The Huffington Post has their top picks for the best ice cream. For five minutes I tried to click through their annoying slideshow, but it wouldn’t work. So, I decided to do my own list.
1. Talenti Sea Salt Caramel Gelato — It’s addictive. Every few weeks Target has it on sale for 2 for $7 or something like that. It’s a sin not to take advantage. In addition to a salty caramel base, there are chocolate-covered caramel truffles mixed in.
2. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Brown Butter Almond Brittle — I’ve only seen this ice cream at Whole Foods and Fresh Market. It’s $10 a pint, which is insane. It works out well because since you’re likely to eat the entire thing, at $10 a pop you won’t splurge very often. You can also have it delivered, but with shipping charges in the summer, it’s probably $25 or $30 a pint. So, actually $10 is a pretty good deal…
3. Ben & Jerry’s Pistachio Pistachio — Possibly because I’m Italian, I love anything pistachio. Ben & Jerry’s is the precise reason I don’t mix food and politics. Just to balance things out, you could drive an SUV to a grocery store just for one pint of ice cream.
4. Trader Joe’s Soy Creamy Cherry Chocolate Chip — This “ice cream” (made from soy rather than dairy) is surprisingly good. The base isn’t too sweet and the large chunks of cherries and dark chocolate pieces are really good.
5. Safeway Brand Crème Brulee — Vanilla ice cream with swirls of sticky, slightly burnt sugar. Don’t be fooled by the fact that it’s a store brand. It’s still about the same price as Ben & Jerry’s, but it’s worth it.
Honorable Mentions — I’m listing these separately because they aren’t exactly ice cream or aren’t widely available.
Goodie’s — I love this 1950’s inspired ice cream parlor on wheels. I had my first root beer float (ever!) from them a few weeks ago. They specialize in frozen custard and use it to make old-fashioned and newly-inspired treats. They’re a popular food truck in D.C., so if you’re in the D.C. area or will be soon, follow them on Twitter @GoodiesDC for their daily locations.
Chick-fil-A Peach Milkshake — It’s only available during the summer months, so take advantage while you can.
Trader Joe’s Fleur de Sel Caramel Sauce — Just a fancy way of saying salted caramel sauce. It’s a good substitute for my homemade salted caramel sauce (recipe here: http://thelotusblog.com/2011/12/16/salted-caramel-sauce/).