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Frozen pudding ice cream in West. Mass.?

calyps3 Apr 24, 2009 11:40 AM

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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    moskey May 3, 2009 08:04 AM

    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.


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      dfrostnh Apr 27, 2009 09:22 AM

      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
        qianning Apr 29, 2009 06:50 AM

        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
          dfrostnh Apr 29, 2009 09:41 AM

          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
            qianning Apr 29, 2009 10:15 AM

            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
              dfrostnh Apr 30, 2009 04:00 AM

              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
                qianning Apr 30, 2009 06:16 AM

                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
                  dfrostnh May 3, 2009 04:50 AM

                  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.

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                    susanl143 May 3, 2009 05:02 AM

                    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
                      dfrostnh May 4, 2009 05:40 AM

                      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
                      qianning May 3, 2009 01:09 PM

                      thanks, you saved me a long detour.

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          hungrycc Apr 24, 2009 04:37 PM

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

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            mjoyous Apr 24, 2009 12:50 PM

            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
              hargau Apr 24, 2009 01:12 PM

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

              1. re: hargau
                mjoyous Apr 27, 2009 06:53 AM

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

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                  hargau Apr 27, 2009 07:28 PM

                  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
                    hollerhither Apr 27, 2009 08:10 PM

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

              2. re: mjoyous
                hollerhither Apr 25, 2009 09:45 AM

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

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