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Best ice cream in Los Angeles- an updated poll

There are a lot of postings for ice cream, but I can't seem to find a recent poll of the best ice cream in LA. So apologies in advance to anyone who feels this topic has been posted already. Please, who has the best ice cream and what are your favorite flavors? If you have a top 3 of favorites, please rank and list. I personally don't have anything original because I feel lost in Coldstone Creamery land. I would love to find a GREAT vanilla and coffee without the butterfat that sticks to the roof of your mouth.

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  1. The vanilla with white truffles ice cream made by the sushi chef at Zen Café in the California Mart. Real vanilla beans and real white truffles. Out of this world. Also, his black sesame ice cream is nothing short of spectacular.

    1. Don't Laugh, Costco Super Premium Vanilla, super rich and creamy. $9- for two half gallons.

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      1. re: russkar

        Another Don't Laugh.. T H R I F T Y.. I enjoy it all the time..

        1. re: Foodandwine

          F&W, don't laugh but Thrifty is my back up if I'm out of Costco's.

          1. re: russkar

            Does anyone know if Costco uses their Super Premium Vanilla in their ice cream bars that they sell at the concession stand? Those ice cream bars are awesome, and an outrageous bargain at 1.50.

            1. re: ipsedixit

              I think it's identical. At least it tastes the same to me. If you thought the Bars are a deal , which they are , wait till you have about 10 bars in a half gallon for 4.50.

              1. re: ipsedixit

                I don't think there's a better ice cream bar out there. With the thick layer of chocolate and almonds, so good.

              2. re: russkar

                Okay, I'm glad we're coming out of the Thrifty closet here! I love the Black Cherry!

                1. re: peachmahoney

                  Black Cherry RULES! I always have a square in the freezer.

              1. re: ipsedixit

                I love Foselman's lychee ice cream!

                1. re: eileen216

                  wooo their taro and cherry vanilla are INSANE

                  1. re: ns1

                    I got some Fosselman's cherry vanilla for my SO...he's hooked. Stuff's more addictive than crack. Thank God they're located all the way in Alhambra.

                    1. re: 2surly

                      dunno where you're located, but i believe that fosselman's is available in culver city in the sandwich shop located in the best buy shopping center.

                2. re: ipsedixit

                  I don't know why this discussion even continued after Fosselman's name came up, but de gustibus and all that. I had some Baskin-Rodent's pralines & cream this afternoon, a fave of mine from back in the days when BR was the only ice cream store in our town, and it was quite as delicious as always...but the texture felt so coarse and gritty, the flavors so two-dimensional. It was like eating a Hershey bar after you'd gotten used to REAL chocolate

                  1. re: Will Owen

                    And a little tidbit just for you, Will Owen ... Fosselman's has been offering their snowballs just in time for the holidays! Hip hip hooray!

                    1. re: condiment

                      In addition to their excellent gelato, do they have ice cream now, also?

                    2. http://www.mashtimalone.com/

                      Their coffee is amazing. Also tons of other unique flavors.
                      Not to dairy-fattish, and more important to me,
                      not too sugar-bomb sweet like Fosselmans is.

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                      1. re: benoswald

                        To each his own. I'm ok with Mashti's flavors, but texture -- "mouth-feel" -- is a big part of the ice cream experience for me, and Mashti is so loaded with emulsifiers that it might as well be Baskin-Robbins.

                        1. re: maxzook

                          Stop reading my mind.

                          The emulsifiers in Mashti Malone's are gross, and it seems to have only gotten worse over the years. It's almost like eating cold whipped cooking oil. The thing is, they seem to pride themselves on their emulsifiers from the sign on the wall that explains the importance of gum arabic and it role as an emulsifier. Well, points for honesty, but still, it's pretty bad.

                        2. re: benoswald

                          I just remembered: the Persian-style ice cream at the Rose Market on Westwood Blvd. is ten times better.

                          1. re: maxzook

                            Agreed. Eating Mashti Malone is like eating wax.

                            1. re: hrhboo

                              i've never had mashti, but if you have a hankering for a waxy, grainy, frozen dairy-based substance masquerading as ice cream, just stop into any coldstone creamery. man, that stuff is gross.

                              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                I agree, it's pretty bad but my kids love it, and they have had both L.A. and S.F.'s best!!!

                                1. re: sel

                                  My kids like it too - especially that vivid-blue bubble gum flavor, and the cake batter ice cream that was so vile I actually spat it out. I wonder if they custom-stale the mix-ins. There's a lot of turnover, so I can't otherwise understand how nuts could get so rancid.

                          2. re: benoswald

                            Linking ...

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                            Rose Market
                            1922 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA