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frogger67
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The best ice cream at the supermarket - Wed, 08/30/06 4:39 PM
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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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RE: The best ice cream at the supermarket - Wed, 08/30/06 4:54 PM
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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 - Wed, 08/30/06 5:20 PM
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Personally, I'm partial to Turkey Hill.

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RE: The best ice cream at the supermarket - Wed, 08/30/06 5:22 PM
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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 - Wed, 08/30/06 5:42 PM
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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 - Wed, 08/30/06 6:03 PM
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Breyer's Rocky Road hands down...

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RE: The best ice cream at the supermarket - Wed, 08/30/06 6:16 PM
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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 - Wed, 08/30/06 6:38 PM
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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 - Thu, 08/31/06 11:10 AM
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Blue Bunny definitley! Mmmmmmmmmmmm Bunny tracks!

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RE: The best ice cream at the supermarket - Thu, 08/31/06 12:12 PM
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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 - Thu, 08/31/06 12:26 PM
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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 - Thu, 08/31/06 12:32 PM
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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 - Thu, 08/31/06 12:33 PM
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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 - Thu, 08/31/06 8:20 PM
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Another vote for Blue Bunny.

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RE: The best ice cream at the supermarket - Thu, 08/31/06 9:02 PM
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Godiva's Black Raspberry Chip is excellent!

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RE: The best ice cream at the supermarket - Thu, 08/31/06 9:08 PM
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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 - Thu, 08/31/06 9:25 PM
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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 - Thu, 08/31/06 11:34 PM
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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 - Sun, 09/3/06 10:18 PM
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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 - Mon, 09/4/06 1:54 AM
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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 - Mon, 09/4/06 8:49 AM
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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 - Mon, 09/4/06 9:14 AM
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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 - Mon, 09/4/06 11:04 AM
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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 - Mon, 09/4/06 11:38 AM
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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 - Mon, 09/4/06 1:48 PM
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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 - Mon, 09/4/06 2:14 PM
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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 - Mon, 09/4/06 10:17 PM
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I have to vote for Blue Bunny!!!!

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RE: The best ice cream at the supermarket - Tue, 09/12/06 8:45 PM
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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 - Fri, 09/22/06 8:28 AM
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===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 - Fri, 09/22/06 9:16 AM
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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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RE: The best ice cream at the supermarket - Tue, 09/26/06 10:42 AM
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Everyone seems to like Blue Bunny. I'm not familar with it. I like Turkey Hill and Edy's. Edy's light ice creams are some of the best, if that's a consideration in your planning.
Cathy

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RE: The best ice cream at the supermarket - Tue, 09/26/06 11:02 AM
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Ben and Jerry's is my absolutely fav. They seem to be more creative with their flavors.

I will second Paul's recommendation of Mayfield. They have some very tasty flavors, Coyote Tracks being first in my heart. Tried some of their Birthday Cake flavor over the weekend. Pretty good!

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RE: The best ice cream at the supermarket - Tue, 09/26/06 12:00 PM
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Breyer's Triple Chocolate and Vanilla Bean for me, nomrally. Another good, albiet, expensive regional ice cream in the El Paso/Las Cruces area is Price's. It is more of a treat for me since a half gallon is 6 dollars. To me, this is the best ice cream I've tasted.

http://www.pricesmilk.com/products.ssd#Containers%20of%20Price's%20Select%20Ice%20Cream

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RE: The best ice cream at the supermarket - Mon, 10/9/06 7:11 PM
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I like most of the Mayfield flavors, although do not care for the peach but the blueberry cream pie and the lemon meringue pie are good, along with coyote tracks and moose tracks and some others. I am eating Blue Bunny spumoni as I type, which is good and I rarely find spumoni, since Kroger does not have it anymore. I found this at one of those grocery stores that you have to look to see what they have once a week kind of thing, and now must go back to see if I can find more of the spumoni. It was $1.00 for a half gallon which is still a real half gallon, not the smaller container that is now so popular.

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RE: The best ice cream at the supermarket - Mon, 10/9/06 7:19 PM
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thanks, tamandmik,
guess it's time to give breyer's one more chance.
i really do miss their butter almond ice cream though.

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RE: The best ice cream at the supermarket - Mon, 10/9/06 9:57 PM
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Love Blue Bunny, can't get it. Schwans has good stuff too. If I was throwing a party, I'd have the Schwans man come by.

For those of you in the West with Ralphs supermarkets, their Ralphs Private Reserve or Lable or Private something or other is an excellent ice cream and a good buy at 2 for 6 bucks.
It leaves anything by Breyers in the dust. The Reeses Peanutbutter Cup, Cherry Parfait, and Cinnamon Cashew are unbelievably good.

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RE: The best ice cream at the supermarket - Mon, 10/9/06 11:56 PM
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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!

I got to agree with you....we love our BlueBell. We live in E. TN and Mayfield and Blue Bunny are everywhere...but the Wally World in Athens has BlueBell and we manage to score at least two flavors each trip....YUM!

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RE: The best ice cream at the supermarket - Tue, 10/10/06 1:11 AM
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If I still lived in central new york, it would be Byrne's all natural but since I don't, it would be Breyers.

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RE: The best ice cream at the supermarket - Tue, 10/10/06 1:35 AM
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I'm from the northeast and there black rasperry is ubiquitous but I can't find it in the south. Does any of the companies sell it down here?

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RE: The best ice cream at the supermarket - Tue, 10/10/06 2:43 PM
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I picked up some Mayfield Caramel Coyote this weekend. It's very good, caramel ice cream with little caramel cups throughout. It melts faster than other Mayfield flavors, I've noticed. Oh well, I'll just eat it faster.

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RE: The best ice cream at the supermarket - Thu, 10/12/06 8:09 AM
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Bryers for sure if I am bying off the shelf there is not anything funky stuff added.

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RE: The best ice cream at the supermarket - Sat, 11/4/06 5:47 PM
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Breyers is tops if you don't want any junk added--just plain high quality ingredients--none of the fillers, puddings, etc., that you get in most commercial brands. Their strawberry is as close to homemade as one can get!

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RE: The best ice cream at the supermarket - Sat, 11/4/06 6:49 PM
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I agree, Breyers is the best.

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RE: The best ice cream at the supermarket - Sat, 11/4/06 7:39 PM
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I keep at least two containers of Breyer's strawberry in my freezer always. Agreed as to lack of "funky stuff". Any ice cream with "funky stuff" added remains in grocer's freezer, not mine.

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RE: The best ice cream at the supermarket - Sat, 11/4/06 8:15 PM
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I have heard that Turkey Hill is very good but, we don't get it in Dallas.
So, my (super market) faves are, Breyers, Hagen-Daz and Ben & Jerry's.
But, I usually get gelato from a small local chain, "Paciugo".
They do the VERY BEST gelato with unusual flavors like, Rose, Violet and Lavender vanilla.

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RE: The best ice cream at the supermarket - Sat, 12/23/06 12:20 PM
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quote:
Originally posted by Pwingsx

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


You definately mean Breyers (with a B) :)

But speaking of which, have you complained to Breyers about their going to the cheater containers (replacing the 1/2 gallon size with 1.75)? I have!

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RE: The best ice cream at the supermarket - Tue, 12/26/06 8:30 AM
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quote:
Originally posted by Bootstrap

quote:
Originally posted by Pwingsx

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


You definately mean Breyers (with a B) :)

But speaking of which, have you complained to Breyers about their going to the cheater containers (replacing the 1/2 gallon size with 1.75)? I have!

Could be Dreyers/Edy's.
Guess that's better than a unilever product now though isn't it.

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RE: The best ice cream at the supermarket - Thu, 12/28/06 10:39 AM
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I'm voting for Hagen Dazs in a grocery store.

I find blue bell to be terribly overrated. Too gummy/unnatural tasting for me.

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RE: The best ice cream at the supermarket - Thu, 12/28/06 3:17 PM
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United Dairy Farmer's
Ben & Jerry's
Hagen Daz
Graeter's
Breyer's

all those have different flavors I like over the others, I don't think I could pick just one over the other though.

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RE: The best ice cream at the supermarket - Thu, 12/28/06 7:50 PM
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quote:
Originally posted by Bulldozer Rectangle

I'm voting for Hagen Dazs in a grocery store.

I find blue bell to be terribly overrated. Too gummy/unnatural tasting for me.


'gummy'? wow, first time for everything, definetely the minority there. must had bought a bad one, or flavor, or maybe 'blue bunny'.
try the cookies and cream, it's one the local cities taste test here 4 years in a row, they do a blind test and take mayfield, breyers, blue bell and edy's, scoop into 3 oz cups, and let everyone taste and guess. amazing how many(91%) picked the 'best' one each time, being blue bell.

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RE: The best ice cream at the supermarket - Sat, 12/30/06 12:41 AM
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Hi all..Im brand new to this forum but i MUST correct you (forgot who it was) on one thing...BREYERS IS NOT ALL PURE AND NATURAL AS IT USED TO BE!!! I grew up on Breyers vanilla and cherry vanilla fin the 1950's. Over the years it has changed...since unilever bought it from Kraft in 1993...it went downhill....they now use tara gum...a thickener....why? because they pump the ice cream full of air..I was told %46 air!!!. Breyes is nothing like it used to be....the taste and texture is gone....and its a shame ..it makes me angry and I would really like to see ice cream lovers boycott breyers..untill unilever...A Dutch company....goes back to quality or sells Breyers to someone who care about a quality product not just profits....Sorry for the rant but im really pissed off and i wrote unilever tonight...oh yeah...they sneakily reduced the half gallon container to something like 1.75 litres or something....

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RE: The best ice cream at the supermarket - Sun, 12/31/06 3:35 PM
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I like HAAGEN DAZS myself . You probably would need the quart size for a party. Of course,you could keep quiet and eat all that HAAGEN DAZS for yourself.

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RE: The best ice cream at the supermarket - Mon, 01/1/07 10:16 PM
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About Unilever messing around with American Legacy brands:

I'd really like to see Unilever's American competitors have some fun with Unilever's brands. Run an ad labeled "Our Competitors". Show a picture of some guys drinking Heineken in a farmhouse someplace. Have some wooden shoes in the scene, and some windmills out in the distance. Show an ad for a brothel in Amsterdam posted on the wall.

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RE: The best ice cream at the supermarket - Mon, 01/1/07 11:36 PM
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Originally posted by rbrittne

Hi all..Im brand new to this forum but i MUST correct you (forgot who it was) on one thing...BREYERS IS NOT ALL PURE AND NATURAL AS IT USED TO BE!!! I grew up on Breyers vanilla and cherry vanilla fin the 1950's. Over the years it has changed...since unilever bought it from Kraft in 1993...it went downhill....they now use tara gum...a thickener....why? because they pump the ice cream full of air..I was told %46 air!!!. Breyes is nothing like it used to be....the taste and texture is gone....and its a shame ..it makes me angry and I would really like to see ice cream lovers boycott breyers..untill unilever...A Dutch company....goes back to quality or sells Breyers to someone who care about a quality product not just profits....Sorry for the rant but im really pissed off and i wrote unilever tonight...oh yeah...they sneakily reduced the half gallon container to something like 1.75 litres or something....


I must say that I agree with the above post. I also grew up with the "original "
Breyers. It's now, nothing like the Breyer's of yor.

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RE: The best ice cream at the supermarket - Wed, 01/31/07 7:48 PM
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Purity Ice Cream. In the Middle Tn area I love it.

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RE: The best ice cream at the supermarket - Thu, 02/1/07 12:38 PM
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We love the Breyer's Natural Vanilla (with chocolate syrup of course!). I like all different flavors of ice cream but the one we buy most is the Breyer's vanilla.

Andrea

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RE: The best ice cream at the supermarket - Fri, 02/9/07 5:53 PM
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quote:
Originally posted by rbrittne

Hi all..Im brand new to this forum but i MUST correct you (forgot who it was) on one thing...BREYERS IS NOT ALL PURE AND NATURAL AS IT USED TO BE!!! I grew up on Breyers vanilla and cherry vanilla fin the 1950's. Over the years it has changed...since unilever bought it from Kraft in 1993...it went downhill....they now use tara gum...a thickener....why? because they pump the ice cream full of air..I was told %46 air!!!. Breyes is nothing like it used to be....the taste and texture is gone....and its a shame ..it makes me angry and I would really like to see ice cream lovers boycott breyers..untill unilever...A Dutch company....goes back to quality or sells Breyers to someone who care about a quality product not just profits....Sorry for the rant but im really pissed off and i wrote unilever tonight...oh yeah...they sneakily reduced the half gallon container to something like 1.75 litres or something....


I agree - you may be interested in this thread:

http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=13115

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RE: The best ice cream at the supermarket - Sat, 02/10/07 10:59 AM
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I'm with ya man!
I noticed a slight change in the labeling last fall (2006) in my area (Indiana) and the addition of the gum. The taste and 'mouth feel' are now completely different. I have boycotted the brand since then. It is a shame. I felt it was the only true ice cream on the market. I have switched to Hagen-das, but it is really a custard and just not the same.
Did Unilever reply?
quote:
Originally posted by rbrittne

Hi all..Im brand new to this forum but i MUST correct you (forgot who it was) on one thing...BREYERS IS NOT ALL PURE AND NATURAL AS IT USED TO BE!!! I grew up on Breyers vanilla and cherry vanilla fin the 1950's. Over the years it has changed...since unilever bought it from Kraft in 1993...it went downhill....they now use tara gum...a thickener....why? because they pump the ice cream full of air..I was told %46 air!!!. Breyes is nothing like it used to be....the taste and texture is gone....and its a shame ..it makes me angry and I would really like to see ice cream lovers boycott breyers..untill unilever...A Dutch company....goes back to quality or sells Breyers to someone who care about a quality product not just profits....Sorry for the rant but im really pissed off and i wrote unilever tonight...oh yeah...they sneakily reduced the half gallon container to something like 1.75 litres or something....

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RE: The best ice cream at the supermarket - Fri, 07/6/07 3:43 PM
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I love so many different kinds but I'd have to say my favorites are as follows:

Turkey Hill: Party Cake (Vanilla Ice Cream with pieces of cake and blue buttercream frosting swirled in...very sweet..but sooo good)

Ben and Jerry's: Half Baked (Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough swirled with Chocolate Fudge Brownie)

Hershey's (If you can find it): Chocolate

Friendly's: Classic Chocolate and Butter Crunch

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RE: The best ice cream at the supermarket - Fri, 07/6/07 10:13 PM
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For pure, premium ice cream, it is Ben & Jerry's, hands-down, for me. Give me a pint of Cherry Garcia or Phish Food any day. Even the frozen yogurt Cherry Garcia is outstanding (and only 680 calories!). I don't even remember the last time I bought a pint of non-B & J's.

However, a local chain here in the Northeast, Brigham's, makes outstanding vanilla ice cream. If you're going to serve vanilla ice cream w/ cake or apple pie, you gotta make it Brigham's.

John
(Anybody remember the old pints of Howard Johnson's Ice Cream, about 25 years ago? I used to work in a convenience store as a teen, and would down a pint of HoJo's Heavenly Hash on those long lonely Saturday nights in the store. I think I'm still wearing a couple of those pints around my waist)

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