Ice Cream Reviews

We sacrificed and ate all these just so we could bring you the TRUTH.

Spumoni ice cream
My tri-weekly appetite for spumoni ice cream is born of not a hunger for sugar, but a thirst for knowledge: I can’t figure out what in the hell it tastes like, and I won’t stop eating it until I do. On paper, spumoni refers to a flavor medley composed of pistachio, cherry, and vanilla or chocolate elements. In experience, each bite is maddeningly different: the first one is sweet and fruity, the next is definitely on the chocolate-vanilla spectrum, and then it’s nutty, and you keep going, following the trail—you’ve got the flavor in your crosshairs but right before you can pull the trigger, BAM: a hunk of cherry or a pistachio nib throws you off and it scampers away in a pink, green, and brown blur.
     A couple summers ago I was dating this girl and left a gallon of spumoni in her freezer. The quest for flavor clarity overcame her with the first spoonful and she consumed the rest so quickly that it came right back up. She sent me a picture of her puke. It looked like Lisa Frank brains. She still couldn’t tell me what it tasted like. So we march on: this recommendation goes out to summer soldiers craving ice cream with a challenge. —Lola

Coconut Milk Non-Dairy Dessert (So Delicious)
Six years ago, when my allergist calmly informed me that I could no longer eat gluten or dairy—ever again—my eating life flashed before my eyes. Never again would I know the pillowy, cheesy, saucy pleasures of a delivery pizza on a Friday night. Never would I feel the sweet melting of creamy cool chocolate fudge ice cream on the tongue; no longer would I run out the door, pockets a-jingling, to catch the ice cream man on a hot summer day. Back then, the only nondairy frozen dessert at the natural-foods store was soy ice cream, if you were lucky, and—if and when you found soy ice cream and took a bite—you knew that you were not. (Soy ice cream has improved since then, but I still think it’s nasty.) Enter So Delicious Coconut Milk Non-Dairy Dessert. It’s like $5 for a little pint, but guess what: YOU CANNOT TELL THE DIFFERENCE between this stuff and real ice cream. Really. Truly. Heeeeeere, vegans! Good lord it’s delicious (hence the name), AND you can usually find it at regular grocery stores!! The world is obviously improving. Usually I am suspicious of any food masquerading as the identical vegan twin of non-vegan food, but this coconut milk ice cream isn’t trying to be something it’s not—it’s just itself! And I love it just the way it is. Creamy, smooth, almost buttery, silken frozen coconut milk, in flavors like chocolate and vanilla bean and cherry amaretto. Real ice cream. Not fake ice cream. I actually wrote these people a letter to thank them for making my snacking life worth living again—that’s how serious I am about this very serious topic. —Krista

Stephen Colbert’s AmeriCone Dream (Ben & Jerry’s)
I am thankful that Stephen Colbert exists—not because of his hilarious TV show, or his speech at the 2006 White House Correspondents Dinner, nor even because I think he is the pre-eminent performance artist of the 21st century. No, I am thankful because he has made it possible for me to enjoy the incredible treat that is AmeriCone Dream. The most important component in this ice cream is the chocolate-covered waffle-cone pieces. Waffle cones are the whole point of getting a sundae, but not all waffle cones are created equal (that light beige one tastes like cardboard, you gotta go for the dark to get the flavor) and this is a fact that did not escape Ben, Jerry, and Stephen when creating this flavor. Yes, the caramel swirl is a great addition, because when is caramel swirl not a great addition, and vanilla ice cream is the perfect bed for all this magic to rest upon, but this ice cream is all about the CONE, and for that, I will always love you, Colbert. —Laia

Licorice/liquorice ice cream


Chocolate Peanut Butter (Häagen-Dazs)
We’re all well aware that peanut butter and chocolate are perfect foods together, apart, and every which way. There’s no use arguing this knowledge, and everyone knows about it, so why am I bothering to write this review? Here’s what I want to tell you about the amazing thing that happens, texturally, in this particular ice cream. The peanut butter has somehow been magically transformed, consistency-wise, so that when the chocolate ice cream softens up and melts in your mouth, it leaves behind this ROCK HARD frozen ribbon of peanut butter. It’s so strange and unfamiliar and wonderful the way it slowly warms back to its normal mouth-gluey state. It’s like some kind of weird sucking candy, but peanut butter. Doesn’t that sound gross, but totally delectable, too? I’m all for that. This ice cream is cool because it’s about time—both the quick initial pleasure of the chocolate part, which is over right away, and then the long, leisurely, totally bonkers-delicious process of melting the peanut butter icicle in your mouth. —Amy Rose

KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment
The KitchenAid mixer’s ice cream attachment is easy to use and to clean. It is great fun to try new flavors, like ginger lemon or lavender. You can even invent your own daring concoction. The drawback is that the attachment takes up a lot of freezer space—a problem in the South, where freezers tend to fill up with dove and quail during hunting season. Also, be warned that when making homemade ice cream there will always be an annoying child (Maggie) who complains that the ice cream is too soft, or the frozen fruit bits too hard. —Mrs. Thrash (Maggie’s mom)

Mister Softee
Given a choice, I will always choose cake over ice cream, or a cookie over ice cream, or a brownie over ice cream. I often feel like ice cream is too cold and too heavy, too much milk. (I say this as a devoted cheese eater, Dairy Council of the Internet.) There is, however, one exception. Soft-serve ice cream that comes out of a truck. A Mister Softee truck, to be particular. When I hear the little bell announcing the truck’s arrival on my block, I move faster than at any other time of the day, throwing clothes on my body (why on earth would I be dressed at home, it’s August) and hustling outside, money in hand. Maybe it’s just that I have sensitive teeth, or maybe it’s that I love the smell of gasoline. All I know is that a cone of chocolate and vanilla with rainbow sprinkles is my favorite taste on earth. Mister Softee 4 ever. —Emma S.

Peppermint ice cream
I once read a Drew Barrymore interview where she talked about her hatred for ice cream. She described it as “cold vomit served with a spoon.” Luckily for all of us I don’t share Drew’s dislike for this delish dessert. It’s really hard to choose, but my #1 all-time favorite flavor is peppermint. Why, you ask? Because you don’t have to worry about your breath stankin’, so you instantly become MAKE-OUT READY! HALLO! What other ice cream flavor lets you hit two birds with one stone like that?? —Marie

Modified Monday Sundae (Big Gay Ice Cream)
The best ice cream cone I have ever eaten was at Big Gay Ice Cream, a business that consists of a tiny shop in the East Village and a truck (check their Twitter to find out where it’s parked). I ordered a Monday Sundae, but with olive oil and sea salt instead of dulce de leche. I was handed a ha-YUGE waffle cone filled with choco/vanilla twist ice cream, topped with the oil & salt, and ringed with whipped cream. Plus—and this is the part that takes this from mere delicious treat to LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCE THAT WE MUST ALL GRAPPLE WITH HENCEFORTH—the cone was lined with a thick layer of Nutella. THEY LINE THE CONE WITH NUTELLA. Are you freaking out, because I am really freaking out. —Anaheed

Mango shaved ice
Shaved ice is bigger than ice cream in Taipei, where it’s perpetually humid. There are a lot of bizarre shaved-ice flavors (taro, mung bean, grass jelly), but my favorite flavor is the more familiar (to me) mango, because it’s sweet and because I have lots of fond memories of my mom cutting a whole mango into little cubes still attached to the skin; I’d sit on the front porch and gnaw every cube off the skin one by one. I get a mango shaved ice at every vendor I see. If you’re in Taipei, the shaved-ice place at Shilin Night Market doles out really generous helpings, even if the waitress tried to stiff me on my change. —Arabelle

Vanilla Swiss Almond (Häagen-Dazs)
First I want to admit my shame at eating a product whose name is supposed to sound Dutch but in fact was invented by a Jewish guy from the Bronx. OK, let’s move on. Vanilla Swiss Almond has two constituent parts: the vanilla ice cream and the chocolate-covered almonds. What is so great is what makes any perfect design perfect. Just like the lit-up Apple logo on the case of a laptop makes the expanse of nothing around it look so vast and the vast nothing of the case makes the glowy white logo look so clean and corporate and friendly all at the same time, the vanilla of the ice cream makes the chocolate-covered almonds about 10,000 times more delicious than they could ever be on their own, and the vanilla ice cream would just be stupid and boring on its own but with the occasional chocolate-covered nut in there, the creaminess is creamier than cream. Best to eat this ever so slightly melted, though of course that’s true of any ice cream. —Ira Glass

Soy Creamy Cherry Chocolate Chip (Trader Joe’s)
Since going vegan in the late ’90s I have always been pretty content with my dairy-free ice cream options. But two summers ago, my dessert world was ROCKED when I came across this cute red-and-green container in the frozen section at Trader Joe’s—a quart of Soy Creamy Cherry Chocolate Chip. Cherries are my favorite fruit and chocolate is my favorite food period, so I thought I’d give it a whirl. Reader, IT CHANGED MY VEGAN LIFE: sweet, smooth cherry-flavored cream, big chunks of real cherry, and plenty of chocolate chips. I started telling everyone I knew that it wasn’t just my favorite vegan ice cream, it was my favorite ice cream, period! My non-vegan husband even loves it, and when my ex-vegan friend came to stay with me after living in Asia for a few years, she had the same total mouth orgasm as I did. In fact, she practically wept when she could not figure out how to take a case of it back to China. Now I just get to eat twice as much and say it’s for Lindsay. That works for me and I encourage you to eat some for her, too. —Stephanie

I despise the cupcake trend that came to New York from Los Angeles in the mid-2000s and has only recently showed signs of waning. Currently there are at least 10 different major cupcake chains in the city; you can’t walk three blocks with running into a store selling what is, let’s face it, just cake in an inconvenient shape, with a fucked frosting-to-cake ratio. At some of them, there’s a line going down the block. Yes, people stand in line for up to 30 minutes for CAKE. “It’s just cake, people!” I want to yell (and sometimes do). A few years ago, though, L.A. made up for that rudeness by sending us a new snack trend, and this one I wholeheartedly support: Pinkberry. I don’t have to tell you this, right? Pinkberry is delicious. The yogurt is tart, so it’s not trying to be ice cream but is proudly acknowledging its yogurtness. The toppings are good, too. I like to get strawberry yogurt with kiwi and mochi on top; or plain with blueberries, mochi, and coconut; or peanut butter with strawberries. If you don’t know, now you know: Pinkberry rules. —Anaheed

Peanut Butter Banana Greek Frozen Yogurt (Ben & Jerry’s)
Everybody and their Uncle Jesse seem to be talking about Greek yogurt these days. If you’re like me, you’re a little a skeptical of grocery store products touted as health food, especially when it’s ice cream. So imagine my suspicion when I saw that my good pals Ben and Jerry had started selling frozen Greek yogurt. But then I saw that they offered a peanut butter and banana flavor, and I immediately put it in my cart. To me, peanut butter and banana are like the Mary-Kate and Ashley of snack foods: all right on their own, but when they come together they create one beautiful, satisfying flavor. They are the Michelle Tanner of snacks, if you will. On the banana flavor spectrum, which ranges from actual banana (1) to neon-yellow Laffy Taffy (10), this ice cream (I will not refer to it as frozen yogurt because it is far too rich and delicious to be reduced to FROYO) rates a 5. The Greek yogurt adds a pleasant tang, instead of making you feel like you’re eating something that is good for you (i.e., something gross). When you hit the peanut butter swirls, this ice cream really steps up its game. The peanut butter is slightly sweet, but mostly salty and kind of earthy in a good way, like the natural peanut butter your mom started buying after she found out Skippy had salmonella or something. The sweet and savory combination makes for one knockout flavor. Also, if you’re not living in a full house or are just afraid of commitment, they sell this flavor in single-serving cups. —Gabby

Stogo Organic Dairy-Free Ice Cream
At least once a week, I run to Stogo in the East Village for made-from-scratch, eco-conscious, vegan frozen delights. Stogo is so yummy that I crave it more than I do dairy ice cream—and I’m not even vegan. I’m a creature of habit and I always get a milkshake. I usually ask them to mix three flavors for me: bananas foster, vanilla bean, and almond. When I want to take a walk on the wild side, I’ll get vanilla coconut, strawberry, and almond milk. What I love about Stogo is that everything in their store is gluten- and dairy-free, which really comes in handy for people like me who have allergies. I love being able to indulge without getting a stomachache. The ice cream is so light, smooth, and airy you feel like you just ate a creamy, sugary cloud. My only complaint is that I slurp it up so fast that it is gone too soon. They need to introduce a Big Gulp–size cup to satisfy me. —Jamia

Green tea ice cream
There is a wonderful ice cream stall in Shida Night Market in Taipei that sells huge crêpe cones full of chocolate sauce and ice cream the size of my ego—and I have a big ego. The whole thing is so pretty I almost didn’t want to eat it! But I did and it was delightful. I love green tea ice cream because it’s not overpoweringly sweet, and also it is green and reminds me of money. So basically I can pretend to be eating money. My capitalist fantasy. —Arabelle

Self-serve frozen yogurt
EVERYTHING ALL THE TIME is kind of a mantra of mine, you know. It’s hard to enact this ethos in the real world, where you can’t actually have everything at once, most times. But you know what’s not most times? When you go to a self-serve, pay-by-the-ounce frozen yogurt establishment. First off, you likely have at least 10 yogurt flavors to choose from, which you can swirl as if you were a soft-serve professional. I’ve gotten quite good, because I go all the time. Secondly, you have unlimited access to toppings. You’ll start off at the fruit section and add a few strawberries or whatever because you’re a good person, but then you have earned the right to dump heaps of sprinkles, candy, mochi, gummy worms, and chocolate chips of multiple sizes on top to create your own personal mountain of delight. You can have EVERYTHING, and you can have it ALL AT ONCE. This system allows us to enjoy single moments of unbridled everythingness, with endless choices! It’s transcendent! Where else can you get that? Nowhere. When you serve yo’ self, you treat yo’ self. Fair warning: the first time my mom and I did this we got a little out of hand and spent $8 each, which is really stupid, so don’t let the big cups deceive you. That is the only rule. GO WILD. —Dylan ♦


  • Abby August 30th, 2012 11:18 PM

    Gabby: three Full House references in one review?? We should be best friends. That is a bona-fide awesome show. ANYWAY, I love you guys for doing this, because I LOOOVE ice cream. That coconut milk kind is delicious, and the soft serve in the dining hall at my college is so thick and rich that I can only eat a tiny bit. It’s kind of amazing.

  • koolkat August 30th, 2012 11:22 PM

    Yes! I was hoping someone would mention pinkberry! Yoghurt royalty. ;)

  • Sue Denim August 30th, 2012 11:22 PM

    Tip Top Jelly-Tip for the win!

  • Dylan August 30th, 2012 11:24 PM

    Oh Marie peppermint ice kromz is my all time favorite thing in the world!!!! My #1 childhood food.

    • Marie August 30th, 2012 11:34 PM


      • Dylan August 30th, 2012 11:54 PM

        Anaheed you’re weird.

        • Anaheed August 31st, 2012 12:12 AM

          When have I ever suggested otherwise. (But I still hold that candy canes are gross.)

        • Abby September 1st, 2012 10:24 AM

          OMG ANAHEED HOW COULD YOU NOT LIKE CANDY CANES. I live for the christmas season just so I can buy them. Seriously.

        • Katherine September 2nd, 2012 6:48 AM

          How can anyone not like candy canes (that is, the regular white and red ones)? Oh well, to each her own, and more candy canes for me!

  • modaboutyouu August 30th, 2012 11:36 PM

    Marie is too freakin’ hilarious and I LOVEEEE liquorice icecream but it is super hard to find.

    • Marie August 31st, 2012 12:53 AM

      Thanks boo I’m just speakin’ da truf ova here!

  • llamalina August 30th, 2012 11:40 PM

    frozen yogurt is the bomb-diggity right now in california. there’s four or five fro-yo chains in my town alone, which is ridiculous because where i live is so small you could probably walk across town and back in a couple hours.

  • Laia August 30th, 2012 11:49 PM

    i didnt get the big deal about pinkberry UNTIL I FOUND OUT THEY HAD TINY MOCHI as a topping and then i died.

    • Nishat August 31st, 2012 10:51 AM

      The mochi there is so good, too. Chewy and delicious and tastes good on any flavor. (Except maybe peanut butter… I don’t know why they had to make a peanut butter froyo at Pinkberry.) I always get original anyways.

  • whatnaomiloves August 30th, 2012 11:49 PM

    Ice cream is my favorite food of all time. I don’t care what anyone says, it can be eaten at any time, even in the Chicago winter. So when I saw this Ice Cream Review I clicked right away and <3 <3 <3!

    Stephanie: Totally agree about the TJ soy ice cream. You can not even tell (like most things vegan)!!! It's sooo good.

    Dylan: Self serve Fro yo is literally the best thing ever and best idea ever. When I'm home I try to go as much as possible (haven't tried it out too much in the Chi city yet). I can't go to a fro you place where THEY serve it. It's just not right. Plus it's so fun to photograph your creations.

    Sucks I ran out of ice cream a couple of days ago!

  • Pocket Cow August 30th, 2012 11:51 PM

    I recently had NANAIMO BAR ICE CREAM!
    Aaaaaahhhh! (And if you’ve never had nanaimo bars, go find a recipe, make them, and then shudder with pleasure at the idea of it transformed into ice cream.)

    • 3LL3NH September 1st, 2012 3:18 AM

      Oh ma gawd, where can I get this!?!?!?!?!?!!!!!!!! It sounds like all my fantasies (well, except… never mind) and is even better by the fact that it doesn’t involve making three layers of nanaimo bar. Winning everything!!!!

  • kendallkh August 30th, 2012 11:58 PM

    *a single tear trickles from the corner of my eye at the sheer beauty of this article*

  • Aubrey August 31st, 2012 12:04 AM


    Also, these reviews are my favorite. Caitlin’s illustrated review is so so cute AND NOM SPUMONI ICE CREAM.

    - aubrey

    • Anaheed August 31st, 2012 12:13 AM

      JUST EAT CAKE, PEOPLE. It’s the same stuff, better designed.

    • Marie August 31st, 2012 12:49 AM

      I’m sorry I can’t hate something so delicious ever! Plus that trend was back in like 2007 so we are SAFE NOW

    • TheGreatandPowerfulRandini August 31st, 2012 11:16 AM


  • Adrienne August 31st, 2012 12:07 AM

    ARABELLE!! Shaved ice is soooo good! In Singapore, the shaved ice is bathed in sweet milk and you can put lots of different toppings like corn (sounds gross but it’s the bomb).

    Shaved ice aside, there’s this Trader’s Joe ice cream called “Peanut Butter Tracks” that has caramel swirls and mini Reeses pieces. YUM.


    • Adrienne August 31st, 2012 12:09 AM

      Oh wait I forgot about crepes with strawberries, vanilla ice cream, and chocolate sauce! (Like in Japan!)

    • streaked lights August 31st, 2012 3:09 AM

      I LOVE shaved ice! We have something similar in Pakistan, where they also add milk as well as syrups. They even add in the skinny noodles (vermicelli?).
      I’m barely allowed any since this is usally street vendor stuff and my mom is all against it (THEY USE POO WATER FOR THE ICE, YOU’LL CATCH A COLD OR WORSE), but I adore it. :)

    • Afiqa August 31st, 2012 4:39 AM

      You mean ABC right? Shaved ice topped with the condensed milk with the pale green thingy that looks like worms, corns, grass jelly and other colorful jelly-like balls, nuts and occasionally, red beans. And it looks like a mountain of rainbows! How can anyone not love a colourful mountain?

      Btw, I’m from Malaysia :)

  • Emilie August 31st, 2012 12:07 AM

    Haha, I love Caitlin’s. Also Anaheed, I would kill to get that glourious thing

  • attackacat August 31st, 2012 12:08 AM

    GOsh. #3 has been my summer staple

  • krissyt August 31st, 2012 12:11 AM


  • TessaTheTeenageWitch August 31st, 2012 12:34 AM

    Ice cream is the prime reason I am moving to the US.

  • Jessica W August 31st, 2012 1:00 AM

    YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW SAD THIS MAKES ME. Firstly, there’s only a few brands of ice cream here (no Pinkyberry or Ben & Jerry’s). Secondly, I can’t eat basically any of it because of a dairy intolerance.

    There’s only one brand of soy ice cream in New Zealand… AND IT SUCKS. I won’t say names but it rhymes whith Ho Wood

  • Jessica W August 31st, 2012 1:01 AM

    If anyone has non-dairy ice cream recipes, tell me asap :)
    The Lovelorn

  • handbehindthepen August 31st, 2012 1:24 AM

    How could you guys forget the most delicious name-brand ice cream in the U.S.? Bluebell! I know they only sell it in a few states (i.e. Texas, Arizona), but it is seriously the most creamy and delicious ice cream I have ever tried. Trader Joe’s and Häagen-Dazs are good, but Bluebell is the best.

  • devonlea August 31st, 2012 1:36 AM

    Mister Softee is my best friend.

  • ivoire August 31st, 2012 3:08 AM

    marie you hilarious cutie.

  • tankgrrrl August 31st, 2012 3:21 AM

    Spumoni is my favourite ice cream because I used to eat it with my grandmother out of her special cut-crystal ice cream bowls when I was very little, before she died. Americone Dream is a close second, though, and has definitely provided me with nutritional and emotional support through college.

  • tellyawhat August 31st, 2012 3:28 AM

    ICE CREAM! Green tea always hits the spot, my favorite comes from the amazing Iranian/Irish ice cream shop in Hollywood, Mashti Malone’s. They have rose water ice cream with faloudeh (awesome noodles in your frozen dessert!) and saffron with pistachios. YUM.

    I need that nutella cone in my life. Also, I lived on Breyer’s mint chip and their banana chocolate chip for a semester — so creamy, the anti-Ben & Jerry’s overly sweet eggy ice cream.

  • chilimuffin August 31st, 2012 3:35 AM

    First of all:
    Why do I come from Austria where Ben&Jerry’s isn’t sold in normal stores, and then moved to Sweden where it is, but they don’t have all the flavours?!?! ;_;
    I’d really like to try that peanutbutter-banana-yogurt!

    This post is delicious!

    The cupcake trend only got to Europe like last year, those of you who don’t like it can count yourselves lucky that it’s already fading in the US :P

    And lastly:
    I’m pretty sure Häagen-Dazs is supposed to sound Dutch, not Danish ;)

    • Anaheed August 31st, 2012 9:53 PM

      Thanks, chilimuffin, for that correx!

  • Elizabete August 31st, 2012 3:48 AM

    It’s so cool that you reviewed vegan stuff too! Shame that “So Delicious” and Trader Joe’s is only available in USA. Here in Latvia it’s still like in olden days Krista is talking about…

  • lelelikeukulele August 31st, 2012 3:50 AM

    BEN AND JERRY’S GREEK FROYO CHANGED MY LIFE. I live for the Blueberry Graham flavor – it’s like cheesecake but a bajillion times better. I need to try the Banana +PB one likenooooowwww

  • eviegarland August 31st, 2012 4:49 AM

    If you have not already tried it, go out and find some red bean ice cream. NOW. I was so skeptical at first, but it’s the best thing I’ve ever tasted. I had a scoop of red bean and a scoop of green tea ice cream at a Japanese restaurant and it was like my taste buds dreams were being fulfilled. I urge you to try it do, for it will bring you happiness and joy.

    • resonance September 4th, 2012 1:51 AM

      Seconded! Honestly, Asian ice cream flavors are the best.

    • HypnoPants September 23rd, 2012 5:52 PM

      What Japanese restaurant is it? There’s one by me and it’s called Shin-Sen-Gumi Hakata Ramen and they have the BEST green tea icecream ever! I tried TJ’s but theirs sucks. It’s all icy and stuff while the restaurant’s is all creamy and delicious. And you get a mint leaf on top. Mmmmm…
      P.S. the restaurant is all ramen and delicious. (for you vegetarians/vegans/non meat eaters, it is unfortunately pork based and the one vegetarian dish they have sucks. Sorry! Also, you have to go to the one in Rosemead,California. Not Little Tokyo/downtown LA.)

  • Newyorkbeats August 31st, 2012 5:54 AM

    I don’t even have any of these ice creams whe I live (small town, Belgium). :(

  • Susann August 31st, 2012 6:00 AM

    Amazing article! I’d love some Ben&Jerry’s right now! Or dark chocolate ice cream with a hint of chilli, soo good!

    Fashion in Pepperland

  • julalondon August 31st, 2012 6:34 AM

    OMG Ben&Jerry’s Ice Cream is the most amazing thing EVER. Chocolate Fudge Brownie, Cookie Dough, Half Baked, etc etc etc etc…jeez, i really fancy ice cream now…

  • NotReallyChristian August 31st, 2012 7:12 AM

    I will never eat Mr Whippy (the UK name for ‘soft-serve’ believe) ice cream because it was INVENTED BY MARGARET THATCHER back when she was a food scientist person before she was Prime Minister, and only someone as downright AWFUL as Thatcher could think of a way to pack loads of shitty chemicals into something as delicious as ice cream. ARGH THATCHER!

  • Emma S. August 31st, 2012 7:27 AM

    So glad you wrote about the Big Gay Ice Cream, Anaheed! Love them so much!

  • sttefaaa August 31st, 2012 7:43 AM

    Ohhhh… Ben & Jerry my absolute favorite!

  • emmageag August 31st, 2012 7:51 AM

    I am so glad thar you included vegan ice cream.

  • all-art-is-quite-useless August 31st, 2012 8:19 AM

    In my county, the top icecream supplier is Ronaldo’s. Seriously, its great. There’s always a little Ronaldo’s cart at every fete, country show or event of any kind (there’s even one that just randomly hangs out in the city centre, which changes to a roasted chestnut stall in the winter WHICH ARE DELICIOUS). If you ever see one, please buy Butterscotch and Almond.

    Also, go to Devon (in England). There (you cam probably get it in other places, but I’ve only ever had it there), you can get ice cream with a huge dollop of clotted cream on the top. This is the most amazing thing ever, I promise you.

  • alanna August 31st, 2012 8:20 AM

    Hahahaha I work in an ice cream parlour! I eat ice cream (almost) everyday of my life and it tastes even better because it’s FREE! I even made a zine about working in the ice cream biz called Scoopin’ Times. Once again, a Rookie post insanely close to my heart and soul.

  • ladyjenna August 31st, 2012 8:24 AM

    Peppermint ice cream is the BEST. But it only comes around christmas so that kinda stinks….but the best way to eat it is in a chocolate dipped waffle cone ala Colbert, so it tastes like a thin mint.

    P.S. Mr. Glass: I first had vanilla swiss almond the first time I listened to NPR. It was a revelatory experience. And also coincidental. But VSA (as we call it in our home) is the BETTEREST.

    • Nishat August 31st, 2012 10:51 AM

      Thin mints are the

  • hollyhotdog August 31st, 2012 8:54 AM

    ugh, all these non-dairy ice creams are making me sooo jealous. I can’t speak for the whole of the UK, but in my area the dairy-free options for food are pretty abysmal :/

  • mwong1025 August 31st, 2012 9:03 AM

    It’s only 8:57 in the morning and this post is seriously make my craving for that Monday Cone from Big Gay Ice Cream. I won’t even mind taking s hour worth of subway just to get there. Oh my god, twist ice cream in a Nutella-lined cone topped with wipped cream and salt and oliver oil? That’s bascially all my foodie hopes and dreams and expectations rolled into one. *fans self*

  • bookworm123 August 31st, 2012 9:59 AM

    Ahh spumoni! I had it at an Italian restaraunt, and it was a DELICIOUS ENIGMA. Actually, ahh ice cream, because I love it and it is delicious. And also froyo, although I haven’t been to pinkberry yet:/

  • Calgary August 31st, 2012 10:20 AM

    Green tea ice cream is amazing! Thank you for writing about it, maybe it will get some people to try it! It seems like whenever I talk about it people just give me weird looks.

  • Nishat August 31st, 2012 10:50 AM

    Call me Fanney Dooley (or whatever) but I really hate self-serve frozen yogurt, but I LOVE Pinkberry. I PROMISE it’s not because I’m lazy as shit. It’s just because self serve feels different and I get very overwhelmed and I’d like professionals to deal with my toppings… (hahah I sound like a jerk!)

  • wallflower152 August 31st, 2012 10:54 AM

    Blue Bell is definitely the best ice cream ever. Someone mentioned it in the comments too. But sadly for most of the world, it is only available in Texas and maybe some surrounding states. It is so creamy and comes in any flavor imaginable. From regular Homemade Vanilla to what I was raised on, Pecans Pralines and Cream to the limited Banana Pudding to the flavors that only come in pints like Cotton Candy. I eat a bowl of Blue Bell almost every day, even in the winter. I’ve tried other kinds of ice cream but they are mediocre compared to Blue Bell!

    • Maggie August 31st, 2012 2:08 PM

      My Texas relatives are obsessed with Blue Bell

  • karastarr32 August 31st, 2012 11:03 AM

    Just came back from Italy. Two words: NUTELLA GELATO.

    • Abby September 1st, 2012 10:35 AM


  • TheGreatandPowerfulRandini August 31st, 2012 11:13 AM

    Now excuse me as I make my way to the freezer…

  • KatyKamikaze August 31st, 2012 11:25 AM

    You guys, have you ever been to Laboratoria del Gelato in New York City? It’s beyond amazing!

  • TamponAngel August 31st, 2012 12:42 PM


  • Moxx August 31st, 2012 3:22 PM

    Heeeeey yes ice cream reviews!

    ++ to those who live in NYc, Alphabet Scoop is awesome (11th street and avenue B)

    Ps if you can, go on a Sunday because the boys who work there on Sundays are adorable and once we had a conversation about film scores and it was cool.

    I recommend the ginger flavor. It has chunks of candied ginger in it and it is delishshshh!
    I eat it and pretend I am Julie from Neuromancer.

    • resonance September 4th, 2012 1:52 AM

      I’ve never heard of Alphabet Scoop, so thanks for the recommendation!

  • marit August 31st, 2012 4:08 PM

    ooh these all look so tasty. i must admit to being a huge froyo fan even though it’s one of the only non-vegan things i eat. BUT if you’re looking for awesome vegan icecream i would also recommend purely decadent! so delicious is also, well, delicious. :)

    faux style.

  • GlitterKitty August 31st, 2012 7:12 PM

    You people are amazing. Amazing. My favourite is Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Fudge Brownie….. Yummmmmmm. But there is this AMAZING gelato place near my house and OMG I MUST GO NOW. I think that Rookie should stop writing about other things and just write about ice cream. All the time, 3 times a day, just ice cream.

  • Maggie August 31st, 2012 7:15 PM

    The froyo at Costco is also exceptional. You can get single-flavor or swirl, and it’s delicious.

  • elizab August 31st, 2012 7:31 PM

    Anyone from Fairbanks? We have an ice cream store here, Hot Licks, that makes the best chai ice cream. GOOD IN MILKSHAKES.
    Cheese ice cream with mango sauce is also AMAZING, but I’ve only ever seen it in Spain. Sigh.

    • Maggie August 31st, 2012 7:35 PM

      I lived in Fairbanks for a time and went to Hotlicks every day

      • Maggie August 31st, 2012 7:36 PM

        Not every day, because Hotlicks is $$$
        but I wanted to

        • Maggie August 31st, 2012 7:41 PM

          lime rickeys
          omg hotlicks

  • pearl irene August 31st, 2012 10:58 PM

    Tofutti Cutie ice cream sandwiches are so good, I’m surprised they’re not mentioned here. They’re also dairy free and completely amazing!

  • wildflowers August 31st, 2012 11:07 PM

    There are only a few things in my “things I want to eat before I die” that surpass the need to try the salty pimp from the big gay ice cream truck. So I got super excited when it was mentioned while reading this review. One day…though one day.

    I loved this post so much though! Food reviews are daaaa best. Speaking of ice cream. I went to a gelato shop called “Via Gelato” while exploring the suburbs of Chicago and it’s definitely a cool place with yummy gelato and semifreddo. They always have different flavors whenever I go (Last time I went I had mango habanero and chocolate brownie. The sweet fruity gelato with a surprisingly spicy kick of habanero was heavenly paired with the soothing, rich chocolate gelato with a little chocolate chip or walnut in each bite.) God I just got way too excited. Food is great. I’ll probably have to pick up a couple pints of ben & jerry’s now when I stop by at Meijers….

  • Tiffany September 1st, 2012 1:34 AM

    i LOVE grass jelly shaved ice and green tea ice cream!!!

  • 3LL3NH September 1st, 2012 3:30 AM

    May I bow down to all the contributors, all the commenters, and all of Rookie? This was the most wonder I have known in one place since I heard of Ratatat. IT IS A LOT OF WONDER. Do you see the excitement? I cannot devour ice cream now. Thank heavens for all of you…

    I love spumoni but it only exists at The Old Spaghetti Factory, and don’t try to convince me otherwise. Also my friend can’t say spumoni, even after our waiter coached her on it for five minutes.

    Frozen yoghurt vendors sound exactly like sundae days at my school, where they have about 15 toppings (only vanilla ice cream, but I love that) and it is always no matter what ONLY $2.50! (Canadian dollars…)

  • EmilyJn September 1st, 2012 6:31 AM

    In Spain there are ice cream vendors where you choose your favourite ice cream and chocolate bar and they lightly blend them together then add yoghurt and melted chocolate. Delicious with kinder buenos and melted white chocolate.

  • Mary Monica September 1st, 2012 11:35 AM

    am I the only person who read ira glass’s review in ira glass’s voice before even finding out it was written by ira glass? no? i’ll just show myself out…

  • newfaceofoldhollywood September 1st, 2012 12:45 PM

    I love AmeriCone Dream!

  • violetlilies September 1st, 2012 1:24 PM

    in this place in spain where my family always go on holiday is this giant ice cream shop and you can get red bull flavoured ice cream. and JELLY BABY ICE CREAM!!!!!!!!. You have not lived if you havnt tried it. plus, round the corner is this crepe guy who will make you a crepe with any topping in 30 seconds. no wonder i never get a tan…..

  • pieholdensuite September 1st, 2012 2:11 PM

    If anyone here lives by Princeton (NJ), you HAVE to try The Bent Spoon!!! They are the best – they have amazing local ice creams (like Basil, Olive Oil, etc) but also amazing vegan options – like dark chocolate sorbet, coconut sorbet, fruit sorbets (like peach and tomato). they are amazing

    They also have banana mash!

  • Whatsername September 1st, 2012 8:02 PM

    Best self-serve froyo: Red Mango

    Also, my friend has that same ice cream making machine, so far we’ve made strawberry, chocolate and green tea. {The strawberry got all icy and weird though. Whoops.}

    • resonance September 4th, 2012 1:53 AM

      Red Mango > Pinkberry/other froyo chains for me, too.

  • jenaimarley September 1st, 2012 8:38 PM

    Coconut Bliss is mo’ delicious!

  • jenaimarley September 1st, 2012 11:33 PM

    Maggie’s mom! You are super cool because homemade ice cream is THE BEST!
    Also has anyone else had cardamom ice cream? It is so good. As is rose, honey ginger, and cinnamon.

  • gia September 2nd, 2012 12:52 AM

    It’s funny because I was actually a Big Gay Ice Cream Truck devotee until I found Stogo (which I previously swore never to love because ice cream without the cream is an abomination!!!!) and ordered the vanilla ginger bourbon ice cream sandwiched between two gluten-free oatmeal raisin cookies. WRITE THIS SHIT DOWN. It’s vegan but you cannot tell the difference this will change your life, scout’s honor

    • Jamia September 3rd, 2012 8:40 AM

      YES! I love love love Stogo. It is the yummiest. I forgot to mention that they serve gluten free treats and vegan treats from Babycakes and Cakebites to go with your ice cream. Yum. Tummy grumbling just thinking of it.

      Big Gay Ice Cream is tasty too-I’d have it more often if it weren’t for my allergies.

  • LM September 2nd, 2012 8:15 AM

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSS green tea ice-cream <3
    (yes that is a double-scoop ice-cream AND a lurve heart)

  • issheweird26 September 2nd, 2012 4:41 PM

    “My capitalist fantasy” (in Arabelle’s post) could be a romance novel about Mitt Romney.

    Also ice cream yay!

  • January September 2nd, 2012 7:50 PM

    Frozen yogurt that isn’t afraid to be frozen yogurt is da best. I love the mix of sweet and tart. Pinkberry and Red Mango have spoiled me to the point where I don’t really like ice cream that much anymore.

  • NewHormones September 3rd, 2012 3:30 PM

    california summer tradition, thrifty ice cream. chocolate malted; also new birthday cake flavor, or the rainbow sherbert. if i could eat like this again i would, rite aid 2 for $6, best deal, junk food cornucopia

  • Rosie September 3rd, 2012 4:22 PM

    Oh gosh, now I’m craving Red Mango. (But great post!)

  • Strawberryshortiecake September 4th, 2012 4:38 PM

    Jeni’s in columbus ohio is amazing! Jeni (the founder) just won a james beard award for her ice-cream. She has amazing gourmet flavors and her own DIY cookbook! It’s worth trying for sure!

  • Ben September 4th, 2012 11:39 PM

    I need ice cream now!!! I love peppermint ice cream and also PUMPKIN PIE!!! It’s so good!

  • pinnedtothepage September 18th, 2012 6:01 PM

    “cake in an inconvenient shape, with a fucked frosting-to-cake ratio” eggsactly!

  • NotReallyChristian October 21st, 2012 6:47 PM

    UK vegans/dairy-free-ers, do not despair! I’m RIGHT NOW eating Booja-Booja’s coconut-milk ice cream (only 4 ingredients: coconut, water, cashews and agave) and it’s so delicious! Kind of expensive, but totally worth it as an occasional treat :)

    p.s. Cambridge residents: I got it at Revital on Bridge Street, near Patisserie Valerie.

  • purrr November 9th, 2012 10:02 AM

    i am so psyched to move to LA from russia in just a couple of months because YES the american ice cream is just SOOOOO much better than all the stuff we have in russia