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Taste test: peppermint ice cream

Serving size Half a cup Half a cup Half a cup Half a cup
Calories 180 160 160 120
Fat/Fiber 8g / 0g 8g / 0g 4g / 0g 8g / 0g
Sugars/Sodium 23g / 60mg 16g / 55mg 17g / 40mg 14g / 60mg
Carbs/Protein 24g / 3g 18g / 3g 19g / 3g 19g / 1g


Move over mint green ice cream. This is the time of year to find peppermint ice cream in grocery store freezers. We wanted to stock up for the season before the special edition flavors are retired until next year. Some were the color of Pepto-Bismol and others were dotted with bits of real candy cane. We'll take them either way for their sweet, crunchy texture and fun colors.

By Kathy Saunders, Times correspondent

ProductHomemade

Peppermint Stick
Blue Bell

Peppermint
Publix Premium Peppermint StickEdy's

Limited Edition Peppermint
Judges'

comments
This is the ice cream to serve to company. A couple of judges said they might even add a hard chocolate shell and sprinkles. "This is elegant, yummy and fun," said one panelist. Homemade's brand

of ice cream was a winter white color with

bits of red and green mint chips. "I love the festive holiday colors,

the crunchy pieces of mint and the inviting appearance," said a judge who will be serving this over the holidays. "It's big on minty freshness."
Blue Bell's peppermint ice cream looks like strawberry with a subtle mint flavor. "It's my favorite," said one judge. Another panelist described the treat as refreshing with a good number of candy pieces in each bite. "The texture reminds me of the homemade ice milk Grandmama used to make at the beach on summer days," she said. "But the taste is winter holiday all the way."Judges enjoyed the vanilla ice cream base for this store brand's peppermint blend, but they wanted more and better bits of mint. "It's vanilla with a hint of mint," said one judge. "Kids might go for this but more mature palates would see right through it." Another said she could make this herself by crushing up some candy canes into a cup of vanilla ice cream. "It would be cheaper, too," she said.Edy's holiday peppermint was bright pink. The color was festive and inviting, but didn't add much to the flavor. The ice cream had candy cane pieces as well. Only one panelist really liked the creamy texture and the candy. "This would make a very pretty dessert for Christmas," he said. Another said it would be a nice filling for ice cream cookie sandwiches or an ice cream cake.
Would

they buy?
Four of the five judges said yes.Two of the five judges said yes.One of the five judges said yes.One of the five judges said yes.
Shopping information$5 for 1.5 quarts at the Fresh Market.$5.99 for a half-gallon at Publix.$4.59 for a half-gallon at Publix.$6.29 for 1.5 quarts from Publix.


Panelists: Nan Jensen, registered dietitian; Kay Bell, personal chef; Rachel Smith, dietetic intern; Wayne Conery, manager of the R-Bar on Treasure Island; and Jeff Jensen, public information officer for the city of Treasure Island.

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Taste test: peppermint ice cream 12/20/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 3:30am]

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