The Best-Tasting Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream to Buy Right Now
Everyone has a favorite ice cream flavor, whether it's strawberry, vanilla, chocolate, or something more creative with plenty of fudge ribbons and mix-ins. One of my favorite ice cream flavors is mint chocolate chip. The indulgent treat is always refreshingly cool after warm afternoons spent in the sun, and in the wintertime, it's perfect with a few Christmas cookies on the side.
When it comes to mint chocolate chip ice cream, not all are created equal. First off, there's the issue of should mint chocolate chip ice cream be white or green? I'm definitely team green, even though the color doesn't add any extra flavor to the ice cream. Then there's the fact that the ice cream should have discernible chunks of chocolate versus little shavings. With all of this in mind I set out to find the best mint chocolate chip ice cream on the market and this is what I discovered.
Worst: The Fresh Market Mint Chocolate Chip Old Fashioned Ice Cream
The worst mint chocolate chip ice cream I tested was The Fresh Market brand ice cream. When I opened the package I was slightly disappointed that the ice cream was white, but when I took a spoonful I was more disappointed. While the quart did have a lot of chocolate chips in it, the texture was very grainy and sand-like, which made this the worst ice cream I tried.
Talenti Mediterranean Mint Gelato
One of my favorite brands of ice cream is Talenti, with its perfectly creamy gelato that can be eaten by the pint. While I've never been let down by a pint of Talenti when I tried the Mediterranean Mint flavor I can say it wasn't one of my favorites. The actual ice cream was a deep green color, which was slightly off-putting. There were plenty of bittersweet chocolate chunks that helped to counter how sweet the base was, but the base also lacked a strong mint flavor. The ice cream was smooth and creamy, without any grittiness, so this might be a good option if you're looking for a more subtle mint taste.
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Blue Bunny Mint Chocolate Chip
Blue Bunny isn't a brand I normally have in my freezer, but it was decent. The light green color made me want to dive into the ice cream container. The ice cream was super creamy and had a nice mix of chocolate chunks and shavings. The mint flavor was fairly strong but felt a little fake after eating more than a few bites. I'd use this for birthday parties or family get-togethers where I'm trying to feed a crowd.
Rebel Ice Cream Mint Chip
Rebel Ice Cream is known for being a diet-friendly ice cream, but the mint chocolate chip feels way more indulgent than the other "diet" brands. The white ice cream had large chunks of chocolate throughout the pint, and it had a subtle mint flavor that just danced across your palette without overwhelming it. The ice cream was a little gritty, but I can overlook that if it's okay to eat the entire pint without blowing a diet.
Graeter's Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
One of the surprise brands of this taste test was Graeter's. The white ice cream has plenty of dark chocolate chips mixed into the base, which helps to balance the flavor so it's not too sweet. The mint flavor is fairly strong without being overwhelming or fake tasting. The creamy texture set the entire bowl off to make for one delicious bite.
Homemade Brand Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
When it was time to try the Homemade Brand Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream I was excited to find that the base of the ice cream was that lovely mint green color I had been looking for. There were big chunks of chocolate chips throughout the ice cream, so every bite had some chocolate to go with the incredibly smooth mint ice cream.
Häagen-Dazs Mint Chip Ice Cream
Is there anything better than busting out a pint of Häagen-Dazs ice cream and sitting down in front of the TV on a Friday night? I don't think so. One of my favorite flavors from the iconic brand is the mint chip ice cream. While the ice cream is white, the flavor is what really matters here. The mint flavor is light and fresh, and tastes like a perfect mint candy. There are an ample amount of chocolate chunks that ensure each bite gets the perfect ratio of ice cream to chocolate. Don't be surprised if you sit down with a pint and in minutes it's gone.
Best: Great Value Mint Chip Ice Cream
The surprise ice cream of the bunch is the Great Value Mint Chip Ice Cream from Walmart. The green ice cream tasted exactly like those iconic mint-chocolate candies named after a mountain range. The base was incredibly smooth and creamy without a hint of grittiness. The large chocolate chunks kept making me want to dive in for another bite. The only bad thing about this ice cream was that I had to share it with my family.