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(Des Moines Register)   The American ice cream war has begun   (blogs.desmoinesregister.com) divider line 33
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2012-11-15 02:17:46 AM  
I rarely see Blue Bunny in Portland. I really like the regional Umpqua brand Ice Cream.
 
2012-11-15 02:28:24 AM  
Nothing tastes good these days I notice.
 
2012-11-15 02:38:19 AM  
Congratulations. According to a taste test done by America's Test Kitchen Blue Bunny came in near the top and Dryer's/Eddy's near the bottom. From what I have heard, when Nestle bought Dryer's they fired all the workers in Union City. Ca, closed the plant, and moved production to a place where labor rates were cheaper. What this country does not need is a takeover of a great product by a multinational corporation that cheapens the product and exports the profits overseas.
 
2012-11-15 02:58:10 AM  
Blue Bunny isn't bad. I prefer Mayfields myself.
 
2012-11-15 03:09:00 AM  
www.austinchronicle.com

i don't eat ice cream a lot, but about 2 times a year i get this.
 
2012-11-15 03:42:37 AM  
Man I love Blue Bunny. It's more expensive than the other brands, but it's worth it. I don't buy ice cream all that much, but man was my childhood ever thoroughly paved by them. Ice cream every night at grandma's.

/she still buys ice cream when we all come over
//it's become a joke now, even though most of us don't eat ice cream
 
2012-11-15 03:56:51 AM  
I'm sure the same thought process went through the minds of ChatRoulette and Groupon management as well.

'Hey, if people are knocking on our doors now to buy us out, they'll be knocking the doors down when we're #1. We'll make a fortune!'
 
2012-11-15 04:10:05 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: I'm sure the same thought process went through the minds of ChatRoulette and Groupon management as well.

'Hey, if people are knocking on our doors now to buy us out, they'll be knocking the doors down when we're #1. We'll make a fortune!'


Actually, it sounds more like they were worried about quality control slipping and then starting a downward spiral for the company. It's actually nice to see a company that wants quality in this day and age. Because Unilever sure as fark isn't interested in that.
 
2012-11-15 04:13:05 AM  

Dalek Caan's doomed mistress: AverageAmericanGuy: I'm sure the same thought process went through the minds of ChatRoulette and Groupon management as well.

'Hey, if people are knocking on our doors now to buy us out, they'll be knocking the doors down when we're #1. We'll make a fortune!'

Actually, it sounds more like they were worried about quality control slipping and then starting a downward spiral for the company. It's actually nice to see a company that wants quality in this day and age. Because Unilever sure as fark isn't interested in that.


I can understand that. But there's also something to be said for taking the money and running.
 
2012-11-15 04:22:36 AM  

What_Would_Jimi_Do: [www.austinchronicle.com image 300x368]

i don't eat ice cream a lot, but about 2 times a year i get this.


Late night snack is better.

/All ice cream needs potato chip clusters.
 
2012-11-15 04:55:17 AM  
in our local stores Blue Bunny is most expensive. so hat's off to winning in that category.
 
2012-11-15 05:53:36 AM  
Blue Bunny is OK, but........ prefer Hagan in my area.
 
2012-11-15 06:00:37 AM  
FTA: However, Harry Balzer, chief industry analyst for NPD Group food research firm, says Wells goal of being No. 1 is attainable.

If my last name was "Balzer" I wouldn't go by Harry. Harold or Hank would be more viable.

/Harry Balzer? Way to go Harry! I'm sure she loved it.

KrispyKritter: in our local stores Blue Bunny is most expensive. so hat's off to winning in that category.


Weird. In most of the stores I go to Blue Bunny is markedly cheaper than Edy's or Breyer's or anything not store brand.
 
2012-11-15 06:20:27 AM  
Every time I go to the 99 cent store, in the freezer they have Blue Bunny Big Dipper Chocolate Lover's Ice Cream Cones. It's chocolate ice cream ( reduced fat it says, I can't tell ) filling a chocolate-dipped waffle cone to the bottom where some of the chocolate dip has settled solidly on the bottom. It's topped with oreo-like chocolate cookie crucnh bits. Amazing. They are insanely good.

bombpop.com

/ yum
 
2012-11-15 07:24:48 AM  
Harry Balzer?
 
2012-11-15 08:15:19 AM  

What_Would_Jimi_Do: [www.austinchronicle.com image 300x368]

i don't eat ice cream a lot, but about 2 times a year i get this.



I hope they bring back Schweddy Balls for the holidays. That was my favorite new flavor in years. Come to think of it, that was probably the last ice cream I bought at the grocery store.
 
2012-11-15 09:19:53 AM  
Blue Bell or go home.

/Regional Ice cream brand wars.
 
2012-11-15 09:27:46 AM  
I wonder if they're still throwing money at The Family Leader. Maybe they can cross-market with Chik-Fil-A.

/Schwans is better
 
2012-11-15 09:37:35 AM  

Kinek: Blue Bell or go home.

/Regional Ice cream brand wars.


Here here!
 
2012-11-15 09:47:16 AM  
www.seriouseats.com
Brambleberry crisp or GTFO!
 
2012-11-15 09:54:34 AM  
Blue Bunny? No thanks, I'll take my Blue Bell since they still make them in half gallon sizes. I will not contribute to the grand container shrinking conspiracy by ice cream companies.
 
2012-11-15 10:01:48 AM  
the blue bell creameries will slowly push them back
 
2012-11-15 10:13:32 AM  
Blue Bunny is cheap here as well, and it's pretty much out of their core market (ShopRite stores in the PA/NJ/NY area). There are almost always 1.00 off coupons on their website too. Turkey Hill is the dominant local brand, but is becoming more and more corn syrup-y. Edy's (the east coast Dryer's), and Bryer's are always several dollars more, and equally as shiatty.
 
2012-11-15 10:52:20 AM  
So, will they be shrinking the box to 1.25 quarts now?
 
2012-11-15 10:54:32 AM  
Have tried Blue Bunny several times. It was disgusting like any mass-produced ice cream with corn syrup in it.
 
2012-11-15 11:08:50 AM  
I dunno...Brown Bunny seemed more intriguing to me.
 
2012-11-15 11:19:41 AM  
Blue Bell!!!

Want me some banana pudding ice cream.
 
2012-11-15 11:24:11 AM  
I spent years away from Blue Bell. Life was not worth living.

/I'm all better now
//Don't just sound fat
 
2012-11-15 12:22:10 PM  
Blue Bunny is really good--it's pretty much all we get when buying ice cream. Their off-branded 5-quart square buckets of the slightly-cheaper ice cream is great if you're going for quantity. Look at where those are made--same place as name brand.

But if you want the best, freshly-made frozen custard is where it's at.
Within a mile or two of my house is:
Pop's
Kraverz
Culver's
B-52's
Robert's
 
2012-11-15 12:48:03 PM  
One more vote for Blue Bell. It's an addiction.
 
2012-11-15 04:33:03 PM  
I once wanted to try Blue Bell, but apparently Blue Bell doesn't think the North is worthy of its confectionery excellence, so fark them. Blue Bunny's pretty good for the "not sold in tiny cartons" category.
 
2012-11-15 04:40:51 PM  

jimw: Congratulations. According to a taste test done by America's Test Kitchen Blue Bunny came in near the top and Dryer's/Eddy's near the bottom.


Maybe it has something to do with Dryer's / Edy's and Breyers switching to whey as the main ingredient instead of milk / cream.

Since I'm in Philly, it's Bassetts ice cream or Capogiro gelato. (Seriously, Nocciola Piemontese from Capogiro is the best, followed by Gadzooks from Bassetts and finally Mission to Marzipan from Ben & Jerry's.)
 
2012-11-16 01:09:31 AM  
Blue Bell is crap, as are most national brands. Lots of Dryers products aren't even labelled as "ice cream" any more due to their low butter fat content. I buy Ben and Jerry's pints or Trader Joe's. Those brands still make real ice cream.
 
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