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Ice Cream, What Flavors are Your Favorite and Worst?

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Growing up my worst were Orange Pineapple, Peppermint and Indian Pudding.

My favorites were Fudge Ripple, Chocolate Chip and Butter Pecan.

How about you?

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  1. I love Moose Tracks, and a good mint, but really love a great vanilla and chocolate.
    Worst? I never really liked Neopolitan, but recently, got some vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry from an ice cream shop (that sells the stuff from Texas), and it was delightful!
    oh yeah, turned out to not be worst... hmmm, still thinking....... oh yeah, black licorice.

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    1. re: wyogal

      LOVED (and still love) black licorice ice cream - my absolute favorite. Followed closely by peanut butter and chocolate. The worst? corn.

      1. re: Quattrociocchi

        I've never ever seen black licorice ice cream, and now I'm intrigued.

        1. re: Quattrociocchi

          Where did you try corn, in China?

          I remember having it in Shenzhen and thinking it was alright. Corn juice, though...

          1. re: BuildingMyBento

            there's an ice cream shop in Los Angeles that rotates Corn through as a flavor.

            1. re: westsidegal

              I've seen corn ice cream but, not in a gelato. It was very subtle. How was this in LA?

              1. re: treb

                uchiko- corn sorbet...magic..pure magic!!!!

          2. re: Quattrociocchi

            Favorites include Olive Oil, Milk, Chubby Hubby (Ben & Jerry's), Pistachio, and a couple from a place in Tokyo, though the names escape me.

            Ones I dislike? Anything with alcohol, for sure. There's also one commonly found in Latin America, Tutti Fruitti, or something similar? Nasty.

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            1. re: BuildingMyBento

              Olive Oil, I had it, real delicate and creamy. Gota find some licorice.

            2. re: Quattrociocchi

              I had licorice ice cream once as a little kid, and never saw it again. I remember that I didn't really like it.

              As I got older, I began to love strong, black licorice, especially the salty and ammoniated kind from Holland. I have never since seen licorice ice cream but I would like to try it again.

              1. re: Tripeler

                Funny how tastes evolve over time. I gota hunt this flavor down, I enjoyed licorice sticks, more than the red twizzlers, when I was a kid.

              2. re: Quattrociocchi

                the gelateria (sp?) near my house was serving licorice gelato that they made up today.

                1. re: westsidegal

                  GREAT MEMORIES. As a kid in Sacramento California we used to go to a zillion-flavors shop, and their Licorice ice cream was certainly memorable. It was shiny jet black but surprisingly mild. I loved the way it turned my teeth, tongue and mouth entirely black. I think there was just a tiny touch of dark chocolate in it. Very complex and well made. This was around 1963.

              3. re: wyogal

                Neopolitan, the ones we could afford were awful and tasteless, another bad memory!

                1. re: treb

                  my biological father inisist that neoplitan is meant to be scooped and eaten as seperate flavours.

                  1. re: girloftheworld

                    That's how I use to eat it as well; first the vanilla, then strawberry and the best, chocolate , for last!

                    1. re: treb

                      My brother would scoop out the chocolate, and only the chocolate ice cream. Strawberry seemed to be the least liked.

              4. There is Indian Pudding ice cream?

                My favorite ice cream flavors growing up were coffee, pistachio and purple yam. FWIW I can get behind most ice cream flavors provided they are pure and not too sweet. No wonder then that I find rocky road or, even worse, Superman, to be abominations.

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                1. re: JungMann

                  Oh yah, Indian Pudding, a New England thing, had a horrible rum like taste (in a bad way) and candied fruits as I recall.

                  1. re: treb

                    Fellow NE-er chiming in...in a lot of places they also called it "Frozen Pudding" and it was like a pseudo-rum raisin. The old school stands that still serve Grapenut ice cream and maple walnut serve it.

                    1. re: pinehurst

                      Thanks for jogging my memory, frozen pudding was another name for it. I hated it and it was funky! A recent interesting flavor I had was Basil, awesome!

                      1. re: treb

                        Ooh, I can't wrap my brain around Basil. Was it slightly mint-y?

                      2. re: pinehurst

                        grapenut ice cream? My grandma used to mix grapenuts in her homemade ice cream and it was awesome, but I've never seen it sold commercially.

                        1. re: coney with everything

                          Many ice cream stands in New England make it, quite good.

                    2. re: JungMann

                      Superman, Bubble Gum and Blue Moon were the ice cream nightmares of my childhood. I also remember seeing a flavor called "Puffo" in Italy - it looked like Blue Moon, but Puffo means Smurf. Just ew.

                      Otherwise, I'm with you. I can deal with just about any ice cream as long as it is a flavor found in nature and not too sweet.

                      1. re: biondanonima

                        never heard of Superman. dare I ask what it is?

                        1. re: rudysmom

                          What is Superman? I think every Midwestern child has asked that very question at one point or another. I think the way my Baskin-Robbins made it, it was a swirl of cherry, banana and blue-flavored ice cream. YMMV.

                          http://www.seriouseats.com/2009/06/wh...

                          1. re: JungMann

                            Exactly. To me it just tasted like sweet, sweet and more sweet. Ugh. Superman and Blue Moon are most definitely a Michigan thing!

                      2. re: JungMann

                        Now, I had Indian Pudding when we were in Boston last year. Thought it an OK dessert but am not at all convinced that I'd like an ice cream version.

                        1. re: JungMann

                          I was recently reminded that I used to also go crazy for French Vanilla. It's not a flavor I see very often nowadays so it completely slipped my mind.

                        2. This is way out of style these days, but I like...

                          Butter Brickle Ice Cream

                          with a big handful of salted peanuts dumped over the top.

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                          1. re: Tripeler

                            My father loves butter brickle. It's still to be found in local dairies in his hometown region of Pennsylvania.

                            1. re: Tripeler

                              love butter brickle, more than butter pecan actually

                              1. re: Tripeler

                                mmm butter brickle ice cream... when i was a kid, my grandfather also used to bring home (to my grandparents' house) butter brickle cookie dough... i don't recall ever actually baking those cookies, but i sure do remember eating a lot of dough... come to think of it, i think once or twice, i put a little in a bowl and nuking it in the microwave to set the outside, and leave the inside gooey.

                                my grandmother ate a scoop of ice cream every night for dessert for i don't know how many decades... she went through some phases, but the majority of the time, it was peppermint.

                              2. Super weakness for spumoni, which is (fortunately) almost impossible for me to find nowadays.

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                                1. re: pinehurst

                                  Spumoni, one of my childhood favs, I used to start with the outer layers and work my way in.

                                  1. re: pinehurst

                                    Love spumoni! I saw it a Whole Foods recently for a small fortune, but DH, who hates anything with an almond flavor, wouldn't even let it go in our cart. Will have to sneak back and try it.

                                    1. re: Isolda

                                      In the Detroit area Alinosi made their own hand packed spumoni. Absolutly the best. You could get the bisque tortoni on it's own too. Don't know if they still have a store there.

                                      1. re: cheesepleese

                                        hand packed and home made what a treat? nice. I'm still waiting to see if anyone ever had this hideous orange pineapple flavor.

                                      2. re: Isolda

                                        Wow, DH needs some training! We used to get some that was packaged in individual servings, it was wrapped in white paper and other that was in a half gallon. My fav part was the dark chocolate.

                                    2. The worst is any flavor using that low grade "chocolate" chip that is so common in mint chocolate chip. It is kind of waxy and doesn't taste much like chocolate. GAH. I avoid any flavor where that substance may be lurking.

                                      Favorites: Rum raisin, banana walnut, salted caramel, strawberry cheesecake, and any ice cream containing brownie chunks (so long as that low budget chocolate chip isn't involved).

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                                      1. re: mels

                                        ITA about crappy chocolate in ice cream. yuck.

                                        Actually, yuck on all crappy cheap chocolate!