I’ve said it multiple times and I’ll say it again: You can get through any hard thing in this life if you have the right tools. For me, my hard thing is currently having four young daughters (ages six years to one month) while my sweetheart is deployed. Since this isn’t my first rodeo, I’ve had years of experience that’s helped me find different tools to help me thrive throughout these separations. Please understand, this is still incredibly difficult at times for me but at the end of each week I can look back and feel like we came out on top.
Now those tools are vital, they are the things that give me breath when I feel like I have nothing left to give. The most important one? My weekly bowl of chocolate ice cream with sprinkles. Yes, I know I’m a child, but man, that colorful delicious bowl gives me a whole lot of joy. Since there happens to be such a thing as National Chocolate Ice Cream Day (June 7th!), and my favorite tool during separations is chocolate ice cream, I figured there wasn’t a much better use of my time than discovering which chocolate ice cream is the best.
So I gathered the seven different brands at my local commissary (grocery store on a military base) and put them all to the test side-by-side. I used the all-knowing Emily Gilmore’s approach to make sure I was doing it the right way. One taste for acclimating the palate, the second for establishing the foundation, and the third to make the decision. I told you, I’m taking this seriously!
So without further ado, here are the seven contenders and my thoughts:
Talenti Gelato – Double Dark Chocolate
Blue Bunny Ice Cream – Chocolate
Edy’s Ice Cream -Chocolate
When I started this adventure I honestly didn’t think I would even taste a difference, but Edy’s is actually more chocolatey than Blue Bunny. It’s more sweet and rich, so eat with a cup of milk close by, but obviously still delicious.
Haagen Dazs Ice Cream – Chocolate
These bites were more fudgey, almost like the best fudge sickle in the world is at the perfect moment after coming out of the freezer when it’s not melting down your fingers but you don’t have to bite into it.
Blue Bell Ice Cream – Dutch Chocolate
I don’t exactly know how to describe it but it’s more dutchy than the rest. It’s almost like eating the best cup of cold hot chocolate.
Halo Top Light Ice Cream – Chocolate
I should have started with this one instead of ending with it. If you have some dietary restriction that means no ice cream but Halo Top is allowed, then this is much better than nothing. But if not, I’d put Halo on the bottom of the list.
Breyer’s Ice Cream – Extra Creamy Chocolate
They have a normal chocolate ice cream and this extra option, which doesn’t make much sense to me because who doesn’t love extra goodness? Regardless of why they have both, this, ladies and gentlemen, is really good ice cream. It’s smooth, it’s creamy, and man is it my kind of chocolate. Three bites really was not enough.
All in all there wasn’t a bad bite in the bunch but I broke down my favorite into two parts: if I’m in an indulgent mood and if I’m buying ice cream that my whole family will be sharing.
Indulgent mode easily goes to Talenti Double Dark Chocolate Gelato. I guess it’s a little bit unfair because of the extra chocolate shavings hidden in there, but either way, this one is a clear winner. The clear tell was the fact that it’s the one I’ve been sneaking spoonfuls out of when my kids aren’t looking.
Family mode goes to Breyer’s! It’s an incredible bang for your buck and you won’t regret one bite.
Now, next time you’re at your local grocery store (or doing a Walmart pick up, like me) you know what to add to your cart! And toppings are always encouraged 😉