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Jan 17, 2009 06:30 AM

Real (Peanut Butter~Chocolate ) Ice Cream

Well with temperatures warming up early this year i'm in an ice cream mood again ;). I really miss the kind of ice cream i'd have on the east coast in boston that had a thick peanut butter base with a little of the grittyness of the natural peanut butter and dark chocolate infused in it. Not dark chocolate chips but like melted dark chocolate in it. Sadly the closest i've been able to find to it is the Hagan Daz Chocolate Peanut Butter which is pretty good. But i'd like to find a local place that has something similar and fresher then the hagan daz. Does anyone out here make a true peanut butter ice cream, not just a vanilla infused with peanut butter

Places i've tried so far, Delicious, Glacier, Mashti Malons, Scoops


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  1. I've always loved Baskin Robbins PB+C. It is my go to flavor.

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    1. re: trojans

      BR's is chocolate ice cream with beanut butter swirl, i think he wants peanut butter ice cream with chocolate flakes or swirl. I think.

      1. re: Burger Boy

        You're correct, BB, and took the words right out of my mouth!

        BR has a pretty good PB+C, but like BB said, it's not what the OP is looking for.

        I believe the OP may find what he's looking for (or something pretty darn close) at Glacier. They have a PB+C similiar to BR, but it's a thousand times better. Glacier also has several peanut butter ice cream-based flavors, but they all have stuff other than and/or in addition to dark chocolate mixed in also.

        For example, they have flavors called:

        Peanut Butter Blast-Cookie dough, chocolate chip cookies, and peanut butter cups mixed in peanut butter ice cream, and
        Funky Donkey-Peanut butter ice cream with cookies and a homemade fudge swirl.

        Ben, have you tried Glacier? If not, you're in for a treat...I find their ice cream to be incredibly smooth and creamy, and I love all the "stuff" they put in. I visit the Boulder area regularly, which is where they originated and have several stores and think the product there is slightly better than I tried in Manhattan Beach.

        The flavors I mentioned may be close enought, but Ben, close enough for you?

        1. re: GK in SO

          Yep i've been to glacier many times their funky donkey is great like you said. I gotta get back there the last few times i went they didn't have funky donkey i think they don't produce it as often as their other flavors. Anyway i was looking for an even more peanut buttery deeper chocolate taste then that. I actually just whipped together some at home and hoping it will curb my craving for now ;)

    2. Yes he's tried Glacier.....but they rotate flavors a lot and don't always have a peanut-butter based flavor available.

      Handel's way out in Upland has great east-coast-style ice creams served up at an outdoor window east-coast-style. Try the vanilla swirled with peanut butter that has peanut-butter-filled chocolate-covered pretzels mixed in. They call it "My Spouse is a House" or something like that.
      10 Freeway eastbound, Mountain Avenue exit in Upland (NOT the Mountain Avenue exit just past Pasadena)...turn left and left on 7th Street into the mall.

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      1. re: jillso

        3 doors to the west of Handel's is San Biaggio Pizza, great east coast style pizza, calzone and stromboli. Great stuff!

        1. re: Burger Boy

          Handles sounds really good but thats a LONG drive for me i'm not sure about taking a road trip that far for ice cream..... yet

          1. re: Ben7643

            it is about 45 miles from LA, it is a trek, but you could stop in if you get out there, I think they have a website. You could take some peanut butter and cream and whip it up and incorporate into some softened vanilla then drizzle in some room temp dark chocolate and freeze, that is what I do to make pumpkin ice cream with candied pecans.

            1. re: Burger Boy

              If you're going to go to Handel's, which by the way is a very good call, you should also get a scoop of their butter pecan. It's their most popular flavor. I normally don't like butter pecan, but they make it with big, crisp pecan pieces and it's just damn good. That said, I've never tried to order peanut butter ice cream so not sure you'd go anyway.

      2. Aww come on, Ben, didn't you ever take a 45 mile drive for ice cream in Massachusetts? There are so many good shops up in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont..........
        Besides, Bert and Rocky's Ice Cream is in Claremont, just east of Upland. You can make the trek for a real ice cream-hounding afternoon!

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        1. re: jillso

          Hmmm called out for sure....ha I'll have to make the trek out there then and i'll report back.

          1. re: jillso

            If you are going to Upland, mine as well go to Dr. Bob's Ice Cream Shop

            1. re: Burger Boy

              A side note: The former Haagen Daz in Westwood has just become a frozen yogurt place (don't remember the name). They also serve a number of flavors of Dr. Bob's Ice Cream. Couldn't tell you if peanut butter was one of the flavors, but you don't have to drive 45 miles anymore. It's on Kinross a short block from Westwood Blvd.

              1. re: Ogawak

                Anyone know the name of this place, there is a place in glendale "franks famous i think it's called" with dr-bobs by the scoop as well "which is WAY better then the pints at gelsons."

          2. Try Scoops at Melrose and Heliotrope. In my humble opinion, the best ice cream in the city. They even have vegan!

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            1. re: exoticbread

              Just my luck, I spent a few hours making Chocolate peanut butter ice cream then just read online there is a nationwide recall on peanut butter.......

              1. re: Ben7643

                Ben, don't worry, your peanut butter is fine. none of the tainted product was sold directly to consumers through retail outlets - it only applies to bulk PB that was sold to distributors for institutional & food-service industries.

                enjoy your ice cream!

                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                  i did see that but in this report it says to avoid anything peanut butter till they know more. I think to stay on the safe side i'll wait a few days.



                  1. re: Ben7643

                    actually, that report only warns people to avoid packaged foods that contain PB, and specifically says "there is no indication that major brands of peanut butter sold in stores are a problem."

                    but hey, if you have the will power to resist the siren song of that fresh, homemade ice cream in your freezer...


                    BTW, did you use chunky or smooth to make yours?

                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                      Not exactly what you are looking for, but something I do satifsy similar craving, I love the Archer Farms (Target believe it or not) Belgian Chocolate ice cream with the cocoa nibs and deep chocolate flavor, and I mix in peanut butter and chill it. (And their products are pretty good, no transfats, etc.)

                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                        smooth but I didn't use quite enough half and half and tried to make it a little bit healthier by using a low fat milk. Which made it too...... light and the texture not as good as i would have liked.

                    2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                      FYI...the peanut butter based ice creams at Ralphs (Ralphs private brand) have been recalled.

                      1. re: jillso

                        Just to clarify Kroger is the name of the company that owns Ralphs and Food 4 Less, etc., it's not as big as maybe Conagra but methinks it is big big, like at some point and probably still even with Wal-Mart and Target and their food selling, it is still the biggest grocer on the planet big, so Kroger is not really "Ralphs private brand" per se technically, more the other way around! (Oh me I'm dying for Wegmans. Sorry this is off the thread.)

                        More to the point, I keep getting indicators that store level peanut butter in jars, and peanuts are okay, but I am starting to wonder sometimes about the products I am thinking are okay . . . because I am a peanut-a-holic, I eat all nuts of all types, but I also love this "cousin" to nuts too as more of my dessert "nut".

                        1. re: MaryT

                          Well I ate the stuff I made and I was just fine, i'm a few pounds heavier but fine lol. I'll get out to handels soon and report back.

                2. Not 100 percent sure, but I think Fossleman's on Main Street in Alhambra may have PB and C ice cream. Even if they don't, I'm sure you will find something you'll like. The place is the over and above best place in all of L.A. county for ice cream. I'm a bit partial because I grew up down the street, but I have honestly never found a place with better stuff.

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                  1. re: ohdaylay

                    Scoop shop Fosselman's is good, but I don't care much for the take-home half gallons. They pump way too much air into those half gallons, the ice cream taste too light and airy for my taste. Glacier in Manhattan Beach, Handel's in Upland, Bert n Rocky's in Upland, Bennett's in the Fairfax Farmer's Market, Temmel's in Venice Beach.....all give Fosselman's more than a run for the money in my book. And Fosselman's has never had any PB based flavors to my knowledge.

                    1. re: jackattack

                      I gotta agree, Jack. By the scoop is nearly perfect at Fossleman's, but the packed stuff stinks. I gotta check out those other places you noted. Wait, I've actually been to Bennett's at the market. One word: bomb.

                      1. re: jackattack

                        Where is Bert & Rocky's? I know Handels and Dr. Bob's,

                        1. re: Burger Boy

                          Bert n Rocky's used to be in Upland near the high school. Now they are in Claremont village.

                          1. re: jackattack

                            Not real familiar with the area, could you tell me a couple of big cross streets to Clairemont Village?

                            1. re: Burger Boy

                              I really need to live in upland..................

                              1. re: Ben7643

                                There is some great pizza at San Baggio (sp) in Upland also. They also have some pretty eclectic adult toys stores out there!

                              2. re: Burger Boy


                                Bert & Rocky's Cream Co
                                242 Yale Ave, Claremont, CA 91711