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Apr 24, 2009 11:40 AM

Frozen pudding ice cream in West. Mass.?

I plan to visit Amherst soon and as a displaced New Englander I miss my frozen pudding icew cream. Anyone know of a place in that vicinity that has this flavor?

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  1. Never heard of it, but Herrell's ice cream in Thornes market on Main St. in Northampton has chocolate pudding ice cream, which is one of the richest, most intense chocolate ice creams anywhere.

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    1. re: mjoyous

      frozen pudding has nothing to do with chocolate pudding. Its a rum flavored ice cream with bits of fruit in it.

      1. re: hargau

        Yes, I knew that. Was just offering an alternative. But thanks so much for the education.

        1. re: mjoyous

          Since you had never heard of it, i figured you didnt know that. Many assume that frozen pudding=chocolate. There was a post a while back from someone declaring that Kimballs ice cream was horrible because when they ordered frozen pudding it was rum flavored and not chocolate and they were very upset by that.

          1. re: hargau

            Not being from New England originally, I didn't know what a creemee was until a couple of years ago.

      2. re: mjoyous

        That's the only ice cream I order at Herrell's (a small does the trick). Never heard of frozen pudding ice cream, either.

      3. Love Herrell's. It is definitely worth a visit. Bart's isn't bad, either.

        1. This is disappointing. Frozen pudding is one of my favorites - best from Merrivale in Hooksett NH (they make their own). Kimball Farms in Westford MA has frozen pudding but that's way out of your way. .. unless you get desperate. Good luck.

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          1. re: dfrostnh

            Does Merrivale have ginger too? we usually got to Jakes in Amherst, but she doesn't have frozen pudding...the best way to entice my DC for the extra drive is with ginger....

            1. re: qianning

              I haven't been to Merrivale's yet this season. They make their own ice cream and I've seen ginger on the menu but some of the flavors like Indian Pudding they don't make until fall. Maybe some other chowhounder knows. If I'm in that area, I'll stop in to check.

              Arnie's in Concord NH has frozen pudding but I don't see ginger on their menu. Also, I like Merrivale's Frozen Pudding a lot better.

              1. re: dfrostnh

                thanks for the info. hooksett is closer for us than concord, so we'll probably give merrivale a try sometime this season.

                by the way, why do you prefer merrivale's frozen pudding?

                1. re: qianning

                  larger/more pieces of candied fruit and better overall flavor. Arnie's is closer to me but I just don't crave their ice cream like I do Merrivale's.

                  1. re: dfrostnh

                    We were going to check out merrivale last night, but called first and got "that number is out of service", do you know, have they not opened for the season yet, or are they gone?

                    1. re: qianning

                      We stopped to check Merrivales yesterday 5/2. There's a sign in the window that says "if all goes well, will re-open sometime in May". I won't be able to check again until May 17 but have my fingers crossed they'll be open by then.

                      1. re: dfrostnh

                        Ok, you've got my attention. I've never tried frozen pudding ice cream but it sounds yummy. Kimballs in Jaffery isn't far from where I live but if better is to be found at Merrivales, I'm game. Where is Merrivales?

                        1. re: susanl143

                          I've only been to Kimbals once and I don't think I had frozen pudding. Merrivales is a tiny place on Rt 3A in Hooksett NH. Going north it's on your right next to a pizza place. They make their own ice cream. It's small, not fancy and not well known. If you were coming north on Rt 293, after passing thru Manchester it would be the next exit after the one for Amoskeag Bridge. It's a popular route for truckers to avoid the Hooksett toll booth.
                          Stopped at Arnie's in Concord NH yesterday afternoon. Their frozen pudding was very good. My second scoop was coconut toasted almond. They also make their own ice cream.

                        2. re: dfrostnh

                          thanks, you saved me a long detour.

            2. I remember loving frozen pudding as a kid. We had a couple of local dairies in the Hartford, CT area that would make it, and it was terrific.

              This won't help with your upcoming visit, but Brigham's has frozen pudding available in quarts at selected New England grocers from September through December. Click below for more info.