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Blue Bell ice cream now in Raleigh/Cary

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blewgo Mar 26, 2012 05:23 PM

It's at local Kroger stores. The Korger at Lake Pine and US-64 in Cary had a small selection hidden away in an end cap.

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    cackalackie RE: blewgo Apr 17, 2012 10:55 AM

    I'm not sure whether to thank you or not! I was unfamiliar with this brand - but bought some (at my local Kroger in Raleigh) out of curiosity. Now I can't stop eating it. And it *is* a very big tub! My daughter helped me select one that's vanilla with chocolate chunks and nuts.

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      rockycat RE: cackalackie Apr 17, 2012 11:50 AM

      I have a tub that I haven't opened yet. I was a little disappointed to find that the more interesting (at least to me) flavors all seem to be just vanilla ice cream with stuff mixed in. Given that I don't like vanilla ice cream, that eliminated about half the flavors my Kroger had available. Maybe I've been spoiled by Ben & Jerry's, but I was hoping for more creativity than I saw. I ended up buying Banana Pudding flavor. I'm sure I'll try it tonight. I'm not sure if I'm hoping I really like it or really don't. :-)

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        rockycat RE: rockycat Apr 17, 2012 05:37 PM

        Yes, the Banana Pudding really is that good. Rats.

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          cackalackie RE: rockycat Apr 18, 2012 11:09 AM

          Hmmmm.... I'll remember that! (I do love my Chunky Monkey and Cherry Garcia. and I appreciate that they come in small containers!)

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      bbqme RE: blewgo Apr 17, 2012 10:30 PM

      Walmart even carries it now.

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        Raised on Q RE: blewgo Apr 22, 2012 11:37 AM

        Curse Blue Bell, they are responsible for 10lbs. added to me since they came to my area!
        Dessert Trio, Pecan Praline & Banana Pudding are favorites, also their Vanilla Bean stands up to any competition. If you join their Newsletter they tell you about new flavors and you can print coupons for $1 off.

        They make it too easy -

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          bbqme RE: Raised on Q Apr 23, 2012 10:45 AM

          Off topic, but I've been digging the ice cream from Trader Joe's. High quality stuff and some really interesting flavors. I'm not an ice cream guy (crazy, I know) but I actually like TJ's ice cream.

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            cervisiam RE: bbqme Apr 23, 2012 12:46 PM

            i read somewhere it is from double rainbow

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              klmonline RE: cervisiam Apr 23, 2012 07:20 PM

              Whoa! That is good to know! Time to rush over and get me some relabeled Double Rainbow. A San Francisco favorite (named for the rainbows painted on the twin tunnels going through the mountain on the far side of the Golden Gate Bridge). I used to absolutely love their white pistachio when I lived out there.

              I haven't been able to bring myself to buy a big ol' tub of Blue Bell because of the ingredient list. It may taste great, but I didn't like the use of high fructose corn syrup and several multisyllabic chemical compounds. I went looking for an ingredients list online and found that they don't put any ingredient listings on their website, so I can't back this up with specifics. From a little Googling, it seems as though they used to be made with simpler ingredients and have added extras lately.

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                blewgo RE: klmonline Apr 24, 2012 07:00 AM

                klmonline, I think the air in San Francisco may have clouded your memory. Blue Bell isn't sold there. I therefore question the rest of your "facts".

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                  klmonline RE: blewgo Apr 24, 2012 09:21 AM

                  Sorry, blewgo. I was referring to Double Rainbow ice cream, mentioned in cervisiam's sidetrack post about Trade Joe's.

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                  saragirl RE: klmonline Apr 25, 2012 08:30 PM

                  klmonline, have you tried Lumpy's ice cream? It seems to fit your preference of "simple ingredients" which you can find out on their website. I bought a pit of Black and White (Whisky ice cream with chocolate chips) at NOFO at the Pig in Raleigh. They are really delicious though not cheap (6ish for 1 pint).

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                    klmonline RE: saragirl Apr 25, 2012 09:24 PM

                    Sounds great. I hadn't heard of it. Thanks!

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                      meatn3 RE: saragirl Apr 25, 2012 09:48 PM

                      I think I saw Lumpy's at The Meat House (CH location).

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                        saragirl RE: meatn3 Apr 26, 2012 11:15 AM

                        wow, good to know, thanks!!

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                          saragirl RE: meatn3 May 2, 2012 07:55 PM

                          I don't think the Meat House is still carrying Lumpy's.

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                            meatn3 RE: saragirl May 5, 2012 08:02 AM

                            Sorry - I was so sure I saw it there last month. Hopefully the trip wasn't a waste...

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                              saragirl RE: meatn3 May 14, 2012 02:14 PM

                              Southern Season will carry Lumpy's in the near future, according to Lumpy's FB page.

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                      bbqme RE: cervisiam Apr 25, 2012 09:14 AM

                      Read right here on CHOW perhaps?

                      http://www.chow.com/food-news/70450/m...

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                  onrushpam RE: blewgo Apr 23, 2012 12:48 PM

                  Try the Blue Bell Homemade In The Shade with fresh strawberries! We can't get enough of it. :-)

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                    Jesco RE: onrushpam Apr 26, 2012 06:43 AM

                    Lumpy's now has a Wake Forest storefront in downtown Wake Forest. Some excellent flavors. You ca dipped cones or take home pints.
                    I was so looking forward to the arrival of Blue Bell but the vanilla is not on par with Ben and Jerrys, Haegen Daas or even Lumpy's. I will keep reserving final judgement unitl I get the Banana Pudding flavor wihich might be a good sub for those incredible Chic fil a Banana Puddding milshakes.

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                      Raised on Q RE: Jesco Apr 26, 2012 09:40 AM

                      Jesco,

                      Blue Bell makes several Vanilla flavors - French, Homemade & Natural (my favorite). http://bluebell.com/IceCreamFlavor?fi...

                      It can be hard to find certain flavors of theirs in my area, you have to hit the store right after delivery or they get wiped out.

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                    tamalesfordinner RE: blewgo Apr 26, 2012 05:55 PM

                    I picked up a half-gallon of Blue Bell pecan pralines 'n' cream at Lowe's. It was good, but I wasn't so impressed with the high fructose corn syrup. And I haven't bought a container of ice cream that large maybe ever!

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                      Raised on Q RE: tamalesfordinner Apr 26, 2012 06:20 PM

                      I'm with you on the HFCS. It would be easier to cut gas prices in half than to get that stuff out of our food unfortunately. Just have to pick your battles (there is even corn by-product in our gas - Ethanol)

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