The Official Ice Cream of Texas

Over at my second home, Serious Eats, a fellow foodie posed the question: what ice cream would best represent your home state?

There were 54 answers the last time I checked — at least one for each state — but only one person had represented Texas, and…it wasn’t what I was hoping for:

Blue Bell Ice Cream is #1 brand in Texas. There are four food groups in Texas: barbecue, tex-mex, chicken fried steak and Blue Bell. Their best seller is Homemade Vanilla.

While I can’t argue with the food groups — they’re pretty much spot on —Β I’ve got to believe that we can come up with a more creative flavor than boring old vanilla to represent the Lone Star State.

So, fellow Texans, what ice cream flavor do you think would best represent our fair state?Β  It doesn’t have to be an ice cream flavor that anyone — even Blue Bell — currently makes.Β  Be adventurous!

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10 responses to “The Official Ice Cream of Texas

  1. mmm Blue Bell. I’ve been in TX for almost a year and tried Blue Bell a couple of weeks ago…I had to hide from the hubby while eating it.

  2. Well, since the state tree is the pecan tree, I would have to vote for Pecan Pralines and Cream or Butter Pecan….they are both awesome!!

  3. This question is really cute, maybe I should post it on my blog in an Asian context. πŸ˜€

  4. @ Foodie Cutie: It’s highly addictive; I’m surprised no one warned you first! The homemade vanilla truly is a great flavor, sweet and simple. πŸ™‚

    @ Jo: That makes so much sense that I’m now seriously considering discontinuing the question. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    @ amsiewong: Ooh! I vote for taro!!!

  5. chorizo & cream (gravy)

  6. (Thanks to Amy’s here in Austin) I’d say Shiner Bock ice cream! MMMMM…beer and ice cream.

  7. (insert marketing term here) de Leche.

    hmmm…Pecan de Leche?

    Just sayin’

  8. @ daddy-o: Augh! Gross…yet true. And strangely appealing. I do enjoy durian ice cream, after all, so I’d probably like this, too…

    @ mrcanacorn: Ho-lee shit. I had no idea. I am SOLD. Is there anything Shiner Bock can’t do?

    @ Cory: Pecan de Leche actually sounds delicious! πŸ™‚

  9. K – Don’t kill me for posting a non-Blue Bell flavor, but I think you remember how much I love HEB… their Intense Chocolate is fab! Chocolate ice cream, chocolate chunks, chocolate syrup. Top it off with chocolate Magic Shell and call it a night!

  10. Blue Vanilla isn’t just vanilla. Get the Brown Rim “Natural Vanilla Bean”. They use real vanilla beans, make all the difference in the world.

    On a Texas Sweets note, Dr. Pepper is starting to sell their Dublin Dr. Pepper. Used to be, you could only buy this at their Dublin, Texas plant near Waco. The difference between Corn Syrup and Sugar as a sweetener makes you go “Wow!” and know that we’ve been sold a bill of goods around Corn Syrup.

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