Food Fight

Greatest Grub: Best Non-Blue Bell Ice Cream Flavors

As promised, here's the follow up to the last Greatest Grub featuring favorite flavors of Blue Bell ice cream. I can only imagine how many gallons of that stuff are bought in the state during these unbearably hot summer months. I know that Blue Bell is the hometown favorite brand, but you Texans must admit that there are some damn fine ice creams that are made outside of your beloved state. Being a Vermonter, I may be shunned if I didn't choose a Ben & Jerry's flavor. Luckily, my favorite is, in fact, made in the Green Mountain State. But, are others on the B&J bandwagon or are there other greats out there?

From Eating Our Words: Stacy Zane Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Fudge Brownie My childhood in a pint. I can't tell you how many times my mother would find me passed out on the couch, with my Wee Sing in Sillyville tape on, and a whole mess of chocolate covering my face. Creamy chocolate ice cream with chunks of chewy fudgy brownies? Say no more! And guess what else I learned? The brownies come from Greyston Bakery which provides employment & training to economically disadvantaged residents of Yonkers, NY. So, see? Get fat and help people at the same time! Stuffing for your face = good deeds.

Me Ben & Jerry's Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk I have eaten mass quantities of Ben & Jerry's in my day, making it very difficult for me to choose a favorite. Chubby Hubby, Mint Chocolate Chunk, and Chunky Monkey all rank highly in my book, but when I came across Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk a while back, I knew I'd found ice cream perfection. Cinnamon ice cream with hunks of soft oatmeal cookies and chocolate chunks is bliss in a pint. Speaking of, the pint is another plus in Ben & Jerry's corner. It's so easy to save yourself from washing a bowl by just snuggling up on the couch with the pint. But, beware! A pint of Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk can easily disappear in one sitting!

The Word on the Street: Dave Haagen Dazs Chocolate Peanut Butter Dave claims that this is "the best ice cream out there." A chocolate base with thick swirls of peanut butter, it does look delicious!

Janine So Delicious Coconut Almond Chip Due to a lactose intolerance, Janine eats coconut milk based ice cream these days. "The best milk alternative ice cream I've found is So Delicious' Coconut Almont Chip," she says. "It can hold up to any regular ice cream."

Do you have a great that wasn't on our radars or a fantastic non-milk alternative? Let's hear it! There's no such thing as too much ice cream!

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