The Great Ice Cream Chase JT September 25, 2009 Desserts 18 Comments I have to admit that when it comes to ice cream, I am fairly powerless.Â I think that when you find the right brand and the right flavor, it is pure bliss.Â And while I have done my part to explore as many undiscovered gems as possible during my travels, there is still much work to be done.Â Fortunately for me, this is a hunt that will last as long as I can lift a spoon to my lips â€“ and that is pretty encouraging. When recently searching for â€œbest ice creamâ€ in Google (part of my regular due diligence), a year-old article from Forbes Traveler came up as the top hit.Â I perused this document with much interest.Â The article references a number of places, some of which I have heard.Â Among them: Cincinnati: Graeterâ€™s Cambridge: Toscaniniâ€™s San Francisco: Bi-Rite Creamery Santa Barbara: McConnellâ€™s Fine Ice Creams Wisconsin: Sibbyâ€™s Organic Zone Ice Cream Boulder: Glacier Homemade Ice Cream I have been familiar with Graeterâ€™s for a while, and have always been interested.Â Â McConnellâ€™s is no stranger to my supermarket aisle.Â The others are clearly more regional, and thus do not ring any bells.Â I know there are more treasures out there, and my aim is to try something new and delicious.Â What I propose is to either order from one of the above vendors, or from a place recommended by a reader who seems particularity passionate. I will then chronicle my findings here.Â The product does not have to be â€˜ice creamâ€™ per se, as I would happily embrace frozen custard, gelato, or any other cold dairy treat.Â I do not discriminate, except on quality.Â It also has to be shippable. Let the great ice cream chase begin!Â I await your recomendations… H/t to Forbes Traveler for the top picture. The following two tabs change content below.BioLatest Posts JT Latest posts by JT (see all) Starbucks Enters New Beverage Territory - August 1, 2013 Dole’s Banana Dippers Look Promising - July 7, 2013 Time For Summer Food - June 20, 2013 18 Responses Sarah September 25th, 2009 You have to try Whitey’s Ice Cream. I recommend the malts and shakes, which are shippable. Reply Hans September 25th, 2009 Ted Drewes frozen custard. There are only locations in the entire world and they are located in St. Louis, Missouri. This custard rocks, and I suggest the Terramizzou Concrete. http://www.teddrewes.com Reply JT September 25th, 2009 Great tips so far! Keep ’em coming… Reply Lara September 25th, 2009 Graeter’s is delicious! Also, Jeni’s Ice Cream in Columbus is truly unique and unforgettable. I recommend the lime cardamom flavor. http://jenisicecreams.com/ Reply Maggy September 25th, 2009 Graeters!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ted Drewes is nothing to sneeze at,though. Reply mthrisho September 26th, 2009 I would like to suggest long-time local favorite Snowflake’s in Riverhead, NY. Reply Mary September 26th, 2009 You must experience Tillamook ice cream. Its made in Northwestern Oregon and is available on the Northern west coast (Oregon, Washington, Northern California). Reply Sandy September 27th, 2009 Two Bay Area, CA favs: 1) Fenton’s Creamery in Oakland, http://www.fentonscreamery.com and 2) Mitchell’s Ice Cream in San Francisco, http://www.mitchellsicecream.com Reply Rachel September 27th, 2009 Like Hans, I’ve also had Ted Drewes, but am not as much a fan of the format (they mix the ice cream with the toppings/syrups). The base flavor is vanilla, and that is quite delicious. Toscanini’s is better. Cambridge is a terrific city, so I hope you get to visit, preferably in the summer– good for ice cream and warm days! I would say Glacier falls somewhere in between these two for me. Based on my sampling so far, this must be some list. Kuddos, JT — thanks for the post. Reply Hans October 1st, 2009 Ted Drewes is very nice just baseline vanilla in a cone. Cant beat it. Reply JW October 5th, 2009 Penn State creamery ice cream wins hands down! If Ben and Jerry (yes, THAT Ben and Jerry) thought it was a great place to learn their craft, its good enough for me! Reply Jim October 8th, 2009 In the Chicago area, Oberweis wins hands down. Reply Elizabeth Smith Brigham October 11th, 2009 Ted Drewes wins out by far. The pints that they sell at Schnuck’s and Dierberg’s in STL come in Vanilla, Chocolate and Strawberry. I’m partial to the Vanilla and Strawberry myself. There’s NOTHING better than a hot fudge (the real deal) sunda (yes, Sun-da, not Sundae) with Vanilla frozen custard, nuts and a cherry on top after a July Cardinal’s baseball game. The line is generally around the block, but the operational efficiency at Ted Drewes is beyond incredible. On another note, a STL transplant has tried to replicate Ted Drewes concretes in NYC in Manhattan. I believe the place is called the Snack Shack. He does give a shout out to Ted Drewes on the menu. Reply Rose'sLime October 13th, 2009 Toscanini’s has been widely lauded for its ice cream and falvors and sometimes piloried for Gus’s slipshod business practices – last year they had to ask patrons for charitable donations so they could pay their taxes and stay in business. Also, from time to time, they have a big freezer and only six different flavors available – with four of them being some variation on coffee. That being said, they have some flavors that are unmatched anywhere – Burnt Caramel in particular, but also cake batter and cocoa pudding. I live in Cambridge half way between Tosci’s and Christina’s and for daily dips prefer Christina’s. Meanwhile I used to live in Philly and can endorse not only the Penn State creamery (worth a trip to State College), but also Bassets in the Reading Terminal. It’s the place my grandfather used to take my father… been there so long there are two inch deep divots in the marble from where people have been leaning their forearms for 100 years. http://www.bassettsicecream.com/ Reply JT October 16th, 2009 These comments are all great! Keep them coming… Reply jamie October 17th, 2009 if you live in texas, blue bell ice cream is the only way to go. to eat any other brand is pure blasphemy. Reply Gus Rancatore November 2nd, 2009 Amy’s Ice Creams in Austin. Cool stuff and cool people in what can be a very hot Texas town. Reply bob December 15th, 2009 ted drewes all the way!!! all other places are gross. do yourself a favor, try ted drewes. pleaseeeee. its wayy betterr. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Current ye@r * Leave this field empty Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.