@Tadlem43 I had no idea about the listeria thing. I only tried blue bell because I was watching someone rate a bunch of ice cream and was intrigued by the Banana Pudding flavor. I still haven’t found the Pudding… So sad.
I didn’t know their headquarters are in Brenham, TX. I spent a night there recently. If I looked harder maybe I could have found Banana Pudding.
@RiotDemon I don’t care for the banana pudding flavor, but to each his own.
The moo-lennium crunch is pretty good, and they have some others that are decent, but my very favorite brand (and, granted, I’m not that much of an ice cream person) is Tillamook. The Vanilla Bean is great (all of their vanilla is good), and they have a caramel crunch (I don’t remember the name) that is wonderful!
@RiotDemon@Tadlem43 This is my current favorite ice cream. I can’t believe I didn’t try Blue Bell until a few months ago, but Haagen Dazs and Ben & Jerry’s and Talenti keep discontinuing flavors I like, dammit.
This is divine!
@Kyeh@RiotDemon It IS!! and what I usually get when I buy Blue Bell.
If you like white chocolate, keep your eye out for the white chocolate and almonds. They used to sell it in the fall (sometimes, in some areas, year round), but I don’t know if it’s gone for good or not. Get on their mailing list. They’ll tell you about all the good stuff!
First choice, my own homemade Banana Buttered Pecan which nabbed me a best of show ribbon in the ice cream contest at the State Fair of Texas a few years back.
Second choice, Braum’s butter pecan or black walnut.
Third, Ben and Jerry’s fudge brownie or if I don’t want to shell out the bucks; the Aldi equivalent.
But face it, even bad ice cream is still pretty good because it’s ice cream.
@mehcuda67 here ya go!
Banana Buttered Pecan Ice Cream
2 cups pecan pieces
1/4 cup butter, melted
pinch of salt
2 cups whole milk
1 1/3 cups sugar
3 tablespoons flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 12 ounce can evaporated milk, chilled
2 cups heavy cream
4 medium sized really ripe bananas
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon Vanilla, Butter and Nut Flavoring (note: can find this at Kroger or substitute 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1/2 teaspoon butter flavoring)
Saute pecans in butter and pinch of salt until toasted. Drain on paper towels. Cool and refrigerate for later use.
In large mixing bowl, combine sugar, eggs, flour and salt. Set aside. In medium saucepan, bring milk to a boil. Add hot milk to egg mixture and return to saucepan. Cook over medium low heat stirring constantly until custard has thickened. Do not let custard boil. Remove from heat and refrigerate several hours or overnight.
When ready to make ice cream; mash bananas and combine with lemon juice. Add custard to banana mixture. Add cream, evaporated milk, flavoring and blend well. Add pecans and freeze in ice cream maker according to manufacturers directions.
My number one doesn’t exist any more. Penn’s Magic Swirtle was a tie in with celebrity apprentice some years ago, made by a Walgreens store brand (Delish maybe?). It was a very rich vanilla ice cream with salted fudge swirl and caramel turtles. I wish it existed today.
I can dig on pretty much anything Blue Bell makes. King Cake when it’s around, and creole cream cheese also has a spot in my heart.
I guess they have this also: those terribly air-whipped ice cream type substances in the store (what is that, Breyer’s?). You know the ones that when you pick up the container it weighs like half the one next to it. But it’s still kind of ice cream, so it’s better than nothing.
Weird but surprisingly good: WalMart had a mango habanero coconut ice cream that was actually pretty refreshing. It was spicy mango sherbet (using the spicy flavor that hit the sweets world a couple years ago, I’m sure) swirled into a simple coconut ice cream. I don’t know if it’s still a thing, but I liked it.
@chienfou@mike808 I always find this interesting as I hear all the time how native St Louisans cannot pronounce words like pecan, wash, fork, 44, etc. Please tell me where these people reside as I have never met them and I have lived here my entire life.
Here is one of many articles. I will concede that many towns or streets come from our french heritage and are 100% mispronounced.
That’s because the French settlers from New Orleans brought it with them. Including the “What high school did you go to?” interrogatory. Plenty of “mispronounced” street names here in St. Louis sound completely normal to my New Orleans ears. Calliope, Terpsichore, Tchoupitoulas, Nachitoches, and other idiomatic vernacular. I’m about to pass by my mominem’s and step down.
For store bought, this… Same ice cream I posted on an Aldi vs. Lidl thread. Otherwise, my favorite reason for going to the Outer Banks is to go to Kill Devil’s Custard. Though the custard from Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers is great.
Annette’s Homemade Italian Ice, Bissell @ Armitage in Chicago. Many years ago my parents and some partners owned a building about a block south that we worked to rehab for 2-3years. Nothing like a frozen lemon ice after a hot summer day doing construction work.
Blue Bell Southern Blackberry Cobbler ice cream. More like ‘crackberry’
Braum’s German Chocolate. It’s not bad. [Note: Last year Braum’s had Deep Raspberry Ganache - WAY better than your average flavored ice cream. Sadly, it doesn’t seem to be available any more ]
@Star2236 It’s only available seasonally (summer), so can be hard to find even in Blue Bell’s home state of TX. Indiana is probably the closest place for you to find it.
What part of MI? Last year Ashby’s had a Marion Blackberry ice cream flavor - not sure it’s still available. Aren’t there Ashby’s all over up there?
@Star2236 Oops, I misunderstood. Ashby’s Sterling Ice Cream is a family-owned, MI-based company that makes over 70 flavors of premium ice cream, sherbet, sorbet and yogurt. They say their products are available at 800 places in 30 states.
I think the closest ones to you are Dixie Frosty Freeze in Clarkston & Orion Coney Express in Lake Orion. The Dixie FB page seems to include the Ashby’s flavors that they currently serve.
My first would be a good old fashion custard, sadly we really don’t have any right around me. We have custard places but their not the good old fashion kind.
Second would probably be kilwins or cool jacks. Cool jacks has a banana pudding ice cream that’s to die for and kilwins is just awesome at everything.
Third would be Dairy Queen or baskin robins bc their right down the road. I also like good frozen yogurt.
Store bought my favorite is Jenny’s bramleberry crisp.
I’m so going to get ice cream today.
As someone that was a Bresler’s Ice Cream franchisee for a few years, I can attest to the fact that there are not many ice creams that I don’t like.
Living in a small town the options are strictly “what is in the supermarket”, or DQ. Even in the next largest metro area, there is a dirth of ice cream stores…
@chienfou Tillamook ice cream is in the grocery stores now, but maybe not in your small town? They are really good but they do “limited edition” flavors so two that I absolutely loved are no longer being sold.