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garryd451

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Carnation Ice Cream Mon, 07/25/05 4:52 PM (permalink)
I heard of Carnation Ice Cream and also seen it on Television when I was a kid in 1950's. I never seen it in a store when I was a kid in the 1950's. In fact, when I was a kid growing up in Michigan, I asked 2 owners of 2 Mom and Pop;s stores why they didn't carrried Carnation Ice Cream. They told me That Carnation Ice Cream was a local California Ice Cream. The only National Ice creams in my area were Sealtest and Borden's.

My guestions are;

Was it a National or Local Ice Cream brand.

Can You buy Carnation Ice Cream today?
 
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    wheregreggeats.com

    RE: Carnation Ice Cream Mon, 07/25/05 5:24 PM (permalink)
    You sure it wasn't Washington ???

    Carnation Dairies in Carnation, Washington was independent many years ago ... the brand is now owned by Nestle and I doubt they use a drop of milk from the namesake town anymore. They do have research and training facilities in Carnation.

    It wasn't just ice cream -- but the evaporated milk was (is) a mainstay of the brand.
     
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      mayor al

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      RE: Carnation Ice Cream Mon, 07/25/05 5:51 PM (permalink)

      They had Carnation brand of powdered Chocolate Malt flavoring too. Yum!
       
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        michaelgemmell

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        RE: Carnation Ice Cream Tue, 07/26/05 12:30 AM (permalink)
        It seems to me that's the brand at Disneyland!
         
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          Pitts

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          RE: Carnation Ice Cream Tue, 07/26/05 1:32 AM (permalink)
          Carnation Egg Nog is the best!!
           
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            garryd451

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            RE: Carnation Ice Cream Wed, 09/28/05 10:18 PM (permalink)
            quote:
            Originally posted by Al-The Mayor-Bowen


            They had Carnation brand of powdered Chocolate Malt flavoring too. Yum!


            Oh Yes, they did! And it was very good!!!!!!!!
             
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              mediamover

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              RE: Carnation Ice Cream Mon, 01/23/06 4:26 PM (permalink)
              You can still buy Carnation Malted Milk powder.

              I remember those chocolate malteds, we could buy them in the school cafeteria..so yummy.

              Carnation ice cream is still available in Disneyland, but I haven't seen it anywhere else in So Cal in years and years.
               
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                enginecapt

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                RE: Carnation Ice Cream Wed, 02/1/06 8:37 PM (permalink)
                My favorite ice cream sandwiches are Carnation brand. When I was a kid in So Cal in the 50's and 60's Carnation whole milk is the only brand I'd drink.
                 
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                  elijah

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                  RE: Carnation Ice Cream Thu, 07/12/07 1:40 AM (permalink)
                  Does anyone know when Carnation or other Ice Cream Companies started selling packaged ice cream in Super Markets in Southen California? My wife says that you couldn't buy any pre-packaged ice cream in Super Markets until the 50s. The only kind you could buy had to be hand packed by an employee.
                   
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                    John B

                    RE: Carnation Ice Cream Thu, 07/12/07 7:43 PM (permalink)
                    I remember Carnation ice cream when I was a kid in Beaumont, Texas in the 1950's. They had a store where you could sit at the bar and get ice cream and shakes and malts. It was a fun place to go for a kid.
                     
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                      iqdiva

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                      RE: Carnation Ice Cream Thu, 07/12/07 8:01 PM (permalink)
                      I sometimes make my cooked custard ice creams with Carnation evaporated milk...
                       
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                        mayor al

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                        RE: Carnation Ice Cream Fri, 07/13/07 1:54 PM (permalink)
                        My Ice Cream Memory only reaches back to the early 1950's in SoCal. My folks would buy a quart of Foster Freeze for a Sunday treat now and then. The Save-On Drugs had an ice cream counter up front (like Thrifty Drugs did before "rite-aid"!). They served Carnation ice Cream. Single scoop for a nickel and double for a dime. English Toffee, Burgandy Cherry, or Peppermint stick were my favorites. I recall a chest freezer beside the 'cone scooping area' that was full of half-gallons of various flavor (factory packs). However in 1958 we had a Baskin Robins open up on Crenshaw at 138th St. The hand packed pints and quarts were in great demand. I do remember having a birthday party for which my mom got a 3 gallon tube of BR ice cream and my friends and I ate every bit of it ! At BR "Pink Grapefruit Ice" was my absolute favorite flavor ever !!
                         
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                          enginecapt

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                          RE: Carnation Ice Cream Sat, 07/14/07 11:05 AM (permalink)
                          That's the very BR we'd drive down to from South Inglewood in the fifties and early sixties Al. What a small world. We were only 20 blocks north. I always ordered the pistachio or the peppermint stick. Nowadays it's the mocha coffee flavor and peanut butter chocolate, always in a bowl together. No more cones for me because I'm sporting something I couldn't manage to grow back in those long gone days..... a full beard.
                           
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                            TerrierMom

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                            RE: Carnation Ice Cream Sat, 07/14/07 11:27 AM (permalink)
                            I remember Carnation Ice Cream being in Phoenix, AZ, in the very early 1970's. My family moved there in 1971 when I was 4. You could buy half gallons in the stores, and also tour the Carnation factory. It was something you did on field trips in preschool or elementary school. The half gallons were cylindrical in shape, not rectangular boxes. Red and white colored.
                             
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                              enginecapt

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                              RE: Carnation Ice Cream Sat, 07/14/07 11:58 AM (permalink)
                              As of 2003 I'd still be able buy Carnation ice cream sandwiches at Smart and Final warehouses in the big megapack for work.
                               
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                                MikeS.

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                                RE: Carnation Ice Cream Sun, 07/15/07 12:10 PM (permalink)
                                Sounds like they were/are very much a west coast place. I remember their ice cream counter store in Fresno's Tower district very well. They were a bid deal through the 60's. I don't know anything about them now.

                                MikeS.
                                 
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                                  apremerson

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                                  RE: Carnation Ice Cream Thu, 07/19/07 3:20 PM (permalink)
                                  I grew up in the Bay Area and Carnation was one of the ice creams we ate. I think they had a plant in Oakland, but I'm not positive. I do remember in the town I grew up in (Fremont) there was a drive-up Carnation store.

                                  You pulled up to the window and could buy ice cream and all your other dairy items, as well as liquor store type items like cigarettes and gum, etc.
                                   
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                                    ksfarmgirl

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                                    RE: Carnation Ice Cream Wed, 07/18/12 2:28 PM (permalink)
                                    I remember there was a Carnation Ice Cream plant in Muskogee OK in the 50's. I was only about 3 but I do remember going there and having the best ice cream ever there.  Not sure when it shut down.  But it is still a great memory.
                                     
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                                      ces1948

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                                      RE: Carnation Ice Cream Thu, 07/19/12 12:07 AM (permalink)
                                      We had Carnation brand products in central California grocery stores during mid 50's and beyond. I remember milk and ice cream being sold at the grocery stores. I do not recall there being any ice cream stands selling just the ice cream,
                                      <message edited by ces1948 on Thu, 07/19/12 12:13 AM>
                                       
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                                        ces1948

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                                        RE: Carnation Ice Cream Thu, 07/19/12 12:11 AM (permalink)
                                        dupe
                                         
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                                          fishtaco

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                                          RE: Carnation Ice Cream Mon, 07/23/12 1:57 PM (permalink)
                                          I remember years ago in San Diego there was a Carnation store on El Cajon Blvd.  Think it went away in the 80's.
                                           
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                                            mar52

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                                            RE: Carnation Ice Cream Mon, 07/23/12 4:07 PM (permalink)
                                            Carnation had a HUGE office building on Wilshire Bl close to the Miracle Mile district in Los Angeles.  There was an ice cream parlor on the bottom floor.
                                             
                                            I believe that Sav-On Drug Stores also sold Carnation brand ice cream by the scoop many years ago.  A nickel a scoop!
                                             
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                                              mayor al

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                                              RE: Carnation Ice Cream Sat, 08/4/12 9:20 PM (permalink)
                                              Yep Marlene, a nickle for a single and a dime for a double. Their English Toffee and Rocky Road were my favorites then. Our store at Compton (now Marine Blvd) and Crenshaw was a busy place  after school
                                               
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                                                lynndunham

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                                                RE: Carnation Ice Cream Sat, 08/4/12 11:56 PM (permalink)
                                                When I was a child in Prescott, AZ in the '50s, I had a friend whose father was a delivery man for Carnation. Her mother would make us grilled cheese sandwiches made with stretchy longhorn cheese for lunch and serve them with Carnation Dutch chocolate ice cream. I was addicted to the combination for years. It still sounds good!!
                                                 
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                                                  mar52

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                                                  RE: Carnation Ice Cream Sun, 08/5/12 2:27 AM (permalink)
                                                  Al, Rocky Road has always been my favorite but my friends thought me weird when I had it topped with a scoop of lime sherbet.
                                                   
                                                  We had milk delivered by the Carnation Man.
                                                   
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                                                    iluvcfood

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                                                    RE: Carnation Ice Cream Sun, 08/5/12 4:51 PM (permalink)
                                                    Just finished this one off about 5 minutes ago.
                                                     

                                                     
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                                                      mayor al

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                                                      RE: Carnation Ice Cream Sun, 08/5/12 11:00 PM (permalink)
                                                      On Hawthorne Blvd at about 135th or so there was a soft-serve ice cream stand like the Foster Freeze types, but it was a Carnation Stand... The only one I recall ever seeing. It did not sell "Hard Ice Cream"  only soft serve.
                                                       
                                                      They, and the Foster Freeze/s sold the "Boston Shakes" , A thick milk shake with a soft-serve sundae built on top of the shake.  My favorite was a Hot Fudge Shake with a Butterscotch Sundae sitting on/in the shake.
                                                       
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                                                        michaelcarraher

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                                                        RE: Carnation Ice Cream Fri, 08/10/12 4:12 AM (permalink)
                                                        In answer to the original question, Carnation was a regional company based in Southern California.  They did distribute some products nationally (i.e., canned evaporated and condensed milk and powdered milk drinks).  They sponsored the Burns and Allen TV show to advertise the canned products.  Other products were sometimes mentioned on LA-based TV shows.
                                                        Pet Milk (St. Louis), Borden (Columbus) and Sealtest (Chicago area) were likewise local-regional dairies with some national products.  As with Carnation, they started out selling fresh milk and cream (mostly by home delivery) in a local area and expanded geographically with products less prone to spoilage.  In addition, Sealtest expanded early on by franchising their brand with various local dairies starting in the Midwest.  And, as their brand names because known outside their "home" territories, all the companies expanded by acquiring local dairy operations allowing them to sell fresh, as well as packaged, dairy products in new markets.
                                                         
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