Homemade Brand is based out of Cincinnati, OH and mentions that they’re the Number 1 selling ice cream in Cinci. Why is that so important you ask? Well friends, Graeter’s, who has a very positive track record on this blog, is also based out of Cinci. Now looking around at their flavors, I see Homemade Brand as more of a Ben & Jerry’s type company while Graeter’s is more along the lines of a Haagen-Dazs.
With homemade based out of Cinci and with me living in the middle of nowhere, no stores around me carry this brand. After sending an email inquiring asking if they were willing to send over some samples to be reviewed, I got a response back from one of the nicest PR people that I’ve ever met. Emma, who I know is reading this right now because she’s a big fan of the blog, was more than accommodating and was willing to send over some samples for me to try (Thanks again Emma!).
Secondly, I was sent two different spoons. What’s so special about the spoons you ask? Well there’s this tiny pink spoon for newcomers to the brand and then there’s this GIGANTIC spoon for seasoned veterans. I really have no idea what I would ever use this spoon for but I think I might just hang it up as a trophy of sorts. This is seriously the greatest thing I have ever received from a company. Okay, on to the ice cream.
Seeing as Dubba’s on a mint kick and I’m on a vanilla one, it was only fitting that I decided to try their vanilla flavor first. Now Homemade Brand actually makes three different types of vanilla but according to their website’s description this is the most "traditional" version. I actually have no idea what constitutes it being a traditional vanilla but I’ll take their word for it.
I really like the design of their containers. They seem up-to-date compared to other companies and are very appealing to me. Yeah, I really suck at critiquing packaging. One thing I find awesome about their containers is that on the bottom of each of them it says who made the ice cream “with pride”. In my case, it is Marquee P. who made this pint. Well Marquee, here’s hoping you have a reason to be proud of this flavor.
Opening up the pint, I’m greeted with an off-white base, almost with a yellowish hue. I guess that’s what makes it more traditional because I still have no idea what that means. Well, you know how vanilla can be a comforting flavor? Well this is exactly how this vanilla is. The flavor is restrained and, well, vanilla. It’s not going to blow your mind like Talenti’s but it’s just something that you know will be reliable. The texture is on par with other premium ice creams, it's just a bit llighter. It’s not super dense like Graeter’s but it’s not far off from say a Ben & Jerry’s flavor. I could see this easily being a perfect base for sundaes and the like or just as a topping for other desserts like pies. As is though, it’s just your standard vanilla that I doubt anyone would object to.
This might not have been the most exciting flavor to break into a new brand but at least it was a positive experience. I have a feeling Homemade Brand’s other flavors will be able to impress me even more.
Verdict? A cozy, if ordinary, vanilla
Buy Again? I can’t say I would with my love for Talenti’s but if it’s available you could do a lot worse.
Serving Size 1/2 cup (83g)
Servings Per Container 4
Amount Per Serving
from Fat 60
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g
- Sat Fat 4.5g
- Trans Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrate 16g
- Dietary Fiber 0g
- Sugars 15g
Vitamin A 4%
Vitamin C 2%