Barbara L. Hanson

Ice Cream Plant Linked To Listeria Contamination Coincidentally Shuts Down

Does the shutdown of a gourmet ice cream company, Dr. Bob’s Handcrafted Ice Cream, have anything to do with the recall of ice cream produced in its facility for possible Listeria contamination? The company’s owner told a local news outlet that it closed because of “business complications.” [More]

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Cedar Crest Ice Cream Joins Cookie Dough Recall

Back in September, Blue Bell Creameries scared its fans again by announcing a recall of ice cream for possible Listeria contamination. Fortunately, it wasn’t a repeat of the massive contamination last year: the bacteria was in cookie dough from an outside supplier. That dough also went to other ice cream companies, including Publix, Blue Bunny, and Chocolate Shoppe, which later recalled their cookie dough ice creams. Now another brand, Cedar Crest, is joining the recall. [More]

Blue Bell And Publix Recall More Cookie Dough Ice Cream Due To Supplier’s Recall

Blue Bell And Publix Recall More Cookie Dough Ice Cream Due To Supplier’s Recall

The company that made the cookie dough implicated in a recent recall of Blue Bell ice cream says that the same egg-free cookie dough has been distributed to more than two dozen other food companies, and so far only one has come forward. Meanwhile, an expansion of the cookie dough recall means that Blue Bell has expanded its own recall in turn, and there’s now more ice cream out there that’s potentially dangerous and no one should eat. [More]

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Health Department Imposes $850K Fine On Blue Bell For Listeria Outbreak, Company Only Paying $175K For Now

The state health department in Texas has taken an unusual step in while punishing Blue Bell Creameries for manufacturing and distributing Listeria-laden ice cream: The state has imposed an $850,000 fine on the company for the Listeria contamination in ice cream that sent 12 customers to the hospital and is blamed for the deaths of three people who were served the ice cream while in the hospital for pre-existing conditions. [More]

Barbara L. Hanson

10 National Ice Cream Day Deals To Help Beat The Heat

National Ice Cream Day is officially July 17, or so the ice cream gods have proclaimed, but many businesses are either starting the festivities early or extending the sweet treat deals beyond Sunday. Here’s what you’ll need to know to get your brain freeze on. [More]

Weight Watchers Giant Fudge Bars Lose A Dramatic Amount Of Weight

Weight Watchers Giant Fudge Bars Lose A Dramatic Amount Of Weight

Last year, reader M. sent us pictures of her favorite low-calorie ice cream bars from Weight Watchers, noting that the bars had each lost a few milliliters. Apparently, the Giant Fudge Bars have stayed with their program, and have now become less giant. [More]

Mike Mozart

Dean Foods Buys Ice Cream And Intellectual Property From Friendly’s, Will License Back Trademark To Restaurants

You may remember that ice cream parlor and restaurant chain Friendly’s filed for bankruptcy back in 2011. Since then, the chain closed some restaurants and kept going. Now the nation’s largest dairy distributor, Dean Foods, wandered past the remaining business that Friendly’s has, and likes what it sees in the ice cream case. It’s acquiring the retail and ice cream making parts of the business, but not the chain of restaurants. [More]

Blue Bell Recalls Pints Of Ice Cream Because Rocky Road Is Not Cookies ‘N Cream

Blue Bell Recalls Pints Of Ice Cream Because Rocky Road Is Not Cookies ‘N Cream

Ask any ice cream lover — or novice, really — and they’ll tell you there’s a fundamental difference between Rocky Road and Cookies ’n Cream flavors: one obviously contains cookies and the other marshmallows and nuts. Yet somehow, the two flavors were mixed up during production, leading the Texas-based creamery to recall the products.  [More]

You Can Get A Free Ice Cream Cone Today At Carvel

If you’re looking for a treat this afternoon, you can get a free junior soft-serve cone if there’s a Carvel store near you from 3 PM to 8 PM. The cones are free, and vanilla, chocolate, and Oreo flavors are available. Customers who stop by can get a special coupon book if they make a $1 donation to the American Red Cross. [Carvel]

Blue Bunny Shrink Rays Ice Cream And Frozen Yogurt Half-Gallons To 1.44 Quarts

Blue Bunny Shrink Rays Ice Cream And Frozen Yogurt Half-Gallons To 1.44 Quarts

It wasn’t all that long ago that ice cream was sold in actual half gallons, instead of containers of 1.5 to 1.75 quarts… or even smaller. Blue Bunny, a brand that has generally stayed at the higher end of the range, used a recent package redesign to mask shrinkage down to 46 ounces, or 1.44 quarts. [More]

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NYC In Need Of A Dairy Hero As Rash Of Ice Cream Pint Thefts Threatens City’s Häagen-Dazs Supply

Go into your freezer, grab that pint of Häagen-Dazs and hold it tight, New Yorkers: someone out there is targeting high-end ice cream in a series of thefts that may or may not be indicative of a dairy shoplifting ring. [More]

Ben & Jerry’s Produces Vegan Frozen Non-Dairy Dessert With Almond Milk

Ben & Jerry’s Produces Vegan Frozen Non-Dairy Dessert With Almond Milk

Great news for people who no longer eat dairy, but who periodically crave a pint of Chunky Monkey! Ben & Jerry’s has introduced a line of dairy-free frozen desserts based on almond milk. Having a full vegan line from a popular brand owned by consumer-goods conglomerate Unilever might put dairy-free ice cream in more stores and accessible to more people. [More]

Price Chopper Recalls Ice Cream Because Metal Shavings Aren’t A Good Topping

Price Chopper Recalls Ice Cream Because Metal Shavings Aren’t A Good Topping

Hot fudge, peanuts, whipped cream, sprinkles, and cherries — these are all popular and edible toppings to include in your nightly bowl of ice cream. You know what’s not? Metal shavings, and for that reason Price Chopper and Market 32 has issued a recall of hundreds of tubs of the cool treat.  [More]

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Blue Bell Pinky Swears, Promises Its Ice Cream Is Totally Safe To Eat Now

Blue Bell Creameries is working hard to reassure customers after last year’s outbreak of Listeria contamination and a slew of massive recalls, issuing yet another message promising that its products are now safe to eat. [More]

Blue Bell Working To Eliminate Possible Listeria Sources In Factories; Says Ice Cream Is Safe

Blue Bell Working To Eliminate Possible Listeria Sources In Factories; Says Ice Cream Is Safe

Beloved ice cream brand Blue Bell is still expanding its distribution again after last year’s Listeria contamination and massive recalls. The company issued an update last night about its production facilities with some potentially frightening information: that because “Listeria is commonly found in the natural environment,” and “no manufacturer can ever assume it can be entirely eradicated,” Blue Bell has “identified locations where suspected Listeria species may be present” in its facility. However, they assure the ice cream-eating public that its ice cream isn’t contaminated. [More]

DOJ Investigating Blue Bell Listeria Outbreak, Could Result In Criminal Charges

DOJ Investigating Blue Bell Listeria Outbreak, Could Result In Criminal Charges

Is it a crime to knowingly ship food to customers that may be contaminated with deadly foodborne pathogens? Earlier this year, executives from the Peanut Corporation of America were sentenced to federal prison for their roles in an outbreak that made thousands of people sick, killing nine. The beloved ice cream brand Blue Bell may be back on store shelves, but federal investigators are currently asking whether anyone should be held criminally responsible. [More]

Barbara L. Hanson

Scientists Working Hard To Save Us All From Rapidly Melting Ice Cream Cones

It’s a hot day, you’ve got a cool treat — it’s inevitable. That ice cream scoop, once so perfect in its rounded form, is going to melt, forcing you to fight the age-old battle against drips with your tongue as your only weapon. Take heart, dessert warriors: there are scientists out there who are trying to help us all, by developing an ice cream that takes a bit longer to melt.

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Blue Bell Says Ice Cream Will Be Back In Some Stores On Aug. 31

Blue Bell Says Ice Cream Will Be Back In Some Stores On Aug. 31

The nightmare is over, Blue Bell fans: four months after a recall linked to a listeria outbreak saw the ice cream disappear from shelves, months filled with speculation over when the company would start churning out dessert again, Blue Bell will be returning to select stores starting Aug. 31.

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