Thursday, June 6, 2013


June 7th is National Chocolate Ice Cream Day, the day we celebrate one of the most popular ice cream flavors of all time. And while chocolate ice cream does come in second to vanilla in terms of popularity, it does so knowing that it is very adaptable to layers of extra flavors and that it functions as a base for many other popular ice cream flavors.

For example, chocolate pairs surprisingly well with some unlikely partners, such as sea salt. It also likes to get heated up, with chocolate ice cream pairing well with chilies and various spices…and even booze! The almost wine-like taste of the upscale Mexican beer Bohemia, combined with the subtle heat of the pasilla chili pepper, makes for the ideal flavor combination for addition to a rich chocolate ice cream base.

And speaking of chocolate base, ice cream manufacturers are improving the quality of cocoa and chocolate that they use in order to deliver a more upscale eating experience. Often times the source of the chocolate is becoming part of the flavor story.

Here are 10 innovative chocolate ice cream flavors for summer 2013.

Gelato Petrini developed Stout Beer and Chocolate Gelato, which joins other alcohol-containing frozen desserts such as Guinness Chocolate.
Ben & Jerry’s now offers a chocolate version of its popular Peanut Butter Cup ice cream. Limited-edition pints of Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup are available exclusively through Walmart. A half-cup serving contains 330 calories and 21 grams of fat.

Here’s another limited-edition ice cream. Blue Bunny Premium Chocolate Caramel Cashew Ice Cream is described as silky chocolate ice cream loaded with chocolate flakes, honey-coated cashews and a caramel sauce. A half-cup serving contains 160 calories and 8 grams of fat.

The Farmer’s Cow is a group of six Connecticut dairy farms working together to sell their fresh dairy products. One of the new ice cream flavors is based on a lot of chocolate. Muddy Boots Knee-Deep in Chocolate is pure decadence. It features The Farmer’s Cow “Cow Barn Chocolate” ice cream, which is made even muddier with brownie bits and chocolate chips swirled in a fudge ribbon.

Baskin-Robbins is introducing Maui Brownie Madness Frozen Yogurt, which is chocolate frozen yogurt loaded with chunks of brownie and macadamia nuts and swirled with ribbons of chocolate fudge.

Straus Family Creamery has developed NuScoop, an innovative snack or meal supplement that provides complete nutrition in the form of a frozen dairy dessert. NuScoop is real, organic food without any artificial or genetically modified ingredients. This first ever “energy bar for ice-cream lovers” is available in 4-ounce cups in three flavors, Dutch Chocolate, Strawberry and Coffee. All of the NuScoop flavors are 50% higher in protein and 50% lower in fat compared to regular ice cream. The suggested retail price is $2.49.

Three Twins Ice Cream has a number of new flavors this summer, including two chocolate pint concepts. There’s organic Fair Trade Chocolate Malt and organic Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup. Pints retail for $4.49 to $4.99.

New Breyers Blasts! Mrs. Fields Chocolate Fudge Brownie Frozen Dairy Dessert , which is chocolate frozen dairy dessert loaded with Mrs. Fields fudge brownie pieces  with a fudge swirl.

High Road Café Ice Cream recently debuted Chocolate Noir, a rich, dark chocolate craft ice cream. The company also offers Aztec Chocolate and Caramel as part of its Destination Series line.

Outside of the States, Nestlé Temptations Flavors of the World Belgian Chocolate Praline Flavored Ice Cream is described as rich swirls of white chocolate and milk chocolate ice cream blended with Belgian chocolate chips and praline pieces made of chocolate-coated toffee bits.

Happy National Chocolate Ice Cream Day! Please enjoy a scoop or two!
Photo source: Baskin-Robbins

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