As spring draws near processors are gearing up for ice cream season with unique and indulgent flavors and combinations. From tropical and fruity, to the ultimate in dessert indulgence like coconut macaroon or s’mores, ice cream makers are upping their game.
Focusing on fruity but with a cookie twist, Blue Bell, Brenham, Texas, added a new, unique flavor to its line — Lemon Bliss. The flavor features lemon ice cream combined with vanilla crème-filled cookies. The ice cream is available in half gallons and pints for a suggested retail price $7.19 and $2.15, respectively. It hits stores this month and is available through May.
Indulgent flavor combinations are on menu at Tillamook, Tillamook, Ore. Its two new flavors — Fireside S’mores and White Chocolate Raspberry Yum — were added to the line in January. They are sold in 56-ounce containers for a suggested retail price of $5.99 to $6.49. The ice cream is available in the Pacific Northwest.
Perhaps the boldest of flavors popping up on the market comes from Magnolia ice cream with its new avocado flavor. Avocado is the latest addition to its all-natural line of tropical-inspired flavors, which include coconut, lychee and Thai tea. Magnolia is produced by Ramar Foods, Pittsburg, Calif. See more about this unique flavor here.
Getting its inspiration from the outdoors, Gifford’s ice cream, Skowhegan, Maine, launched a new Outdoor Adventure Series ice cream line. The series features six flavors, including Muddy Boots, Appalachian Trail and Mount Katahdin Crunch. The flavors are inspired by places and activities in Maine. The ice cream is available in 3-gallon tubs for foodservice and scoop shops, and in quarts for retail.
Over at Nestle, Oakland, Calif., a slew of new products are being introduced from its Skinny Cow, Edy’s/Dreyer’s and Haagen-Dazs lines.
Skinny Cow is adding a cup size offering for its limited-edition Mint-To-Be flavor, which features low-fat ice cream and chocolate chips. The ice cream has only 2.5 grams of fat and 150 calories per serving.
The Haagen-Dazs brand is adding flavors and sizes to its limited-edition line. The two new limited-edition flavors are —Bourbon Pecan Pralines and Peanut Butter Pie. Also, now available in a 3.6-ounce cup size is Coconut Macaroon, featuring coconut macaroon cookies in coconut ice cream. (This flavor was introduced as a limited-edition in 14-ounce containers in 2012.) Haagen-Dazs also recently launched a new gelato line featuring seven Italian-inspired flavors, including Sea Salt Caramel, Vanilla Bean, Limoncello and Dark Chocolate Chip. Learn more about this product here, as reported earlier this month.
More news from Nestle, Dreyer’s/Edy’s ice cream is releasing new summer limited-edition flavors for its slow churned line. The flavors are — Grand German Chocolate Cake Spectacular; Grand Sunny Salted Caramel Pretzel; Take the Cake; and Grand 3 Stripes You’re Out, which features vanilla ice cream with mixed berry and strawberry swirls.