One of the biggest debates in Texas has nothing to do with sports or politics or even barbecue. It's about ice cream. Blue Bell versus H-E-B's Creamy Creations.
There is many a wonderful thing to be said about Blue Bell ice cream. It's the third-best-selling ice cream brand in the country (despite being distributed in only 22 states) behind Breyer's and Dreyer's/Edy's. In a 2006 New York Times article, R.W. Apple described it as having "clean, vibrant flavors and a rich, luxuriant consistency achieved despite a butterfat content a little lower than some competitors." Blue Bell, manufactured in "the little creamery in Brenham," does Texas proud.
But I'm here today to argue in favor of Creamy Creations, perhaps not on account of taste and texture, but primarily because Creamy Creations is so unabashedly Texan. Blue Bell makes an effort to be Southern rather than touting its obvious Texas roots, but not Creamy Creations. The H-E-B brand ice cream is proud of its heritage and shows it through Texas-inspired flavors.
Creamy Creations recently released its newest flavor in honor of our local football team, the Texans. It's called Texans Tackle Crackle, and it's available at H-E-B throughout football season.