East Coast Suffers Horrific Ice Cream Bar Shortage

East Coast Suffers Horrific Ice Cream Bar Shortage

Much of the Northeastern United States is currently dealing with a heat wave that has household pets plastered to cold tile floors and local news outlets hauling tired puns out of winter storage. But the real crisis is occurring out where fleets of white trucks prowl the mean streets of suburbia in search of customers. The combination of an exceptionally warm spring and a Good Humor plant shutdown in Maryland mean that vendors are struggling to get hold of some popular Good Humor products. Who is suffering? The children. [More]

Here Is Why You Should Always Check The Sales Tax On Your Online Order

Here Is Why You Should Always Check The Sales Tax On Your Online Order

When you place an order online — especially through a large national chain — you might expect that your sales tax would be calculated accurately. But, as demonstrated by the Cold Stone Creamery store that charges 25% tax, that isn’t always the case. [More]

Safeway's New 'Easy Scoop' Ice Cream Easier To Scoop Because There's Less Of It

Safeway's New 'Easy Scoop' Ice Cream Easier To Scoop Because There's Less Of It

Safeway’s Lucerne house brand ice creams have been repackaged, and now come in a round container branded the “Easy-Scoop Package.” That’s a nice redesign, and round containers are easier to scoop from. Only, as reader Ryan points out, maybe the ice cream is easier to scoop now because there’s now a half-quart less of it. [More]

Ben & Jerry's Apologizes For Fortune Cookie "Taste the Lin-sanity" Frozen Yogurt

Ben & Jerry's Apologizes For Fortune Cookie "Taste the Lin-sanity" Frozen Yogurt

Journalists aren’t the only ones finding it difficult to deal with the success of New York Knicks star Jeremy Lin. Ben & Jerry’s released a limited edition frozen yogurt dubbed “Taste the Lin-sanity” at a store in the Boston area, flavored with crumbled fortune cookies and lychee honey. Customers complained about the culturally insensitive choice of ingredients and quality of the product, and the company responded by pulling the flavor and apologizing. [More]

Some Supermarkets Don't Want To Touch Ben & Jerry's Schweddy Balls

Some Supermarkets Don't Want To Touch Ben & Jerry's Schweddy Balls

Back when Ben & Jerry’s announced its new Schweddy Balls flavor of ice cream, you might have guessed that some stores might balk at selling the product. And if so, then your prediction was spot-on. [More]

Friendly's Files For Bankruptcy Protection, Closes 63 Restaurants

Friendly's Files For Bankruptcy Protection, Closes 63 Restaurants

As we reported last week, the financial outlook at ice cream and burger chain Friendly’s is bleak. Earlier today, the company confirmed rumors it would be filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and announced it has closed 63 shops around the country. [More]

American Family Association Doesn't Want You To Taste Ben & Jerry's Schweddy Balls

American Family Association Doesn't Want You To Taste Ben & Jerry's Schweddy Balls

The inaccurately named American Family Association — those not-at-all-absolutely-insane people who boycott stores for not associating Jesus’ birthday with deep discounts — has a special “project” called One Million Moms, which is apparently the number of mothers the AFA would want us to believe are truly upset about Ben & Jerry’s Schweddy Balls flavor of ice cream. [More]

Ben & Jerry's Introduces "Schweddy Balls" Flavor Ice Cream

Ben & Jerry's Introduces "Schweddy Balls" Flavor Ice Cream

Don’t know about you, but when we think about holiday treats, our minds veer toward a special snack created by Pete Schweddy, owner of Seasons Eatings. Apparently, the folks at Ben & Jerry’s have heard about this delectable delight too and are introducing a Schweddy Balls flavor of ice cream. [More]

The Strange Flavors People Give Ice Cream

The Strange Flavors People Give Ice Cream

Just as culinary mad scientists will attempt to fry just about anything, they will also make ice cream flavors out of the least expected stuff. [More]

Hey, Where Are The Chocolate Chips In My Klondike Bar?

Hey, Where Are The Chocolate Chips In My Klondike Bar?

There’s a new flavor of Klondike Bar on the block: mint chocolate chip. That’s wonderful news for fans of mint chocolate chip ice cream, but also slightly confusing. Because there aren’t actually any chocolate chips in the bars, even though they’re pictured on the package and their ingredients listed on the product’s ingredients list. Where did they go? [More]

Government Wants Organic Small-Batch Ice Cream Maker To Stop
Making Organic Small-Batch Ice Cream

Government Wants Organic Small-Batch Ice Cream Maker To Stop Making Organic Small-Batch Ice Cream

Nice Cream is a small ice cream company in Chicago that does something strange and daring in the modern food landscape: they make and sell ice cream using only ingredients with names that ordinary people can pronounce. Ingredients such as “cream,” “eggs,” and “pie.” The tiny company was a classic recession success story: a laid-off teacher experiments at home with her Cuisinart ice cream maker, and with hard work and creativity creates a delicious product that’s eventually sold at Whole Foods. But the state of Illinois doesn’t really see it that way, and Nice Cream will have to shut down or make drastic changes to its products and process in order to stay legal. They’re first, and other small-batch ice cream makers could be next. [More]

Are These Really The 25-Best Ice Cream Shops In The Country?

Are These Really The 25-Best Ice Cream Shops In The Country?

What’s that dividing line between a good spot to pick up an ice cream cone and a place truly deserving of being called the best in the country? The folks at Food & Wine magazine think they know and have put together their list of the 25 best ice cream spots in the entire U.S. [More]

Turkey Hill Ice Cream Is Somehow Both "New Flavor" And "Original Recipe"

Turkey Hill Ice Cream Is Somehow Both "New Flavor" And "Original Recipe"

In a kind of weird labeling paradox, this Turkey Hill Homemade Vanilla ice cream is simultaneously “New Flavor” AND “Original Recipe.” Reader GR scratched his head over it and sent it in using The Consumerist Tipster App. It’s new, but it’s original, but it’s new, but it’s the original… The logic loop continues ad infinatum until all worlds collapse and the universe reaches a state of perfect entropy. I’m afraid for GR to open it; he might find Schrödinger’s cat inside. [More]

Big Gay Ice Cream Truck Successful Enough To Open Big Gay Ice Cream Shop

Big Gay Ice Cream Truck Successful Enough To Open Big Gay Ice Cream Shop

It’s Friday and we’re getting a little exhausted after a week of sour news, so here’s a small success story to get us through the afternoon. [More]

Lil' Drums Ice Cream Cone Packages Now Even More Lil'

Lil' Drums Ice Cream Cone Packages Now Even More Lil'

Fans of Nestle’s perfectly dessert-sized mini Drumsticks will be disappointed this summer. While the individual cones have stayed the same size, there are now only ten to a box instead of the former twelve. Update: Nestle let us know that the change is actually the other way around: the package is becoming less lil’, not more. [More]

Science Finds Way To Add Probiotics, Fiber & Antioxidants To Your Hot Fudge Sundae

Science Finds Way To Add Probiotics, Fiber & Antioxidants To Your Hot Fudge Sundae

The other night, while I was going hog-wild on a pint of something containing fudge, peanut butter, sprinkles and unicorn horn, I thought to myself, “If only there could be some health benefit to eating this.” Now I find out that a food scientist at the University of Missouri is tantalizingly close to squeezing all sorts of goodness into the gobs of gluttony in my ice cream. [More]

Caption This Cherry Garcia Frozen In A Chunk Of Ice

Caption This Cherry Garcia Frozen In A Chunk Of Ice

Anthropologists from the future were amazed to find perfectly preserved in a chunk of ice a carton of “ice cream” offering amazing clues to the secrets of a long-lost civilization. Apparently it was one where people who started out as countercultural antimaterialist icons could years later be used to market the products of multinational conglomerate, the all-powerful and feared “Unilever.” Such wonders to behold! [More]

Is Charging $17 For A Pint Of Ice Cream Ever Justified?

Is Charging $17 For A Pint Of Ice Cream Ever Justified?

If you’re a one-woman ice cream company (chef, delivery gal, publicist, and more), there’s nothing stopping you from charging whatever you want for your product. And if there’s a 1,500-person waiting list of customers, you can probably get them for a lot of money. [More]