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Favorite Ice Cream Flavor (no mix-ins)

I always thought I was not a big fan of ice cream. I demand vanilla ice cream with apple pie and mint ice cream on top of a warm brownie, but for some reason unlike the rest of my family just didn't get the obsession with ice cream and always found it to be too sweet (admittedly I have a low sweet threshold). This was fine with me and I don't necessarily have to like ice cream, but I always confused by my random cravings for the stuff. There is usually no shortage of ice cream in the freezer, as my SO and often-visiting-family love it, but I think have been misguided by all of the pints and gallons with tons of mix-ins.

Last night, I couldn't fight another random craving even though it usually ends in an overpowering disappointing sweetness experience. For some reason, there were only a few random mix-in free flavors in the freezer, likely leftover from the holidays. I dolloped out a scoop of chocolate, vanilla and mint and walking into heaven! It finally clicked and made sense with my penchant for dessert with simple ice cream flavors. It's great stuff as long as it's not overloaded with too many ingredients upping the sugar ante.

Do you have any favorite ice cream flavors which don't involve mix-ins? Or brand recommendations for your favorites?

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  1. I prefer vanilla ice cream. I like Hagen Daz for easy supermarket vanilla ice cream. I do sometimes mix in malted milk, so if they sold vanilla malted ice cream, I'd buy that.

    1. Does Neapolitan count as 1 flavor?

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      1. re: bbqboy

        Yup, for me at least. In fact, as a kid that was usually the only kind of ice cream I would grab from the freezer so I guess my preference for simpler flavors has not changed much.

        1. re: fldhkybnva

          +1. Neapolitan is my favorite. If not that, then vanilla with caramel swirl.

      2. The 'Sweet Cream' at Ashley's in New Haven is the best ice cream I have ever enjoyed. Ice cream in Mexico is also very good, as they don't use artificial ingredients.

        1. Blue Bell makes a killer mint chocolate chip. That's as chunky as I'm willing to go.
          I like my ice cream neat, too.

          Homemade vanilla is my super favorite of anything.

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          1. re: jmcarthur8

            I have been on the hunt for Blue Bell in my area but it hasn't creeped up this north yet. I live in Baltimore and we recently got a Harris Teeter so I have hope that perhaps they will carry it soon.

            1. re: jmcarthur8

              Yup, Bluebell Homemade Vanilla here too. *Until Perilagu Khan mentions Lemon, and I waver, then pout. (I'm extraordinarily rural, only buy ice cream a few times a year, and rarely happen to be in a city large enough to stock Lemon when/if they do.So it's a perfect storm of no lemon for me.)

            2. Bluebell natural vanilla and dutch chocolate.
              The best commercialy made ice cream I ever ate was in New Zealand.