Flavor inspiration comes from macaroni and cheese, breakfast cereal and bagels.
Kraft Heinz Co. and Van Leeuwen Ice Cream have partnered to fuse two comfort foods into one unlikely combination: macaroni and cheese flavored ice cream.
Limited-edition Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Ice Cream features a base of Van Leeuwen’s French ice cream — made with cream, milk, cane sugar and egg yolks — churned with Kraft’s cheese powder and turmeric to mimic the classic macaroni and cheese color. The treat is packaged in a blue pint that evokes the familiar features of a Kraft Macaroni & Cheese box.
Supermodel and businesswoman Tyra Banks and ice cream scientist Maya Warren, PhD, have debuted Smize Cream, a custard-style ice cream featuring a cookie dough truffle in every pint. The brand is launching with seven flavors, and more are on the way, according to the company.
The Best Vanilla I Ever Had is a vanilla custard-style ice cream with a fruity cereal cookie dough truffle in the bottom.
The Strawberry BirthYay! Cake flavor features strawberry ice cream with cake pieces and colorful sprinkles plus a sprinkle birthday cake cookie dough truffle.
The Brownies, I Love You variety includes milk chocolate ice cream, brownie pieces, brownie batter bites and fudge. The pint contains a chocolate blueberry cookie dough truffle.
The Purple Cookie Mon-Star & Me is a purple sweet cream ice cream with Oreo cookie pieces and a cookies and cream cookie dough truffle.
The Chocolate Barbeque flavor features smoked chocolate ice cream, brownie pieces, roasted almonds and a bourbon cookie dough truffle.
The Salted Caramel King variety is made with salted sweet cream ice cream, butter-roasted pecans and salted caramel butter. The pint contains a salted caramel cookie dough truffle.
The Caramel Cookie Queen ice cream includes vanilla ice cream, caramel butter cookies and a salted caramel swirl with a toffee caramel cookie dough truffle.
The signature flavors popularized in Milk Bar dessert shops are featured in a line of ice cream pints that launched in Whole Foods Market stores nationwide beginning in June. Varieties include birthday cake, cereal milk, cornflake chocolate chip marshmallow, and Milk Bar pie, which has a gooey butter filling and toasted oat crumble.
In May, Halo Top, a subsidiary of Wells Enterprises, Inc., added two new flavors to its lineup of light ice cream pints.
The Chocolate Caramel Brownie ice cream features a base of chocolate light ice cream with chunks of brownie and ribbons of caramel. The Vanilla Caramel Milkshake ice cream is vanilla light ice cream with swirls of caramel.
Tillamook County Creamery Association in May launched a line of frozen custard made with at least 16% butterfat, extra cream and cage-free eggs. The frozen desserts come in eight flavors: Oregon Strawberry Shortcake, Chocolate Fudgy Brownie, Sea Salt & Honeycomb Toffee, Bing Cherry Cheesecake, Cold Brew Chocolate Chip, Dark Chocolate & Red Raspberry, Maple & Candied Pecan, and Salted Caramel.
Unilever’s Ben & Jerry’s business in May introduced its first limited batch flavor of 2021: Totally Unbaked. The treat mixes chocolate and vanilla ice cream with chocolate chip cookie dough and brownie batter swirls.
Mammoth Creameries in April debuted three new flavors of its keto-friendly, diabetic-conscious frozen custard: butter coffee, strawberry, and butter pecan. The products are made with a sweet cream base of 100% grass-fed butter, heavy cream and egg yolks.
The butter coffee custard combines grass-fed butter and coffee notes and contains 3 grams of net carbs per serving.
The strawberry flavor features unsweetened strawberry puree blended into a sweet cream base and contains 5 grams of net carbs per serving.
The butter pecan variety, which includes grass-fed butter and crunchy pecans, contains 2 grams of net carbs per serving.
In April, Prairie Farms Dairy debuted Small Batch Ice Cream Pints, made with milk and cream from local farms. The ice cream is available in seven classic flavors — Belgian chocolate, black walnut, butter pecan, cookies and cream, homemade vanilla, vanilla, vanilla bean — and five combination flavors, including caramel praline pecan, Savannah fudge pie, salted caramel toffee brittle, strawberry shortcake and The Hill, which features almonds and a chocolate swirl.
In March, Beyond Better Foods expanded its Enlightened frozen desserts lineup with the addition of salted caramel cookie light ice cream. The product contains 130 calories per serving (400 calories per pint), with 60% less sugar than leading varieties of ice cream, and features ribbons of caramel and cookie pieces swirled in sea salt caramel ice cream.
In March, Serendipity Brands partnered with Warner Bros. Consumer Products to launch a line of four new ice cream pints inspired by TV series and movies. The first to be released is the “Friends” flavor, Central Perk Almond Fudge, which features coffee ice cream with dark chocolate covered almonds and fudge swirls.
“The Goonies” pint, Sloth and Chunk Rocky Rooooaad?, features chocolate ice cream with marshmallows and almonds.
Set to launch later this year, the “Caddyshack” ice cream, Gopher Traxs, features vanilla ice cream with mini peanut butter cups and a salted caramel swirl.
Planned to debut around the holidays, the “A Christmas Story” flavor, Oh Fudge! Peppermint Cookie Fudge Sundae, features mint ice cream with red and green candy and chocolate cookie swirl.
Central Perk Almond Fudge is a permanent fixture in the flavor lineup, while The Goonies, CaddyShack, and A Christmas Story offering will be limited-time releases.
Rocky Road, a 92-year-old ice cream flavor, inspired a new collection of ice creams made by the company that invented the original offering in 1929.
Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream, Inc.’s Edy’s/Dreyer’s brand in February unveiled its Rocky Road Collection, featuring six takes on the traditional treat, three of which are new. Rocky Road was one of the first ice cream flavors to feature mix-ins, according to the company.
The new Salted Caramel Pretzel Path flavor features salted caramel ice cream, fudge swirls, chocolate covered toffee and chocolate covered salted pretzels.
The new Brownie Brick Road ice cream includes brownie pieces, crispy brownie edges and a brownie batter swirl.
The new Cookie Cobblestone offering contains chocolate sandwich cookies, swirls of marshmallows, cookie dough chunks and chocolate ice cream.
The three new varieties join the Original Rocky Road, Mocha Almond Avenue and Chocolate Peanut Butter Park ice creams in the Rocky Road Collection.
Original Rocky Road ice cream is made with almonds and bite-size marshmallows folded into chocolate ice cream.
The Mocha Almond Avenue variety adds swirls of fudge and almonds to coffee ice cream.
The Chocolate Peanut Butter Park flavor features peanut butter, chocolate ice cream and chocolate covered peanut butter cups.
Post Holdings, Inc. brought its breakfast cereals into the ice cream aisle in February with the debut of Pebbles Light Ice Cream.
The Fruity Pebbles flavor features a fruity cereal milk light ice cream with rice cereal bits coated in colorful fruity flavors and a fruity swirl.
The Cocoa Pebbles variety is made with both chocolate and cereal milk light ice creams swirled together with chocolatey rice cereal pieces.
Both Pebbles Light Ice Cream offerings contain half the fat and one-third fewer calories than regular ice cream, according to the company.
Ben & Jerry’s in January launched Topped, a new line of seven ice cream flavors covered with a chocolatey ganache.
The Whiskey Biz variety is a brown butter bourbon ice cream with blonde brownies and whiskey caramel swirls topped with white chocolatey ganache and white fudge chunks. The variety is produced in partnership with WhistlePig Whiskey, featuring the Vermont spirit makers’ WhistlePig PiggyBack Rye cooked into the caramel swirls.
The Chocolate Caramel Cookie Dough flavor features chocolate ice cream with caramel swirls and gobs of chocolate chip cookie dough topped with caramel cups and chocolatey ganache.
The PB Over the Top offering includes chocolate ice cream with peanut butter swirls and peanut butter cups topped with mini peanut butter cups and chocolatey ganache.
The Salted Caramel Brownie option contains vanilla ice cream with salted caramel swirls and fudge brownies topped with caramel cups and chocolatey ganache.
The Strawberry Topped Tart flavor features sweet cream ice cream with strawberry swirls and pie crust pieces topped with white chocolatey ganache and candy sprinkles.
The Thick Mint variety contains mint ice cream with chocolate cookie swirls and mint chocolate cookie balls topped with chocolate cookies and chocolatey ganache.
The Tiramisu offering includes mascarpone ice cream with fudge swirls and shortbread pieces topped with espresso fudge chunks and chocolatey ganache.
In January, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams brought an unexpected flavor to the ice cream aisle: everything bagel. Jeni’s Everything Bagel Ice Cream features a cream cheese ice cream base with buttery streusel, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, onions and garlic swirled throughout.
Beyond Better Foods added a new flavor to its portfolio of Enlightened ice cream pints in January. New Caramel Fudge Pretzel Light Ice Cream is a low-carb pint of vanilla ice cream with fudge covered pretzels and a salted caramel swirl.