Missing Blue Bell Ice Cream? Here’s a New Texas Brand to Try!

If you’re like me, you’ve been mourning the lack of Blue Bell Ice Cream in your freezer. I’ve tried every possible brand in the stores in an attempt to tide us over until Blue Bell returns. Mostly I’ve just been very disappointed until I tried this brand new ice cream.

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Adams Best® Vanilla Ice Cream is fabulous! You may be familiar with Adams Extracts and Spices. What I didn’t know is that they are a home grown Texan company:

Adams® Extract traces its’ beginnings back to 1888 when John Anderson Adams sold extracts in the harsh Michigan climate. In 1905, he moved his family to Beeville, TX. At the time, most vanilla was sold to pharmacies and was often labeled “Do not bake or freeze.” John A. Adams, whose imagination was stirred by his wife’s yearning for a flavoring that wouldn’t bake or freeze out, announced that he could produce a better vanilla than the one his wife was currently using. Working with just $6.71 worth of materials on top of an old icebox, Adams discovered the formula he wanted. To test this product, his wife whipped up a cake for the family to try. “John, this is the BEST flavoring I have ever used,” she announced. “Well, that’s old man Adams BEST,” he responded. The name stuck and Adams Best® was born! At night, by the light of kerosene lamps, his sons, Fred and Don, helped their father print labels and bottle the product. During the day, they sold it door to door with the guarantee that if it was not the best vanilla extract the customer had ever used, the company would refund their money, even if the whole bottle was used. …

In 2013, Adams®, one of the oldest continuously operated companies in Texas and one of oldest spice and extract companies in the United States, celebrated its 125th birthday.

I tried the vanilla ice cream last night with some fresh peaches. It was so yummy. The vanilla flavor was perfect. The ice cream was creamy and delicious. It reminded me of the ice cream we used to make growing up.

Adams has debuted three flavors this summer: Vanilla, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, and Homemade Pecan Pie. These ice creams are only available through HEB grocery stores. I strongly recommend stocking up for the 4th of July weekend.

I was also very pleased to see that Adams has taken a friendly, Texan approach to the Blue Bell recall. On their Facebook page, Adams says:

We made our decision to launch our first three items late last year in time for the early 2015 summer ice cream season. We never dreamed that our friends at Blue Bell would be having the difficulties they are having, and are heartbroken for the difficulties that their company, community and loyal customers are having as a result. We are praying for their Owners, Leaders and Employee in hopes that they recover quickly.

I’m happy to support another great Texas company. Texas is big enough for two excellent ice cream brands. I look forward to the return of Blue Bell, but I also look forward to Adams Ice Cream being a great success!

If you have a chance to taste the other flavors, or you have recipe suggestions for the 4th of July, let us know in the comments. Thanks and enjoy!

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