The best peppermint ice cream is sweet, refreshing, and minty. That being said, it can’t be too minty or too refreshing because then it tastes like toothpaste. Peppermint ice cream has to strike a perfect balance—and when it does, this seasonal ice cream is perfect on its own, covered in hot fudge, or blended into a milkshake.
And it’s not just about taste! I believe that the best peppermint ice cream should also have texture. Whether it is creamy, dense pieces of chocolate or crunchy bits of peppermint candy, I want something to bite into in my ice cream.
The pints of ice cream listed below have all the flavor and texture you could ever want when it comes to store-bought peppermint ice cream. Go buy them before the season is over!
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- Favorite Day Peppermint Bark Ice Cream
Favorite Day is stepping up their game. This peppermint bark ice cream is unparalleled. As promised, It tastes like literal peppermint bark in ice cream form. It’s like mint chip ice cream 2.0. The base is so creamy, the pieces of bark are plentiful, and the mint flavor is just right. I would 100% buy this again for any holiday celebration. The only way it could get better is if you topped it with more pieces of peppermint bark. This is definitely the best peppermint ice cream.
Credit: Liv Averett / Target
- Signature Select Light Peppermint Ice Cream
Signature Select’s Light Peppermint Ice Cream alerted me to the fact that peppermint ice cream needs little crunchy bits. The little crunchy pieces of peppermint in this ice cream are such a wonderful addition to the luxuriously smooth base. We went to town on this ice cream before realizing that it’s a light ice cream. Shocking! “Light” products normally taste completely flavorless or chock-full of chemicals. This ice cream is one of the few light products I’d actually buy in real life.
Credit: Liv Averett / Albertsons
- Alden’s Peppermint Twist
Alden’s Peppermint Twist Ice Cream is perfect for anyone who wants ice cream that is totally smooth and creamy. This is the best peppermint ice cream for mix-in haters. Anyone against chunk would scarf down this pint in moments. The base is so velvety and the peppermint flavor is minty without being too minty. Because there’s no chunk-age, I would definitely use this in a peppermint ice cream sundae with some whipped cream, hot fudge, and pieces of peppermint bark.
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Best of the Best
Other Products We Tried:
McConnell’s, Kroger Deluxe, Jeni’s
*We were unable to acquire Talenti’s Peppermint Bark Gelato, making ineligible for our ranking
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