At the top of the freezer aisle, we have your high end pints of ice cream. We don't really cover online (shipped to your door) type stuff on this blog, that's what instagram is for. What we focus on in this group is Ben & Jerry's, Talenti, Haagen-Dazs, and sometimes Graeters if you are lucky. Graeters doesn't put out a ton of new flavors, and I've already talked about the new Haagen-Dazs stuff here, so let's jump in to...
Talenti #44 - Cinnamon Peach Biscuit - (thanks Darrell for the info!)
Talenti #45 - Peanut Butter Fudge Sorbetto - reviewed here
Talenti #46 - Vanilla Blueberry Crumble - thick blueberry sauce with real blueberries and crunchy brown sugar oat clusters blended into creamy vanilla gelato - reviewed here
Talenti #47 - Vanilla Chai - chai spices and black tea leaves freshly brewed into creamy vanilla gelato (sounds like an homage to Tea-rrific) - negative review here
Please note that Peach Butter Biscuit (reviewed here) is no longer a Publix exclusive, but also note that it does not have a number on the container. The exclusives don't get numbers, but it's a little surprising that they couldn't assign it one now that it's widely available..
Gelato Fiasco has four more flavors coming out for 2017. Strawberry gelato, Sweet Resurgam gelato (kind of like toffee but not), Mint Chocolate Chunk gelato (tasty!), and Chocolate Raspberry Jam gelato (reviewed here). GF was nice enough to send over samples and also let us know that they have tweaked the recipe of their Torched Marshmallow S'more gelato (review has been updated).
Graeters newest ice cream is Strawberry Cheesecake (announced 3/1/17).
Ciao Bella is rocking new pint graphics and at least one new flavor: Strawberry Chocolate Chip Gelato and Bailey's Sea Salt Caramel Gelato.
Next up is what I call mainstream ice cream. This covers Breyers, Edys (Dreyers), Turkey Hill, Blue Bunny, Friendlys, Perry's, etc. It won't be a dense as the super premium stuff above, the mix-ins can be hit or miss, and the ingredient list can dabble a bit too much in the magic of food science, but it's still the primary choice for a lot of consumers.
Breyers is also throwing three more gelato flavors at us. The cookie dough one you see above as well as Pistachio Biscotti and Cinnamon Roll. I have no urge to review these. To make room, they've ditched mint chocolate and cappuccino so far....
As far as their "original" line up is concerned, they are adding Chocolate Mint ice cream (review coming soon) and then Cinnamon Swirl and Butterscotch Blondie to their frozen dairy dessert offerings.
Friendly's will also be releasing a few more limited edition flavors like the new purple potamus (review coming soon) which is berry ice cream with chocolate chips. There is also double chocolate chip cookie dough which I already reviewed.
review here). I expect these to be my defacto mowing snack this summer. [Note: the C&C funwich is off their website but the chocolate chip one is still there]
double chocolate chip and oatmeal chocolate chip flavor, so I'll probably skip the peanut butter version.
Edy's is also teaming up with Hostess for a line of ice creams and treats like twinkie ice cream (reviewed), cupcakes ice cream (reviewed), and snoballs ice cream and then also turning each of those ideas in to a frozen novelty.
Lastly I have a strong suspicion that their frozen custard lineup is soon to be retired or at the very least it has an extremely limited distribution (custard isn't really a big thing in the northeast).
I don't have any pictures of new Turkey Hill yet. They have teased several new all natural flavors on their instagram like mocha swirl, blueberry, raspberry chocolate chip, and mango. Wait, mocha swirl has "natural chocolate cookie" in it! That's not fair, I want a cookies & cream flavor! Please? Or how come the raspberry needs to have chocolate chips in it? Boooo. Oh I tease, I tease. Sort of. I am happy that the all natural line up now includes 20 flavors. That's pretty cool.
Perry's will probably release stuff throughout the year hopefully. At the moment they have Bad Breakup (reviewed here) and the limited edition Caramel Frappe.
Hudsonville Creamery does not distribute in the Northeast but I stumbled upon some of their new flavors online. It includes Peanut Butter Cheesecake, Peanut Butter Pretzel, and Bananas Foster. They also released a Windmill Cookie Butter flavor to stores at the end of 2016.
Blue Bell has promised a few new flavors this year starting with their new Ice Cream Cone flavor. I don't have access to Blue Bell but maybe we can get CT to track it down for us.
Stores like Stop & Shop (Giant) will continue to to release limited editions like the current Twisted Chocolate (note: it's coffee infused, but apparently has a cinnamon kick too) and in early Spring we saw Toasted Coconut. Last up we have Hood who is removing a few of their New England Creamery offerings to make room for the fun sounding Snickerdoodle Dandy and the terrible Peanut Butter Pie (Nick's review here).
JC Pie Pops will be adding a Coconut Cream flavor to their line up.
It looks like Fruttare might be dead in the U.S., not sure anyone cares.
I will add and update this post as necessary. Certain brands aren't shown here because they aren't in my area (Blue Bell, Pierre's, Kemps, etc). If you see something I missed, please let me know! If you want to follow me in real time, be sure to follow me on instagram (or twitter).