Sunday, May 29, 2016

Discussion Time: Do you ever throw out ice cream?

Now blogger isn't the best at having a discussion, but let's try it anyway. Now as you can tell from the title of this post, I want to talk about what we do with terrible ice cream. Since I am a very literal person, I find myself confused when people comment "the [frozen product] was so bad that I took a few bites and threw it in the trash". Are they saying that they literally threw $3-$6 of product in the trash, or is it just a euphemism of they really didn't like something?

Yes, on occasion I have thrown out a product, but with 9 out of ten bad products, I'll finish the bad product. It's just what's ingrained in my brain. I'm not saying I'm perfect, please don't think that, I've left more than my fair share of food go bad or stale, but if I can help it, I will still eat something. Not saying I'm about to eat expired meat products, but if i'm a few weeks past the best buy on some chips or crackers, I'm going to try it before it goes in the trash. Ahhh, sorry, getting side tracked.

So, discussion time, have you ever thrown out ice cream? If you don't want to leave a comment, just fill out the poll on the right side on blog. For those who have resisted the urge to toss something, what's your trick? My favorite trick is the milkshake. Some quality milk and a healthy amount of nesquik can fix drown out most flavors. Actually my first line of defense is trying to pawn it off on my wife or daughter, milkshake is actually my backup plan. And for those who have tossed, what got you hooked in to the product in the first place? impulse, packaging, heard good things?

Thanks for helping out everyone, I really do appreciate the input.

"Have you ever thrown out ice cream?" Poll Results:
  • NEVER!  30 (26%)
  • Once or twice  43 (38%)
  • Now and then  30 (26%)
  • Often  10 (8%)
Total Votes: 113

26 comments:

stride4unit E said...

I will never throw out ice cream because it's my favorite food and I don't think I have ever thrown out ice cream. Even the worst ice creams aren't bad. They just aren't as great at the others. If there is a flavor that I didn't like that much, I usually put it milk to make a sort of milkshake, or I put it in cereal.

Anonymous said...

Yes. I like to try out new/limited flavors (including things that get good reviews here! But I can't really blame you) and will on occasion get things I do not like (I do not buy things I know I won't like, such as coffee flavored ice cream, but sometimes intriguing things just don't work for me: I didn't care for Blue Bunny's Cookie Dough even though I generally like cookie dough ice cream); since I'm the only one in my household that eats ice cream, I will throw out things I don't like, though I do give most things a "second scoop."

I will also throw out some ice creams that are just OK but not worth the fat/sugar from eating it. Because I have little willpower (and because I don't like to waste money or add to our nation's amount of food waste), I will likely eat it relatively mindlessly if it is still in the freezer, so into the garbage it goes to remove the temptation.

The above generally only applies to flavors I haven't tried before, but I will throw out some of the container if I get a lackluster batch of one of my favorites since it's not living up to my high standards for that flavor.

Ryker said...

I have never thrown ice cream away because it would taste bad and I think you have to be really spoiled to actually dislike ANY (yes, even the worst of Breyers) of it to the point of wanting to do so. I get that some products out there aren't really all that, but let's be adults for a moment.

Danielle said...

I never throw out ice cream, I'm way to cheap for that. I tend to just bite the bullet and eat it, vowing never to buy it again. Or I will do a scoop of the bad one and a scoop of a good one in a dish to balance it out.

Deb said...

Good question. By this point, I tend to buy flavor so that I know I like. I love ice cream and like so many flavored that even when I debate trying a new one, I generally stick with what I know I like because, why mess with what I like. I know it can be fun to try new things but, with ice cream, I adore certain flavored. Or, if a flavor sounds incredible, especially if its brand I know I like, I'll try it. For example, I want to try empower mint since I know I love mint, brownies, and Ben in jerrys. Therefore, I rarely have ice cream to throw out. Plus, people in my house eat almost anything...the only time in recent memory that I just could not finish something was the chocolate chocolate chip HD gelato...I think it was a bad pint because it was horrendous. But I had a few bad pints of B and J cookie Dough and ate them. So, I guess unless really awful, I'll eat it but it's rare that it happens.

But some ideas for using bad ice cream....
Milkshakes
Lots of chocolate sauce
A little bit on top of a warm brownie

Aldo, I think sometimes the disappointment isn't so much because the ice cream is really bad but because it's not as good as expected and therefore the discrepancy between wanted and received is big...but with lowered expectations it may not be as bad...hence your second scoop!

Anonymous said...

Honestly the only time I threw out ice cream was because I bought these ice cream sandwiches from a grocery store 2 hours away from home. I thought I had packed all the cold stuff together to place in the cooler but the sandwiches missed it. Back at home, I tried to quickly salvage what I could but alas, it was not mean to be.

Other than that, I have thrown out coffee flavored ice cream because it pointed out to me that I really don't like coffee at all.

2c5751ca-f142-11e4-8c2c-73a49f720d67 said...

I once threw out So Delicious' coconut milk chocolate "ice cream". Tasted like chocolate flavored coconut and I knew I'd never eat it.

Other than that, I only buy stuff I know I'd like, which is really everything sans coconut & mint. I mean its liquid fat & sugar, whats not to like? Even if for some reason I possessed something cheap like Breyers, I wouldn't throw it out. At the same time, I wouldn't waste my daily calories on something really disappointing, so I'd pawn it off on my folks or something.

Erin said...

I rarely throw it out because it's hard to find one that is actually inedible. I only do if it's been sitting at the bottom of my freezer so long that the texture is completely off....or it's the Edys slow churned coffee and cookies,,,that one I disliked enough to toss out!😷

nocode said...

Yes, I have thrown away ice cream. For me it comes down to asking are the calories worth it? If they are not, in the trash it goes. It doesn't happen often, but I refuse to waste calories on "bad" ice cream. I tend to always have like 30 pints (don't judge) in my chest freezer at any given time. I like to try new things, but if I don't like it, I've got plenty of backup. I live alone, so there is no one else that will eat it. Anyway, good discussion topic. I've enjoyed reading everyone's responses.

Anonymous said...

No never I was born poor so no

Anonymous said...

I either make my fiancé eat the pints I don't like or I throw them out. He usually eats them because he doesn't like wasting any food. Regardless, this doesn't happen often. I usually like what I buy. Like one of the commenters above, I am one of those people who has at least a 2-3 pints of ice cream in the freezer usually, so if I buy one I don't like it's not that much of a big deal.

It's not worth the calories for me to eat something bad for me that I don't even like.

stride4unit E said...

I agree wholeheartedly with Ryker's comment, "You have to be really spoiled to actually dislike ANY (yes, even the worst of Breyers)." This is so true. I was raised on generic ice cream and I still buy generic ice cream. It's sweet and it's creamy like the others, and it works for me. Why spend a lot of money on junk food anyways?

Dubba Scoops said...

@Ryker and Stride: "spoiled" is a bit harsh... namely cause technically I would fall in to your description of not liking breyers, HA!

Let's remember that we all have our preferences. We are raised different, we are built different, and we have different budgets. I know what you are trying to say, but there is probably a nicer way to say it. If cheap stuff makes you happy, great. If the super expensive stuff makes you happy, great, but let's keep in mind that there is room for all of us. We're all part of one big happy freezer aisle family.

T Dot said...

I know it's not technically ice cream, but I threw away an entire pint of Arctic Zero snickerdoodle. I ate maybe 3 spoonfuls, and that was it.

I usually hoard ice cream. If there are a few spoonfuls left, I find myself saving it for a rainy day. If it gets super freezer burned, I throw it out.

I usually buy flavors that I like, and I stay away from the ones I don't. Here and there, I'll try something new. Even if the flavors aren't that good, I'm enough of a snack/ice cream fiend that I'll eat it anyway when I get the itch for sugar.

John said...

Fortunately, I haven't had to deal with the internal debate of "should I chuck it or not?" In quite some time. And that's actually, in large part, thanks to you and Nick. Over time, I've grown to trust & lean on your ice cream expertise. You've helped me stay away from some abysmal ice cream varieties, that I may have pulled the trigger on, out of sheer curiosity, otherwise.

But back when I did take a few uneducated gambles on ice cream, if I had an unsatisfactory pint or carton, I would always try to pass on the remaining ice cream off to a significant other or family member. If they wound up feeling the same way I did, I would then bite the bullet and just chuck it. If for no other reason, it helped me quickly turn the proverbial page on that particular ice cream forever.

Caitlin Jennings said...

I hate wasting things so I personally don't do it. If it's horrible I'll just sit there and hate myself as I finish off the pint convincing myself it could be worse. One time, however, I had ice cream that was 330 calories per half cup and it was absolutely terrible (some chocolate chili combination and I hate spicy chocolate so I don't know why I thought it would be better), and I just let that thing sit in my freezer for a good year until my dad got frustrated with seeing it and tossed it out for me. My hands will personally never commit the crime.

Anne Sutton said...

I also hate wasting. Most times I turn it into a milkshake. Another idea is make an ice cream cake and sandwich it between two cakes. I will also give it to my dogs (non chocolate varieties) in small doses over time.

2c5751ca-f142-11e4-8c2c-73a49f720d67 said...

@T Dot

I tried Arctic Zero for the first time last week, and I thought the Snickerdoodle tasted like almost nothing despite having been cutting for the past 8 weeks so everything tastes good to me (even vegetables!) The cookie dough was good all things considered.

Gotta remember it's 300 calories/pint and high fiber (which hides the sweetness of sugar)

The Toy Box said...

Section 3 of the constitution clearly states;

Treason against the United States, shall consist only in throwing away ice cream, or in providing it to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.

So, you know...Don't do it.

Aaron L said...

I VERY rarely throw ice cream away, but i do it for the following reasons:got it from a restaurant and it wasn't good(Shake Shack PB&J=vile), refrozen to the point of no return or just plain disgusting and doesn't deserve to be swallowed(Adirondack's Pumpkin=crime against nature).
I'm pretty creative with not so great, cheap-tasting ice cream. A sprinkle of salt and/or a drizle of honey can add depth and dimension to a dull vanilla but one of my favorite things to do with it is make easy ice cream bars between layers of Crunch'N Munch and chocolate ganache mousse-the rich ingredients balance out the bland ones.

ibagoalie said...

I have tossed ice cream (down the garbage disposal). For me, if I truly hate it, I don't want to eat the calories just to finish it.

Unknown said...

I've been struggling with my weight and calories are too precious to waste them on bad ice cream! I threw out some Weight Watchers ice cream bars (the rapsberry cheesecake ones - that was a while ago) and Yasso coconut bars because they were basically tasteless.

The last one that got the toss was Dreyer's slow churned Maine blueberries and cream. Just no.

T. Dot said...

Right! It actually tasted like "nothing" but with a weird aftertaste.

T. Dot said...

Second this. I rely on food reviews to determine if I really want to try something. Thank God for the Internet!

Jeri Lynn said...

I absolutely LOVE ice cream. I literally eat a bowl every night. It's like a ritual for me. Lol. I seen some previous commenters feeling guilty bc they have a cpl pints in their freezers at a time. I have quarts. No joke. Right now I have 2 Quarts of Blue Bunny Cherry Pickin Chocolate, 2 Quarts of Blue Bunny Peanut Butter Party(tip:scoop it,microwave it, stir it & eat it. It's like a Resse's Blizzard from Dairy Queen:)) 1 Container of Edy's French Silk(I pour Hershey's Syrup over it), 1 pint of B&J Cherry Garcia(best ice cream on the planet), 1 Box of Magnum Double Caramel Bars, 1 Box of Magnum Double Raspberry Bars, and last but not least, I just picked up a box of the NEW Dove Chocolate covered Raspberry Sorbet Bars tonight. Sounds terrible, huh? I don't live alone, I live with my fiance,but the ice cream will be eaten by me:) Lol.
I've only thrown out ice cream that I didn't like once, it was just not edible. It was a terrible batch of the Edy's French Silk. The chocolate pieces(which I normally love were disgusting. I picked through as much as I could and tossed the rest. The only other times I've thrown it away is if it's the tail end of the container and starting to freezer burn.I throw them out to make room for more. When my electric goes out(due to storms) I only worry about my ice cream. Could careless about my steaks,chicken, etc.
Very good topic. I enjoyed reading everybody's answers.

Octavia B said...

I usually don't throw out bad products. I am somewhat conservative when it comes to spending/wasting money. I usually find a way to eat bad products that I purchase or find someone who can use it. I usually don't waste food. Yes, I have thrown out ice cream by spooning the ice cream down the disposal, rinsing out the cartoon, then to the trash can.