Originally posted by hermitt4d
Originally posted by peppertree
Maybe it is because I am from New York. Bluebell is everywhere and I have it once in a while but I find nothing particularly memorable about its taste. It is a good ice cream, but I don't think it can compare to a Carvel ice cream.
When I lived in the east, I ate Sealtest or Bryers, but I would not rave about them either.
I can't really comment on Carvel, tho I've probably had it. Blue Bell is NOT a premium ice cream; I'm always amazed when I read that their biggest selling flavor is homemade vanilla. What is special I think is the add-ins and the incredibly generous quantities they put in. It's not at all unusual to find a half an oreo cookie in your spoonful of Cookies and Cream and then a third of a cookie in the next spoonful and so forth
. By contrast I bought a 1/2 gallon of a national brand Cookies and Cream once that had maybe a couple of tablespoons of Oreo "sawdust" in the whole carton
Bushie, I think BB not only popularized Cookies and Cream, I believe they invented it. Hard to believe you had trouble finding it in 1980 in Austin altho I can't recall if I was able to get it there before I left there in 1970; I know it was widely available here by the mid-70s.
I think the other reason for BBs success has been its advertising, which has always been very clever
I was on a listserve about southern food for a couple of years, and Bluebell ice cream was talked about constantly. Unfortunately, I've never eaten it, but am under the impression that it's stunningly good (I don't believe it's distributed this far north). So I'm surprised to hear that it is NOT premium ice cream.
I wonder what is exactly meant by that description? How are we defining premium in regards to ice cream?
In my market, I can identify the premium brands in the freezers, and those are the ones I choose. The cheap brands aren't worth eating. After all I've heard over the years, it's hard for me to think Bluebell is not a premium ice cream. Has anyone ever heard raves about say, Country Club brand ice cream, which is clearly not a premium product?
If not premium, then can one say Bluebell is simply a good quality ice cream, without all the add-ins?
What do other Bluebell consumers think?
Is it a premium ice cream?
Is it simply a good quality ice cream?
Is it decent or pedestrian ice cream?
Is it not worth writing home about?
Some years ago, Consumer Reports did an in depth report on national ice creams (brands distributed across all the states). CR measured butterfat, sugar content, and 3 basic flavors. The results were interesting. One of the boutique brands - I'm thinking it was Ben and Jerry's - came in first with the taste panel. The second choice was Kroger Deluxe. I buy that brand all the time and wasn't surprised that it ranked so high.