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Taste test: new ice cream flavors

As soon as the temperatures outside begin to remind us we live in the hot, humid state of Florida, my family members start searching the freezer for ice cream. My husband is a bit of an ice cream aficionado, always willing to try any new flavor, particularly if it's staring him in the face on the freezer door. Our tasters were happy to take on the challenge as well. We tasted the new flavors of four brands of ice cream. A couple of them wouldn't last very long in my house.

Kathy Saunders, Times correspondent

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Sea Salt Caramel Truffle
Mayfield Nuts About Crunch Edy's Churned Maine Blueberries & Cream Breyer's Chocolate Peanut Butter

"They had me at the name," said one judge of the store brand Sea Salt Caramel Truffle ice cream. "It's got a nice, rich color, creamy texture of caramel and bits of truffle — I love it." Another raved about the "delicious caramel flavor and big chunks of melt-in-your-mouth chocolate truffles." She added, "This is great stuff." One judge said it would be perfect in a root beer float for "its nice hints of sea salt and caramel." Only one panelist said she was disappointed with the overly chewy texture of the truffle bits and the faint salt taste.This ice cream was blended with toffee, chunks of fudge, almonds, pecans and walnuts. Judges were impressed with the amount of nuts in the mixture but said the crunchiness was compromised by the ice cream. "The nuts are slightly mushy," said one panelist. Another loved the combination of the flavors, saying, "I could eat a whole bowl of this in front of my favorite TV shows." Judges who didn't especially like fruity ice creams said this was a winner. The "churned" ice cream was smooth and sweet with tiny blueberries offering texture, color and extra taste. "This would be a great milkshake," said one judge. "I like that it's not overly sweet or overly fruity." Another said she would add even more fresh fruit to make it a fancy dessert. "This is very tasty," she said.One panelist described this ice cream as "rich chocolatey goodness," saying she liked the ribbons of peanut butter and the hint of salt in the flavor. "It tastes like a melted Reese's Peanut Butter Cup — it's amazing!" she said. Another said she loved the flavor because the chocolate and peanut butter "melts in your mouth." A judge who isn't especially fond of chocolate said he would definitely buy this ice cream. "It's a frozen Reese's Peanut Butter Cup — this is the best thing since Dairy Queen's Blizzard."

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Shopping information$2.97 for a 48-ounce tub from Walmart.$3.96 for a 1.5-quart tub from Walmart.$3.98 for a 1.5-quart tub from Walmart.$5.27 for a 1.5-quart tub from Publix.

Panelists: Janet Keeler, assistant professor of journalism at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg; John Hehn, foodie and owner of All Brite Lighting & Power Design Inc.; Kay Hodnett, personal chef; and Nan Jensen, registered dietitian.

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Serving sizeHalf cupHalf cupHalf cupHalf cup
Fat/Fiber7g / 0g10g / 0g2g / 0g11g / 2g
Sugars/Sodium18g / 95mg14g / 60mg13g / 35mg14g / 135mg
Carbs/Protein21g / 2g18g / 3g18g / 2g19g / 4g

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