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Best Ice Cream Brand

I was wondering what everyone's favorite ice cream brand is. When you go to the store looking for the Ultra Premium Stuff what do you buy?

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      Blue Bell is the end-all be-all of ice cream. Now that I've moved outside their territory I almost never buy ice cream anymore because it just doesn't compare.

      1. re: mordacity

        i definitely agree. but it is still hard to find even though they have finally just came into NC a couple years ago. i went through blue bell withdrawals for a while before they came here. nothing will ever compare. i wish they came into the single servings in flavors beside vanilla and chocolate.

        1. re: mordacity

          In what territory is Blue Bell available?

          1. re: dagwood

            Mostly Southern States as far as I know.

            1. re: mordacity

              I can get Bluebell here in Indiana. I've heard so many good things about it that I picked up some of their Homemade Vanilla. It was thin and rather flavorless.

              I do really like Graeter's from Cincinnati when I am not making my own.

              1. re: Candy

                I too like Graeter's ice cream. It has been sold for the past couple of years in Los Angeles at Ralph's.

            2. re: ipsedixit

              Plus 1 on Blue Bell. Its the "best ice cream in the country" as it stated in their jingle.

            3. I actually focus more on flavors more than brands or even textures. If I want a blueberry sorbet, I don't care what brand it is. I do go for ice creams with the fewest and most natural ingredients. Organic is preferred.

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              1. re: stricken

                I agree. Blue Bell uses "natural vanilla flavor" which is not made from vanilla.

                1. re: sandylc

                  vanilla flavor that's not made from vanilla is a non-starter for me.

                  1. re: westsidegal

                    Same here. The good news is that it helps me to whittle down the potential brands to buy.

                    It is a travesty that the words "natural flavor" are allowed to be used. There is a huge "food" chemical industry thriving on this oversight.

                    1. re: sandylc

                      "Natural Vanilla Flavor" usually involves beaver anus glands.

                      1. re: Bunson

                        for what it's worth, I just found this on what you posted...I hope this article is true!

                        http://www.vrg.org/blog/2011/06/17/be...

                        1. re: coachpal

                          There was a 60 Minutes episode that said otherwise. I don't know which to believe.

                          The most important things to know is that "natural vanilla flavor" is not vanilla extract and the food manufacturer is lying to you, regardless of their "natural" source of "flavor".

                      2. re: sandylc

                        I don't think the industry really knows what natural flavors mean. If they did then they would not put all that other stuff into foods. I understand certain things might have to be included but they should state that for preservatives only.

                2. I haven't really tried any of the super-deluxe-icecreams they're coming out with now because they're way outside my budget... but for everyday icecream I love Edys light or frozen yoghurt blends, and Publix store brand (any type.) The Publix icecream is lovely and rich and creamy and not icy at all, unlike some other storebrands that are just cheap and nasty.

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                  1. re: Kajikit

                    Edy's was ok until I tried Blue bell. My taste palate is glued to Blue Bell. I have tried Cold Stone and its many flavors. It is also very good but it is very expensive and I have to travel a long way to get it. Kroger's private selection is good as well as Publix's. Ig I don't have money for Blue Bell then I will buy Publix's or Kroger's brand. I will never again buy Blue Bunny. I bought that one time because they had my favorite flavor, Pistachio Almond and it was so nasty that I could not eat the rest. I had to throw it away. Out of all the ice cream I have tried, that is the worst ice cream in the country.

                    1. re: cstr

                      "I'll second that emotion" on Ben and Jerry's, especially Cherry Garcia. There are other brands that stand out, like many Blue Bunny flavors.

                      1. re: cstr

                        Yep Ben & Jerry's get my vote every time don't think I'll ever tire of chocolate fudge brownie!

                        1. re: cstr

                          I agree, especially since they don't use (so they say) milk with the RBGH hormone in it.

                          For me, heaven lies in a pint of New York Super Fudge Chunk.

                          1. re: cstr

                            in the 1990's l liked ben and jerry's.
                            somewhere in the early 2000's it got lousy

                            1. re: westsidegal

                              ben and jerry's sold out to a big corporation...i forget to whom, but i'm sure you could google it, if interested. as you know, things change when big $ gets in on the deal. sucks.

                              1. re: coachpal

                                hopefully the brand i now favor, Three Twins, doesn't sell out.
                                crossing my fingers here....

                                1. re: westsidegal

                                  Ben and Jerry's only come in pints and in a few flavors. So far I have not run into any flavors I wanted to try with them. If I do then I will make a comment. Until then Blue Bellllllllll.

                                  1. re: iluvbluebell

                                    Ben and Jerry's, not that I'm a huge fan of theirs, comes in a TON of flavors - ?!?!?!

                                  2. re: westsidegal

                                    Have you tried the Three Twins cardamom flavor? Amazing.

                              1. re: Babyducks

                                mmm. Me, too.

                                But I am also very fond of Cold Stone -- not a store brand to be sure, nor something to eat very often because it is so rich -- but what a treat!