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Jun 29, 2007 02:51 PM

Kimballs Carlisle - pretty bad ice cream

I took my 9 year old son and his friend to Kimballs in Carlisle for ice cream. Both kids threw their ice cream out w/out even eating half of it.

Now when two, hot, hungry boys pitch their ice cream, you know it's gotta be bad. A cup of choc chip cookie dough and one of m&m vanilla at $3 each, in the trash.

I did the same. I had gotten a child's size of strawb/blueberry/cheesecake and I think I picked out one strawb and two blueberries. There was no cheesecake flavor and the vanilla (?) base ice cream wasn't very good.

Last year, the ice cream was fine. Guess we'll have to trek over to Bedford Farms from now on.

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  1. I love kimballs in westford. Much better ice cream then bedford farms, which doesnt even make their own ice cream anyways.

    I never get any of the flavors you did though.

    Maybe they threw out 1/2 their ice creams because they were so big? Or maybe just not good flavor choices? I dunno..

    My favorites there.
    Chocolate peanut butter
    Gingersnap molassas (seasonal)
    Peanutbutter cup
    Coffee oreo

    All those usually have practically too much candy, cookies and stuff in them as opposed to not enough like your saying.

    1. Must have been an off night there. I've been there well over 100 times in my life and I've never had anything remotely bad there. I'd give it another shot.

      What night did you go? We were there on Wednesday evening and had some great ice cream that night (chocolate raspberry swirl and mocha almond).

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      1. re: hiddenboston

        I took the boys this afternoon. On a visit earlier this month, my son was dissatisfied with his cookies 'n cream -- not many cookies, unlike last year when there were lots of oreo pieces. This day, he got cookie dough and there were two small pieces of dough in a children's size serving. His friend got m&m and there weren't many candies in it. Even a child's size is pretty large, here, and there's no excuse for the lack of goodies in the ice cream.

        We've gone to K's for over 12 years and this is the worst it's ever been. I've had much better ice cream at Bedford Farms, this season.


        1. re: three of us

          I took my son there on Friday, and he barely touched his ice cream. It was mint chocolate chip with maybe four or five chips. Very minty, though -- but more chocolate would have been nice.

      2. I have only been to the Westford location. I must say that when I lived in the immediate area, I didn't necessarily appreciate the ice cream. I was a Herrell's, Toscanini's, super-premium consumer all the way. A couple of years later, I had Kimball's chocolate chip, and it was filled with chips, nice and creamy, and had a flavorful vanilla-flavored base. Many just have a sweet cream, bland base. Also, I can eat a little bit more of this ice cream than the super-premium that I still love. I have a new appreciation for a cone from Kimball's, almost a different animal than a Herrell's chocolate pudding. Both are worthy, but serve different ends.

        A little over a week ago, I had a decent, reasonably-priced lobster roll from the Westford Kimball's, and then had a chocolate chip cone for dessert. The ice cream was filled with chocolate chips. It was all good, and the biggest problem that I faced was wishing that the kiddy cone was even smaller!

        Maybe there is a quality-control issue between Westford and Carlisle.

        I really haven't loved the Bedford Farms ice cream. It tastes pre-fab to me, with flavors that are found in lots of pre-fab places. Not bad. but not worth the calories. I guess each to his/her own.

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        1. re: bear

          I think BF serves richardsons icecream, Im not a fan either.

          Sounds like Carlisle is different then Westford. For some reason i thought all the ice cream was made in westford and distributed among the 3 locations, guess i was wrong.

          I had mint choc chip a few weeks ago in westford and certaintly was more then 4-5 chips. Couldnt take a bite without a couple.

          Like bear said, usually i find they are too big and too many chips/candies. The peanut butter cup icecream must have a whole bag of peanut butter cups just in a small. Whole ones!

          1. re: hargau

            Bedford Farms serves a mix of Richardson's and their own, I believe. The Mocha Chip and Vanilla are their own, and very good.

            1. re: raddoc

              Nope, nothing there is their own - they sell Richardsons, Bliss Brothers, and maybe one other, but they don't make their own.

        2. I'v grown so very tired of the Kimballs and Richardson's monopoly on ice cream in this neck of the woods. Every little stand that I come across says "homemade" ice cream and the lowdown is that its Richardsons. Blech... icey, freeezer burn, fake flavors.

          In Lowell (2 locations is Gary's Ice Cream) He's been around for 25 or so years and makes his own hot fudge. This is the holy grail for me .... Its rich, dark, and not the typical "smucker's style" found everywhere else. His Ice cream is truly made in-house. Lovely creamy textures and flavors.

          In Wakefield, Meletharb's again is excellent homemade, creamy quality with a terrific selection of flavors. Lately, these are the only two I hit up. Even Rancatore's in Lexington has served up a scoop of icey, freezer flavors. Been so disappointed with Rancatores that I've written them off. Check Gary's or Meletharb's. Pretty Decent.

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          1. re: Buddernut

            Where is Gary's? Never run across it, but I'd like to try it!
            What do you think of Sullivan's, in Tyngsborough?

            1. re: raddoc

              I was just at Gary's tonight and had a Hot Fudge Sundae with my elderly mother. THere's fudge all over my car... well worth it. Gary's has a website with direction links. I go the the E. Chelmsford one on Gorham St. . I just follow Rte. 3A through Billerica, bearing right at the Harley Dealer and Gary's is a mile or two up the road. I always thought this location was Lowell, but I guess is E.Chelmsford. Its really on the Lowell Line. Go to I love the Grapenut Custard ice cream. But I did Vanilla softserve with my fudge tonight..... ahhhh, D-Q style !!

          2. I've never been to Kimball's, but have been to Bedford Farms many times and have never considered their ice cream to be particularly good. Good enough to eat (I've never found ice cream that isn't!), but not worth going out of my way for.