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Ice Cream Gift Pack Giveaway!

Vanilla Sour Cream Ice Cream
Summer is quickly melting away and, while some might say that the season for ice cream is ending, I say that there is no reason to put those ice cream scoops into storage until next year. Ice cream is one food that might be good for cooling off, but it is good all year round. In this spirit, I’m hosting a quick little end-of-summer ice cream giveaway for my readers!

The prize is a goodie basket with some ice cream making essentials. It also includes my new favorite Zyliss ice cream scoop, but everything else is a surprise. The only things you’ll have to supply is the actual ice cream because it just doesn’t ship all that well in my experience – not without some fancy ice packs, anyway!

To play, just leave a comment below describing your favorite ice cream. Be specific! I want to know if your favorite is homemade, or a particular brand of ice cream from the market or from a particular store in your city. Gelato and sorbet are fair game, too, if those are at the top of your list. The contest is closing on Sunday, September 19th, so leave your comments before then. Be sure to leave your e-mail address (it won’t be published if you type it into the form) so I can contact a randomly selected winner on Sunday night! Good luck everyone!

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  • The Deutsch Girl
    September 17, 2010

    If I have the time, or about 10 people to help me out, it’s myfamily’s homemade vanilla. It’s the best!

    If not, then it’s Dreyer’s Cookies and Cream. What can I say, it reminds me of childhood!

  • Katie
    September 17, 2010

    My favorite ice cream by far is Dreyer’s Slow Churned Mint Chocolate. It’s rich and intense and the mintiness in the ice cream adds to the chilling sensation that’s always fresh. The bittersweet chocolate flakes adds a nice texture and is wonderful to melt in your mouth after you’ve swallowed the mint ice cream. My heart will forever belong to that flavor!

  • Carole Resnick
    September 17, 2010

    Homemade Peach Ice Cream with a sweet Peach-Pear Chunky Salsa.

  • carla
    September 17, 2010

    I love really good banana ice cream or rather gelato- but will settle for coffee with toffee chips!

  • June
    September 17, 2010

    Chocolate hazelnut gelato–but almost any gelato will do.
    The flavors are just so intense!

  • June
    September 17, 2010

    Sorry I forgot to say homemade, but also enjoy gelato shops. Have never bought it in a supermarket.

  • Owlchick
    September 17, 2010

    Ben and Jerry’s just-about-anything. Kitchen Sink is awesome, but I think currently Karamel Sutra is tops. What I really miss is there Bovinity Divinity, with cute little chocolate cows in it.

  • Christine
    September 17, 2010

    Maple walnut, hands down. My favorite place to get it is this place near my cottage which is only water access. I would have to paddle my kayak for about an hour but the ice cream was always worth.

  • Cindy
    September 17, 2010

    Moosetracks by the Velvet ice Cream company in Ohio. Can’t get it in Arizona, of course. To me it seems richer than Moosetracks by other brands.

  • Melissa
    September 17, 2010

    Haagen-Dazs’ midnight cookies n’ cream

  • Megan
    September 17, 2010

    I really love the avocado ice cream I made a bunch last summer. Unfortunately this summer I didn’t have access to my ice cream maker…. I guess I’ll just need to make it this fall

  • Holly
    September 17, 2010

    Anything from Skinny Cow – can’t beat the low cal ice cream cups or the 100 calorie bars!

  • Astrid
    September 17, 2010

    I adore anything peanut butter and when I find peanut butter icecream on a menu, I snap it up!

  • Melisssa
    September 17, 2010

    I’ve lost track of how many pints of Ben & Jerry’s Half Baked I’ve eaten. It is so yummy!

  • Anna
    September 17, 2010

    My absolute favorite is Ben & Jerry’s Phish Food. I can’t get enough of the marshmallow swirl!

  • Shea
    September 17, 2010

    I love Graeter’s black raspberry chip – it’s a local brand here in Cincinnati that practically has a cult following. They are trying to expand nationwide, though, so you may be able to have some soon!

  • michelle
    September 17, 2010

    Gadzooks! by Bassett’s Ice Cream in Philadelphia. Based on a local radio morning show Preston & Steve on 93.3 WMMR. It’s chocolate ice cream with peanut butter brownies, chocolate chunks and caramel swirl! YUM!!

  • Jodi
    September 17, 2010

    Paciugo, the new gelato shop in my neighborhood, makes the most amazing Mediterranean Sea Salt Gelato! It has a wonderful salty richness, and I had no idea that gelato could taste so caramely without having any ribbons of gooey caramel running through it. Amazing!

  • Katie
    September 17, 2010

    Blue Bell’s Banana Pudding!!

  • Arien Gutierrez Gutierrez
    September 17, 2010

    I’m partial to homemade ice-cream or really rich, good gelato or store bought. Probably my favorite ice cream is the vanilla buttermilk (from Smitten Kitchen): it has an incredible flavor, whether you make it with eight yolks or four. Plus, i made a lemon variation my boyfriend can’t stop raving about.

  • Jessica
    September 17, 2010

    Black Raspberry – it’s hard to find in most circumstances, and finding it in gelato-form is nearly impossible, but I keep hoping. When I was a kid, a small stand in a nearby shopping mall (Capital City Mall in Pennsylvania) sold it, and theirs has been the gold standard for me ever since.

    Good vanilla frozen custard is easier to find – Neilssen’s in Vienna VA! – but I keep thinking I should try to make it at home.

  • Anjali
    September 17, 2010

    I love mint chocolate chip 🙂 Mint + chocolat

  • Valerie
    September 17, 2010

    I recently discovered that you need an actual machine to make ice cream. Now my favourite flavour is Dorie Greenspan’s burnt caramel.

  • Sarah R
    September 17, 2010

    Right now I can’t get enough of Blue Bunny’s Peanut Butter Panic. For a peanut butter and chocolate lover it’s perfect!

  • Lauren @ Eater not a runner
    September 17, 2010

    Oreo ice cream from J.P. licks in Boston. My all time favorite!

  • LK
    September 17, 2010

    Jeni’s in Columbus, OH! Picking one favorite from there is simply impossible 🙂

  • Robin
    September 17, 2010

    Homemade Amaretto ice cream with Godiva raspberry cordials blended in.

  • Erica
    September 17, 2010

    My favorite is the plain vanilla made at a place called Bellvale Creamery. Its in Warwick NY, and its on a farm. They make their own ice cream, so its always fresh.

  • Anne
    September 17, 2010

    Well, I have to admit that my favorite is Häagen-Dazs Strawberry. It really is. Homemade is great, of course – but for the ease, and availability, H-D is it for me 🙂 Total comfort!

  • Lindsey
    September 17, 2010

    My favorite ice cream is Dave and Andy’s pumpkin in Oakland, Pittsburgh, PA. It has the perfect amount of creaminess and spice together. It tastes heavenly in their waffle cones that are both crunchy and cakey at the same time.

  • Shonna
    September 17, 2010

    I LOVE homemade Cookie “No-Dough” Dough Ice Cream. The actual ice cream tastes like cookie dough… and… because cookie dough is my weakness, I also throw in some actual cookie dough. It’s AMAZING 😀

  • Brandy
    September 17, 2010

    Ben & Jerry’s Mint Chocolate Cookie for store bought and blueberry gelato for homemade…..now I really want to make some!

  • Simone
    September 17, 2010

    Haagen-Daas Caramel Cone is amazing. Caramel ice cream, and chocolate covered cones pieces…yummmmy!!!

  • Katie
    September 17, 2010

    My favorite ice cream is Baskin Robbin’s peanut butter and chocolate. I remember when I discovered it as a child. I just didn’t know anything could be that good!

  • Lauren
    September 17, 2010

    What a fun giveaway! I completely agree that ice cream is a treat to enjoy year-round (I just posted a recipe for ice cream full of autumn spices) and I keep my ice cream freezer bowl at the ready.

    I love making my own ice cream and frozen yogurt, and one of my favorite recipes was one for purple cow fro yo: raspberry & blackberry frozen yogurt with both dark and white chocolate. Mmmmmm.

  • Carrie
    September 17, 2010

    As a kid I always love the Chocolate with Peanut Butter Swirl from Baskin Robbins. Now I am much less selective and will take whatever is given to me!

  • suzanne
    September 17, 2010

    My all time favorite is homemade strawberry. A close second is Blue Bell Pecan Pralines ‘n Cream.

  • Lissa
    September 17, 2010

    I really love Dairy Queen soft serve vanilla ice cream!

  • Rose
    September 17, 2010

    I’m a vanilla girl. Love French Vanilla – only the most decadent stuff too. The bargain stuff just mutilates the vanilla flavor.

  • Astrid
    September 17, 2010

    My favorite ice cream is a homemade dark chocolate ice cream with chocolate chip cookie dough in it. I made it with a custard base, and it was so decadent and incredible. This ice cream needs to be saved for special occasions, because I never want to get bored of it!

  • Rose
    September 17, 2010

    Forgot to say my favorite is Ben and Jerry’s even though my husband and kids always give me grief because I don’t want those mixed up flavors.

  • sprite
    September 17, 2010

    My local ice cream shop, Larry’s in Washington, D.C., makes a aptly named flavor they call Paradise — raspberry ice cream with a gooey fudge swirl through it. Absolutely delicious.

  • sara
    September 17, 2010

    My favorite ice cream is Roxbury Road from Jeni’s in Columbus…chocolate ice cream with homemade marshmallows and smoked marcona almonds. Heaven!

  • Amanda
    September 17, 2010

    My all time favorite is pistachio dark chocolate ice cream. I would love to make my own ice cream one day. The mix between sweet, bitter, and salty is a perfect combination! Ok, now I want some..

  • Tara
    September 17, 2010

    My favorite ice cream is any ice cream that is within two inches of my face, ready to be consumed.

    I don’t discriminate.

  • BecKAY
    September 17, 2010

    Before the whole “create your own” ice cream fad, my favorite ice cream spot was Baskin Robbins. Their Mint Chocolate Chip is the best (I love how the chocolate is shaved and not in chip or chunk form). But my favorite seasonal flavors are Quarterback Crunch (September’s flavor of the month) and Winter White Chocolate. Sooooooo good.

  • Fallon
    September 17, 2010

    My favorite subject… My favorite ice cream has to be from Cold Stone. I had a combination of french vanilla ice cream that was so creamy mixed with cookie dough, chocolate and caramel sauce. It was amazing. Then I put it in a waffle bowl that was dipped in chocolate and nuts. It was so worth it!

  • Cin
    September 17, 2010

    graeter’s black raspberry chocolate chip

  • Zohar
    September 17, 2010

    My favorite ice cream is tahini (ground sesame seed paste) swirls with pistachio sprinkles! 🙂

  • Lia Keller
    September 17, 2010

    It is off the market as my grandfather made Dragon Ice Cream. He would go hunt them all morning and then make. The ice cream for my birthday. It was a beautiful color and oddly enough the dragons tasted like mint.