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THRIFTY ICE CREAM (still kickin' at RITE AID)

Zanzibar Sep 12, 2004 09:07 PM

While I run the risk of restating the obvious here let me just say that THRIFTY ICE CREAM, beloved by GENERATIONS of Californians is:

1) STILL AROUND (The Thrifty name didn't survive the RITE AID takeover; but, the ice cream sure did HALLELUJAH!!!

2) STILL GREAT! - I am a dyed in the wool super premium ice cream snob (GOD, DO I MISS FRUSEN GLADJE!!!) and I don't know how they do it but, man the THRIFTY stuff is GREAT!! Great texture, wonderful assortment of terrifc flavors, not to mention CHARACTER GALORE!!!
The SCOOPER for starters. It looks like some kind of surgical implement & delivers this aesthetically challenged barrel of ice cream, which (eyesore aside) is a PERFECT "little bit extra" serving of the goods (form follows function baby)
The whole idea of buying ice cream in a drugstore always gets to me; I feel like I am back in Kansas(where I have never been) with the grandmother that I never had...maybe this nostalgia is not exactly a universal one...
Anyway, If you get all misty about an imaginary blue hair doting on you like I do, all the better; if not,
there's still a big ol' oversized scoop of some rockin' ice cream to feed your soul....

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    nubi Sep 12, 2004 09:28 PM

    What's your favorite flavor?

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    1. re: nubi
      Zanzibar Sep 12, 2004 10:02 PM

      Pecan Praline - but I love soooo many of them. Coconut Pineapple is a great one too

      1. re: Zanzibar
        TE Sep 12, 2004 10:15 PM

        You found a Rite-Aid where there are clerks at the counter? Hallelujah! Better keep the location a secret, though; corporate management might find out and close them down for having sufficient staff on hand.

        (Not that SDav-On is any better, mind you)

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          joe Sep 13, 2004 02:01 AM

          Seems to me their ice cream has gotten gummier and less flavorful over the years. Can't even find a pistachio nut in the pistachio anymore. Maybe the counter-service stuff is a richer recipe, I don't know. I'm judging from the half-gallons. I don't dare approach their ice cream counter...all of a sudden you hear them scream "Clerk to ice cream! Clerk to ice cream!" and you're embarrassed that the poor old lady stocking the shelves has to stop what she's doing and run up front just to give you a scoop.

          1. re: joe
            lahgreen Sep 13, 2004 03:46 AM

            I think you and I shop at the same Rite-Aid, but the clerk at mine is disgusted that she has to stop chatting with the security guard. Must be a different shift.

            Anyway, my favorite is the chocolate malted crunch (at least I think that's what it's called). Thrifty was the first place I tried that new-fangled cookie-dough ice cream in the late 80's and early 90's. When I was 12 it was the best thing I'd ever tasted.

            1. re: lahgreen
              JudiAU Sep 13, 2004 03:35 PM

              Chocolate Malted Crunch = Childhood

              1. re: JudiAU
                janetms383 Oct 29, 2008 10:10 PM

                nuff said

            2. re: joe
              Rich Sep 15, 2004 05:09 AM

              Funny, I wish that there would be LESS pistachio nuts in my Thriftys Pistachio Nut ice cream because I enjoy the taste of the light green ice cream that surrounds the nuts. May I suggest just buying the half-gallons and cones and enjoying them at your home?

              1. re: joe
                BeenThereAteThat Oct 29, 2008 07:56 PM

                I like that personal service.

            3. re: Zanzibar
              Sam D. Sep 13, 2004 01:26 AM

              I don't mind admitting I've always been a big fan of Thrifty Ice Cream. And, would you believe, same flavors!

            4. re: nubi
              petradish Sep 14, 2004 01:38 AM

              black cherry & of course choc malted(!)crunch

              1. re: nubi
                Rich Sep 15, 2004 05:04 AM

                My favorite flavor is Pistachio Nut, with Burgundy Cherry running a close second. Yes, this is really good ice cream at an incredible price (it was just on sale for $1.99 for half-gallon!).

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                  Rich Sep 15, 2004 03:03 PM

                  Oops... There is no Burgundy Cherry. I believe that its Black Cherry (yummy!)

                2. re: nubi
                  quine9 Oct 28, 2008 01:45 PM

                  mmmm. Chocolate Malted Crunch!

                  1. re: nubi
                    happybaker Jun 7, 2011 08:30 PM

                    Chocolate chip. Simple but done really really well by Thriftys.

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                    jcwla Sep 13, 2004 02:28 PM

                    Do they still have marble fudge?

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                      torta basilica Sep 13, 2004 03:16 PM

                      I think it's sherbert instead of Ice cream, but their apricot mango is so delicious & refreshing!

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                        p Sep 15, 2004 03:08 AM

                        oh memories!! chocolate malted crunch! i just did a search on their website, but i can't find any in my old area. are there any left in the valley?

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                          pablo Sep 23, 2004 03:40 AM

                          I don't know, but the rite aid on Lincoln and california in Venice has ice cream

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                          Rodzli Oct 28, 2008 01:28 PM

                          My Rite Aide does not carry half gallon sizes any more i noticed the amount is much less than the traditional. I wonder if its everywhere or just here?

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                            jkao1817 Oct 28, 2008 02:16 PM

                            Rainbow Sherbet and Pistachio

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                              schrutefarms Oct 28, 2008 02:30 PM

                              Same thing my whole life--regular cone, one scoop black cherry, one scoop chocolate malted crunch.

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                                WildSwede Oct 28, 2008 04:07 PM

                                Did you notice that they now have Root Beer Float ice cream? I just found out a couple of months ago. I have had a love affair with RBFIC since I was 10 and at summer camp in Alta, CA and we would go to the ice cream shop in Dutch Flats every Sunday after church. It has been nearly impossible to find (Dreyer's has it sometimes as a special edition) until now. Before I found it, my faves at Thriftys (will always be Thriftys to me) have always been Double Chocolate Malted Crunch, Pistacio, Black Cherry, Coconut/Pineapple (is that one flavor or two separate ones?) and Pecan Praline.

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                                risottoman Oct 28, 2008 05:04 PM

                                chocolate malted crunch reigns supreme. best deal for cheap ice cream.

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                                  azibo Oct 28, 2008 08:47 PM

                                  Agree X a million.

                                2. Normal Garciaparra Oct 28, 2008 09:17 PM

                                  Mocha Almond Fudge!

                                  Oh yeah, and the Rite-Aid policy of having to pay for your ice cream at the regular checkout counter is CRIMINAL!

                                  1. Kate is always hungry Oct 28, 2008 10:22 PM

                                    My favorite is chocolate brownie, when the ice cream counter isn't closed for some reason! Ususally, I go in with a friend and no one is manning the ice cream counter. They call for service, and my friend gets helped and then either the scooper waits on the next group or walk away--and I'm the one who talked my friend into getting ice cream in the first place.

                                    I am in Sherman Oaks and the best scooper was a security guard who used to scoop when they needed a hand. He was always very friendly.

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                                      BeenThereAteThat Oct 29, 2008 07:58 PM

                                      That's cool...it's like Mayberry!

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                                      jacinthe Oct 28, 2008 10:30 PM

                                      Mint and Chip! Last I had it was a year ago, at the location in South Pasadena. Apparently, when I was in kindergarten, I wrote/said that one of my favorite things to do was to get ice cream at Thrifty's. Makes me want to find one to get a scoop.

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                                        Briggs Oct 28, 2008 11:04 PM

                                        Who makes Thrifty Ice Cream?

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                                        1. re: Briggs
                                          bigdead1 Oct 29, 2008 07:20 PM

                                          thriftys is made by thrifty ice cream a part of rite-aid corp we are located in the city of el monte ca and it is only avaliable on the west coast we make all the flavors in the stores so enjoy

                                          1. re: bigdead1
                                            Rodzli Oct 30, 2008 02:54 PM

                                            Can a regular person go to the El Monte, and buy the ice-cream there?

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                                              jeffortune Dec 23, 2008 01:23 PM

                                              Can you post a list of all the flavors (regular and special run) for us all to enjoy.

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                                            normalheightsfoodie Oct 30, 2008 03:05 PM

                                            In the old days, you could exchange a bottle of Coke for a triple scoope. The old green bottles.

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                                              jillso Oct 31, 2008 04:38 PM

                                              Gill's Ice Cream in the Farmer's Market/Fairfax sells the same ice cream as Thrifty does.....I think it's made by"Ross Farm Dairy, they also make some store-brand ice creams, not sure which ones (jerseymaid?).
                                              Bennett's Ice Cream in the Farmers Market is Homemade.

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                                              golightly Dec 23, 2008 01:47 PM

                                              My favorite has been mint chip since I was three years old and got to eat it in my stroller. Those were the days!

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                                                lloid Dec 6, 2010 07:28 PM

                                                I haven't been there in literally 25 years, but I still remember those cylinders of black cherry and neopolitain (double scoop)
                                                My brother did rocky road, my sister vanilla, mom mint chip.
                                                I think a double was 45 cents or something.
                                                This will be on my list if they're still around when I'm back in Cali.

                                                1. re: lloid
                                                  sdv231 Dec 7, 2010 08:51 AM

                                                  5 cents a scoop ( or what ever that is called ) ,,,,,, yep 15 cents for a triple that was about 50 years ago still love my choc chip

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                                                    ipsedixit Dec 7, 2010 09:05 AM

                                                    More like 40 years ago, or less.

                                                    It was always a tough decision ... a Thrifty's triple scoop cone (15¢), or a game of Millipede (25¢).

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                                                jackattack Jun 8, 2011 01:47 PM

                                                Rite Aid in Burbank has Thrifty ice cream in half gallons and also a scoop counter. Cones are 99c now and I never see anyone at the scoop station nor do I ever hear the checkout lady screaming "assistance at ice cream please!" anymore.

                                                they had a new flavor, "carrot cake" this year that was godawful.

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                                                  ns1 Sep 30, 2011 11:05 AM

                                                  which Burbank location? IIRC hollywood way/magnolia is no ice cream.

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                                                  Jelly71 Jun 8, 2011 04:02 PM

                                                  The Rite Aid on Saticoy between Balboa and White Oak still has the half gallons. I recently got a hankering for it, and I hadn't had it for about 20 years. The Black Cherry still tastes exactly as I remembered it and had huge cherries in it.

                                                  Rite Aid
                                                  5575 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

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                                                    ISELLTHRIFTY Sep 30, 2011 10:49 AM

                                                    Do you know where I can order Thrifty Ice Cream in Bulk to sellin my store on Glendale Arizona I sell it now but the distributor hear is having issues keeping all the flavors in especially Chocolate Malted Crunch which is Only Our Best Seller..... Thanks, Vern

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