The best ice cream at the supermarket

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2006/08/30 16:39:48 (permalink)

The best ice cream at the supermarket

I am throwing an ice cream social and am interested in hearing feedback and the best store-bought ice cream (not sorbet or gelato or sherbet).

Ben and Jerry's, Edy's, Turkey Hill, Bryers, Hershey, and Jack and Jill have all been requested.

Ice cream fans--need your advice. The only ice cream I buy are the Good Humor boxes.
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    Theedge
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    RE: The best ice cream at the supermarket 2006/08/30 16:54:40 (permalink)
    Do you have Schwan’s in your area? They make a good product. The custard from Culver’s is hard to beat. For some reason I like Blue Bunny in the square containers.
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    RE: The best ice cream at the supermarket 2006/08/30 17:20:29 (permalink)
    Personally, I'm partial to Turkey Hill.
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    RE: The best ice cream at the supermarket 2006/08/30 17:22:24 (permalink)
    I think Blue Bunny is one of the best...they have a low fat caramel crunch that I can have in abundance on Weight Watchers...their regular ice cream is also excellent....
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    RE: The best ice cream at the supermarket 2006/08/30 17:42:47 (permalink)
    If it is a large social, that may eliminate the small one pinters such as Ben & Jerry's. Of the rest listed, Turkey Hill rates highest with me.
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    RE: The best ice cream at the supermarket 2006/08/30 18:03:00 (permalink)
    Breyer's Rocky Road hands down...
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    RE: The best ice cream at the supermarket 2006/08/30 18:16:44 (permalink)
    From the super market we like Turkey Hill, but from United Dairy Farmers (don't know if they are in your area) we love their Homemade brand. Lots of flavors and everyone delicious.

    Donna
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    RE: The best ice cream at the supermarket 2006/08/30 18:38:08 (permalink)
    The concensus seems to be blue bunny and i have to agree. May I suggest Birthday Cake ice cream. It's a favorite at my house! Enjoy your social!
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    RE: The best ice cream at the supermarket 2006/08/31 11:10:28 (permalink)
    Blue Bunny definitley! Mmmmmmmmmmmm Bunny tracks!
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    RE: The best ice cream at the supermarket 2006/08/31 12:12:50 (permalink)
    We like Godiva, Dove, and Ben and Jerry. If you have a Trader Joe's nearby, the Double Rainbow Ice Cream is the best of all, and much cheaper. I know that DR is common out west but here in the east Trader Joe is the only place that sells it. For a supermarket ice cream nothing touches it.
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    RE: The best ice cream at the supermarket 2006/08/31 12:26:03 (permalink)
    Folks in the south seem to prefer Mayfields. I certainly enjoy their product and their museum in Athens, TN. The Mayor has enjoyed it and so Have I many times. They have been around for better than 60 years.

    http://www.mayfielddairy.com/

    Paul E. Smith
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    RE: The best ice cream at the supermarket 2006/08/31 12:32:02 (permalink)
    Before my wife and son gave me a Cuisinart ice cream maker for my birthday, I had a fondness for Breyer's Vanilla. Look at the ingredients: Nothing but milk, cream, sugar, and vanilla. Just great.
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    RE: The best ice cream at the supermarket 2006/08/31 12:33:58 (permalink)
    I like Turkey Hill best (by far) of the choices you list, but also like Blue Bunny. Haven't had some of the other brands listed, as they aren't available where I live. I just killed off a half gallon of Turkey Hill's "Southern Lemon Pie" flavor last night. Very good!!
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    RE: The best ice cream at the supermarket 2006/08/31 20:20:40 (permalink)
    Another vote for Blue Bunny.
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    RE: The best ice cream at the supermarket 2006/08/31 21:02:52 (permalink)
    Godiva's Black Raspberry Chip is excellent!
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    RE: The best ice cream at the supermarket 2006/08/31 21:08:56 (permalink)
    i won't share my godiva ice cream
    with the hubster, much less at
    an ice cream social
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    RE: The best ice cream at the supermarket 2006/08/31 21:25:14 (permalink)
    I enjoyed a double scoop of Culver's Butter Pecan Custard (Waffle Cone) this afternoon. It is a very good Custard.
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    RE: The best ice cream at the supermarket 2006/08/31 23:34:47 (permalink)
    If it's convenience at the grocery store you're looking for, and to keep the expense down from guying it at an ice cream emporium, then I think it's

    Ben and Jerry's
    Breyer's (or do I mean Dreyer's?)
    Hagen Dazs
    Blue Bunny
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    RE: The best ice cream at the supermarket 2006/09/03 22:18:21 (permalink)
    Hands down, Blue Bell. http://www.bluebell.com/Default.htm

    Only in 25% of the country, yet 2nd or 3rd in sales, only behind Dreyers/breyers. Best ingredients money can buy, plus their Bannana Pudding half gallon is over 3 lbs, Mayfield close behind at 2.25 lbs, Blue Bunny at 2 lbs, Pet at 1.9 and Edy's at 1.8 lbs. Also one of the few companies that still make a TRUE half gallon(1.89 liters vs. most companies 1.75 liters).Enjoy the social!
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    RE: The best ice cream at the supermarket 2006/09/04 01:54:34 (permalink)
    I love the ice cream at Byrne Dairy store in Central NY and at Stewart's Shops also in CNY (and Vermont). My mom has a Stewart's down the street from her house and when I go home to visit,I usually get a half gallon of the CRUMBS ALONG THE MOHAWK-
    Graham cracker flavored ice cream liberally sprinkled with graham cracker pieces and laced with a caramel swirl. Sometime they have small sized boxes of ice cream that are perfect for one person to finish in a sitting. I just saw this next one on their site and want to try it in the worst way!! MEDIEVAL MADNESS LIGHT
    Malt flavored light ice cream with 3 Musketeers® candy bar pieces. Oh yeah!
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    RE: The best ice cream at the supermarket 2006/09/04 08:49:55 (permalink)
    If you like Stewart's ice cream be sure to sample Adirondack Bear Paw. I don't know what they do to it, but it is by far the smoothest, creamiest vanilla base in their line. Very good.
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    RE: The best ice cream at the supermarket 2006/09/04 09:14:24 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by jmckee

    Before my wife and son gave me a Cuisinart ice cream maker for my birthday, I had a fondness for Breyer's Vanilla. Look at the ingredients: Nothing but milk, cream, sugar, and vanilla. Just great.


    Ingredients. That's the way I look at it. If a commercial ice cream has anything in it that I wouldn't put in same when making homemade ice cream; then I don't buy it. Needless to say, that eliminates quite a few brands.
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    RE: The best ice cream at the supermarket 2006/09/04 11:04:37 (permalink)
    I think the best supermarket ice creams are Edy's/Dreyer's,Turkey Hill and Blue Bunny.
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    RE: The best ice cream at the supermarket 2006/09/04 11:38:53 (permalink)
    I am bemused by the references to Wells Blue Bunny ice cream. I grew up 26 miles from LeMars, IA and Wells Blue Bunny was our local dairy. Actually, Akron, IA had its own dairy when I was younger.

    There was nothing special about it as I remember. When Breyer's came along, we thought we had died and gone to heaven. My grandmother called the Breyer's vanilla, dirty ice cream, because of the flecks of vanilla bean.

    Either Breyer's has gone down hill or peoples tastes have matured. It is nothing special anymore.

    Apparently, Blue Bunny now offers premium ice cream. I can't believe it is available here in Florida.

    I have friends that work at Wells. I think it is great, what a success story. A dairy in a small mid-western town makes it big.

    There is more ice cream made in LeMars, IA than anywhere else in the world. AMAZING.

    Cakes

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    RE: The best ice cream at the supermarket 2006/09/04 13:48:16 (permalink)
    Stewarts ice cream is pretty good stuff, but, AFIK, only sold thru their own stores in New York and parts of Vermont. One of their newer flavors, Mint Marcy, along with old stand-by butter pecan, are my favorites from Stewarts.

    Perry's Ice Cream is made in Akron, NY (Buffalo area) and is darn good too. I'm not sure how large their marketing area is though.

    Nobody asked me, but, as far as I'm concerned, Ben and Jerry's is both overrated and over priced. Their plant tour in Waterbury, VT is mostly a lot of stupid hype as well. Even at the senior discount price of $ 2, it ain't worth it!

    Wally
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    RE: The best ice cream at the supermarket 2006/09/04 14:14:38 (permalink)
    I concur with Wally. Ben and Jerry's is not the same since being bought out by Unilever.

    Seems once a good product comes along some conglomerate is sure to buy it out and cheapen the product, hoping the public doesn't catch on.
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    RE: The best ice cream at the supermarket 2006/09/04 22:17:11 (permalink)
    I have to vote for Blue Bunny!!!!
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    RE: The best ice cream at the supermarket 2006/09/12 20:45:19 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Theedge

    Do you have Schwan’s in your area? They make a good product. The custard from Culver’s is hard to beat. For some reason I like Blue Bunny in the square containers.

    I got the bunny tracks in the small container.
    Oh boy.. it was so good.
    I didnt care for the vanilla though.
    I did have some Schwans pina colada sherbert/ice cream, or whatever it was..
    That was killer!
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    RE: The best ice cream at the supermarket 2006/09/22 08:28:30 (permalink)



    ===If you have a Trader Joe's nearby, the Double Rainbow Ice Cream is the best of all, and much cheaper. I know that DR is common out west but here in the east Trader Joe is the only place that sells it. For a supermarket ice cream nothing touches it.====

    I second that recommendation. I think TJ's only carries vanilla and a very rich chocolate, but dang that stuff is thick, rich and creamy. It is comparable to any premium out there.
    Currently my choices for a brand is whatever is reasonable and good enough for me to make home made chocolate malts.
    I have a bunch of hot fudge sauces and should get a good vanilla to compliment them.

    But given a choice, I want a good ice cream sandwich or cone with the chocolate coating inside...

    mark
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    RE: The best ice cream at the supermarket 2006/09/22 09:16:35 (permalink)
    Another vote for Blue Bunny! I have been to Le Mars, MIL is from there, one neice is married into the Wells family. I like Bunny Tracks but SO and my best friend like Chocolate Cherry Bordeaux. Personally I don't care, it's all really good ice cream.
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