find that recipe now....

                      1. re: kittyfood

                        For those of you who click on these websites, the first one (lanierbb) is now a listing for a high-end hotel, all written in Arabic. The other two have pretty decent recipes.