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Research update

Beth here.

I’ve been working hard to meet my ice cream quota despite the cold weather and have a few things to relate. First off, store-bought ice-cream is usually a last resort, but desperate times call for desperate measures. Secondly, if you’re going to go store-bought, the little containers are usually your best bet. These ratings are based on a scale of store-bought ice cream–if we were comparing this stuff to gelato (say, Il Grand Duca in Florence being a five), none of these would rate over a two…

Test #1: Dove ice cream.
Rating: Three stars.
The best part is that there’s a layer of solid chocolate over the top of the ice cream that you have to hack through with a spoon. Now this could be seen as a detriment if you’re really desperate to get to the ice cream… but the chocolate (particularly the dark chocolate, in my opinion… but we all know I’m biased) is quite good. The ice cream is not bad either, for store bought. I tried the raspberry chocolate flavor and was pretty happy while it lasted.

Test #2: Ben & Jerry’s ice cream
Rating: Four stars.
The best store-bought ice cream I’ve found so far. Not quite as good as the ice cream you’ll get made fresh at a Ben & Jerry’s store, but close. Very creamy, awesome flavors. In the past two weeks I’ve had a pint of Phish Food (always a favorite… VERY chocolatey, and excellent for putting you in a better mood) and the Dublin Mudslide (Irish Cream flavored with swirls of fudge–also quite nice). More to follow…

Test #3: Homemade Ice Cream
Rating: Three stars
Despite the oxymoronic name, pretty good ice cream. The mint chocolate chip is among the best (for that flavor) of any store-bought brands, and I just finished a carton of the Turtle Sundae… I don’t know if it was a mixing error in my carton, or what, but ALL of the caramel was at the very top, so you kind of had to dig through it to get to the ice cream… which was actually kind of awesome–made it more like a sundae.

I’m gonna go out and get some Hagen Daas (though from previous experience I know it’s decent but nowhere near as good as when you get it fresh from an ice cream stand in Germany…) and do some more research. Anybody have suggestions for other brands I should try?

 
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Posted by on February 24, 2008 in chocolate, food, gelato, ice cream, travel, Uncategorized

 

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An ice cream project

The Beach Party was great–so much fun that I think we’ll have to make it an annual event!  I saw someone with a camera (not me, alas–blame the mojitos) and if I can track him down and get him to send some to me, I’ll share, as long as they’re not too terribly embarrassing.

Meanwhile, it’s unfortunately still winter and if the groundhog sees his shadow tomorrow, spring could be a long time coming. Which means we need a new project until prime ice-cream-travel season rolls back around.  It may be kind of lame compared to sampling gelato across Italy, but I believe Bethany and I need to do a thorough comparison of store-bought ice cream and report back.  If nothing else, it will pass the time, and who knows? Maybe we’ll find a winner or two that can let us pretend it’s summer for a brief, blissful while.

More to follow, after appropriate research…

–Brenda 🙂

 
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Posted by on February 1, 2008 in ice cream, italy, travel

 

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