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THRIFTY ICE CREAM (still kickin' at RITE AID)

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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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  1. What's your favorite flavor?

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    1. re: nubi

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

      1. re: Zanzibar

        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)

        1. re: TE

          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

            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

              Chocolate Malted Crunch = Childhood

            2. re: joe

              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?

            3. re: Zanzibar

              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

              black cherry & of course choc malted(!)crunch

              1. re: nubi

                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!).

                1. re: Rich

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

                2. re: nubi

                  mmmm. Chocolate Malted Crunch!

                  1. re: nubi

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

                  2. Do they still have marble fudge?

                    1. t
                      torta basilica

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

                      1. 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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                        1. re: p

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

                        2. 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?

                          1. Rainbow Sherbet and Pistachio

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

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                              1. re: schrutefarms

                                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.

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

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                                1. 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. 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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                                    1. 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.

                                        1. re: Briggs

                                          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

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

                                            1. re: bigdead1

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

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

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                                            1. re: normalheightsfoodie

                                              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.

                                            2. 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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                                              1. re: golightly

                                                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

                                                  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

                                                  1. re: sdv231

                                                    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¢).

                                              2. 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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                                                1. re: jackattack

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

                                                2. 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