Huffington Post’s and 52 Scoops’ Best Summer Ice Cream Flavours – Top Picks for 2013

15 06 2013

The Huffington Post recently posted its editors’ top 10 picks for best summer ice cream flavours.  With the exception of one pint of Ben & Jerry’s, all others were small-batch, artisanal companies.  The line up of flavours looks AMAZING.  But the trouble is you might have a hard time finding these brands in your local supermarket.  And even though several companies offer online sales, I doubt many of you will actually do that.

So what do you do if you have your heart set on one of these gourmet ice cream flavours and you can’t find it locally?  You make your own, of course!  That’s the beauty of having your own ice cream maker.

Here’s the line-up of Huff Post’s Top 10 picks, paired with a 52 Scoops recipe that might do the trick when that ice cream craving hits.

#1 Craving Coffee?

cinnamon coffee ice cream

Huff Post’s #1:  Steve’s Cold Brewed Cinnamon Coffee Ice Cream (Photo Credit: Damon Dahlen/The Huffington Post)

The Official Taster says: "This is perfect for my coffee addiction!"

The Official Taster says: “Try 52 Scoops’ Vietnamese Coffee Ice Cream

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#2 Want a Hit of Cinnamon?

Honey Cinnamon Ice Cream

Huff Post’s #2: Snoqualmie’s Honey Cinnamon Ice Cream (Photo Credit: Damon Dahlen/The Huffington Post)

Oatmeal Cinnamon Ice Cream Sandwiches

The Official Taster says: “Make Saigon Cinnamon Ice Cream Sandwiches!  Or, just make the ice cream.”

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#3 Need a Pucker?

Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream, lemon curd ice cream

Huff Post’s #3: Jeni’s Juniper & Lemon Curd Ice Cream (Photo Credit: Damon Dahlen/The Huffington Post)

Lemon ricotta ice cream

The Official Taster says: “Pucker up with Lemon Ricotta Ice Cream!

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#4 When Nothing But Chocolate Will Do…

Chocolate ice cream, chocolate stout, chocolate pudding

Huff Post’s #4: Steve’s Bklyn Blackout Ice Cream (Photo Credit: Damon Dahlen/The Huffington Post)

black forest ice cream

The Official Taster says: “When there are rolling blackouts, have Black Forest Ice Cream.”

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#5 Feeling Peachy?

Peach ice cream

Huff Post’s #5: Graeter’s Summer Peach Ice Cream (Photo Credit: Damon Dahlen/The Huffington Post)

peaches and cream ice cream

The Official Taster says: “Peaches and Cream Ice Cream is so refreshing.”

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#6 Is the Heat Driving you NUTS?

Pistachio ice cream

Huff Post’s #6: Ciao Bella Pistachio Gelato (Photo Credit: Damon Dahlen/Huffington Post)

Nutella ice cream, hazelnut ice cream, hazelnut chocolate ice cream

52 Scoops says: “I have a HUGE bag of pistachios at home, and I promise that Pistachio Ice Cream will be in the line-up in the near future.  In the meantime, if you’re a hazelnut lover, you must try my Nutella Ice Cream.”

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#7 In a Tropical Mood?

Ben & Jerry's, coconut ice cream, pineapple ice cream

Huff Post’s #7: Ben & Jerry’s Pina Colada Ice Cream (Photo Credit: Damon Dahlen/The Huffington Post)

Caramelized pineapple ice cream

The Official Taster says: “Caramelized Pineapple Ice Cream topped with coconut is a perfect patio dessert.”

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#8 Need a Rich, Overly Indulgent Treat?

Talenti gelato, Butter Pecan Ice cream

Huff Post’s #8: Talenti Southern Butter Pecan Ice Cream (Photo Credit: Damon Dahlen/The Huffington Post)

maple whiskey walnut ice cream

The Official Taster says: “52 Scoops’ Maple Whisky Walnut Ice Cream is a must try!”

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#9 Want a Berry Fresh Dessert?

Strawberry Balsamic Ice Cream, Salt & Straw Ice Cream, Portland ice cream shop

Huff Post’s #9: Salt & Straw’s Strawberry Honey Balsamic Ice Cream with Black Pepper (Photo Credit: Damon Dahlen/The Huffington Post).  52 Scoops says: “I can actually attest to how amazing this ice cream is — I had it the last time I was visiting Portland.  Visit S&S’s shop if you have the chance!”

strawberry balsamic frozen yogurt

52 Scoops says: “Try my recipe for Strawberry Balsamic Frozen Yogurt.  It looks and tastes impressive, but it’s dead easy to make.”

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#10 When Nothing But PB & Choco Will Do…

peanut butter chocolate banana ice cream

The Official Taster says: “You’re torturing me again with Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Ice Cream.  I wish I could eat peanut butter!!!”  (Recall, the O.T. has a mild peanut allergy.)

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