Beat the Heat with the 6 Best Mint Chip Ice Creams

Mint chip ice cream should not work. Mint and vanilla and chocolate mixed together should taste overwhelming and strange. But when done well, mint chip ice cream is creamy, decadent, and oddly refreshing. It’s certainly not for everyone, but people who are into it tend to be really into it. And after this taste test, I understand why.

I didn’t know much about mint chip ice cream before going into this so I ordered all the pints I could get my hands on in order to find the absolute best. These six are the mintiest, most luscious, and most delicious mint chip ice creams on the market.

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Best of the Best

Straus Organic Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

If you’re looking for a high-quality, well-made, impressive mint chip ice cream, look no further than Straus Organic Mint Chocolate Chip. 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.

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Rating:

10/10

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Best Budget

Trader Joe’s Mint Chip Ice Cream

Trader Joe’s Mint Chip Ice Cream might be the best Trader Joe’s product of all time. Can you believe it?! You’re probably skeptical because you’re like, “What about the butternut squash mac and cheese? Or the hashbrowns?” But listen: This ice cream is so freaking good that the Sporked team was fighting over who would take the tub home. There are tons of chocolate chips and the base is minty without being toothpaste-y. The container is big. The price is low. Truly a perfect 10/10.

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Rating:

10/10

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Best for Chocolate Lovers

Tillamook Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

The chocolate chunks in Tillamook’s Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream are so phenomenal you could scoop them out and sell them on their own. They’re big and fudgy and sweet. The mint flavor is mild and, like all Tillamook ice cream, the dairy base is phenomenal. I would categorize this as chocolate mint ice cream rather than mint chocolate ice cream, but I am certainly not mad about that.

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Rating:

9.5/10

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Best Splurge

Häagen-Dazs Mint Chip Ice Cream

Haagen-Dazs makes one classy pint of ice cream. Their Mint Chip Ice Cream feels so sophisticated and fancy. The flavor is light. The chocolate chips are high quality and evenly distributed. It’s not too minty or too chocolatey. It’s tasty, but it’s also tasteful. The short ingredient list feels refined. Anyone could enjoy this ice cream, but it will definitely please people with luxurious tastes.

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Rating:

9.5/10

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Best Classic

Dreyer’s / Edy’s Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Dreyer’s Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream is what I think of when I think of classic mint chip ice cream. It’s pleasantly minty and has tons of chocolate chips. Plus, it’s bright green! I was disappointed that more of these ice creams weren’t bright green. It’s such a fun and nostalgic ice cream color and I’m glad Dreyer’s is sticking with it. I also love that this ice cream packs all the taste of the fancier ice creams at a lower price point. No need to break the bank for big mint chip flavor.

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Rating:

9/10

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Most Unique

Ben & Jerry’s Mint Chocolate Cookie Ice Cream

Ben & Jerry’s Mint Chocolate Cookie Ice Cream tastes like a Thin Mint meets a big glass of ice cold milk meets cookies and cream. The texture of the cookies is perfect, like when you let an Oreo sit in milk for just the right amount of time. The base is minty and creamy and almost a little salty. This was my personal favorite and I will be buying it again (and I suggest you buy it too).

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Rating:

9/10

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Other Products We Tried: Turkey Hill Choco Mint Chip Premium Ice Cream, Alden’s Organic Mint Chip Ice Cream, Blue Bunny Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, Coolhaus Dirty Mint Chip, McConnell’s Mint Chip Ice Cream, Whole Foods 365 Mint Chocolate Chip Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert, Whole Foods 365 Organic Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, Breyers Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, Happy Belly Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, Kroger Deluxe Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, Baskin Robbins Milk Chocolate Mint Cookies and Cream

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About the Author

Jordan Myrick

Jordan is an L.A.-based writer and comedian who believes all food should come with extra sauce. When they're not writing for Sporked, Jordan is at the movies or sharing an order of french fries with their elderly chihuahua.

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  • This could be my inner texas talking but not even trying blue bell mint chip is crazy. I get it isn’t sold in California. Still, a short expedition to Arizona or Nevada to try their takes on the ice cream flavors yall have made lists about, considering it’s what seems like death-grip on the southern ice cream market, seems reasonable.

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