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Summer’s here, and that means one thing and one thing only: It’s ice cream season. There are tons of out-of-this-world options in the frozen section, but if you didn’t bring a jacket, spare yourself from getting goosebumps — we’ve got you covered.
We scoured store shelves and chatted with our friends at beloved brands such as Ben & Jerry’s to bring you the best new flavors to chill you out under the summer sun. We’ve all had our fair share of of chocolate and vanilla à la carte or together in a twist, but what do you know about Wildberry Lavender Mascarpone?
While there isn’t any particular trend that stands out this year (let’s all wave goodbye to the “core” fad), some brands are mashing together fan-favorite flavors while others take a romantic stroll down the carefully crafted path. On your left we have Reese’s classic peanut butter cups, and on your right you’ll notice bananas, peanut butter, and chocolate chips joining hands in holy matrimony.
Each and every flavor found on this slideshow can be found at major retailers including but not limited to Kroger, Target, Walmart, Friendly’s, and Baskin-Robbins. Grab a spoon and get scooping, because we’re diving in, er, grabbing the tub from the freezer and falling into a black hole of Netflix. Ice cream shouldn’t be eaten in the sun anyway. It will melt!
This batch, from Häagen-Dazs’ Decadent Collection, takes everything you thought you knew about regular ol’ chocolate chip and flips the switch. Who knew that all this time, peanut butter and bananas were the missing puzzle pieces to this delicious mystery? Banana ice cream, rich peanut butter ribbons, and chocolate chunks are the Scooby, Shaggy, and Velma of dairy dessert.
This summer seasonal is unlike anything Baskin-Robbins has ever attempted before. Innovators at the company took blackberry ice cream and added blackberry hibiscus ice with blackberry ribbons. This fruity flavor was awarded second-place for “Most Innovative Flavor Currently in the Marketplace” at the International Dairy Foods Association’s Ice Cream Technology Conference.
Blue Bunny’s new Load’d Sundaes feature soft ice cream and tons of drool-worthy toppings jam-packed in one. The Iowa-based brand — whose parent-company also owns ice cream truck fan-favorite Bomb Pops — remixed its top-seller, Bunny Tracks. Expect the same vanilla ice cream with double the caramel, fudge swirls, chocolate-covered peanuts, and adorable peanut butter and chocolate bunnies.
Apparently hot coffee cools you down faster than the iced variety on a sweltering summer day, but that won’t stop us from licking down Ben & Jerry’s latest flavor under the scorching sun. Chillin’ the Roast is built with cold brew-flavored ice cream bejeweled with chocolate cookie-covered coffee truffles and fudge swirls.
If you love a good, dense cake, but don’t appreciate the calories that typically come with it, try Skinny Cow’s Chocolate Cake Me Away. The recipe is simple: light chocolate ice cream swirled with chocolate frosting. Less is more, right? Speaking of less, this flavor has only 380 calories per pint, and has 23 grams of protein.
There’s nothing better than chocolate-covered raspberries, except maybe chocolate-covered raspberry ice cream. Magnum’s new Tubs take the brand’s famous ice cream bars and reimagine them into an interactive, scoopable treat. This one in particular features raspberry ice cream and dark chocolate shards all encased in a crackable dark chocolate shell. All you have to do is squeeze.
Are you the type of snacker who picks the candies out of nut-burdened trail mix? Guilty as charged. Glampfire Trail Mix is inspired by “glamping,” which is like regular camping sans tent, sub 5-star hotel. This ice cream features only the best components of this “health” snack: crunchy pretzels, marshmallow, and fudge-covered almonds submersed in chocolate ice cream. This product is sold exclusively at Target.
When all of your beloved Girl Scout cookies are gone, don’t fret — there’s an ice cream for that, and its recipe calls for less sugar than most other flavors made by Talenti. The brand’s Mint Cookie Crunch gelato is made with fresh mint leaves, crunchy chocolate cookie chunks, and exotic monk fruit juice — which is nearly 200 times sweeter than sugar, but contains zero calories.
From the LA-based creamery that brought you guilt-free Chocolate Covered Banana, Caramel Macchiato, and Pancakes and Waffles ice creams: Say hello to Peaches & Cream. This brand-new offering has a vanilla and cream-flavored base starring plump peach swirls. The best part is, it’s only 320 calories per pint!
Peanut butter and chocolate is the most winning combination of all time (sorry, jelly). Peanut butter cup fans and those who prefer the candy-coated yellow and orange pieces can come together with this 2-in-1 tub. It has the best of both worlds swirled in peanut butter and chocolate ice cream — double the flavors, double the fun.
Let’s face it, it’s hard to go to Friendly’s and not leave with ice cream. This East Coast creamery serves iconic monster sundaes, but don’t be spooked by the hand-packed pints in the freezer by the door. This summer, look for Triple Caramel Peanut Heaven — an angelic vanilla base with Snickers bar pieces and delicious caramel and fudge swirls. Upon first bite, you may even see the light.
The unicorn trend is alive and well with Market Pantry’s latest frozen feat dubbed Unicorn Magic. This Target-exclusive is described as having “a pink fruity base with sour blue raspberry swirl, a frosting swirl, and glitter candy bits.” Pucker up, buttercup. This pastel party in a tub will certainly satisfy any sweet tooth.
This out-of-the-box artisanal pint is packed with wildberry ice cream (raspberry and blueberry), decadent mascarpone ripples, white chocolate flakes, and subtle notes of lavender. This pretty purple treat will set you back $2.99 at select Kroger-owned retailers, and the rest of the wonderful flavors in this list are almost all available at some of America's best supermarkets.
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