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nightshadea 06-03-2019 04:13 AM

according to a database the most favored ice cream is ....
 
cookies and creme?


here's the story: https://www.msn.com/en-us/foodanddri...34H?li=BBnb7Kz


I've never heard of the database that was used

whats everyone's opinion?

TRC4941 06-03-2019 08:56 AM

I know kids love cookies and creme - my grandkids anyway. Me? I always look at all the flavors, but then order/buy chocolate. I'm never disappointed.

naita 06-03-2019 09:04 AM

What database is it you think was used? The article you link to says "in California, the most-Googled and presumably most-purchased flavor was tutti frutti,", and the headline at Workwise, a software company, was "The most searched flavors".

It's a nonsense "study" of, most likely, irrelevant data.

DesertDog 06-03-2019 09:08 AM

The biggest selling flavor is and will always be... vanilla. But Vanilla top ice cream flavor isn't a click-bait worthy headline.

Dewey Finn 06-03-2019 10:38 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by naita (Post 21677692)
What database is it you think was used? The article you link to says "in California, the most-Googled and presumably most-purchased flavor was tutti frutti,", and the headline at Workwise, a software company, was "The most searched flavors".

It's a nonsense "study" of, most likely, irrelevant data.

It accomplished the purpose, though, which was to promote the company that sponsored the study. It's actually pretty clever; they probably didn't spend a lot on the study itself, but it results in multiple articles about the "study", almost all of which mention the company that sponsored it.

Sir T-Cups 06-03-2019 11:04 AM

It's weird to correlate Google searches with preferences. How do they even make that connection? I guess if I Google "cookies and cream ice cream near me" it makes sense, but I would only do that if I was on vacation and not actually living somewhere.

enalzi 06-03-2019 11:10 AM

Obligatory XKCD:
https://xkcd.com/1845/

BobLibDem 06-03-2019 11:42 AM

Apparently we all buy vanilla and chocolate in that order, but neither are favorites. I don't buy that survey. People buy what they want, and they buy vanilla.

Chronos 06-03-2019 02:53 PM

Complications to that premise, BobLibDem:
One's favorite (whatever it is) might or might not be available at the store one shops at, and might (if it's a specialty flavor) be more expensive. But vanilla is always available, including in the cheap brands.
One might be buying for a group, and so getting a flavor that nobody dislikes, rather than one that anyone likes.
One might be buying ice cream for specialty uses like root beer floats, for which vanilla is best, even though, if the ice cream were unadorned, something else might be preferred.

Ukulele Ike 06-03-2019 05:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BobLibDem (Post 21678063)
Apparently we all buy vanilla and chocolate in that order, but neither are favorites. I don't buy that survey. People buy what they want, and they buy vanilla.

Yeah, I think vanilla is number one because it’s the base for most sundaes, milkshakes, malteds, ice cream sodas (does any make ice cream sodas any more?).

Personally, I LIKE vanilla.

Patch 06-03-2019 05:56 PM

I love vanilla with caramel or chocolate swirls. After that, chocolate.

I have never tried cookies and creme. I like mint, and used to eat mint chocolate chip ice cream cones, but the flavor gets old after a while.

Chefguy 06-03-2019 06:09 PM

Two words: French Silk (Edys/Dreyers).

pulykamell 06-03-2019 06:18 PM

My opinion? Vanilla is my go-to flavor. Second would be butter pecan. But, honestly, I can't remember the last time I bought butter pecan ice cream. The last hundred ice creams I've had were probably vanilla or some variation of vanilla (like vanilla with caramel, vanilla with some kind of syrup on top, vanilla in an ice cream sandwich or Klondike bar, etc.) That said, I'm NOT a big ice cream eater. Maybe, over the course of a year, I'll average a scoop a month.

silenus 06-03-2019 07:21 PM

Vanilla, because it goes on strawberry shortcake, berry cobbler, pie, etc. French Vanilla if I'm letting the cats lick my spoon. Havoc just lurves French Vanilla.

digs 06-03-2019 07:56 PM

I think vanilla would top a poll of ice cream flavors bought at a supermarket or as an accompaniment/ingredient. We'll bake a pie for company, and I'll run down to the local custard* joint and buy a quart of... vanilla.

But if I walk into an ice cream place with dozens of flavors, there's no way I'd choose vanilla. Not when there's Orange Custard Chocolate Chip, or Salted Basil Lingonberry. Or Anything With Triple Chocolate In The Name...



*If you haven't tried "frozen custard", it has less air and more butterfat. Yummmmm...

Ukulele Ike 06-03-2019 08:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by silenus (Post 21679045)
Vanilla, because it goes on strawberry shortcake, berry cobbler, pie, etc. French Vanilla if I'm letting the cats lick my spoon. Havoc just lurves French Vanilla.

Yeah, French vanilla tops regular vanilla, because of the eggs.

I love custard, but you have to go at least 500 miles from the east coast to find it.

Ukulele Ike 06-03-2019 08:40 PM

Pulykammel @13: Butter Pecan is excellent, but it pales next to Maple Walnut. I can’t get MW around NYC, but it is plentiful in New England. When I go up to Maine on vacation next month, I plan to indulge in both the elusive Maple Walnut and Black Raspberry ice cream. Although if there is a church pie sale, I will get a good local vanilla to scoop over my blueberry pie.

Beckdawrek 06-03-2019 10:05 PM

Moose tracks.

{{{{}Mike drop}}}}}


(Or Neopolitan)

Wesley Clark 06-03-2019 10:25 PM

Vanilla gets shit on but a good vanilla ice cream is sublime.

Personally the best ice cream I've ever tried was some kind of blueberry cobbler. I have no idea who made it or if it is even available anymore.

Gatopescado 06-04-2019 12:29 AM

Depends where its served. Room 7 off the Interstate in western New Mexico was pretty good. Don't recall the flavor. Maybe it was Honey.

DesertDog 06-04-2019 09:48 AM

A flavor I remember after more than ten years was one offered for a short time by Dreyer's: Chilly Chili, vanilla (duh) with a mole ribbon and hot Spanish peanuts. Alas, it hasn't been seen again no doubt due to low sales.

Jophiel 06-04-2019 10:14 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DesertDog (Post 21677698)
The biggest selling flavor is and will always be... vanilla. But Vanilla top ice cream flavor isn't a click-bait worthy headline.

Well, you don't tell them in the headline! Sheesh!

"This flavor of ice cream is the most popular and we can't even"
"We just learned what the most popular ice cream flavor is and it has blown our minds"
"Researchers have discovered something about ice cream that you never expected"
"Have kids? You're probably buying them the wrong flavor ice cream."

Sir T-Cups 06-04-2019 11:23 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jophiel (Post 21679994)
Well, you don't tell them in the headline! Sheesh!

"This flavor of ice cream is the most popular and we can't even"
"We just learned what the most popular ice cream flavor is and it has blown our minds"
"Researchers have discovered something about ice cream that you never expected"
"Have kids? You're probably buying them the wrong flavor ice cream."

Claim you're not racist? Your favorite ice cream flavor says otherwise

Annie-Xmas 06-04-2019 11:39 AM

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough became originators Ben & Jerry's most popular flavor three months after they introduced it into stores. And everybody copied it. And it was hailed as one of the best innovations of the decade.

divemaster 06-04-2019 03:16 PM

I worked off and on at Baskin-Robbins for a number of years, starting in high school and then into college years. We could tell what was selling, not only by what we scooped, but by what we would order each month. Certain flavors were "core" flavors that got ordered every month; others were seasonal or new or otherwise rotated.

As you would expect, the #1 flavor was vanilla. Vanilla was the base of just about every sundae, milkshake, malted, float, ice-cream-cake order, etc.

But by far, BY FAR, the most popular flavor to scoop onto a cone or into a cup was pralines 'n' cream. A typical monthly order would be 15 tubs of vanilla, 10 tubs of pralines ' n cream, 3 tubs of chocolate, and 1 or 2 tubs of everything else. It wasn't even close.

DesertDog 06-05-2019 08:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jophiel (Post 21679994)
Well, you don't tell them in the headline! Sheesh!

"This flavor of ice cream is the most popular and we can't even"
"We just learned what the most popular ice cream flavor is and it has blown our minds"
"Researchers have discovered something about ice cream that you never expected"
"Have kids? You're probably buying them the wrong flavor ice cream."

True, but those who fall for it feel like Ralphie after he get is Little Orphan Anni decoder disk. "Ovaltine? A crummy commercial? Son of a bitch!"
Quote:

Originally Posted by divemaster (Post 21680767)
As you would expect, the #1 flavor was vanilla. Vanilla was the base of just about every sundae, milkshake, malted, float, ice-cream-cake order, etc.

But by far, BY FAR, the most popular flavor to scoop onto a cone or into a cup was pralines 'n' cream. A typical monthly order would be 15 tubs of vanilla, 10 tubs of pralines ' n cream, 3 tubs of chocolate, and 1 or 2 tubs of everything else. It wasn't even close.

I'm surprised how few chocolate orders there are; could it be the demand gets split among all the sub-varieties?

When DesertRoomie and I go to B-R she generally orders a chocolate shake made with a chocolate base (and syrup) rather than a vanilla base.

Chronos 06-05-2019 10:06 AM

I'll very rarely order chocolate from a place like Baskin-Robbins, because any place that has that much variety will usually have some flavor like "triple chocolate fudge" or "death by chocolate" or "chocolate overload", that I'll order instead. On the other hand, if my options are chocolate, vanilla, or swirl, I'll get the chocolate every time.

And "chocolate" has just done that thing where a word that's repeated too much loses its meaning.

divemaster 06-05-2019 10:11 AM

Oh, yeah. There was certainly a large variety of chocolates. Chocolate almond, fudge brownie and peanut butter & chocolate were always in big demand. Rocky road. German chocolate cake. Etc.

Chronos 06-05-2019 10:24 AM

Addendum: I've also found that, when confronted by a long menu, I can usually ask the scooper "What's your death-by-chocolate flavor?", and they'll nod knowingly and go "Oh, you want the _____.".

HyacinthBucket 06-05-2019 11:30 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Beckdawrek (Post 21679277)
Moose tracks.

{{{{}Mike drop}}}}}


(Or Neopolitan)

YEEESSSSS !!!! Just good ol' Deans Moose Tracks. The original version though, not the newer Chocolate Moose Tracks.

My all time favorite was from Edy's (Dreyer's) from at least 30 years ago and I've never seen it since - Malted Swiss Chocolate. A Vanilla base flavored with malt and lots of bits of a really good chocolate, think something like Lindt. If I could choose just one food item from my younger days to be brought back, that would be it.

puzzlegal 06-05-2019 04:17 PM

Yeah, I get vanilla to serve with cake and pie, and it complements most everything. But if I'm just eating ice cream, it's chocolate chocolate chip, or Cherry Garcia, or raspberry sorbet, or...

aceplace57 06-06-2019 11:20 AM

A well made peach ice cream is delightful. I always order it if it's on a ice cream shops menu.

2nd choice is black walnut. Baskin Robbins sometimes has it.

Peppermint is third choice.

Plain vanilla is always good.

Dendarii Dame 06-08-2019 09:53 AM

Cookies and creme is my favorite.

Snowboarder Bo 06-08-2019 10:50 AM

Vanilla, mint chocolate chip and pistachio are right at the top of the ice cream pyramid for me. I also really like sorbets, particularly lemon. Gelato, of course, totally fucking rocks (and custards are cool too).

salinqmind 06-08-2019 11:06 AM

Maple walnut, butter pecan, pistachio. I am a slave to the nut. I think vanilla with a streak of marzipan and a sprinkling of toasted almonds would be good. I don't like chocolate chips in ice cream, they're too hard and tasteless, and don't like mint chocolate chip in particular. It tastes like mouthwash.

Chronos 06-08-2019 01:17 PM

There's a local creamery that makes a heavenly raspberry truffle. I had some yesterday.

Chronos 06-09-2019 06:43 AM

[Moderating]

I fixed the title. I would have done it earlier, but I thought that maybe "satabase" was the name this company used for its own particular brand of statistical noise.

DesertDog 06-09-2019 07:16 AM

I was thinking "stored on a particular type of hard drive" myself.

The Other Waldo Pepper 06-09-2019 07:40 AM

I was thinking “sated + database”.

(I was also thinking “mint chocolate chip”.)


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