Sunday, September 14, 2008

Walgreens Makes Ice Cream?

Did you know Walgreens makes their own ice cream? They do! Started waaaaaaaaay back in 1912 actually! How's that for history?

I got a long distance request that my next purchase should be from Walgreens, so I headed on over after work on Friday. It's funny, because even though there are Walgreens everywhere, there isn't one by my house. So, I went prepared with a freezer pack and my lunch bag.

I went to the snack section and I was impressed, an entire section of the freezer was dedicated to Walgreens ice cream. The next section was dedicated to other ice creams (at very high prices mind you). Anyway, there are two choices to get you started. There is the standard ice cream in blue containers. I noted flavors like vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and cookies & creme. Your other option is to go with the dark containers that contain the "premium" ice creams which have a nice selection of unique flavors.

Unfortunately I can't seem to find a flavor list on their website, but this is what I remember (names may be slightly off): blueberry pie, New York cherry, moose tracks, bear claw, cookie dough, Andes, strawberry cheesecake, and a couple others. The first pick was obvious: cookie dough. I decided to try something very new to me for pick #2: Andes (I don't think I've ever tried mint ice cream).

The cookie dough didn't reside in the freezer very long, but I did manage to snag a half dozen bites to nail down my initial impression. It's a tasty treat that most closely resembles Turkey Hill's take on cookie dough. The base is a little different and Walgreens pulls out another trick: Rather than your standard chocolate chip, they go with very thin chips which break up and go everywhere. A excellent touch in my opinion.

Oh yeah, forgot to talk about price: I think regular pints were $1.50 or so, and premium pints are $1.99. Thankfully, they were on sale at 2 for $3. Even at $2, you're still clocking in below the Ben & Jerry's price. You also have the option for going for 1.5 Quart containers at a decent price ($4.29 maybe, I forget)

Nutrition: 160/70/0/2


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Anonymous said...

excellent quality ice cream that rivals all other brands!!