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Cinnamon ice cream elusive

Years ago it wasn't all that difficult to find unadorned cinnamon ice cream all year round. Then it became a seasonal offering. Nowadays even the seasonal offering is restricted to a very small number of producers. Blue Bunny is one of them, although, as one can see from the following UClue thread that I started some time ago, even their cinnamon wasn''t available in my Jacksonville, FL metro area last fall:

http://uclue.com/?xq=5587

Has anyone found a cinnamon ice cream in recent years, and I am not talking about the cinnamon bun or cinnamon swirl variants that do appear now and then, but just a straight cinnamon? I realize there are mom and pop shoppes that make their own version, some even shipping it for exhorbitant overnight fees, but I mean to restrict my search to regional and national commercial packagers.

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  1. In all honesty, I have never encountered cinnamon ice cream anywhere. I'd like to, though, because it sounds delish.

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    1. re: Perilagu Khan

      PK, the summer camp I went to as a child served hot apple fritters with cinnamon ice cream for dessert once a week. It was perfection, as I'm sure you can imagine.

      1. re: LauraGrace

        and once a week after the weekend late closing at the pizza restaurant I worked at, I would go with my fellow servers to the Country Kitchen across the road for a 1 am apple dumpling with cinnamon ice cream. Awesome.

        1. re: LauraGrace

          I can well imagine, but would prefer to experience, as I'm sure you can well imagine.

      2. I have never seen straight commercial cinnamon but only the cinnamon swirl etc you describe. Our local joint has cinnamon Oreo I've cream but I don't like cinnamon in my ice cream in general.

        1. If you're ever in Michigan, Ray's Ice Cream makes an excellent straight cinnamon. Their stuff is only available in the Detroit area, and I don't believe they ship.

          www.raysicecream.com

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          1. re: gooddog

            I wonder how similar that is to the old Bill Knapp's cinnamon ice cream.

          2. Try local gelato places. I have found two (not two of the same chain) near me that make downright delicious cinnamon gelato.

            ETA: What about Bruster's? Do you have any of those? One of their flavors is straight cinnamon. I have never tried it, though (or any of their ice cream).

            I also found these two, via some Googling:
            http://www.allmenus.com/fl/jacksonvil... Their Bananas Foster comes with cinnamon ice cream. You could go in and ask where they get it, or if it's theirs, whether they'd sell you some.

            http://www.examiner.com/article/jax-s... Apparently this place (sometimes) has homemade cinnamon ice cream.

            I know you said you seek commercial versions, but if you don't have to get it shipped, why not try the little places? :)

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            1. re: Rilke

              There aren't any such "little places" that I am aware of here in St. Augustine, FL, a city of 13,500. Also, even if I were able to find one, it's not the kind of source that I seek. I want to be able to put a pint of the stuff in my cart at the supermarket!

              1. re: nautico

                Well, your call. I have purchased house-made ice cream from restaurants before. It makes me happy.

            2. Schwan's used to have cinnamon ice cream available around the holidays- it was a seasonal flavor. I don't think they carried it last year though- not sure why. Who knows, maybe they will bring it back this year.

              1. Whatever brand you find, ask if your local supermarket can special-order it. Some supermarkets require that you actually purchase the entire case, but many -- even many chains -- do not. I see you have Publix, Albertson's, and Winn-Dixie in Florida. I'd give one of those a shot.

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                1. re: LauraGrace

                  Yes, special ordering is an option, but only after I find a regional or national brand that is currently producing the flavor!

                  1. re: nautico

                    I see several on this thread. Why not ask your local Publix (or whatever) if they'll order you a case of Turkey Hill, Pierre's, or Kemps?

                    1. re: LauraGrace

                      I really don't want a large quantity, nor would I even bother with a one-time special order of a single container. All I seek is a local supermarket source that would routinely carry one of those national or major regional brands of cinnamon ice cream, and right now that's simply not the case. I will, however, remain ever alert! Perhaps Blue Bunny will distribute its seasonal cinnamon in NE Florida this fall. I can only hope!

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    Turkey Hill is a brand carried by Kroger, and the nearest store is out of state (Waycross, GA), but thanks for the tip.

                      1. re: Rilke

                        Early this year Food Lion closed all of its stores in NE Florida.

                          1. re: nautico

                            Ask whatever store *is* near you to order some Turkey Hill.

                    1. Here's one that is near you: Pierre's Cinnamon Ice Cream is distributed to retailers in Georgia. Kemp's makes one as well (and I assume this is distributed nationally).

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                      1. re: hawkeyeui93

                        No, I'm afraid none of those states is near me, except GA, and I don't intend to drive the 180+ miles from St. Augustine to get ice cream, ANY ice cream! :)

                        1. re: nautico

                          Sorry, I thought you were in Jacksonville, which is certainly near GA. I saw an agave-based one once on Amazon that you can order online [in packages of six pints].

                      2. you know, if it's that difficult to find, maybe an investment in an ice-cream maker would be in order.

                        1. Oh, I love cinnamon ice cream. But I also haven't seen it in stores for a long time and never regularly. Maybe you can post on the board for your geographic area to get better local recommendations.

                          Once upon a time, I bought an ice cream maker so that I could have cinnamon ice cream outside of peach season and really good peach ice cream during peach season. Alas, I have no ice cream self-control and gave the machine away after a year.

                          I rarely eat dessert in restaurants. Once about three years ago after a wonderful, long, big meal, our server asked, "Would you like to see the dessert menu?" I said as a little joke, "No, no dessert. Unless of course you have cinnamon ice cream." Her reply, "We do! That's our flavor tonight!" I ordered two servings. Heaven.

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                          1. re: debbiel

                            I remember having this Kemps cinnamon when I was up in MN, and it was terrific. Precisely the kind I'd like to find down here in Florida!

                            http://www.kemps.com/freezer/ice-crea...

                          2. Cinnamon ice cream is why I want an ice cream maker. I can't find it here, either.

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                            1. re: weezieduzzit

                              I feel the same way about lemon ice cream, which is bizarrely scarce.

                              1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                Blame it on the American palate -- which takes to sweet things like flies on shit.

                            2. In Los Angeles, we are lucky enough to have Fosselman's - which makes cinnamon ice cream around the holidays. It's excellent!

                              As you are in FL, not LA and are having problems locating it in small quantities, I'd advise you to use my mom's old trick. She'd get a half gallon of qood quality vanilla ice cream, let it get a tad soft - then whisk in the flavoring she wanted (generally pumpkin and spices) then refreeze. The texture would be slightly affected - but not much. And worth it for the ease of use!

                              You might also want to consider making a sugar syrup flavored with cinnamon, you could then pour over any ice cream. Good luck!

                              1. The only place I've had cinnamon ice cream is at Big Fish, where I get it with their lovely chocolate cake. I'm not usualy an "ala mode" fan, but that's a wonderful combination. But do you know, I've never thought to look for it in the store???
                                I hope you can find some! :)

                                1. Have you looked at any Mexican markets? I don't think I've ever seen it, but cinnamon seems to be a very popular spice in Mexican cooking.