Braums and Blue Bell introduced several new flavors this summer. Two really stood out, and are fighting for top place in my personal ice-cream ranking system. Braums Circus Animal Cookie ice cream, and Blue Bell’s Ice Cream Cone flavor. Both carry a large dose of nostalgia, and I’ve been fighting the urge to toss the meats and veggies now filling the freezer and instead cram it with as many cartons of these two flavors as I can wedge in there. Yes, they are good.
The Braums Circus Animal Cookie is pink and white and has Mothers™ Circus Animal cookies in it. The cream part has a different texture than most ice-creams, a little closer to whipped soft-serve, but still firm and quite creamy. The base flavor is vanilla with a little strawberry and cream, at least to my taste buds. The cookies are frosted in white and pink and have colored sprinkles. You can get the cookies by the bag from various stores (Wal-Mart, several grocery chains, Amazon).
And then Blue Bell’s Ice Cream Cone is a pean to the wonderful ice cream in a cone I used to get as a treat from convenience stores. Remember the soft vanilla ice cream with chocolate and minced peanuts on top, in a chewy sugar cone with chocolate in the tip to keep it from dripping? This is that, in a large carton.
It is pure nostalgia for me. There’s lots of bits in it, with a thick swirl of the chocolate, chunks of cone, the minced peanuts… It takes me straight back to summer days as a kid, and the wonderful treat that was the convenience store cone-in-a-bag. It was released earlier this year, but the new flavors take a while to get this far north.
At the moment, my favorite readily accessible flavors are 1. Blue Bell Ice Cream Cone, 2. Braums Circus Animal Cookie, 3. Blue Bunny’s Bunny Tracks (Original version), 4. Cookies-n-Cream (any maker, although the creamier the better), 5. Mint Chocolate Chip, 6. Blue Bell Key Lime Pie (only available in summer, and not every summer). Alas, the little shop here that had flavors like Minnesota Pothole (dark chocolate [asphalt] with chocolate ribbon [road repair tar] chocolate chunks and nuts [potholes]) closed down. 😦
FTC Notice: I purchased these ice creams on my own and received no remuneration from the makers.