Greatest Grub: Favorite Blue Bell Flavors

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My husband, a native Houstonian, and I, a relocated Vermonter, have had many a debate over the greatest maker of ice cream. As you can imagine, there is never a winner in the Blue Bell vs. Ben & Jerry's discussion. Or maybe we're both winners because there is ALWAYS ice cream in our house.

Over the years, I've seen the way Texans revere Blue Bell. I don't really understand the obsession when you can so easily purchase the superior sweet treat from Vermont, but I appreciate the devotion to your state and all things created within. So this Great Grub, about favorite Blue Bell flavors, is for you, Texans.

Eating Our Words:
Stacy Zane
Pistachio Almond
I only recently discovered that I like pistachio ice cream, which closely followed my discovery that I'm also a big fan of anything almond-flavored. Even lotion. Except not to eat. But back to the ice cream - Blue Bell's combo of the two makes for a nutty and sinfully sweet concoction that you'd never guess has fewer calories than their traditional Homemade Vanilla flavor. Okay, only 10 calories less, but still! Any excuse I can use to make myself feel better about shoveling spoonfuls of it into my mouth, I'll use. And just so you know, if you ever see this flavor in the store, stock up on it. It's one of their "rotational" flavor, so you never know when you'll see it again.

Me
Strawberries & Homemade Vanilla

As a kid, I hated strawberry ice cream. When my mom came home with the dreaded Neapolitan, I carefully navigated the scoop down the right and left sides of the gallon, hoping that none of the dreaded pink would taint the vanilla and chocolate perfection. Why did they have to snuggle that flavor in the middle? But, I've come around to love good strawberry ice cream, especially in the summer. Blue Bell's version is free of that gross artificial strawberry flavor that plagues so many other brands. It's just vanilla-y goodness with big strawberry chunks. Summer in a bowl!

The Word on the Street (from River Oaks):
Dave
Dutch Chocolate

Dave says he's not much of a dessert guy, but will never pass up a bowl of Blue Bell's good old-fashioned Dutch Chocolate. "That chocolate ice cream is the best out there," he adds.

Sandy
Century Sundae

"This really is like eating a sundae, but without all the mess," claims Sandy. It is a vanilla-based ice cream with swirls of chocolate, caramel and whipped topping and chunks of maraschino cherries. Sandy says it's especially delicious with a sliced banana.

What Blue Bell flavor helps you beat the hellacious Houston heat? And get ready, for the next Greatest Grub, we'll do favorite ice cream flavors that are NOT made by Blue Bell. They may just win you over!



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37 comments
Brian
Brian

I grew up with Blue Bell and thought it blew everything else away. I love the homemade vanilla, cookies 'n' cream and anything with caramel in it. But for the non-Blue Bell post and for those wanting something more natural, my favorite is Talenti gelato. It's expensive - $5-$6 for a pint - but so very good. If it cost less, I'd probably buy whatever my Kroger had on hand. The white chocolate raspberry is my favorite, but Tahitian vanilla and Argentine dulce de leche are great, too!

Elsidthekid
Elsidthekid

PLEASE, have the BlueBell Distrubitor in Batyown, Texas at Kroger on Ward Rd to leave us BLACK WALNUT ice cream. He says it doesn't move, but it does. ME and other buyers try hiding it from each other! I don't want to go to a store way out of my way just because he only leaves it there. THAT's NOT FAIR!!!! I want it at my store. Once in a while he'll leave maybe 6 and it's always sold out! Come on! Give me a break and leave us the Black Walnut. My 81 yr old mother can eat a ton of it! As well as the other people buying it. If he leaves it, IT WILL SELL! I shouldn't have to drive all over Baytown to find it! I want it at my grocery store! 

Jamie Matelske
Jamie Matelske

For birthdays we always have Prailines & Cream, Rocky Road or Homemade Vanilla. Those are the familys' staples. If they have it in a pint, I've tried it. :)

sunny bogden
sunny bogden

I really dig the Southern Hospitality flavor with pineapple, pecans, and a strawberry swirl, but my favorite classic flavors are butter pecan, mint chocolate chip, cookies and cream, pistachio almond, and strawberry.

Platedude
Platedude

Happy Tracks. Abso-f*ckin'-lutely Awesome.

H_e_x
H_e_x

Buttercrunch!

Tracey
Tracey

They once had a half-Mexican chocolate and half-Mexican vanilla ... I had it once and never found it again. It was delish.

Scott Lynch
Scott Lynch

For me Blue Bell is one of those things that I didn't realize how much I missed until I moved away from Houston. While not the best ice cream in the world, it's probably the best non-premium ice cream that's readily available at virtually any grocery store in town.

Happy Cruiser
Happy Cruiser

Last Year Blue Bell came out with Turtle Caramel Cheesecake.  It must have been one of the limited editions because I cannot find it this year -  Thank Goodness!  But if anyone does see it in Houston area stores, please post here!

Eric S
Eric S

Other than Hank's, Blue Bell makes the best buttered pecan. Also, Cookies 'n Cream and Mint Chocolate Chip are must haves for me. 

lucky_bamboo
lucky_bamboo

Peaches and Homemade Vanilla.  Closely followed by regular Homemade Vanilla.  When I was growing up, my grandparents always had a half gallon of Homemade Vanilla in their freezer for us kids. What I would give for a 7up float made with some Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla right now....

Christine Ha
Christine Ha

Blue Bell still makes the best vanilla...just maybe not "homemade" anymore.

Candace Garcia
Candace Garcia

Happy Tracks is my favorite!  Dessert Trio is "meh." I tried it earlier this week.

JarrodJM
JarrodJM

Read recently that Blue Bell started using corn syrup instead of cane sugar in their recipes.

JS
JS

Read their ingredients.  Lots of questionable science going into their "flavors".

Stick with Ben and Jerry's.

Minh T Truong
Minh T Truong

Is it boring of me to just like the homemade vanilla?

JWDC
JWDC

I am a Moolenium Crunch fan. I also just received an email from Central Market, saying that they are now carrying Graeters ice cream everywhere but Houston?  What's up with that???  Lately I feel like people go out of their way just to exclude us.I'm a native Texan married to a man from Ohio, and I have to admit, Graeters is the best ice cream out there.  The chocolate chunks in their ice cream are just ridiculous.  At least Kroger's carries it.And why all this internet traffic about ice cream at 9am?  I am a pregnant lady who doesn't need any more encouragement to indulge at inappropriate times of the day.

Darrell
Darrell

What happen to Mexican Praline?..it was like lays chips, you can't eat just one..let me guess, someone got offended by the name and ruined a good thing...

Carrie
Carrie

There is a Caramel Turtle Fudge listed as a rotational flavor on Blue Bell's website.  Is that the delicious treat you had?  If so, sounds like it might make an appearance again...

Albert Nurick
Albert Nurick

You, sir, are obviously a gentleman of taste and distinction.  Those are three wonderful flavors.  I'm also partial to the newish Butter Crunch, the classic Dutch Chocolate, and the ever-popular Banana Pudding.  

But my all-time favorite Blue Bell flavor is the late, lamented Bunuelos - cinnamon ice cream with cinnamon sugar pastries crunched inside, and a praline sauce swirl.

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

Mint Chocolate Chip and Cookies 'n Cream are where it's at! This is why we're friends.

Ed T.
Ed T.

Corn "Sugar" in the ice cream!? What's next - will we hear that it is made in... New. York. CITY!?!?

"Get the Rope!"

Maggie_May
Maggie_May

So has Ben & Jerry's.   The carefully cultivated socially liberal image of Ben & Jerry's ice creamhas suffered a knock with a decision by the Vermont-based manufacturer to stop calling its food "all natural" following pressure from a watchdog that questioned whether ingredients such as partially hydrogenated soya bean oil fitted the billing.  More here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/busi...

If you want 100% pure ice cream, make it yourself.  

My favorite Blue Bell? Chocolate Mint.  Although their Southern Blackberry Cobbler is delicious; blackberries are a great source of antioxidants!  And Homemade in the Shade is their "Homemade" Vanilla with chocolate ribbons--the same kind of chocolate they used in Hot Fudge Sundae.  You know, how the chocolate cools & becomes a kind of leathery chocolate substance?  

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

Yeah, that was disappointing news. They've been using HFCS for years now. Maybe its fans can encourage a switch back to regular sugar?

Either way, Slashfood still found it superior to Breyer's (which uses cane sugar), something I found interesting:

http://www.slashfood.com/2010/...

Anonymous
Anonymous

Yeah, I read the ingredients on a carton recently, what the hell?!? Why mess with a good thing...so much for that Blue Bell "homemade" ice cream jingle...no one puts high fructose corn syrup and guar gum in their homemade ice cream. Way to sell out Blue Bell.

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

I never thought I'd like anything better than Blue Bell. And then Graeter's came along. That stuff is the unicorn of ice creams.

Maryann12032
Maryann12032

Earlier this week I was in line at the grocery store and the woman in front of me had about 20 pints of Butter Crunch.  She loves it, she says, and can never find it in the galloon size and often can't find it at all.  Obviously, none was left for me to try!

Scott Lynch
Scott Lynch

I haven't had mint chocolate chip in forever, but dammit now I want some.

Ed T.
Ed T.

Maybe we can get them to open a plant in Dublin?

trisch
trisch

My sister lives in Ohio and introduced me to Graeter's.  I don't recall how the ice cream was the first time -- the entire serving was a single chocolate chunk with just enough ice cream to serve as lube between the chocolate and the scoop. I actually had to pick up the chocolate chunk and gnaw on it. Now every time I visit, we have to go and see if we can get another chocolate chunk that compares.

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