Best Ice Cream: 10 Best Ice Creams from Our Taste Tests

Sure, we all scream for ice cream, but we really holler our heads off for the best ice cream. The Sporked team has tasted a lot of ice cream this year, and here we’ve compiled all the best ice creams we’ve tried so far, that way we can minimize any awkward silences for subpar flavors. Get your spoons and your vocal cords ready!

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best vanilla ice cream

Best Vanilla

Häagen-Dazs Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

In our vanilla ice cream ranking, Jordan wrote, “It’s incredible. Like, it’s the absolutely perfect and most delicious vanilla ice cream you can imagine. The texture is ideal. Vanilla beans speckle the beautiful cream-colored base. It’s sweet without being too sweet. This would be great with sprinkles and hot fudge, slapped onto a piece of warm apple pie, or eaten completely alone in a cup. Häagen-Dazs Vanilla Bean Ice Cream was, by far, Sam’s favorite vanilla we tried in our taste test and the rest of the Sporked team agreed!” Häagen-Dazs makes a vanilla bean ice cream that is anything but plain.

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Rating:

10/10

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best chocolate ice cream

Best Chocolate

Straus Family Creamery Organic Dutch Chocolate Ice Cream

Managing editor Gwynedd Stuart wrote in our chocolate ice cream ranking, “I’ve never been to the Netherlands, but sitting at home and googling what makes Dutch chocolate different from regular chocolate has to be the next best thing, right? What I learned: Dutch chocolate contains alkali to neutralize the cocoa’s acidity, giving it a smoother flavor.” And this ice cream is smooth. For Justine, it sparked a Proustian sense memory. She was Anton Ego and this was her plate of ratatouille. “I’m back at the county fair and a man gives me an ice cream cone and I’m off to the races,” she said, praising its almost fluffy texture. “It tastes like childhood.” A great chocolate ice cream is creamy, light, and has good chocolate vibes, just like this one from Straus.

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Rating:

10/10

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best strawberry ice cream

Best Strawberry

Tillamook Oregon Strawberry Ice Cream

Staff writer Danny Palumbo wrote in our strawberry ice cream ranking, “Tillamook consistently comes in near the top of our rankings because their products are wonderfully buttery, fatty, and delicious. It’s the type of ice cream you can savor longingly with a spoon in your mouth and your eyes shut like a true food pervert. Its superior creaminess fills your mouth with clean, delicious dairy flavor.. It also has a profound tang, delightful tartness, and nice chunks of strawberry. Tillamook scored excellent marks among all of us because this ice cream is just so damn good. Sometimes, we don’t have a clear cut Best of the Best winner. That wasn’t the case during this taste test.” Tillamook swept us all off our feet with their Oregon Strawberry ice cream; consider us wooed.

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Rating:

9.5/10

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best cookies and cream ice cream

Best Cookies & Cream

Dreyer’s / Edy’s Cookies ‘N Cream Ice Cream

In our cookies and cream ice cream ranking, staff writer Jordan Myrick admitted, “For some reason, I would never think to buy Dreyer’s ice cream. The carton looks so plain compared to some of the other, flashier brands on the market. This is a great example of how you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, though. Dreyer’s Cookies ‘N Cream ice cream was better than any other cookies and cream ice cream we tried. It’s creamy, there are plenty of cookie chunks, and it’s affordable! What’s not to like? And if you can’t find it in your local grocery store, look for Edy’s. It’s the same brand.” You may never see Edy’s and Dreyer’s in the same room, but just think of them as a better tasting Jekyll and Hyde.

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Rating:

10/10

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best mint chip ice cream

Best Mint Chocolate Chip

Straus Organic Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Straus knows chocolate ice cream, and it’s the king of mint chocolate chip too. “If you’re looking for a high-quality, well-made, impressive mint chip ice cream, look no further than Straus Organic Mint Chocolate Chip,” Jordan wrote in our mint chocolate chip ice cream ranking. “It is so nice that I firmly believe you could serve it at a dinner party. It just feels fancy. It has a great distribution of chocolate chips and a wonderful mint flavor. The real star of the show is obviously the dairy. Straus does dairy well and this ice cream base is just so creamy and luscious.” Straus, thank you for just being you!

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Rating:

10/10

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best coffee ice cream

Best Coffee

Ben & Jerry’s Coffee, Coffee BuzzBuzzBuzz!

Ben and Jerry are ice cream icons, and this bold coffee ice cream is iconic in its own right. “As far as straight-up coffee ice cream goes, this one does everything right,” Danny wrote in our coffee ice cream ranking. “The coffee flavor here is as strong as it needs to be without being too overpowering, delivering a delightfully aromatic, nutty, earthy, slightly bitter flavor that permeates every spoonful. Ben & Jerry’s uses a higher percentage of butterfat than their competitors. That fattiness and creaminess does well at taming the bold coffee taste with rich, luscious, and high-quality ice cream. This is the most balanced ice cream on the list—and the big chunks of fudge are delightful too.” We’re rarin’ to get triple buzzed off this coffee ice cream.

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Rating:

9.5/10

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best vegan ice cream

Best Dairy-Free

Ben & Jerry’s Phish Food Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert

Jordan had nothing but praise for Ben & Jerry’s Phish Food Non-Dairy frozen dessert in our vegan ice cream ranking. “If you’re looking for a vegan ice cream that could fool even the biggest dairy lovers, look no further than Ben & Jerry’s Non-Dairy Phish Food Frozen Dessert,” they wrote. “This tastes so shockingly close to Ben & Jerry’s regular Phish Food that I was shaken to my core. It’s creamy and chocolatey and there are plenty of mix-ins. In all honesty, this ice cream has no flaws and I wouldn’t change a thing. Good job, Ben and Jerry!” Keep up the good work, both Ben and Jerry!

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Rating:

10/10

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best ice cream sandwich

Best Ice Cream Sandwich

Trader Joe’s Sublime Ice Cream Sandwiches

In our ice cream sandwich ranking, Trader Joe’s pleasantly surprised Jordan. “Trader Joe’s Sublime Ice Cream Sandwiches are truly sublime. This is not hyperbole. They are unbelievably delicious. In general, I expect very little from Trader Joe’s because their products range from good to hot garbage. But these might be one of the best products I’ve tried from Trader Joe’s. The cookie is soft without being mushy, the ice cream is creamy, and the chocolate chips along the sides provide the perfect texture. Go buy these,” they wrote. For the love of ice cream sandwiches, you absolutely need this one in your freezer.

Credit: Sarah Demonteverde / Trader Joe’s

Rating:

10/10

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best klondike bar flavors

Best Klondike Bar

The Original Klondike Bar

Sometimes originals just can’t be beat. “The original Klondike Bar is 100% perfect,” Jordan firmly declared in our Klondike Bar ranking. “The ice cream is simple, incredibly creamy, flavored with just the right amount of vanilla, and, to my surprise, much lighter than I remember it being. It’s like a cloud that melts in your mouth. The signature chocolate coating is so thin and crispy, like a sheet of chocolate glass. I can’t deny that they knew what they were doing when they invented the Klondike Bar. The other flavors are great, but nothing comes close to the OG.” OG Klondike Bar for the win, baby!!

Credit: Merc / Klondike

Rating:

10/10

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Van Leeuwen Sweet Potato Casserole

Best Interesting

Van Leeuwen Sweet Potato Marshmallow Casserole

Editor in chief Justine Sterling wrote in our roundup of Van Leeuwen’s fall flavors, “[Sweet Potato Marshmallow Casserole] has a stretchy swirl of marshmallow in the sweet potato base. It’s very sweet, with a slight hint of sweet potato earthiness. The texture is incredible—wonderfully creamy. It’s ice cream you can chew if it’s cold enough. Give me this over a casserole any day. I’ll eat it right alongside the turkey.” Van Leeuwen is making us change our minds about casseroles—for the better.

Rating:

7.5/10

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About the Author

Naajia Shukri

Naajia Shukri is the editorial assistant at Sporked and the legit biggest fan of candy corn. She is interested in all things food, art, and beauty. After living in Korea for the past two years, she has gotten back to her L.A. roots, frequenting thrift stores and art museums.

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