When it comes to a cool treat to beat the summer heat, vanilla ice cream hits the spot. But picking a good one from the rows of options in local grocery store freezers can be hit or miss. Our panelists took on the challenge of trying 14 brands of plain vanilla ice cream. It didn't take long to find a few winners. Judges preferred scoops that could hold up under a warm slice of pie and those with bold, vanilla bean flavor.
Kathy Saunders, Times correspondent