Sunday, December 31, 2023

Top Ten Reviews of 2023 & Other Stuff

It's that time of year again. Boy did 2023 go fast. So I went to gather the stats for 2023 when I realized that I never added the new Google Analytics 4 tag to the theme. In other words, no analytics for 2023.,, Whoops! Thankfully, Blogger has some basic stats which should be good enough to get us a top ten list (I prefer the more accurate analytics version, but it is what it is). Oh, we'll talk about why the blog looks different two, but first the list after the break!

Who will be this year's winner?

#10 Tillamook Holiday Sugar Cookie Ice Cream. Not their greatest holiday offering, but at least I can say "Welcome to the Top Ten list!". It just barely beat out a pair of Ben & Jerry's flavors.

#9 Dr. Bombay Ice Cream. I actually had high hopes for this, and there are those that enjoy it, but I feel like the vast majority of people feel like it's just junk budget ice cream/

#8 Tillamook Peppermint Bark Ice Cream is a fun one. Now that I'm officially a Tillamook fan, it's cool to see them on the Top Ten list twice. 

#7 Haagen-Daz Cultured Creme. H-D only gave us this and the new butter cookie cones this year. I sure hope 2024 has something big in store for us.

#6 Ben & Jerry's Churray for Churros! was a little spicier than expected.

#5 was technically a news post, but I'm still going to mention it. It's Ben & Jerry's Pecan Pie ice cream.  Maybe I'll try it next year (or maybe not).

#4 is the awful Scoops Ahoy Ice Cream at Walmart. This stuff is junk and I think it's on the list because of curiosity, not because it's a quality product. No one came to it's defense.

#3 is the DQ Oreo Brookie Blizzard. I'll never complain when DQ makes it to the top ten.

#2 is Van Leeuwen King Cake Ice Cream. Technically I posted this on Dec 30th, but it kept interest for awhile so I am going to let it slide in here.
and the winner by a mile is....

That's right, the most sought after topic on this blog for 2023 is the food science known as Blue Bunny Soft. It's definitely a polarizing subject as you have the people who go "what is this mess?" versus the people going "you're all dumb, this is the best stuff ever". Ok, not everyone who likes this stuff is super defensive, but it was a reoccurring theme. Me, I'd much rather talk about the fun Stuffed Puffs Sandwiches they put out.

And now for the elephant in the room....

Are you asking yourself "Dubba, why are you messing with the look of the blog after all these years?". Well, for a long, long time, I've been trying to ignore the fact that the blog isn't terribly useful on a mobile device. I have toyed with fixing it a few times, but I always wind up giving up. When I was looking at the year long stats yesterday, I realized that I can't keep ignoring mobile devices when they make up the majority of blog traffic. In fact, since enabling google analytics again, the stats say that only 16% of people are checking the blog from a desktop device.

So, I need to make the blog more readable for our mobile friends. I don't want people to go "this old site is awful on my modern phone" and then just move on to another site. I want them to realize there is over 15 years of history here. That said, I would like everyone to feel free to comment about any changes I make. A blogger theme has about two thousand lines of code, and my skills are kind of rusty, but I'll do what I can and will try to be open to suggestions.

Thanks everyone and here's to a good 2024!


  1. I see you've improved the search options, well done. Never had an issue with your site on a mobile, except for having to switch to desktop mode for searches.

    Commenting is a bit different as well, maybe that can be next year's project. 😄

    An awesome 2024 to you and yours.

    1. ok, I flipped back to "embedded comments" (testing right now)

      and yeah, my biggest fear is that first time mobile readers won't realize how much more stuff is on the blog because they were stuck in the limited mobile view.

  2. I appreciate the non-mobile site, but I get that I'm old-school. I really just wanted to thank you for all that you do (and the money you save me :)). Happy 2024!!

  3. Happy New Year Dubba! Here’s hoping 2024 brings us much better and more exciting offerings than ‘23 did. I have a hunch that the reason SO many people looked at the Blue Bunny Soft post was because it’s so awful that we wanted to see what other people thought of it. I also have a hunch that “all” the people singing its praises was really just “one” poster who may or may not work for Blue Bunny. At any rate, looking forward to another year! //// Marianne

  4. Happy New Year! Thank you for keeping all of the ice cream lovers like me up on the latest and greatest creations. Looking forward to many more years of ice cream news and reviews!

  5. as a pc user I like the new layout! Happy New Year! :D

  6. I’ve almost only heard bad things about blue bunny soft so I stayed away based on your suggestion. But now I’m curious. Have you tried any of their other flavors?

    1. I think I would have been tempted by the sugar cookie one if I could have found it (actually, I havent been to Stop & Shop in forever, I wonder if they had it)


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