RE: The best ice cream at the supermarket
I don't understand the lack of love for Dreyer's/Edy's... of course I am biased but FYI they have the largest market share in the premium ice cream category. For a good reason, I believe. Way better than Turkey Hill, IMHO.
I don't know if they still keep their vanilla beans [actual beans, yes] in a vault, but they used to.
Funny thing too, they and Haagen-Daz are related and as of last year are both owned by Nestle [yes of Switzerland].
Dreyer's has a lonnnnng west coast history. The reason they are "Edy's" in the east is because Breyers sued 'em to stop them using the Dreyer's label. Admittedly it does confuse people... but only in the west where for some reason Breyers was allowed to go into the Dreyer's market area using their original name. Go figure.