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Mint chocolate chip ice cream

June 27th, 2012

This is an ode to my favorite ice cream, mint chocolate chip. I love coffee, green tea, dulce de leche too - actually I hardly ever turn down any flavor. I like ice cream.

When I eat at fancy restaurants that hire their own pastry chef, I still like to order ice cream for dessert. So simple.

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But mint chocolate chip: there's something wonderful about the light mint flavor, the chocolate, and most importantly, the color.

I've had this conversation many times over the years with other mint chocolate chip aficinados, so I'll ask it here to the wider group: does the color matter to you? It really is just coloring (right?) so why does my brain say it has to be that certain light green color to be perfect?

When I was five (or so), my earliest memory of eating ice cream was when my beloved grandfather bought me a sugar cone of mint chip from the Baskin Robbins store at Kamehameha Shopping Center. I remember dropping the scoop on the ground and feeling devastated. I hadn't even taken a lick! I remember the clerk kindly replacing it for free, and I was so incredibly happy.

Maybe it's my favorite flavor because I associate it with such a nice memory. In fact, I think the best mint flavor and texture is from Baskin Robbins. I love the lightness of their chocolate flecks, and the touch of mint that isn't too overpowering to the senses.

I always try a new brand of mint chip when I see it in the grocery store. I do not like the white ones. I actually think the white ice creams have too strong of a mint flavor. I also don't like when the chocolate flakes are too thick. Some brands make their ice cream too dark green.

I found one personality test online about what your flavor preferences say about you. For Mint Chocolate Chip: "If you indulge in Mint Chocolate Chip, you tend to be ambitious and confident yet skeptical about life. You prepare for the future, needing a plan to feel secure. While your stubbornness is a business asset, it can add challenges to your relationships. Even so, your loyalty, honesty and dependability create lasting friendships and close family ties."

Here's another test: "Mint chocolate chip: You are a survivalist! You are a rationalist who is more likely to keep a full stock of tinned foods before an inevitable heavy snow storm. This means you prepare and plan ahead for the future, feeling secure only after coming up with a solid realistic plan. You are mostly truthful, trusting, loyal and dependable which gives you a long lasting and ever-binding bond with your friends and family. On the other hand, you are a bit stubborn in relationships though you enjoy close family ties. Ideal partner: You are most compatible with other mint chocolate chip lovers!"

A so-so reading, but silly fun. I can tell you that Claus doesn't care for mint chip, but we're still very compatible!

So - if you like mint chocolate chip, do you agree with my ice cream analysis? And if you don't like mint chip, what is your favorite flavor?

13 Responses to “Mint chocolate chip ice cream”

  1. galekaminari:

    How can it possibly be true that a mint chip lover should be compatible with another mint chip lover? That other person is competition for the goodies! LOL

  2. che:

    ok I don't care for mint chocolate chip and your analysis doesn't sound like me but my favorite flavor now is chocolate or vanilla. I often order it at restaurants.

    my all time favorite ice cream though is orange custard. Ed & Dons used to make it regularly. Since they closed I haven't seen it anywhere. I think once about 10 years ago Baskin and Robins must have made it as a special flavor. I thought I was the only one to remember this flavor until a party when my friends uncle was talking about it. I'm not alone. 🙂

  3. Ken Conklin:

    From the time I was a toddler, I have been an ice cream lover. But I didn't "discover" Baskin Robbins or mint chocolate chip until I was in my early 20s, when a girl who ended up becoming my wife introduced me to both (I had led a very sheltered lower-middle-class life until then). Wow! Mint chocolate has always been my favorite ever since then. Cold Stone makes good mint chocolate, and I especially like the malted milks they make with it. But way too expensive! So I usually settle for Breyers or Dreyers from the supermarket, and sometimes use the blender to make super-thick milk shakes. Burned out the motor on a blender when the shake was too thick!

    I never thought there might be a psychoanalysis of the personality pertaining to loving mint chocolate chip. But it seems pretty accurate for me.

    Does the green color matter? Somewhat. A few years ago one of the major brands stopped green and sold only white, maybe because the green was an artificial color violating the brand's "all natural" cachet. But then they went back to green. I was OK with it either way.

    Diane, once a year, for a few weeks, Dreyer offers "limited edition" Girl Scout Cookie "Thin Mint" ice cream which is somewhat like white mint chocolate chip, and it's wonderful. Unfortunately that limited edition has now ended for this year, but look for it next year at the start of the season when the actual Girl Scouts start selling actual cookies. I found it at Safeway and Times, bought maybe thirty 1.5 gallon tubs during this year's season, including 10 at one time, and am now down to my last one or two.

  4. wafan:

    YUM! Ice cream. Mint chocolate-chip comes in as number two. Still coming in as number one, though, is Tillamook's plain old chocolate.

  5. M:

    Hello Diane, I like cookies and cream.

  6. zzzzzz:

    I remember my first taste of MCC at Ed & Don's. Before they opened, the only places I knew of to get ice cream pretty much were limited to vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, and neopolitan. Nowadays, it's one of my favorite flavors to buy at the store.

    I also like making milkshakes with MCC. For those somewhat lactose intolerant, making them with acidophilus milk might eliminate the unpleasant side effects.

  7. Lowtone123:

    Jamoca Almond Fudge from B & R.

  8. galekaminari:

    To all you Mint Choc Chip lovers, Safeway has a rather pure brand called Open Nature, and it has a Mint Chocolate Chip that is rather good, but it is white and maybe called something else. You will know it when you see it.

    Other than the Open Nature, there used to be a fabulous Mint Chocolate Chip at the corner of St. Louis Drive and Waialae Avenue, at a place that might have been called Tropilicious. Sadly, that little treasure is closed now, BUT I do know that it was Dreyers brand-- a higher, "professional", grade of Dreyers sold wholesale in tubs. The strawberry was out of this world too. Big chunks of strawberries, very strawberry taste.

  9. NaPueo:

    Mint Chocolate Chip is one of my favorites also. Yes coloring does matter. Too dark just doesn't look right.

  10. Rosette:


  11. Antonio:

    Molten Lava Chocolate Cake RecipeBecause so many people love mint chooclate lava cake, we’ve included a variation with this recipe. * 8 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chooclate, chopped * 4 large eggs * bd pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, chopped * 4 tablespoons unbleached all- purpose flour * bd cup sugar * 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg* * bd teaspoon ground cinnamon—or for a mint version, substitute 1bc teaspoons peppermint extract for the cinnamon * Whipped cream for garnish (1 pint heavy cream, confectioners’ sugar and vanilla extract) * Raspberries and mint leaves for garnish (optional)*We use a nutmeg grinder and a fresh nut; you also can use the nut with a plane grater.Preheat the oven to 350b0F. Grease eight 4-ounce cake molds or ramekins.Over a double boiler, melt the chooclate and butter, stirring constantly. Once they are completely melted, set aside and cool.Combine the sugar and eggs and whisk until pale and fluffy. Stir the chooclate mixture into the egg mixture until completely blended. Whisk in the flour, nutmeg and cinnamon and mix well. Pour the batter into the cake molds and bake for 14 minutes at 350b0F. While the cakes are baking you can whip the cream. To one pint heavy cream add 2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar as the cream begins to thicken, plus 1 teaspoon vanilla and a few grains salt. Unsweetened or barely-sweetened whipped cream is also delicious, so feel free to reduce the sugar or add none at all.Remove the lava cakes from the oven and cool for 2 minutes. Run a knife around the edges, invert the molds onto individual dessert plates, garnish with raspberries and mint leaves and serve immediately. We prefer to pass the whipped cream in a bowl so guests can help themselves to the amount they prefer.

  12. Sim:

    I Am A HONEST To Goodness Mint Chocolate Chip FAN It Dosent Taste Right Unless Its GREEN! White Mint Chocolate Chip Is Like AN Imposter. Blue Bells Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Is My Favorite Baskin Robins Is Also Delicious. Theyre About The Same Color But Baskin Robins Chocolate Flakes Are Thinner And Theyre Are Much More. But Im Stuck To Blue Bell Reguardless Of Their Thick Chocolate Chunks Its A Child Hood Memory Thing My Ma'am Mall Was The First To Introduce Such Flavoring To Me And It Was Bluebell

  13. Mr Mint McChocolate:

    I found this blog while searching for a way to get Baskin Robbins mint chocolate chip delivered to my home. Gosh I absolutely love that flavor! It is my favorite and nothing else will do! I've tried other brands but none of them compare to Baskin Robbins brand for me. I agree with so much of what you wrote! I love the flurry of chocolate pieces and although I like to catch a clump of them with my spoon, I detest brands that make those thick chunks of chocolate. I will never eat mint chocolate chip that isn't green. I've become so spoiled that I refuse to eat any other brand beside Baskin Robbins. As of now the only place that sells it is a Baskin Robbins inside of a local gas station. They have a truck that comes in with pre-packed half gallons that you can buy 2 for $10. They only bring two each of a few different flavors. I have been calling this place like crazy trying to catch them when they get some mint in because I like no other brand and if someone else buys the two half gallons, it'll be weeks before they get some again. They last time their truck came, I bought the two half gallons and they haven't had any in about a month. This is why I found your blog as I was looking to find some way I could buy a gallon or something so I could stop suffering from this cruel torture 😛 Sometimes when I get a half gallon, if I'm not careful, 75% of it will be gone in one session. I swear that stuff is addictive! There's nothing I love more then crawling into bed to watch a great film or television show while "hugging a barrel" (as I call it). I've never heard of the personality profile based off your favorite ice cream, but it sounds spot on in regards to my personality. I've never met a woman who loved mint chocolate chip, but if I find one, I now know that we are destined, so say the cream gods!

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