Vanilla ice cream taste test results


View gallery

Vanilla Ice Cream Taste Test

(Photo: Schrempp Erich)

Yahoo editors have selected this article as a favorite of 2013. It first ran on Yahoo Shopping on Feb. 1st and was one of the most popular stories of the year.

Epicurious indulged in 13 brands of vanilla ice cream, but only one got rave reviews from the editors.

W hen it comes to vanilla ice cream, you might be tempted to ask whether there's really that much of a difference in taste from one brand to another. But having tried 13 different brands of vanilla, we can positively confirm it: Not all vanilla is created equal.

In search of the best vanilla scoop, we started by excluding French vanilla and vanilla bean varieties in favor of plain old basic vanilla. What did we want from the perfect pint? A natural-looking frozen scoop that can be enjoyed in a bowl, on top of a sugar cone, or à la mode.

View gallery

Vanilla Ice Cream Taste Test

(Photo courtesy of Whole Foods)

Best Vanilla Ice Cream:
Whole Foods Market Vanilla Ice Cream

Pros: "This one really stood out because of its perfectly milky taste and whipped mousselike consistency," stated one judge.

Others liked its snow-white appearance and the fact that it's made from only six ingredients.

Cons: Can be bought only at Whole Foods Market.

Editors' Rating: 4 forks out of 4

View gallery

Ice Cream Taste Test

(Photo courtesy of Breyers)

First Runner-Up:
Breyers Natural Vanilla ($4.99)

Pros: All judges commended this pick for being just sweet and creamy enough, capturing the essence of vanilla.

Cons: Some believed it lacks that signature vanilla fragrance.

Editors' Rating: 3.5 forks out of 4

View gallery

Vanilla Ice Cream Taste Test

(Photo courtesy of Ben & Jerry's)

Second Runner-Up:
Ben & Jerry's Vanilla ($4.69)

Pros: "Good, thick consistency and precise vanilla flavor," stated one judge. "Creammmy," said another.

Cons: Contains more fat per serving than the others.

Editors' Rating: 3 forks out of 4

View gallery

Vanilla Ice Cream Taste Test

(Photo courtesy of SoCo Creamery)

The Other Contenders

Most tasters thought SoCo Creamery was icy and tasted fruity, almost pineapple-y. 365 Organic was an unappealing yellow color, very thick and surprisingly bland.

And while we're fans of Blue Marble's other flavors, their brand's vanilla missed the mark: "Tastes like bad vanilla frosting," said one judge. "Needs a serious dosage of hot fudge," suggested another.

Additional Taste Test Details

All 13 types of vanilla ice cream evaluated are available nationwide in supermarkets or online. Listed from highest to lowest score achieved, they are: Whole Foods Market Vanilla Ice Cream, Breyers Natural Vanilla, Ben & Jerry's Vanilla, La Salle, Turkey Hill Original Vanilla, Häagen-Dazs, Graeter's, Stonyfield Farm Gotta Have Vanilla, Ronnybrook Farm, Edy's Slow Churned Classic Vanilla, SoCo Creamery, 365 Organic, Blue Marble.

Methodology: In a blind taste test, judges compared the flavor, consistency, and appearance of 13 types of vanilla ice cream. Results were ranked using the Epicurious four-fork rating system (four being best).

Prices and availability subject to change.

More from Epicurious:

Foods That Are Keeping You Up at Night

What's in Season: Your Winter Produce Guide 

How to Pick the Best Diet for Your Lifestyle

Recommended for You

  • Kirk Cousins' Hilarious Handoff Gaffe Has Given Us The Nutfumble

    Kirk Cousins remains one of the most fascinatingly inconsistent quarterbacks in the NFL. Cousins went back to hand off to Matt Jones when he got his foot stepped on by an offensive lineman. Not really his fault! But Cousins’ desperation handoff to Jones was a bit of brilliant physical comedy that isn’t easy to forget.

  • Police baffled by couple found dead next to untouched bags of Taco Bell — and not much else

    Cameron and Courtney Hulet were lying on their living room floor when a neighbor saw them. The neighbor didn’t think much of it. She heard moans and figured they were asleep. She closed the front door, which the couple had a habit of leaving open, David Uhl, manager of the southeast Michigan village of Dundee, told The Washington Post. It was Tuesday morning. The neighbor didn’t see the Hulets all day, she told authorities. She went back to check on them later that night. They were still lying next to each other. Taco Bell bags and drinks sat next to them on a table, untouched. The woman had a male friend check on them, Uhl said. Police were called to the apartment shortly before midnight on

    Washington Post q
  • Taylor Swift’s Onstage Choker Could Mean More Than You May Think

    Taylor Swift is back onstage. On Saturday, the star headed to Austin, Texas, to perform at the U.S. Grand Prix. And though to some, her look that night was just a cute ensemble, for hardcore Swifties, it was a sign of things to come.

    Yahoo Style
  • Women Are Boycotting Ivanka Trump’s Fashion Line — and the Stores That Sell It

    Despite her father’s uncanny ability to offend and alienate women more with each passing day, Ivanka Trump has managed to maintain a relatively high level of respect throughout Donald Trump’s turbulent presidential campaign. Some would say Ivanka has even been the one saving grace for a candidate who is increasingly being viewed as little more than a misogynistic narcissist by many Americans — particularly women.

    Yahoo Style
  • 745-Pound Woman Needs Gallbladder Surgery, Doctors Refuse

    Desperately in need of gall-bladder surgery, Katrina Randall, was rushed to the hospital on Friday. Her family hopes her latest trip leads to a life-saving procedure but there`s a catch - her family says doctors won`t operate because of her size. She weighs 740 pounds.

  • Saturday Night Live: Tom Hanks Exposes a Surprising Truth About Trump Supporters

    The final debate sketch wasn’t the only time Tom Hanks and Saturday Night Live decided to roast Donald Trump. S.N.L. hasn’t exactly been gentle on Trump supporters this election season. Or did you miss that fake ad last year where the show unflinchingly compared them to Nazis? So, knowing some biting political commentary is coming, it’s surprising to see Tom Hanks—who, earlier in the night, leaned into his gentle, “America’s Dad” persona—put on that red “Make America Great Again” cap for a “Black Jeopardy!” sketch. But, either way, it was good to see Hanks behind the old Jeopardy! podium where he made such a splash playing a dumbed down version of himself opposite Will Ferrell’s Alex Trebek back

    HWD q
  • American hacker Jester warns Russia to stop interfering with U.S. election

    The American vigilante hacker known as Jester (whose signature graphic is shown above) took a swipe at Russia for hacking U.S. sites. The self-described “gray hat” hacker who calls himself “Jester” hacked the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website Friday night. His message: “Stop attacking Americans,” according to CNNMoney. Anyone who visited the Ministry website after the hack first heard the intentionally loud, annoying, attention-demanding dial tone sound that plays just before American emergency broadcast civil alert messages. Jester’s letter to the Ministry displayed in full on the site’s homepage. The letter, which no longer appears on the site but was still visible Saturday, went

    Digital Trends q
  • ESPN anchor uses unfortunate metaphor to explain Charlie Strong's job status at Texas

    When ESPN’s Adnan Virk used an ill-advised metaphor to talk about coach Charlie Strong’s situation at Texas, the Twitter backlash was swift.

    Yahoo Sports
  • 11 Things You Probably Didnt Know About Airplanes (11 photos)

    Planes have changed a lot since the days of the Wright Brothers (or, perhaps more accurately, Brazilian inventor Alberto Santos ). Those first wood-and-cloth contraptionsarean entirely different species thanthesleek Boeing Dreamliners of today. With the continual advancements in aerospace technology, it's hard to keep up with all the amazing things planes today are capable of doing (and withstanding). Below,11 things you didnt know about airplanes and air travel.

  • Is Jeff Fisher Stubborn, Stupid, or just honest about Goff?

    Jeff Fisher insists on sticking with quarterback Case Keenum. Is that an inidcation how bad Jared Goff is, how stubborn Fisher is, or just plain stupid. The post Is Jeff Fisher Stubborn, Stupid, or just honest about Goff? appeared first on Cover32.

  • Pet Parent Swaps Dog Treats for Broccoli … the Dog’s Reaction is Hilarious! (VIDEO)

    Dogs like their treats; there is a wide variety of doggie friendly options of snacks out there, and some pet parents even bake their own doggy treats at home. But when it comes to this green treat, this dog doesn’t want to have anything to do with it. Despite this little guy’s lack of interest, some dogs do really like vegetables. Just ask this guy. Or this one. Veterinarians say that safe vegetables to feed to dogs include green beans, spinach, sweet potatoes and asparagus. No need to be worried if your fluffy friend eats one of these, then — now it’s just a matter of getting him to eat it in the first place. While this picky eater might not like the broccoli, nutrients like vitamin A, potassium,

    OneGreenPlanet q
  • Emily Ratajkowski Cheers on the L.A. Dodgers in a Midriff-Baring Crop Top, Smooches Her Boyfriend in the Stands

    Who says you have to rock a billowing jersey to show your sportsmanship? Not Emily Ratajkowski, who showcased her toned physique as she cheered on the Los Angeles Dodgers at a baseball game in L.A. on Thursday. The model and actress took a minimalist approach to dressing for the sidelines and rocked a black pair of high-waist jeans with a long-sleeve white crop top that showcased her abs. She proudly put forth her support of the hometown team with a black cap that simply read "LA"

  • MarketWatch q
  • Ivanka Trump backs her father but doesn't want to fall with him

    Ivanka, soon to turn 35, is still clearly her father's protegee. Having grown up in the spotlight from an early age, at a time when her father's extramarital affairs filled the tabloid press, Ivanka knows how to tend to her own image -- and that of the clothing line that bears her name.

  • Jay Z Says He 'Misses The Old Kanye' Following West's Recent Rant

    Here’s something we all have in common with Jay Z: He misses the “old Kanye.” Roc-A-Fella co-founder Kareem “Biggs” Burke revealed as much following Kanye West’s surprising rant against his idol last week. Kanye blasted Jay for not personally visiting him after wife Kim Kardashian got robbed in Paris, for never setting up a playdate with their kids, and for Tidal politics preventing him from linking up with Drake, an Apple Music artist. “I was shocked to hear what Kanye said onstage,” Burke told Page Six at his Reasonable Doubt 20th anniversary pop-up shop on Saturday.

  • Meet the first guy Steve Jobs ever fired at Apple ... and he wasn't even an employee

    Michael Geary has been a programmer living in Silicon Valley since before the world called it...

    Business Insider
  • Khloé and Lamar Divorce Settlement a Done Deal

    Khloé Kardashian and Lamar Odom have officially signed off on their divorce, and all that’s left is a judge’s John Hancock … TMZ has learned. Khloe and Lamar have reached a property settlement and each has now signed legal docs that were filed Friday. TMZ broke the story, Khloe first filed for divorce in December 2013, but the divorce stagnated for almost two years while Khloé went back and forth, trying at times to save their relationship and save Lamar.

  • Vice presidential nominee shrugs off threat by WikiLeaks

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Tim Kaine is shrugging off any possibility that he could be embarrassed by the release of hacked emails.

    Associated Press
  • This Vikings-Eagles skirmish is so heated, even the ref is throwing elbows

    Football referees have one of the toughest jobs in the world. This back judge was having NONE OF THAT when Minnesota Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs and Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Jordan Hicks started tussling in the end zone.

    SB Nation q
  • Scottie Pippen Divorce: Cops Called Twice This Month for Domestic Disturbances

    Scottie Pippen‘s marriage did not end well — cops were called to the NBA star’s home TWICE in the past 3 weeks for domestic disturbances … TMZ Sports has learned. Larsa told cops she was involved in a “heated verbal argument” with Scottie but insisted it NEVER GOT PHYSICAL. Scottie told police she could come back inside and there would be no issues and even offered to leave if it made Larsa feel more comfortable.