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2004/09/22 09:40:25 (permalink)

Blue Bell Ice Cream

What is everyone's opinion of Blue Bell ice cream. There was an article in our newspaper that said Blue Bell ice cream is coming to North Carolina. It will be available in Walmart and several other stores in about 2 weeks and then in Sams Club and others a little later on. What is the best flavors?
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    i95
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    RE: Blue Bell Ice Cream 2004/09/22 09:47:31 (permalink)
    As I was saying...http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=1859&SearchTerms=Blue,Bell,ice,cream .
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    RE: Blue Bell Ice Cream 2004/09/22 09:47:44 (permalink)
    Moollenium Crunch!

    Blue Bell Motto:

    "We eat all we can, and we sell all the rest"

    www.bluebell.com
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    RE: Blue Bell Ice Cream 2004/09/22 14:55:10 (permalink)
    Thanks for the links to the info. I was not a Roadfood member back when the first forum was posted and I did not look far enough back to find it. Thanks Lonestar-that will be the first kind that I try when we get it here in 2 weeks.
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    RE: Blue Bell Ice Cream 2004/09/22 15:11:53 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by emsmom

    Thanks for the links to the info. I was not a Roadfood member back when the first forum was posted and I did not look far enough back to find it. Thanks Lonestar-that will be the first kind that I try when we get it here in 2 weeks.


    No sweat, emsmom. I didn't mean to squelch any further comments but just wanted to direct you to an existing "resource" on the very same issue.
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    RE: Blue Bell Ice Cream 2004/09/22 15:39:50 (permalink)
    It's been offered by a local ice cream shop here in Charlotte for about a year now.

    It's not bad and there are some decent flavors, but I've been spoiled by higher butterfat ice creams.
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    RE: Blue Bell Ice Cream 2004/10/06 14:59:32 (permalink)
    I think that it is a case of regional boosterism. I had it in Texas last February. It was very good, but nothing special in my opinion. There are lots of very good ice creams in this country, and as with the case of hot dogs, I expect that regional makers cater to regional taste. As far as supermarket ice cream goes, I prefer Edys to Blue Bell, but before the hate mail starts, let it be known that I do love Texas!
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    RE: Blue Bell Ice Cream 2004/10/06 17:45:43 (permalink)
    I am by far the Blue Bell expert. I love their ice cream and it is fresh made daily in Brenham, Texas. The best is Pistacio almond but can't be found in pints. My second favorite is Butter Pecan. Third is Banana split. And least favorite is the Vanilla Bean. This ice cream is better than Haagen Daaz or Ben and Jerry's and is much less expensive.
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    RE: Blue Bell Ice Cream 2004/10/06 18:25:35 (permalink)
    If I worked at Blue Bell there wouldn't be any left to sell!! Blue Bell ice cream is the bestest in the whole wide world in my opinion. I wish they would respond to my letter writing campaign and start selling it in California.
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    RE: Blue Bell Ice Cream 2004/10/06 19:33:06 (permalink)
    Vanilla Bean ...

    In my travels, I find Blue Bell to be the only mass-distributed ice cream worth eating ... I'm not a big sweet tooth.

    Last I heard, Blue Bell had yet to be consumed by a conglomorate.

    I've actually been to the factory (or plant, or whatever it would be called) and their contented cows DO make the best ice cream.

    Overall best ice cream in US in my opinion: Herrell's in Northampton, Massachusetts.
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    RE: Blue Bell Ice Cream 2004/10/06 23:51:38 (permalink)
    Herrell's has gone skiddingly downhill. There's a Herrell's about three blocks from our house, but we don't even go there anymore. The clincher was when I got a scoop of Mexican Chocolate ice cream which had NO sugar in it. They had simply forgotten to add sugar to that batch. Actually, the real clincher was when I went back to talk to the manager about this the next morning and his full response was basically, "Yeah? So?"

    The J.P. Licks in Coolidge Corner is easy walking distance and the ice cream is far superior.
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    RE: Blue Bell Ice Cream 2004/10/07 08:28:22 (permalink)
    J.P. Licks in Coolidge Corner does have great ice cream.....but I've never had better than Blue Bunny from LeMars, Iowa. I would love to be their R&D chef!!!! I just found an outlet for Blue Bunny in Alaska and my best friend and I are unfortunately in ice cream heaven.
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    RE: Blue Bell Ice Cream 2004/10/07 12:02:27 (permalink)

    We've just about finished off a half-gallon of Blue Bunny's
    Strawberry Pretzel Perfection: Vanilla ice cream swirled with
    Cream Cheese Revel, Strawberry Revel, Strawberries, and Pretzel
    Pieces
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    RE: Blue Bell Ice Cream 2004/10/07 15:18:31 (permalink)
    Blue Bunny? You mean Wells Blue Bunny? All I've had from them is low-price freezer bricks and cheap novelties, and every bit of it has been supermarket-house-brand-level nasty. What am I missing?
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    RE: Blue Bell Ice Cream 2004/10/07 18:50:54 (permalink)
    Lucky Bishop, you are unfortunately in Allson and thus deprived of GOOD Wells Blue Bunny ice cream. I know this since I lived in South Boston for years and years then finally got a brain and moved out to where I could get Blue Bunny....Bunny Tracks, Homemade Turtle, Bordeaux Cherry Chocolate. I am even a proud member of their I Scream Team!!! My advice to you......go to Sunset Grill & Tap or Pho Pasteur and forget about REAL Blue Bunny ice cream!
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    RE: Blue Bell Ice Cream 2004/10/07 19:32:02 (permalink)
    I like Blue Bell better than any other except Ben and Jerry's. But it is a lot more inexpensive than B&J's also.

    My favorite? Homemade Vanilla. It really does taste like good ole fashioned made-at-home vanilla.
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    RE: Blue Bell Ice Cream 2004/10/07 21:23:14 (permalink)
    Actually, lleechef, I don't think they even have Wells Blue Bunny in Allston: it was when I was living in New Mexico that I found it so disgusting.

    My favorite Blue Bell, incidentally, is a flavor they don't make anymore called Chocolate Decadence. It had three kinds of chocolate ice cream, chocolate chips and FROZEN WHIPPED CREAM. My god, it was magnificent.
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    RE: Blue Bell Ice Cream 2004/10/08 08:08:25 (permalink)
    I'm confused a bit. The Blue Bunny you can purchase in the North East is or isn't great ice cream? I see it is available in Connecticut but is it worth my while to pick some up?
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    RE: Blue Bell Ice Cream 2004/10/08 10:15:24 (permalink)
    I'm a little confused also. Wells Blue Bunny is sold at our local Walmarts as a price leader like an off brand. They also sell their novelties at gas stations and convinence stores. I have tried some of their items and I didn't think they tasted very good. Definitely not a premimum ice cream. More like what you would give to 20 screaming 6 year olds at a birthday party. Is their national distribution somehow different from what you can get locally? I can tell from previous posts that you have very sophisticated tastebuds so I'm sure the Blue Bunny you refer to must be good, so again, I'm confused.
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    RE: Blue Bell Ice Cream 2004/10/11 08:27:51 (permalink)
    Blue Bell arrived in our stores this past week. Saturday, I bought some Homemade Vanilla. It was really good. I'll try some of the others after I finish this one.
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    Originally posted by Pogo

    I like Blue Bell better than any other except Ben and Jerry's. But it is a lot more inexpensive than B&J's also.

    My favorite? Homemade Vanilla. It really does taste like good ole fashioned made-at-home vanilla.
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    RE: Blue Bell Ice Cream 2004/10/13 16:00:52 (permalink)

    We got two 1/2 gallons of Blue Bell at $3 each yesterday:
    my choice was: "Good Heavens" - homemade Vanilla and Dutch
    Chocolate Ice Cream with Cookie Dough Yum!!
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    RE: Blue Bell Ice Cream 2004/10/13 18:14:19 (permalink)
    I posted this on the previous thread but will repeat it here: Blue Bell is not a premium ice cream, never claimed to be. The secret to success has always been the add-ins, and the fact they're very generous with the add-ins, and the advertising.

    I think Blue Bell was the first to do the very generous add-ins. After a couple of samples of their Cookies 'n Cream, which I think they invented, I mused that it was just like what your Mommie would fix for you if she wanted to reward you for being a good little boy or girl: a bowl of ice cream and your favorite cookies. Except the cookies were already mixed into the ice cream.

    The advertising is very clever now - I love the one about the fresh faced young man on his first day on the job as a delivery man, arriving at the first customer's with nothing but empty cartons in the back of the truck. He's taken the Blue Bell slogan to heart - we eat all we can and sell the rest.

    But I remember the radio commercials of 25 years ago which were, well, suggestive. They had this incredible gravelly voiced announcer who delivered his lines, well, lasciviously. I could imagine him reading his copy about Peaches and Cream Ice Cream with drool running out of the side of his mouth. Think of the late Senator Everett Dirksen of Illinois with a lascivious tone in his voice as he talked of pending legislation. You'd really want that bill to pass .

    I actually talked to the guy once, ca. 1978. He was just an oilfield worker from the Golden Triangle area (Beaumont/Pt. Arthur/Orange) as I recall, who happened to have been gifted with this incredible voice. I heard that he died not long after that. I heard him do some political commercials once, very strait laced delivery; but all he really ever did was the Blue Bell commercials.
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    RE: Blue Bell Ice Cream 2004/10/13 20:07:38 (permalink)
    Taste's premium to me
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    RE: Blue Bell Ice Cream 2004/10/14 16:31:34 (permalink)
    I love BlueBell ice cream! I was happy to find it in a store when I was vacationing in GA. I had their pralines and cream, which is wonderful. They were the first ice cream company to do cookies and cream I believe.
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    RE: Blue Bell Ice Cream 2005/01/07 20:18:57 (permalink)
    Blue Bell is OK, but overhyped. They have a few OK flavors (banana pudding is my favorite).
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    RE: Blue Bell Ice Cream 2005/01/24 21:07:25 (permalink)
    About two years ago Blue Bell had a flavor called, believe it or not, "Chimichanga." It was very good, kinda tasted like pumpkin pie. Does anyone know if they still make it? I haven't seen it in the stores for a long time.

    By the way, Blue Bell is also made in Tulsa, not just Brenham.
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    RE: Blue Bell Ice Cream 2005/01/25 22:25:38 (permalink)
    I have tried vanila Blue Bunny from our Super WalMart, it was a good ice cream, it came in 5 qt pail. Our Super Walmart just open since Labor Day, before that it was a regular Wal mart and didn't handle Blue Bunny ice cream, after all these comments being posted here, I am going to try other flavors of it!
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    RE: Blue Bell Ice Cream 2005/01/27 21:32:02 (permalink)
    My very first job after I got out of the Navy was at Blue Bell in Houston. We would get a shipment of Homemade Vanilla just a few hours after it was made, and before it even had time to thoroughly freeze. It just don’t get any better’n that!

    My favorite is Butter Pecan, and when I want something icky sweet, I’ll get Pecans, Pralines and Cream. Still haven’t tried Key Lime Pie yet.
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    RE: Blue Bell Ice Cream 2005/01/28 15:36:22 (permalink)
    Love the Blue Bell Moolenium Crunch!
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    RE: Blue Bell Ice Cream 2005/01/31 19:17:29 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by garryd451

    I have tried vanila Blue Bunny from our Super WalMart, it was a good ice cream, it came in 5 qt pail. Our Super Walmart just open since Labor Day, before that it was a regular Wal mart and didn't handle Blue Bunny ice cream, after all these comments being posted here, I am going to try other flavors of it!


    Speaking of Blue Bunny, I have just picked up several from our newly opened Super Walmart location. Haven't tried any YET; however wouldn't have bought any if I had not heard comments here first. It appears to be premimum in quality. My first selection??

    "Diet ANOTHER Day" (Cheesecake Ice Cream Overloaded with Cheesecake Pieces, a Decadent Caramel Revel, and Pecans)...
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