We Tasted 4 Store-Bought Vanilla Ice Cream Brands

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Ice cream — like french fries, pizza, or burgers — is a highly important (and therefore highly polarizing) food group. As children, most of us likely pledged firm allegiance to one of two classic flavors, making us either Team Chocolate or Team Vanilla. Regardless of which we pledged a lifetime of service to, we still take our ice cream-eating jobs just as seriously today; we're devoted to trying different takes on our chosen flavor, in search of our ultimate scoop.
Which is why we're revisiting vanilla's roots with a blind taste test of four popular store-bought brands. Whether you were brought up a Breyer's kid, empathize with Kylie Jenner as a Häagen-Dazs eater, find yourself more on Ben & Jerry's boat, or are a sophisticated Talenti gelato type, we've got each of those brands broken down ahead. From creamy texture to nostalgic taste, scroll on to see what qualities make these vanilla pints classic for eating straight out of the carton or serving with a side of pie.
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Ben & Jerry's Vanilla
$5.99, 1 pint

Light and sweet vanilla flavor that isn't overpowering.

Thick and creamy without being too clumpy or dense.

Best For Eating Out Of The Pint
A nostalgic vanilla that has a well-rounded taste and texture ideal for eating straight out of the pint.
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Breyers French Vanilla (Best Price For Size)
$6.99, 48 oz.

Strong vanilla flavor with an even stronger sweetness that verged on custardy.

Less creamy and thick with a fluffier and clumpier texture.

Best For Eating With Pie Or Cake
The more custard-like sweetness of Breyer's vanilla is best served as a classic side with a slice of pie or cake, where its sweetness and lighter texture can be complemented.
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Talenti Madagascan Vanilla Bean (Priciest For Size)
$6.99, 1 pint

Extremely sweet with an overpowering vanilla flavor.

A light and creamy quality with an almost icy overall texture.

Best For Eating With A Sweet Tooth
Talenti's pint is not for the faint of tastebuds, so it should be consumed by those with a serious vanilla ice cream sweet tooth.
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Häagen-Dazs Vanilla
$5.99, 1 pint

Smooth sweet flavor with subtle vanilla notes.

Creamy and clumpy with a slightly icy quality.

Best For Eating In A Milkshake Or Sundae
As the only ice cream out of the four without any vanilla bean specks, Häagen-Dazs' pint may be best served when blended or topped with other flavors — and consistencies, due to its clumpier quality.

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