Scoops of Summer

Good morning! I hope your week has been a pleasant one! This week, has seemed like quite a long one. From dealing with the torrential rains and storms earlier in the week, to an unexpected snafu with my car yesterday, I’m looking forward to relaxing over the weekend and taking some time to catch up on reading and watching movies! That said, I’m very much looking towards the return of the warmer temperatures. Along with the inclement weather, the temperatures have been lingering on the upper 50’s to the 60’s; reminiscent of that of March (according to the local meteorologists!), so the anticipated temperatures in the 80’s this upcoming weekend, leads me to one of my favorite summer treats – ice cream!

Ice Cream Cones

Recently while shopping in my local grocery store, as well as scoping out some of my emails and favorite brands on social media (i.e. Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter), I’ve started to see the introduction of numerous unique ice cream and frozen dessert options! They’ve been so extraordinary in my opinion, I just had to share them (though you may already be familiar with them). Plus, for those of you who may be lactose intolerant, vegetarian, vegan, or are looking to reduce your dairy intake, there are also non-dairy options appearing in store freezers, as well, which I will also share and detail below.

Without further adieu, here are some new frozen dessert options to enjoy this summer and beyond:

EDY’s Frozen Custard:

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Depending on where you live, you may or may not be familiar with the Edy’s brand (in some areas within the U.S., I believe it is called Dreyers). The brand Edy’s (or Dreyers) features an array of different flavors of both ice cream and frozen yogurt and now, their newest offerings include a line of Frozen Custard! If you’re unfamiliar with what frozen custard actually is, according to Edy’s official website, it is referred to as similar to ice cream, but richer and extra thick and creamy, with wholesome ingredients! The new Frozen Custard line is available in an array of flavors, which includes:

  • Chocolate Malt
  • Mint Cookies ‘n Cream
  • Old Fashioned Vanilla
  • Peanut Butter Pie
  • Salted Caramel Pretzel
  • Snickerdoodle

Turkey Hill Gelato:

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For as long as I can remember, the brand, Turkey Hill has always been a staple in my family/household. When I was a child, I can fondly recall eating bowls and bowls of Turkey Hill’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup and Fudge Ripple ice creams! To me, Turkey Hill has always been a high-quality brand producing ice creams and frozen yogurts that are comparable to those found in ice cream shops! Nonetheless, while it may be a local/regional brand (I’m not exactly certain), if you are able to purchase it, I highly recommend it and with the introduction of their new Gelato line, it is even more enticing! Though I’ve never actually tried gelato before, myself, seeing that Turkey Hill is now offering it, my interest is piqued.

Detailed on the official Turkey HIll website, their new line is Gelato is inspired by “Italian gelato recipes, made with fresh milk, cream and real sugar.” In comparison to traditional ice cream, it is denser, with less air whipped into the mix, creating a light and airy experience, packed with rich flavors. Their Gelato line has expanded, now offering up to 8 flavors:

  • Chocolate Chocolate Chip
  • Hazelnut
  • Purely Vanilla
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter
  • Mint Chocolate Chip
  • Sea Salted Caramel
  • Coffee Chip
  • Peach Mango

Baskin Robbins:

Baskin Robbins Coffee 'n Donut Ice Cream

Along with my love of Turkey Hill’s packaged ice creams and frozen yogurts, is Baskin Robbins, infamous for their “31 flavors.” Since childhood, I’ve been visiting Baskin Robbins for their consistently changing flavors (some of their classics flavors I’m fond of, as well) and love to learn of their flavors of the month. However, after seeing June’s current flavor of the month, I simply had to write about it. It is quite possibly, the most unique of them all, combining two of my favorite flavors – coffee and ice cream! If you haven’t already heard, June’s flavor of the month is… “Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee ‘n Donut Ice Cream!”

This flavor is affectionately described on the official Baskin Robbins website as, “Dunkin’ Donuts-flavored ice cream, with donut pieces and a chocolate-flavored icing ribbon, dunked within Dunkin’ Donuts coffee ice cream!” In one word, this flavor can be described as, “WOW!” Not having tried it yet, I can only imagine how incredible it must taste. If you’ve had the opportunity to try it, I’d love to hear about it!

GIANT Grocery Store’s Limoncello Chiffon Ice Cream:

Giant Limoncello

One of my favorite local grocery store’s, Giant, recently introduced a Limoncello-inspired line of products, which includes this flavor of ice cream – Limoncello Chiffon. Perhaps you’re familiar with Giant, but if you’re not, they are noted for having excellent store-brand items (at least in my opinion!), so I’m always intrigued and curious about the new store-brand products they introduce. This particular ice cream flavor, is described as “Lemon ice-cream with chunks of cheesecake swirled with a sweet graham cracker crust!” As a big fan of ice cream AND cheesecake, to me, this sounds like the ideal treat!

Breyers Gelato:

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I’ve begun to notice a Gelato theme this season, so it’s only fitting one of my other favorite ice cream brands, Breyers, has also recently introduced a Gelato Indulgence line to their already expansive product offerings! The Gelato flavors offered by Breyers are unique and filled with various “mix-ins” and includes:

  • Vanilla Caramel
  • Raspberry Cheesecake
  • Tiramisu
  • Triple Chocolate
  • Cappuccino
  • Strawberry Truffle
  • Mint Chocolate
  • Chocolate Caramel

The next several product line’s are for those looking for a non-dairy frozen dessert alternative, without sacrificing on flavor and texture. Based on what I’ve seen and read about the following products, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed:

Amy’s Non-Dairy Frozen Desserts:

Amy's Frozen Dessert

Perhaps you’re already familiar and accustomed to purchasing Amy’s brand of products, given their extensive offerings of frozen meals, snacks and other options for those who are vegetarian, vegan, or simply looking for a meat-free product. Their foods are made with the highest quality ingredients and recently introduced a frozen dessert line, for those who are looking for a product similar to ice cream, without the addition of dairy. All of the following are made with coconut milk:

  • Mocha Chocolate Chip
  • Chocolate
  • Mint Chocolate Chip
  • Vanilla

So Delicious Cashew Milk Frozen Desserts:

So Delicious Cashew Milk Ice Cream

A couple weeks ago, I mentioned my newfound fondness for cashew milk and recently, one of my favorite brands, So Delicious proudly introduced their dairy-free Frozen Dessert line made with cashew milk! Already offering frozen desserts in almond and coconut varieties, the introduction of the cashew milk line, is bound to make those opting for dairy-free alternatives cheer with delight! Offered in the following flavors, the taste is apt to comparable to those of a dairy variety:

  • Cappuccino
  • Creamy Cashew
  • Dark Chocolate Truffle
  • Salted Caramel Cluster
  • Snickerdoodle

Blue Bunny Dairy-Free Desserts:

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Another one of my favorite ice cream/frozen yogurt brands is Blue Bunny! Up until several years ago, I hadn’t heard of Blue Bunny, but suddenly noticed it appearing in my local grocery stores. With their supremely unique varieties and options, plus their generosity of frequently providing coupons on their official website, I was overjoyed to recently learn of their expansion into the dairy-free world! Made with almond milk, their dairy-free dessert line will be appearing in store freezers soon, if it’s not already there, in the following flavors:

  • Mocha Fudge
  • Mint Chocolate Chip
  • Vanilla
  • Chocolate

Well, there you have it! I hope I was able to provide you with some new options and ideas to try out, not only for the summer, but year-round! Happy Scooping!

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Wednesday Wonders: NEW Products FOUND!

Hi, there! Welcome to the mid-week! Today, I’m very excited to share with you some new finds I recently spotted. At first, I was hesitant to share, not knowing if it would be all that interesting to anyone besides me, but ultimately decided to, because I think some of these products/concepts are just too unique to keep to myself! Enjoy! Also, if you’ve tried any of these newbies, please let me know, I’d love to hear your thoughts and reactions!

Dannon Light ‘n Fit Greek Yogurt in Pomegranate Berry & Blackberry:

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Who even knew these two flavors were being introduced?! I sure haven’t spotted them on store shelves yet, but noticed the announcement of Pomegranate Berry on the Dannon Light ‘n Fit Facebook page, the other day! However, the Blackberry flavor remains a surprise and a mystery to me, though a pleasant one, leaving me hoping I’ll spot these two tasty flavors soon!

Dunkin’ Donuts Red Velvet Latte & Red Velvet Drizzle Donut:

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Oh wow, can we just say this looks absolutely incredible?! I mean, I’ve seen the Red Velvet donut done before by a local donut shop (Yum Yum Donuts, anyone? For those of you local Pennsylvanians, anyway), but a Red Velvet Latte? I don’t believe I’ve noticed one before, but it does sound quite wonderful, and I’m especially loving the red drizzle on top! This is sure to be one sweet treat and an ideal one for the holidays and those cold, blustery days/nights.

Baskin Robbins Flavor of the Month – Gingerbread Junction Ice Cream:

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If you’re unfamiliar with Baskin Robbins, they are a nationwide ice cream shop, featuring some of the most, unique and classic flavors of ice cream, yogurt, light ice creams, sorbets, milkshakes and beyond. Each month, they concoct a unique blend of ice cream and designate it as their “Flavor of the Month.” This month, the lucky flavor was chosen as Gingerbread Junction (as described per baskinrobbins.comGingerbread and vanilla flavored ice creams intersect with a cinnamon caramel ribbon to create the taste of a just-baked gingerbread cookie dunked in a cool glass of milk.) This sounds like an excellent flavor and one I would thoroughly enjoy, without question!

Jif Brand Almond & Cashew Butters in both Creamy & Crunchy textures:

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All of the available flavors ranging from Jif Almond Crunchy to Jif Cashew Creamy. How exciting is this?! One of America’s favorite Peanut Butter brands now introduces Almond & Cashew Butters to their product line! Not only are they introducing new nut varieties, but also two different texturescrunchy and creamy! That way, almond and cashew fans can enjoy their respective butters in their texture of choice! I like to see that Jif is keeping up with the times and changing needs of the public and acclimating accordingly.

Yankee Candle Holiday Collection – Snowflake Cookie, Merry Marshmallow, Celebrate Christmas & Season of Peace:

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A couple weeks ago, my sister and I headed over to our local Yankee Candle store to peruse the aisles and see of any new scents had been introduced. Much to our surprise and delight, upon entering the store, we noticed the brand new Holiday collection! Out of all of these scents, I would have to say, my favorite is definitely Snowflake Cookie! It smells like a freshly baked sugar cooking with frosting – similar to Pillsbury Funfetti mix, one of my favorites! This line is definitely worth checking out and keeping in mind for holiday gifts (both for others and yourself!) Also, FYI: head on over to your nearest Yankee Candle store this weekend (Nov 9th from 10-4pm, for their HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE, where there will be free giveaways every hour, food and fun! Plus, the Veteran’s Day sale begins tomorrow – Nov 7th, where samplers and tarts will be $1 each! SCORE!)

Lay’s Wavy Milk Chocolate-Covered Potato Chips:

Lay's Wavy Milk Chocolate Chips

That’s right, your favorite wavy potato chips now doused in decadent milk chocolate! Truly, the epitome of sweet/salty! I’m intrigued by this new development, to be honest and actually think it sounds pretty good! It’s due to hit shelves pretty soon, if it hasn’t already.

Sprite Cranberry (available in Sprite Zero and regular varieties):

Sprite Cranberry

The only place I’ve spotted this is at Target about 25-30 minutes away from me. I sure wish it would make its way though to either my local Target or grocery store. It sounds like something I would absolutely love, though I would purchase the Sprite Zero version.

Cinnabon Coffee K-Cup:

Cinnabon Kcup

Have you heard about this?! I am so overly excited about this, I cannot even begin to explain. Since I first saw the announcement on Keurig‘s Facebook page, I’ve been anxiously awaiting its official arrival, as it was said it would appear on shelves just in time for the holidays! Sure enough, a bit ago, Keurig officially announced on their Facebook page that it is now available for purchase on Keurig.com and should be arriving in other retail locations and websites shortly! I know what I’ll be brewing all Winter long! Yum!

QUESTION: So, tell me, what product are you most excited about trying? Have you tried any of these yet?