Fin lives in California's Central Valley. He enjoys writing food reviews.
Who Makes the Best Mint Chip Ice Cream?
Vanilla is perhaps the first flavor people think of when they picture ice cream. Chocolate, of course, probably comes in second.
With a plain ice cream, you can always add toppings or other ingredients such as nuts or candy to help enhance the flavor. Vanilla itself is refreshing and manages to avoid being overbearing so the consumer can enjoy the taste of the cream.
Mint chocolate chip, according to IDFA (International Dairy Food Association), is the 10th most popular flavor of ice cream in the world.
That being said, it certainly isn't number one. However, it still is pretty good and has a large following.
This article will look at a few popular brands out there that should be available near you. Ice cream can vary in terms of quality, texture, and taste. I've tried to take these into consideration when looking at my choices.
I hope you agree for the most part and manage to try some of these flavors on your own.
Ben and Jerry's
Well, the first thing that struck me from this variety is that the color was not green. I don't think that should make much a difference—perhaps other than psychologically.
The ice cream did seem to have a slightly different flavor and texture, but that might have been my imagination.
The high point about this variety is that the chips were large and kind of chewy and better than I had experienced with other mind chocolate chips. It was very creamy and a bit refreshing actually and had a very pleasant taste that lingered. This is something that I didn't quite expect because my experience with mint chocolate chip ice creams is that there is a kind of a sharp bite, a bit of a tingle that lasts on your tongue.
This was one of the more creamer types and had a certain thickness to it that seemed unique. Probably not what I would look forward to with my minty preference, but very good.
I don't think it would go well in shake because the texture is way too milky, but it is definitely one to keep in mind on a hot day.
Overall Rating: 8
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2. Baskin Robbins
When you think of ice cream parlors, it is probably hard not to put Baskin Robbins on the list of favorite places. Known for its 31 plus flavors, it has almost become synonymous with anything American. You've got Mom, baseball, apple pie, and B&R Ice Cream—preferably vanilla with that slice.
How does the mint chocolate chip measure up?
Well, for starters, it actually looks like a minty ice cream. The bright green color of the sample, decorated with large slivers of chocolate chips. The chips are nice, thin, and have a distinctively dark taste. The ice cream is cool and refreshing with a texture that tastes like you are slipping your mouth over a thick delicious velvet cake.
The aroma is definitely sharp enough to penetrate even a hot summer afternoon, yet light enough to linger gently long after the piles on the spoon have been consumed.
Still there is something a bit standard, perhaps even cliche, about the ice cream. Like McDonald's fries, they always taste the same. A flavor you can picture even when you're alone in an empty room. You know what to expect and then there are no real surprises. It's manufactured.
But still, pretty good. Highly recommended.
Overall Rating: 9
3. Ben and Jerry's
Well, it isn't a bad ice cream, I just don't see how it earned the classification of "mint."
There is really nothing minty about this other than a delicate aroma that teases the nose once you lift the spoon toward your mouth.
It seems to be more of an Oreo-cookie-type ice cream. It even resembles the color of one, since there is no greenery present. One expects a mint type of ice cream to have some shade of green in it.
The Oreo-type cookies—I'm not sure if they are actual Oreos—are what you taste most of all in this variety.
Overall Rating: 7
A very delicious and refreshingly cool ice cream—but the chips are a little thick and overbearing at times. There are quite a few of the chunks in this variety as well.
I like the light green shade most of all, and it has a distinctively minty taste.
The thick texture delights the palate and is only momentarily interrupted by the deep dark chips.
A pretty good ice cream overall, one of the better ones, but I know there are samples out there far more superior.
Overall Rating: 8
How Ice Cream Is Made
I am not sure what Häagen-Dazs means, but I would not be surprised if it translated into "heavenly days" because this dish is close to Nirvana.
I was a little surprised at what looked like a cola stain when I took off the lid, but the ice cream itself was delicious. Again, as with some of the other brands, the light color of the sample put me off a bit. The cream melted easily though and was thoroughly refreshing—much more so than some of the other samples.
This brand is definitely a little pricier, but I think it is worth it. When you want a good, crisp, clean-tasting ice cream, I would pick this one.
Fine aromas, clean distinct texture, and great taste. The chips are a little heavy at times, but they add a nice punctuation to the clear veneer of the body.
Overall Rating 8.5
What I liked about this brand is that the chips appeared nicely dispersed throughout the scoops. The ice cream was light-colored and I thought it was vanilla when I first opened the container.
When I first tasted it, I thought it was simply a vanilla flavor with some hint of mint sprigs. The flavor was rather bland.
It did have a great texture and was refreshing. The chip content was pretty heavy so after the ice cream melted, I had a mouthful of chocolate.
This brand itself was a bit expensive and probably one of the better-known national brands.
It is better than some of the lesser expensive brands—well, probably not.
Is it good and recommended?
Sure. Not bad.
Overall Rating: 7.5
7. Fat Boy
An amusing message greets you when you take off the lid: "Wimpy scoopers need not apply," and I guess the meaning behind that is you must devour this ice cream in massive quantities.
That should be an easy task, for the most part.
The ice cream looks minty, with a bright green shade that almost glows. The ice cream itself is cool and crisp, very refreshing. A very clean creamy mint flavor.
However, I did have some problems with the chips. The smaller chocolate chips were good—in fact, perfect. They were the kind of chips that are perfect for a flavored cream because they don't overtake the experience.
There were chunks of cookies in it—like the dark wafers that you taste in an Oreo cookie.
Overall, it wasn't a bad ice cream, but personally I prefer something with a bolder taste.
Overall Rating: 8
History of Ice Cream
According to the International Dairy Food Association:
Until 1800, ice cream remained a rare and exotic dessert enjoyed mostly by the elite. Around 1800, insulated ice houses were invented. Manufacturing ice cream soon became an industry in America, pioneered in 1851 by a Baltimore milk dealer named Jacob Fussell. Like other American industries, ice cream production increased because of technological innovations, including steam power, mechanical refrigeration, the homogenizer, electric power and motors, packing machines, and new freezing processes and equipment. In addition, motorized delivery vehicles dramatically changed the industry. Due to ongoing technological advances, today's total frozen dairy annual production in the United States is more than 6.4 billion pounds.
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