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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!

                                      2. growing up it was fudge ripple, and i'd tunnel out the fudge and get my father's ire.

                                        now, i love pistachio, häagen-dazs rum raisin, vanilla custard, butter pecan, moose tracks, bear tracks, rocky road, the old godiva dark chocolate truffle (sad to see it go), french silk, and jamocha almond fudge from baskin-robbins. <heh heh, typing that umlaut for the häagen-dazs cracks me up -- all the way from the frozen…bronx!)

                                        as others, i love butter brickle!  ditto on banana-caramel.

                                        i've also loved a coffee ice cream with swirled fudge throughout, but i don't recall where i had it.

                                        fresh peach ice cream in the summer is one of the greatest pleasures in life!

                                        i'm trying hard to think of a flavor i *don't* like. hmmm…rhubarb? but maybe i'll give that a try, too.

                                        ~~~~~~~
                                        i love to eat it as it has softened on the trip home from the grocery store -- run the rim! run the rim! (now WHERE did all that ice cream go?!?)

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                                        1. re: alkapal

                                          I recently made some roasted rhubarb buttermilk ice cream that was delicious! I think it could change your mind :)

                                          1. re: Overjoyed

                                            That sounds really good, what's your recipe?

                                            1. re: Jpan99

                                              I based it off this one http://cheflorelei.wordpress.com/2011...

                                              I also swirled some ribbons of raw honey through it before freezing it. SO GOOD!

                                          2. re: alkapal

                                            "Run the rim!" - Yes! My favorite thing to do! Ice cream must sit out on my counter for at least 15 mins or so in advance of scooping.

                                            1. re: ItalGreyHound

                                              That's my favorite part of the ice cream carton, I eat the soft creamy outer edges and DH eats the solid cold center, together we make good work of the carton.

                                              1. re: treb

                                                A few seconds in a microwave works, too!

                                          3. Growing up I loved mint choc chip, neapolitan, goody goody gumdrops (a New Zealand thing which was a green ice cream with gumdrop lollies in it) and hokey pokey (another New Zealand thing - vanilla ice cream with hokey pokey, which is honeycomb candy- in it).

                                            Hated - rum and raisin, raspberry ripple - actually anything that looked and tasted like it had real fruit in it, which is strange, because I loved fruit then and now.

                                            Loves now - salted caramel. Sweet baby cheeses I could eat that all day.

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                                            1. re: ultimatepotato

                                              New England understands ice cream. I wonder why that is---supermarkets there have ice cream departments twice the size of those in other parts of the country, with amazing wonderful unheard-of flavors. You can easily go crazy buying ice cream in New England.

                                              1. re: ultimatepotato

                                                Bill Cliton came to visit NZ a number of years ago and hokey pokey was his favourite.

                                                1. re: ultimatepotato

                                                  I like any fruit-flavored ice cream but not if it has chocolate in it - with the exception of Blue Bunny Bordeaux Cherry, whose dark chocolate shards work.

                                                  I am surprised there are not more fruit ice creams. Peach seems to only be sold in summer. I've never seen plum or apricot or pear.

                                                  1. re: greygarious

                                                    Fruit flavors seem limited to sorbets rather than ice cream.

                                                    1. re: greygarious

                                                      Artisan-type shops will do fruit flavored ice creams.

                                                      Most large batch, commercial places like Baskins Robbins will not because fruit flavors are generally too mild and subtle to appeal to the hoi polloi of ice cream connoisseurs (who generally like bold sweet flavors such as Rocky Road and fruit just doesn't scream "rich" or "decadent" which is what people generally associate with ice cream).

                                                      1. re: ipsedixit

                                                        I see mango ice cream pretty regularly, though, yes, mango sorbet is more mango-y. Hmm, mango ice cream swirled with mango sorbet would be pretty good!

                                                        Oh, now that I think of it, depending on where you live, look for local Mexican brands. Lots of tropical fruit ice creams there.

                                                        1. re: ipsedixit

                                                          hoi polloi and connoisseur are contradictory concepts.

                                                          and a fruit ice cream of course can be rich and decadent depending on the ripeness of the fruit and the quality of the cream or custard used to make the ice cream itself.

                                                        2. re: greygarious

                                                          You can find excellent native fresh fruit ice cream at Benson's Ice Cream in Boxford. Currently Native Red Raspberry.

                                                          bensonsicecream.com

                                                      2. Goat cheese ice cream is my favorite when tucked next to a fresh fig tart. I'm getting a small ice cream maker just to make that particular dish which I used to have at Angel's in Providence.

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                                                        1. re: escondido123

                                                          Sounds delicious, care to share the recipe? FYI - Currently, Costco has fresh figs, aprox. $6.50 for 2 pounds.

                                                          1. re: treb

                                                            I've never made goat cheese ice cream, but will try it using Charlie Trotter's recipe at http://www.thenibble.com/reviews/main...

                                                            I mentioned buying an ice cream maker to my sister, and lo and behold, she has one sitting in her garage that she never uses and will give to me. Once that arrives I'll be heading to Costco for those fresh figs.

                                                            1. re: treb

                                                              Which Costco's is that. Upper mid-west, nope.

                                                              1. re: docfood

                                                                Costco in MA, NH, CA. Not a large supply but, they looked excellent and compared to local super markets, a real value.

                                                          2. Lemon is easily my favorite. I don't recall ever tasting a flavor of ice cream that I didn't like.

                                                              1. Favorites are any high quality chocolate, vanilla, coffee & chocolate chip. Worst are rum raisin, banana & pistachio. I hate raisins and bananas, although I love pistachio nuts, the ice cream tastes nothing like them, it tastes like almond flavoring, which I also despise.

                                                                1. Favorite is vanilla bean.

                                                                  Worst has been garlic.

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                                                                  1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                                                                    Same here with vanilla bean. Love Breyers Vanilla.

                                                                    Never tried garlic but that sounds awful. A long time ago I was in Norway and tried ice cream there, and have to say that was the richest, heaviest cream I've ever tasted. It wasn't even sweet. I think it was literally iced cream. Didn't like it much.

                                                                  2. I can get behind most flavors of ice cream (yuzu black sesame? count me in) but my favorites of the "traditional" flavors are rum raisin and mint chocolate chip (but only if the chocolate is real chocolate and not wax). Like Cookies and Cream, too. I can't stand bubble gum ice cream though, or anything where the artificial color is overwhelming - Baskin Robbins has this crazy sherbet that's mostly blue and all disgusting. Give me Pralines and Cream any time.

                                                                    1. Favorites:
                                                                      Pistachio
                                                                      Butter Pecan
                                                                      Maple Walnut
                                                                      Good banana ice cream (really hard to come by, just like pistachio that isn't too artificial tasting)
                                                                      Salted Caramel

                                                                      Worst:
                                                                      Lemon
                                                                      Strawberry

                                                                      As a kid, I would've added hazelnut to the hate list, but now I really love a good hazelnut ice cream -- a standard flavor at Italian ice cream places in Germany.

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                                                                      1. re: linguafood

                                                                        I have had combination chocolate-hazelnut ice creams in Europe that were truly heartstoppingly good. I think one was called something like Giandula and it was something else. Everything that Nutella tries to be and more.

                                                                          1. re: sandylc

                                                                            Thank you, Sandy.
                                                                            Well, I was close...

                                                                          2. re: Tripeler

                                                                            Thanks for the tip, I'll be in Naples soon.

                                                                        1. Baskin-Robbins Jamoca. Haagen-Daz Creme Brulee. And, at a restaurant in Barbados, a nutmeg ice cream that for years inspired us to soften a half-gallon of good vanilla and work into it a jigger or two of dark Jamaican rum and plenty of nutmeg, then refreeze. You would not believe.

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                                                                          1. re: Querencia

                                                                            I had something called Plum Nuts at B-R once. Vanilla ice cream with ribbons of plums and walnuts. Went back for it a year later and they thought I was plum nuts since they'd never heard of it. Will add that to my list of ice creams to create.

                                                                          2. Favorite: as a kid Black Raspberry. As an adult Coffee.

                                                                            Worst: Frozen Pudding (my dad ALWAYS got this, and would make us try it, yuck!).

                                                                            1. My current new favorite is Lemon Curd IC. The recipe is in Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubert's new Beard award winning cookbook Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking. Another Idea that came up the other day was Chocolate Malt ic. It would use Carnation Chocolate Malted Milk powder as well as chocolate in the base.

                                                                              1. I HATE butter pecan ice cream. I bought it for years expecting to get praline pecans (duh). The pecans are always soggy and they are in chunks big enough to make my mouth itch. Blech.

                                                                                I love coffee ice cream, anything with Graeter's chocolate chips in it, and really delicious chunky strawberry ice cream (none of this BS with food coloring). I've also been known to do terrible things for rocky road or tin roof sundae. Anyone remember GooGoo Cluster ice cream? I'm not sure if it's still made.

                                                                                Truthfully, there aren't a lot of ice creams I loathe, with the exception of butter pecan.

                                                                                1. Strawberry! Chocolate!

                                                                                  Vanilla isn't good for anything except sundaes.

                                                                                  1. Best: peppermint, rocky road with real salted pecans and soft marshmallows, peanut butter and chocolate.

                                                                                    Worst: rocky road (with nasty marshmallow stripes and tiny squares old, soft nuts, bubblegum, blue moon, anything with waxy chocolate chunks.

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                                                                                    1. re: Tam38

                                                                                      Yes! There is a crucial difference between rocky road with marshmallows and that other crap with marshmallow swirl!

                                                                                      Two childhood favorite flavors I haven't seen since were tin roof sundae (with salted Spanish peanuts) and German chocolate cake.

                                                                                      1. re: charlesbois

                                                                                        German chocolate caaaaake.....mmmmmmmmm!

                                                                                        1. re: flavrmeistr

                                                                                          Yes, I loved Tin Roof and German chocolate cake, - those were both at 31 flavors , yes? Haven't seen either in years. I also loved their Peppermint Stick, which again, gone for decades now.

                                                                                          1. re: ratgirlagogo

                                                                                            I'm not sure if they were at 31 flavors. I knew them from a local dairy that specialized in whoop-ass flavors. They even made a peppermint stick around the holidays. So good!

                                                                                            1. re: charlesbois

                                                                                              Well, we have a 31 flavors here in Astoria - and since they DON'T have these flavors maybe some other local dairy will MAKE THEM. At least that would be my hope.

                                                                                          2. re: flavrmeistr

                                                                                            My MIL used to make, my fav, German Chocolate Cake so, I need to get some of this ice cream!

                                                                                      2. Faves - pistachio, lemon, vanilla

                                                                                        Worst - anything which has chocolate or coffee anywhere near it. Both are substances which I enjoy - just not as ice cream

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                                                                                        1. re: Harters

                                                                                          You know, I feel the same way about chocolate. I love the stuff in its pure form, but don't love chocolate cake, chocolate ice cream, etc.

                                                                                          1. re: pinehurst

                                                                                            Almost invariably the problem is that the chocolate ice cream that is made available is terrible. Bad chocolate, worse formulation, nothing that comes even close to tasting like chocolate; no surprise. It's probably not chocolate ice cream conceptually that's the problem, but rather that all the ones you've had the opportunity to try have been abysmal.

                                                                                            Good chocolate ice cream is probably the most difficult flavour to make - because it needs a completely bespoke formulation; you can't start from a standard "base" and add chocolate, and expect even a decent result. And that formulation isn't easy to concoct, because of chocolate ice cream's high fat content. See the discussion under ice cream pet peeves currently active. A great chocolate ice cream is superb - and actually tastes like chocolate - but is so rare that you usually have to make a purposeful search to find it; and unless you live in certain specific cities where there is a shop doing it well, you probably won't have access to it at all, i.e. it's typical that there is not one first-rate chocolate ice cream in a typical city, no matter where you are.

                                                                                            Which is perhaps a roundabout way of saying my favourite flavour is chocolate, done well. The worst flavour, meanwhile, is chocolate, done badly.

                                                                                            For fun:
                                                                                            Other ones in the "nearly-favourite" category:
                                                                                            Favourite sorbet: blueberry
                                                                                            Favourite "bitty" flavour: raspberry chocolate chip/stracchiatella. (But only in late June and July)
                                                                                            One more dearly loved flavour: gianduja (done well)

                                                                                            Other "worsts"
                                                                                            Worst sorbet: blood orange (very popular; I wish it weren't)
                                                                                            Worst "bitty" flavour: Chocolate with anything in it other than chocolate chips (everything else is an annoying distraction)
                                                                                            Another detested one: Strawberry, made as ice cream rather than sorbet, particularly when big chunks of strawberry are mixed in.

                                                                                          2. re: Harters

                                                                                            I agree on the coffee and chocolate.

                                                                                            1. re: Harters

                                                                                              I agree as well, anyone care to add peanut butter to this list? I can't even say why, but sweet peanut anything makes me shudder. I even like red bean cakes. Nothing worse for me to eat than a peanut butter cookie.

                                                                                            2. Best: cinnamon, lemon, anything with peanut butter, and my #1: salted caramel

                                                                                              Worst: rum raisin, rocky road

                                                                                              1. Mexican Vanilla- Maggie Moos
                                                                                                New York Suoer Fudge- Ben and Jerry's
                                                                                                Cookies and Cream_ Bryer
                                                                                                Knee deep in Choclate- Blue Bunny
                                                                                                Corn Sorbet- Uchiko
                                                                                                Strawberry- homemade by my sisters riding instructor
                                                                                                Rocky Road- Bruams

                                                                                                1. As a kid, it was always mint chocolate chip. But it had to be the white variety with real chocolate chips. Better still if it had chocolate jimmies (or sprinkles, or whatever they're called in your corner of the world).

                                                                                                  As I got older, that was supplanted by coffee (again, chocolate jimmies please). I also like caramel, peanut butter and dulce de leche.

                                                                                                  The local gelato place (can we expand to gelato?) has a great Nutella flavor; though this past weekend I went with 1/2 coffee, 1/2 chocolate.

                                                                                                  I live in an area that has some dairy farms with their own creameries. I tend toward the more unusual flavors there: s'mores (a graham ice cream with bits of chocolate and marsmallows) or almond joy (chocolate coconut ice cream with pieces of almond) or really anything that looks interesting that day.

                                                                                                  My non-starters are anything with raisins or fruit-based flavors (which is odd, because I like most fruits and I like fruit sherbets and sorbets).

                                                                                                  1. Worst: Plain chocolate & plain vanilla, with no mix-ins or toppings.

                                                                                                    Best: Strawberry, peppermint, bubblegum, coffee, peach, cherry, mint chocolate chip, banana, birthday cake, pistacho almond. But I cannot decide what my all-time favorite is, it's a toss up between green tea & lemon.

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                                                                                                    1. re: DatatheAndroid

                                                                                                      Around my restaurant area, lots of chefs are doing funky twists on ice creams.
                                                                                                      Basil - tick
                                                                                                      Green tea
                                                                                                      Cardamom - a definite winner, love it!
                                                                                                      Chilli Chocolate - yum
                                                                                                      Chai Latte - yes
                                                                                                      Blue Cheese - acquired taste
                                                                                                      PX - very, very moreish!
                                                                                                      Quince

                                                                                                      Anything goes, really!

                                                                                                      1. re: cronker

                                                                                                        Those all sound like fantastic flavors, except for the blue cheese. I would need to start with a milder cheese flavored ice cream first. I think that my favorite on that list, that I have not had, is the basil flavor. I live in a cultural & culinary pit, however, so in order to try any of those flavors I would need to make my own. Or wait until I move after I graduate. :D

                                                                                                    2. Favorite: Vanilla (any variety)
                                                                                                      Worst: Chocolate Mint (any iteration)

                                                                                                      But all of that said, if an ice cream is well made, with quality ingredients, the flavor almost doesn't matter, and might as well be irrelevant.

                                                                                                      It's like with beautiful women. If the woman is truly beautiful, the dress she is wearing is almost immaterial -- at best, it simply highlights her beauty; at worst, it just a visual inconvenience.

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                                                                                                      1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                        "A visual inconvenience." Did anyone else read that the same way I did, or do I just have a dirty mind? :D

                                                                                                        1. re: DatatheAndroid

                                                                                                          I wrote it the same way you read it ...

                                                                                                          1. re: DatatheAndroid

                                                                                                            Do you mean undressing someone with your eyes? Gota admit, ipse is pretty interesting and quite creative.

                                                                                                            1. re: treb

                                                                                                              No. If I'm going to undress someone, I'm using ... well, certainly not my eyes.

                                                                                                              No, what I meant was if someone is truly beautiful, what they're wearing isn't important. If they're wearing something ragged like a burlap sack or something, it's just something you have to skirt before appreciating their beauty.

                                                                                                              Same with ice cream.

                                                                                                              1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                                Ahhhh.... I agree and get it (slow thinking guy thing), yes beauty is definitely from within.

                                                                                                                1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                                  They must be showered and clean....like good ice cream , clean tasting! :-}

                                                                                                                  1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                                    But one makes you hot and the other makes you cold.

                                                                                                                    1. re: LA Buckeye Fan

                                                                                                                      Which is one is cold, and which ones is the hot?

                                                                                                            2. I don't like mint, so mint chocolate chip is a nonstarter for me. I don't hate chocolate but I don't love it, either so am not a fan of those super duper chocolate ice creams - you know, chocolate with chocolate swirl and chocolate chips packed in a chocolate container to be eaten with a chocolate spoon...

                                                                                                              Favorite flavors now are either in the citrus or berry family with a special mention for salted caramel from Bi Rite. It has to be from Bi Rite, as every other salted caramel ice cream I've ever tried doesn't taste like anything but "sweet."

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                                                                                                              1. re: Violatp

                                                                                                                If you are ever in Annapolis, try the salted caramel from Annapolis Ice Cream Company. I wanted it never to end.

                                                                                                                1. re: Violatp

                                                                                                                  I would eat that super chocolate in a chocolate container and chocolate spoon. Fantastic idea!

                                                                                                                2. Favourites Rhubarb and Ginger, Pear, Vanilla
                                                                                                                  Worst. Coffee

                                                                                                                  1. Favorites: raspberry chocolate chip, sweet cream, chocolate almond, chocolate raspberry

                                                                                                                    Yucky: coffee and anything with coffee flavor, frozen pudding, anything really artificial like bubble gum or birthday cake.

                                                                                                                    1. Teaberry is my absolute favorite, I believe it's only available in the northeast, and sadly I can get it where I live :(
                                                                                                                      The ones I like the least have toffee bits. I life toffee, but feel like the ice cream bits could break a tooth!

                                                                                                                      1. Best- peppermint, chocolate peanut butter, BR daiquiri ice, my mom's homemade banana ice cream

                                                                                                                        Worst- coffee, my mom's homemade slimy peach ice cream

                                                                                                                        Most Horrifying Food Surprise - visiting friends in Ontario, was served Tiger Tail ice cream, which was orange swirled with what looked like chocolate but turned out to be black licorice, bleeuuccchhhh. Such an intense feeling of betrayal.

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                                                                                                                        1. re: tracytrace

                                                                                                                          tiger tail for some reason made me think of thai iced tea. that would be a cool ice cream flavor!

                                                                                                                          1. re: tracytrace

                                                                                                                            Orange and black licorice?! I think I've found my new least favourite flavour.

                                                                                                                            1. re: JulesNoctambule

                                                                                                                              I shudder at the memory. I don't like licorice anyway, but unexpected licorice was just ..... Bad. I've never seen this Tiger Tail anywhere else, so maybe it's just a Canadian thing?

                                                                                                                              1. re: tracytrace

                                                                                                                                I'm in Canada and its everywhere here. Definitely one of my worst flavours!

                                                                                                                              2. re: JulesNoctambule

                                                                                                                                Don't knock it until you've tried it.

                                                                                                                                Think about the misconceptions the first person to try an oyster had to overcome.

                                                                                                                                "You're going to put that in your mouth and swallow it? It looks like someone wrung out a snot rag"

                                                                                                                                1. re: JulesNoctambule

                                                                                                                                  Oh I don't know. I would be willing to try it. Dairy, orange and anise (not licorice, but close enough) all play key roles in Italian Easter bread, one of my favorite things in the world. . . .

                                                                                                                                2. re: tracytrace

                                                                                                                                  Tiger tail is definitely one of the worst ones from my childhood. That and some no name fake Spumoni ... The neon green sugary ice cream with walnuts (blech) and awful maraschino cherries in red and green... It took me forever to get over it. It's all my dad ever bought. It even put me off getting Shirley temples bc of those cherries.

                                                                                                                                  My favourite has to be from this tiny parlor that was family owned for a long time and thry made everything themselves. The ice cream was called Missy's home made apple pie ... Vanilla bean ice cream with a caramel ripple, roasted apple pieces in a brown sugar butter, and crispy pie crust chunks. I still remember my first bite and what a revelation ... The vanilla bean ice cream was so smooth and rich. It wasn't overly sugary either... I miss this so much.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: Nevy

                                                                                                                                    Good apple pie ice cream is a revelation.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: Tam38

                                                                                                                                      Do you know of a good one that is available? Sadly the parlor closed a few years ago.

                                                                                                                                3. Always has been a bad-ass French vanilla. My sister's was always butter pecan, so one day I had some of hers and something clicked. So those two are my favs.

                                                                                                                                  I don't like mint at all, so anything mint, really. Not a fan of chocolate ice cream either.

                                                                                                                                  1. Interesting that many here say they hate mint, and many others say they love peppermint.

                                                                                                                                    One of my recent pet peeves is the use of "mint" without the "spear" and "pepper" parts.

                                                                                                                                    There is a place for spearmint, but it isn't in ice cream. I love peppermint ice cream, however! Even better with hot fudge.

                                                                                                                                    1. Anything by Velvet, but the Butter Pecan Cashew in particular. Giant Eagle's Market District Gelatos are amazing, too. For when you're feeling pretentious, nothing beats Jeni's Ice Cream flavors - thai chili? lavender? sure!

                                                                                                                                      Worst for me is chocolate ice cream or anything with too many chocolate swirls and bits. Not a fan of chocolate in ice cream.

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                                                                                                                                      1. Favorites: Ben and Jerry's Oatmeal Cookie Chunk or any type of chocolate chip mint (preferably the artificially colored green kind!)
                                                                                                                                        Worst: Anything with nuts in it. Love nuts, just not with my ice cream!

                                                                                                                                        1. Not so much the individual flavors as the combination of ice cream flavors when ordering a cone. My favorite combination was one from a shop in Berkeley, C--Earl Grey and ginger snap. Brilliant!

                                                                                                                                          I don't really have any least favorite ice cream flavors because...it's ice cream. If I had to imagine a least-favorite flavor combination it might be something like Tobacco w/broken glass or red onion w/kleenex.

                                                                                                                                          1. I now have a worst... but it isnt even a worst it is just a least favourite...and only because it was odd..not bad..just weird.. Olive gelato..it was verrrrry rich and salty and served with dark choclate and a pistachio crumble

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: girloftheworld

                                                                                                                                              That is weird. What's next? Puttanesca gelato? How about Chunky Soprano--Barolo-flavored ice cream with chunks of gorgonzola and cigar butts.

                                                                                                                                            2. It's hot and today is National Ice Cream Day, Ahhhhhh! time to take advantage of a holiday!

                                                                                                                                              1. Wife of flavormeister comment: I love ice cream, especially a creamy French Vanilla. There are few flavors I don't care for , but I am fussy about quality. breyer's is barely passable for me and usually I won't even bother with it. I like Hag Daz, B&J's and there used to be one called Fruzen Gladjen. (Sp?).

                                                                                                                                                1. Oh, just remembered one! Obviously I've mentioned salted caramel before and I keep trying to find another one that will rival Bi Rite's, but is distributed in Chicago area markets (stores, shops, anywhere, really) , so I tried Talenti salted caramel gelato.

                                                                                                                                                  TERRIBLE.

                                                                                                                                                  No flavor, weird gummy texture, just so bad. If I'm going to throw away ice cream after a couple bites, I'd rather it be the $2 for a half gallon variety vs the $5 per pint. Bah.

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                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Violatp

                                                                                                                                                    Talenti's milk chocolate is really good.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Violatp

                                                                                                                                                      I had a similar experience with their mint chocolate chip. It was gritty and seemed simultaneously overpowered with mint and totally bland. The chocolate chunks were waxy, to boot. All in all, a very disappointing experience. I suspect I got a bad batch, though, because I've mostly heard good things.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: senorahb

                                                                                                                                                        Chocolate chunks in ice cream are often waxy. I made some ice cream many years ago from a recipe that had GANACHE chunks in it instead of plain chocolate. It didn't freeze as solidly as chocolate and was much better.

                                                                                                                                                    2. can I add..blocked memory..horrid Ice milk..they use to try pass off as Ice cream as girlscout camp

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                                                                                                                                                      1. re: girloftheworld

                                                                                                                                                        I remember that, my parents tried, several times, to claim it was the same as ice cream. When placed in the freezer it turned into a block of ice!

                                                                                                                                                      2. Best ice cream ever was my grandfather's white peach. He occasionally made black walnut, but the white peach was insanely good. He ran dairy cattle, Holstein and Golden Guernsey. He had a 5 gallon ice cream freezer that ran off the PTO of an old Ford tractor. The incredibly sweet white peaches came from trees he planted around 1910. He would crank a big batch on Saturday afternoons when we were visiting and the peaches were in. We ate as much as we could hold and he would send the rest to church with my grandmother. He's been gone 37 years and the peach trees disappeared in a tornado in 2005, along with nearly everything else. Never had any other ice cream that came close to being that good. I don't expect to, either.

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                                                                                                                                                        1. re: flavrmeistr

                                                                                                                                                          That description made my mouth water. Thanks for that!

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                            Me, too. And I have no use for peaches!

                                                                                                                                                        2. Bourbon Vanilla and cinnamon from a local shop are my favorites. I also adore spumoni!! I can't say I have ever have a worst.

                                                                                                                                                          1. My favorite flavor is bittersweet chocolate ice cream.

                                                                                                                                                            I've only found it available in one place, an old fashioned family owned dairy in Pennsylvania, near where my father grew up. The ice cream consists of finely grated bittersweet chocolate folded into a plain vanilla base. It's absolutely delicious and I'm always surprised this concept hasn't taken off elsewhere given how simple yet good it is.

                                                                                                                                                            Following that I like french vanilla and coffee.

                                                                                                                                                            Dislikes? I don't have flavors I dislike but bad ice cream brands I don't like. I was recently served ice cream in Dubai (where we live) that listed palm oil as one of the ingredients!

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                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Roland Parker

                                                                                                                                                              Bitter sweet chocolate grated in to vanilla sounds perfect, I'd like that a lot!

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Roland Parker

                                                                                                                                                                That bittersweet sounds great. Any chance the dairy is in SE PA? If so, please name names so I can determine if they still make it. (Purely only for the benefit of your curiosity, of couse.)

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: gaffk

                                                                                                                                                                  Antietam Dairy, Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, in Franklin County and about a half hour from Gettysburg. Unremarkable town but lovely countryside and a fabulous old fashioned dairy. In addition to the bittersweet they also sell chocolate chip ice cream, using chips rather than finely grated chocolate. I prefer the bittersweet.

                                                                                                                                                                  Apparently that part of Pennsylvania is great dairy country due to the chalk in the soil and the ice cream certainly reflects it. There's another excellent ice cream dairy in Chambersburg called Trickling Springs, but I prefer Antietam Dairy.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Roland Parker

                                                                                                                                                                    Wow, that place has some seriously delicious looking flavors. Coffee toffee? Mocha Coffee Almond? Black walnut?

                                                                                                                                                                    Unfortunately, it's about 170 miles away and fortunately there are two local family farms in my area that make their own ice cream. But t's definitely something I'm filing away in the back of my mind for any time I'm in the Gettysburg are. Or maybe for a nice Sunday drive in fall foliage season.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: gaffk

                                                                                                                                                                      I went to a place that had a flavor called Mocha Almond Fudge, and believe me the fudge was abundant! Probably one of my top ten flavors of all time!

                                                                                                                                                              2. My very favorite favorite is Butter Pecan. A nearby dairy makes a reallyyy delicious chocolate chip ice cream (vanilla with chocolate chips). Also like the chocolate kind with the peanut butter swirled through it. Perry's makes that one. And, on occasion, when I can handle the utter sweetness of it, Piece of Cake by Perry's is goood. It's yellow cake flavored with chocolate swirls. I dislike the other birthday cake flavored ice creams.

                                                                                                                                                                Least favorite...strawberry. I don't eat it.

                                                                                                                                                                1. I was just going to start a similar thread. Although with less emphasis on growing up, as now it seems like there are so much more interesting flavors. Tonight dd had the most amazing pistachio and I had cucumber. Both delicious! My favorite classic flavor though is Butter Brickle.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. So many favorites, I've listed a couple childhood favorites up thread. One I haven't seen mentioned is black cherry. Paired with a scoop of chocolate, it's heaven.

                                                                                                                                                                    I can't stand cookie dough ice cream. Ugh.

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                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: charlesbois

                                                                                                                                                                      I remember Cherry Vanilla when it was first introduced, Yah I'm acient! Whole ripe Bing Cherries and creamy white vanilla. We ate that often till the novelty wore off.

                                                                                                                                                                      2nd cookie dough, not for me either.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: charlesbois

                                                                                                                                                                        Good black cherry is so hard to find! I've often wished that Cherry Garcia didn't have chocolate in it...

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Violatp

                                                                                                                                                                          Agree, the visual of the dark cherries with that really white vanilla looked awesome.

                                                                                                                                                                      2. I answered some above, but also will say I love butter pecan, black walnut(when i can find it), green tea. Two of my favorite recently discontinued flavors are Ben and Jerry's Rainforest Crunch and Wavy Gravy. I don't like rum raisin and hate anything with marshmallows.
                                                                                                                                                                        As a side, one of the most delicious combinations in the world is hot carob fudge sauce and any vanilla or nut-based ice cream. Polar Bear in Santa Cruz used to make an amazing hot carob fudge sundae - don't know if they're still around, or if they do. But it is so unfortunate that carob fudge has been so discredited as a flavor because a generation of folks had it fed to them as a "chocolate substitute" (which it most assuredly is NOT!) by a bunch of sanctimonious hippie assholes. Because taken on its own merits it's wonderful.

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                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ratgirlagogo

                                                                                                                                                                          Oh, I miss Rainforest Crunch and Wavy Gravy! I wish B&J would sometimes bring back discontinued flavors, you know, for a short limited edition run.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Violatp

                                                                                                                                                                            If B&J brought back Cool Britannia I would buy a case and stick it in the freezer.

                                                                                                                                                                        2. Worst flavor - Daquiri Ice from Baskin Robbins. It's what my brother ordered whenever we went, just turquoise nastiness.

                                                                                                                                                                          Favorite flavor - Chocolate Malted Crunch from Thrifty's, and, Black Cherry from anyone.

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                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Bunson

                                                                                                                                                                            Actually, I used to like Daquiri Ice from BR, but I can easily understand why some people really dislike it.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Tripeler

                                                                                                                                                                              Daiquiri Ice was my FAVORITE flavor when I was a kid - so tart and refreshing. I was the only kid I knew who liked it, though - my friends and siblings all went for ultra-sweet flavors like Bubble Gum or Chocolate PB. I like to think I had a sophisticated palate even then ;)

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: biondanonima

                                                                                                                                                                                Me too! I was such a smarmy snot about it, too. I only had it in a bowl, never a cone, and only with one of the teeny sampler spoons. Probably crooked my pinky finger up, but can't be sure.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: tracytrace

                                                                                                                                                                                  Are you me? I have never liked cones and I always used to get weird looks from the counter people at BR when I would order a cup. Apparently I was the only 5-year-old customer in my town that wanted anything other than a sugar cone!

                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: biondanonima

                                                                                                                                                                                  Me too. It was my choice as a child and as an adult.

                                                                                                                                                                                  In other news, I like Chocolate malted crunch from Rite Aid, Raspberry chocolate chip from Graeters, and Moosetracks from whomever makes Moosetracks.

                                                                                                                                                                            2. Peach would have to be my favorite, either my own homemade (using Jeni's Ice Cream methods) or one of the local brands, particularly Graeter's.

                                                                                                                                                                              Least favorite: No question. Black Walnut. Hands down. My dad LOVED it. The smell alone is enough to gag me.

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                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: jmckee

                                                                                                                                                                                Any food with walnuts is off-putting to me. Thank goodness I never ran across anything like this "black walnut ice cream" beastrosity in my lifetime.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: jmckee

                                                                                                                                                                                  I love the idea of peach ice cream. But my mom's has ruined it for me forever, I fear. I don't know what it is about it, maybe the texture more than the flavor. She cuts the peaches into strange long, skinny slivers and they sort of slither through your mouth and down your throat. Gives me the willies. One day I'll be brave enough to try someone else's and hopefully enjoy it.

                                                                                                                                                                                2. I prefer single fruit flavors.Just made banana-honey from Alton Brown's recipe.EASY!

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. I have two favorites:'Heavenly Hash., and 'Sweet Cream' (or real 'Cookies and Cream', ie., not made with vanilla ice cream).
                                                                                                                                                                                    I also love black walnut, but don't see it very often.

                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm not crazy about any kind of mint flavored ice cream, though I don't outright hate it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: The Professor

                                                                                                                                                                                      LOVE mint! The cold amplifies the minty feeling...Breyer's Mint Chip for the longest time was one of my favorites.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Bunson

                                                                                                                                                                                        Vive la difference! That's what makes the world go 'round!

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: The Professor

                                                                                                                                                                                        What flavor was the cookies n cream?

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: treb

                                                                                                                                                                                          Sweet Cream is the preferred flavor for 'cookies 'n cream' ice cream.
                                                                                                                                                                                          Best way to describe it is that it's like vanilla ice cream, but without the vanilla flavoring. Absolutely delicious if made right (but not the one sold by Cold Stone...theirs is way too heavy on the sugar).

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: The Professor

                                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks Prof, I'll take that as a homework assignment!

                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: The Professor

                                                                                                                                                                                          'Heavenly Hash', there is a flash back.

                                                                                                                                                                                          'Pralines and Cream' is another old Baskin and Robbins stand by the was approved by many.

                                                                                                                                                                                        3. No way that I'm going to read 149 replies all at once so forgive any repetition.

                                                                                                                                                                                          As a kid I loved pistachio, butter almond, and vanilla fudge.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Rum raisin scared me away because of the word "raisin".

                                                                                                                                                                                          As an adult I am enamored with the carmel craze that is sweeping the nation. Cherry Garcia is amazing. Peanut butter cup will never be met with a frown.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: CCSPRINGS

                                                                                                                                                                                            I was a pistachio fan of old until most brands began eliminating the nuts. Gota have those pistachio nuts!

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: treb

                                                                                                                                                                                              See if you can get your hands on Wegmans brand pistachio ice cream. Much as I love nuts in ice cream, and pistachio in particular, they go a little over the top with the nuts.

                                                                                                                                                                                              So you might love it!

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: treb

                                                                                                                                                                                                Chinese restaurants always had great pistachio ice cream.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: CCSPRINGS

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Really? I don't think I've ever seen pistachio ice cream at any Chinese restaurants I've visited.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Chinese restaurants in China, or where?

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                    NYC, specifically Queens. Green tea seems a more recent flavor addition and more common in Japanese restaurants.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I refer to the smaller family run eateries. They usually only had vanilla, chocolate and pistachio as options. Or almond cookies.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: CCSPRINGS

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yup. Pistachio, coconut and chocolate seem somewhat standard.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: CCSPRINGS

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Are you sure you don't mean green tea ice cream?

                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. re: treb

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Haagen Daz has nuts. I love their pistachio and cookies & cream.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: EM23

                                                                                                                                                                                                      My fav Haagan Daz is the Swiss Chocolate Almond, way good!

                                                                                                                                                                                                2. When I was young, my favorites were Chocolate and Mint Chip, and I did not like vanilla. I now slowly appreciate vanilla, but still like chocolate more. My favorites change from time to time, but overall I like chocolate based ice cream. Thanks for the question.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. I forgot to mention a current obsession: häagen dazs mini coffee & almond crunch bars. And now Wegmans is sold out! Da Foque!!!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Starbuck's used to make some really good ice cream. Much better than their coffee. Don't know if they're still in the ice cream bidniss.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. On a related note, Book-inspired ice cream flavors. You too can play.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/911430

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. I've always been a mint chocolate chip girl, and have recently developed a love for butter pecan.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          As for least favorite, I've never actually eat ice cream that I despised.... But I just don't get the point of Neapolitan. Never could get behind it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. My mother's favorite flavor was Pralines and Cream, she would get that whenever she took us kids to Baskin Robbins.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Favs- Rum Raisin
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Liquorice
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Caramel with Fleur de Sel
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Passionfruit sorbet
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Butter Pecan

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Worst- Mint Chocolate Chip
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Chocolate Chip

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Favorites would be: Chocolate chip cookie dough, phish food by ben and jerry's, rum raisin, cinnamon, and blue bell dutch chocolate. I'm not a big fan of vanilla unless it is the very rich kind!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Just saw coconut ice cream at a local stand, with everything good and healthy coconut lately anyone ever try this flavor?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: treb

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yes. It's delicious. I love coconut in any form.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: treb

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yep. I mentioned upthread an almond joy flavor that was chocolate and coconut ice cream with pieces of almond.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Also, this past weekend we went to a gelato place that had coconut gelato (I got 1/2 coconut and 1/2 chocolate).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I imagine the coconut would be good on its own, but when chocolate is available . . .

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: gaffk

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I really enjoy gelato and that sounds excellent, I'm going to give that combo a try.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: gaffk

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mmm...chocolate, coconut and almond ice cream. Ambrosia.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I just bought some Edy's German chocolate cake ice cream. It didn't mention coconut on the label, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed. How can you have German Chocolate without coconut?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: flavrmeistr

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yes, it is good to live within 15 minutes of two independent dairies making their own ice cream . . . you never know what flavors you may encounter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I have my fingers crossed for you as I agree, you cannot have German chocolate and not have coconut.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: gaffk

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Edy's German Chocolate was not what I had hoped, alas. Gummy bits of chocolate "cake" in a granular, under-chocolated frozen dairy-based vehicle. No discernable trace of coconut. I tossed it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: flavrmeistr

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Bummer . . .I hate when that happens.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: flavrmeistr

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  have you ever tried edy's french silk? it is quite nice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    No, but my wife likes their Vanilla Bean. If I have to go vanilla-ish, I like Butter Almond.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: flavrmeistr

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      edy's french silk is like a mocha flavor to me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      speaking of french silk, this ice cream cake roll with a french silk frosting looks really good for summer or a holiday party! http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/f...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. This is pretty fabulous -- corny, rich & creamy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          http://www.nytimes.com/recipes/101493...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The berry sauce is the perfect complement.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. My worst are dark chocolate and mint. I love cookie dough, krazy cookie dough, vanilla, dutch chocolate, milk chocolate, banana pudding, and butter crunch. these are all blue bell flavors!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Lilydoglover7

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I don't think I've ever had Blue Bunny, how's the texture?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: treb

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                blue bunny is not blue bell, which lilydoglover mentioned. those texas folks will take BIG issue with you for thinking anything but blue bell is blue bell.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                blue bunny that i've had is meh, as far as i'm concerned.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                blue bell, i've only had vanilla, and that was at a restaurant here in northern virginia (because you cannot buy it in stores).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                (restaurant was bonefish grill, for what its worth). it was rich and creamy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks alkapal, as soon as I saw Blue I guess my brain froze! so Blue Bell is a TX product?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: treb

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    yes, it is named after texas' blue bonnet (i think)! (the owners call it a blue bell, though) ""It all started on a hot summer day when local farmers decided to establish the Brenham Creamery Company and make butter from excess cream brought in by area farmers. A few years later, the creamery began making ice cream and delivering it to neighbors by horse and wagon. It was in 1930 that the company changed its name to Blue Bell Creameries after the native Texas bluebell wildflower.""" http://cdn.bluebell.com/what_were_cra...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    i need some texans to straighten me out on the blue bonnet/blue bell thing….

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      i think it had something to to do with the road... there was a road called Blue Bell Road and they liked the sound of it.... I am not sure though...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Faves:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Creamsicle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Oatmeal Cookie Chunk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Chocolate Peanut Butter

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Least fave:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Butter Pecan

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Cheese Boy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Is that Ben & Jerry's oatmeal cookie chunk? Because that stuff was my favorite flavor from them! So good, especially the delicately flavored cinnamon ice cream. Sadly I can't find it anymore.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: charlesbois

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I like the B&J Coffee Coffee Buzz Buzz. You have to be careful with that stuff, though. It should be regulated under the Controlled Substances Act.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: charlesbois

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yes, that's the one. That and Clusterfluff were my favorite.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Cheese Boy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Clusterfluff? OK, tell what it is. Marshmellow Fluff in it?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Cheese Boy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks, sorta what I was thinking.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. I noticed that no one ever mentioned Orange Pineapple, was I the only one who's parents bought this stuff? I thought this was punishment as a kid?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. I love a well-made vanilla, especially the homemade kind made from cooked custard. Also adore lemon, though it's not easy to find here in New England. Love coffee and banana, either separately or together.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dislike mint chocolate chip. Mint and chocolate do not go together. Mint is for savory things. Do not get me started on white chocolate, which is a skin cream, not a food.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Isolda

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Peppermint and chocolate are amazing together. Spearmint and chocolate clash horribly. People use the word "mint" without saying which one they mean.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        try that magnum mint chocolate-covered ice cream bar. really smooth flavor. http://www.magnumicecream.com/product...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Looked at your link. Probably not going to happen, but thanks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            INGREDIENTS: ICE CREAM: MILK, CREAM, SUGAR, WHEY, MONO AND DIGLYCERIDES, LOCUST BEAN GUM, CARRAGEENAN, PEPPERMINT EXTRACT. BELGIAN MILK, CHOCOLATE COATING WITH CARAMELIZED SUGAR PIECES: SUGAR, COCOA BUTTER, CHOCOLATE LIQUOR, CARAMELIZED SUGAR PIECES (SUGAR, COCOA BUTTER), MILK, MILK FAT, SOY LECITHIN (EMULSIFIER), NATURAL FLAVOR, PGPR (EMULSIFIER).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            EDIT: Sorry - that sounded rude! But we try not to eat the chemical stuff. Nice to see that they are using peppermint, though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              never seen spearmint in a commercial (or home-made) ice cream -- just chewing gum, altoids or toothpaste ;-).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              in my opinion, the "chemical stuff" here is quite minimal. (e.g., diglycerides -- most likely soy-derived: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diglyceride. and natural gels/gums -- caraggeenan (seaweed) and locust bean -- i'll put up with when they are so elegantly employed. anyway, as someone who has worked with the science of food chemicals (on the legal side), i am not so bothered by many ingredients that others abhor. whatever. some people are not even aware of what these additives are, but still opine against them. i am in no way saying that you are in that category, but many are. i pick and choose the products i like. (i just know for a fact that i am not going to make everything from the natural just-off-the-farm product).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ~~~~~~
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              and for those of you not bothered by the ingredient list, i can also highly recommend the newest magnum -- "chocolate infinity." there is also a raspberry and chocolate version i have to try, as well. the choco infinity i know has those nice crunchy caramelized sugar bits in the coating, too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. My fave: Figs & Manouka Honey flavor by Kapiti Ice Cream, from Auckland, New Zealand.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Dulce de lecha , butter pecan , coffee ice cream are my favorite. I don't eat a lot of ice cream but those are the flavors I crave.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The other day I saw a commercial for baskin Robbins and the they featured a flavor I actually drooled for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Oreo honey roasted peanut and salted Carmel ice cream. I always go for simple flavors and that seems so over the top for me but I almost ran out and got some. I didn't but almost ;)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I can't think of worst flavors. Maybe like those that have cake mixed in. my husband loves one that is yellow cake something ugh so sweet I had one bite and that was enough.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: itsmejessica

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I used to really enjoy coffee ice cream but, the caffeine in it gives me a buzz. Butter pecan is one flavor I really indulge on.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. First of all, what do you mean by "worst?" Are you suggesting there is BAD ice cream in existence?...:)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. as a kid, always thrifty mint chocolate chip was the fave.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              faves:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              --thrifty- mint chocolate chip, oreos 'n' cream
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              --talenti - caramel cookie crunch, vanilla bean, mediterranean mint
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              --jenis- salted caramel, riesling pear sorbet, lime cardamom frozen yogurt
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              (was at a demo today where they were sampling the Yazoo Sue with Rosemary Bar Nuts -- not my bag in terms of flavor combos, but people were definitely enjoying it)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              not faves:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              honey vanilla (really don't like honey)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              bubble gum

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Best: pistachio and butter pecan (WHY is butter pecan so rare these days? I barely ever see it and when I do it's usually a crappy brand)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Worst: bubblegum, rum raisin, tiger stripe

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: montrealeater

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tell me, every time I see either at a homemade ice cream place, I'm all over them. Especially if either has whole nuts in it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: montrealeater

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Why is butter pecan so rare these days? I have no idea since I love ALL the nut flavors - but if you look at the original post it's a least favorite for them - probably not just for them. The one I love and almost never see is black walnut, which is an all-time hate of Mr. Rat, so there you go.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ratgirlagogo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I see butter pecan all over the place.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Maybe it's a regional thing? Butter pecan (and butter brickle) are ubiquitous in PA. I was also at a dairy farm/creamery last week that had black walniut. Most of these independent places rotate flavors, but butter pecan never gets rotated out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: gaffk

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hmm. I'm thinking national brands (Edy's, Breyer, etc.), which I assume would be available nationwide.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          But I am in PA, so maybe that's the catch....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yeah, after reading this thread I suspect the national brands carry different flavors in various regions. (I better warn my sister to stay in this area as she would have severe withdrawal if no Bryers Butter Brickle was available)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: gaffk

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'd love to know the criteria for what flavours they distribute where. As I said, I do on occasion see butter pecan here in Quebec but rarely and only ever in crappy brands (if there is ONE food on this earth I have to have the premium version of, it's ice-cream). Never even heard of black walnut - now I want that, too. This could be a made-up memory but it seems to me like butter pecan was fairly widely available when I was a child. Now it's seems to have become something of a specialty flavour. Come to think of it I rarely see neopolitan anymore either and that was a childhood staple.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: montrealeater

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm sure the criteria is very simple--each region stocks what sells well there. We have lots of butter and nut flavors. But some of the flavors I've seen on this thread (licorices, cardamom, bubble gum, tiger stripe, etc.) I don't recall seeing either in national brands or at local independents.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                And apparently flavors like chocolate, vanilla, coffee, mint chip, cookie dough are pretty universal.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: gaffk

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Maybe it's like Hellman's mayo on the east coast and Best Foods mayo on the west coast, the same company different product name.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: gaffk

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I've seen Bryers Butter Pecan on the both east and west coasts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. My faves..
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Pistachio
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Butter Pecan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Choco Chip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Drumstick
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      PB and choco fudge ribbons with nuts that I add in with more choco sauce..da bomb
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Coffee

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Not so much. .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Chocolate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Strawberry

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. This thread so intrigued me that I had to do some analysis on the responses. I skipped any responses that were gelato, yogurt or other non-traditional ice creams. I guess it’s no surprise we love more flavors than we hate—3 loves for every hate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Where do the big three (vanilla, chocolate and strawberry) fit?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Vanilla (including French, Mexican, bean, etc)?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        18 CH say it’s their favorite; 2 say it’s their least
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Chocolate (including dark, milk, dutch, etc)?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        11 have it as a favorite; 8 say it’s their least
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Strawberry?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        4 have it as a favorite; 3 as their least
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Neopolitan?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1 favorite; 3 least favorite

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Riffs on the big three (vanilla, chocolate or strawberry bases with add-ins like nuts, other flavor swirls, etc)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Chocolate-based with add-ins?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        23 favorite; 4 least favorite
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Vanilla-based with add-ins?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        16 favorite; 2 least favorite
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Strawberry-based with add-ins apparently doesn’t exist

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The fruits other than strawberry (lemon, peach, berries, etc)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        40 favorite; 7 least favorite

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The nuts?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Pistachios are loved by 12 and hated by 1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Peanut Butter is loved by 8 and hated by 1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Others (hazelnuts, walnuts, etc) are loved by 5 and hated by 3

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The butters (pecan, almond, brickle)?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        17 love it; 2 hate it

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Drinks?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Coffee (with or without additives and including mocha)?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        16 love it; 6 hate it
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Teas (chais, green, etc)?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        5 love it; nobody hates it
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Rum raisin is loved by 5 and hated by 6
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Other boozy ice creams (bourbons, daiquiris, etc) are loved by 6 and hated by 1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Desserts (cakes, spumoni, cookies, etc): 22 love ‘em; 6 hate ‘em

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Candies?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Caramels: 12 love them, nobody hates them
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Licorice? 2 love and 1 hate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Bubblegum: 1 loves, 6 hate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Other candies? 7 love and 1 hate

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The herbs:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        7 love mint; 5 hate it
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mint with chocolate chips? 9 love it while 3 hate it
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Other herbs (like basil): 3 love them; none hate them

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Spices like cardamom, cinnamon, etc? 6 love them; none hate them

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The vegetables like corn or rhubarb? 4 say yes, 2 say no

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        For those who like dairy with their dairy (cheese, milk, cream, etc)? 8 love it, nobody hates it

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Then there are the oddities. 2 CHers love olive oil ice cream.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        11 CHers hate flavors that defy categorization: blue moon, fake spumoni, Indian pudding, superman and tiger stripe/tail.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Finally, consensus: fake, waxy chocolate chips are bad; graeter’s chips are good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sorry treb, you were the only poster subjected to orange pineapple.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: gaffk

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I still can't believe I'm the only poor sole who ate Orange Pineapple ice cream as a kid and hated it. Really? BTW - nice analysis!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: treb

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I know . . . you keep trying to drum up hate for this unusual flavor combo, but no takers. Maybe I'll search it out at my local haunts and confirm your opinion.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: treb

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I like orange sherbet. I like pineapple sherbet. I've never had orange pineapple ice cream, but to me, it sounds delicious!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Favorites are too many to list. The Worst was a combo of flavors. As a kid dipper at a 48 flavors scoop shop, it was given to those could not decide. Those who after standing in line in front of the flavor board for half an hour got to the front of the cue with no decision. Finally saying, as the line waited, just give me a popular flavor, or what you like. At that direction a double scoop made of green mint ripple and licorice ripple was scooped and delivered with a smile to the customer's horror. Never had a re-order or a repeat of the non decision.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Talenti Sea Salt Caramel. A little bit of heaven.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Favorites are Swensen's Swiss Orange Chip and Marianne's Black Walnut.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Worst is Polly Ann's Durian.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: wineguy7

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  "Worst is Polly Ann's Durian."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I had to google this one. This is the ice cream shop in San Francisco, I take it? Do they have a lot of fans of this flavor - hard to imagine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ratgirlagogo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yes, it is in San Francisco on Noriega Street. They have a following for the Durian and keep it in the back in a separate location so as to not contaminate the other ice cream flavors with its' scent.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      To me it is reminiscent of rotting onions.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: wineguy7

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        You don't say. Well, next time I'm in SF, I'll have to make sure I don't get that. How's their butter pecan?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ratgirlagogo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Try a sample before the butter pecan. You'll never want it again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: ratgirlagogo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I haven't had the butter pecan. I only get rum raisin there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: wineguy7

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        " Durian Fruit can best be described as having a succulent, creamy filling but smelling like stinky socks" The stinky socks descriptor is extremely conservative, may other analogies, while disgusting, would be more accurate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Bacchus101

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          On a stink scale, I'd put stinky socks at a 3 and durian at a 9. I'm saving 10 for actual rotting flesh and dog doo.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Once, at a party I was helping my sister thrown, someone brought one! I yelled at him to throw it away and then yelled some more after he thought the trash can under the sink was sufficient. Into the alley can it went!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It was okay that I yelled at a guest. He's family. ;-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Violatp

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Stinky socks are a mild term, durian is worse than a dead rotting skunk. Smart to ditch the durian outside.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. My fav comes from baskin robbins, either world class chocolate or strawberry cheese cake....my worst...green tea!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. the MOCHA DIFFERENCE flavor of Three Twins Organic Ice Cream.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          made with dense semi-sweet chocolate flakes and with real coffee ice cream made from a good blend of coffee roasted just right

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. favorites: neapolitan, mint chocolate chip, Ben and Jerry's Holy Cannoli

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            worst: cookie dough anything

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: rasputina

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              You're hitting some of my childhood's worst, Neapolitan and mint choc chip. My parents bought Neapolitan 'cus it was always on sale. Also agree, I don't like cookie dough, it's too pasty and gloppy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: treb

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                We had Neapolitan ice cream that was sold sliced and individually wrapped in foil. "Pre-sliced" was a good concept for back then,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                but for me, the ice cream still sucked.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Cheese Boy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yah, me too. I never liked the taste of it, even the chocolate, which I hoped would be the best, was horrible. Not to mention that the quality of the ice cream, at less than a buck a half gallon, was awful. Hey, we were poor and that was all we could afford.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. I just had chia tea with ginger cookie ice cream. Wow, was is it good. I had to stop myself from getting more.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: treb

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  LOL treb. but hey, that middle star looks a little dicey.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ~~~~~
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  growing up, we had the pineapple and orange as sherbets, but not really as ice cream.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Trust me, it was very odd tasting, clearly not my fav. I must say, back then, that's what my parents could afford and well..... it was still ice cream. After my 2nd or 3rd experience, I always tried to accompany my parents to the store if an ice cream purchase was in the cards. I'd go as far as taking Neopolitan flavored 'yuk' instead or Orange Pineapple.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The middle star is the gay one. Nothing at all to be concerned about.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Cake batter from Coldstone is my all time favorite! I can't seem to find any cake flavored IC in the store that compares (birthday cake IC is just not the same).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'll have to also dido that on the fruity flavored IC growing up, and even now. I much prefer sorbet if fruits involved.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: theeatlist

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      OK, I have been wondering for some time exactly what IS cake batter-flavored ice cream? Is it vanilla with some almond extract?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: theeatlist

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I just answered my own question - sort of.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Here are the ingredients from their website:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        "Cake Batter Ice Cream®
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        SWEET CREAM ICE CREAM (Cream, Nonfat Milk, Milk, Whey, Sugar, Corn Syrup, Guar Gum, Cellulose Gum, Carrageenan, Mono & Diglycerides, Polysorbate 80, and Annatto Extract), CAKE BATTER (Enriched Flour Bleached (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Sugar, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Leavening (Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Aluminum Phosphate, Aluminum Sulfate, Monocalcium Phosphate) Corn Syrup, Dextrose, Food Starch-Modified, Emulsifier (Soy Lecithin, Propylene Glycol Monoester, Mono-Diglycerides), Salt , Xanthan Gum, Natural And Artificial Flavors (Contains Milk Derivatives), Annatto (Color), Turmeric (Color))"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I still don't know what cake batter ice cream is!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Its greatness in the form of frozen custard! Lol but almond extract and vanilla sound pretty close. Its does taste like actually cake batter. Which is sorta nostalgic for me. I was the kid who licked the cake bowl clean after my mom poured out the batter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              If we removed the words "SWEET CREAM ICE CREAM" and the "CAKE BATTER", I wonder if we could figure out what these were the ingredients for...?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Coldstone ice cream sounds like a chemical experiment.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lol. Perhaps. Now I want I'm going to have ask the people at Cold Stone how do they get the flavor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: theeatlist

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    "...natural and artificial flavors..."