The Best Blue Bell Ice Cream Flavors Of All Time
From timeless favorites to limited-time offerings, there’s a reason why Southerners love this Texas-based creamery.
We’ve yet to find an ice cream flavor we didn’t love from Blue Bell, the Brenham, Texas, brand that first opened in 1907 as Brenham Creamery Company. The name we know and love, Blue Bell Creameries, came about in 1930 as a ode to the state’s beloved bluebell wildflowers. Since the start, Blue Bell has had a knack for transforming our most treasured childhood food memories into iconic flavors. Today you can find the freezer staple in 23 states, mostly across the South.
While summer is peak ice cream season, we can all agree a scoop of Cookie Two Step or Homemade Vanilla is seasonless. We'll never say no to one of Blue Bell’s 22 year-round flavors, and we’re always on the lookout for their array of limited-time, rotational flavors to hit the freezer aisle. Then of course, those devoted to the brand look forward to flavors like Eggnog and Peppermint to get in the holiday spirit or Stawberry Lemonade and Southern Blackberry Cobbler to cool off in the summertime. Here, in the spirit of filling your freezer with the best of the best, we've rounded up the best Blue Bell Ice Cream flavors.
Classic Ice Cream Flavors
You’ll be able to find these go-to’s in the grocery store any time of year. As household staples for many, these iconic flavors surface sweet memories, which makes them even sweeter.
Cookies 'n' Cream
While Blue Bell has a wide variety of delicious offerings, this favorite lands near the top of many people’s lists. “I love it when I get a whole cookie in my spoon!” says editorial producer Ivy Odom. The brand is known for having pioneered this flavor, and though today the chocolate cookies mixed in are not Oreos, it still has our favorite cookies and cream flavor.
While there are so many flavors to love, Homemade Vanilla will always rank at the top of the list for any Blue Bell fan. The brand has been making this flavor since 1969 and it remains Blue Bell’s bestseller. This vanilla ice cream is perfect on its own or with your toppings of choice. We are partial to serving a heaping scoop on your favorite cobbler.
Made with real pecan pieces, this slightly salty and extra creamy butter pecan flavor will satisfy any craving. “My grandmother always has a big tub of Blue Bell Butter Pecan in the freezer, and I still feel bouts of nostalgia for the sweet, nutty flavor,” says associate editor Kaitlyn Yarborough.
Unique Ice Cream Flavors
The beloved brand is known for coming up with some unique ice cream flavors over the years, but these are some of the newest ones that everyone's been excited about. You never quite know when these limited-time flavors will make an appearance, but whenever they do grace your local grocery store's freezer, you best be racing to the store because they're known to fly off the shelf.
Oatmeal Cream Pie
Released in July 2022 to celebrate National Ice Cream Month, this new flavor takes you right back to childhood and afternoon snacks of Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pies. The oatmeal-flavored ice cream with hints of brown sugar, soft cookie bites, and vanilla icing swirl is one you’ll want to look out for.
This favorite has been around for a while, but you won’t always find it on the freezer aisle of your local Piggly Wiggly. Vanilla ice cream swirled with rich chocolate sauce and dark-chocolate-coated peanuts—what’s not to love? It first debuted over 40 years ago and has since been discontinued, but the old classic is currently back (for now) by popular demand.
I ❤ Cereal
The iconic brand’s newest release is cereal-inspired, with colorful cereal pieces and confetti sprinkles throughout. This vanilla-based treat is your excuse to eat ice cream for breakfast.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Overload
Calling all peanut butter and chocolate lovers! This 2022 release features creamy milk chocolate ice cream studded with chocolate-peanut butter cups and pieces of peanut butter cookie dough, making for a downright irresistible scoop.
Seasonal Ice Cream Flavors
Over the years, Blue Bell has released countless seasonal flavors, many of which have become crowd-favorites. While some have been coming and going for decades, others have made more recent seasonal splashes. From Christmas-inspired flavors to fruit-forward summer and spring treats, these are the fan-favorites we always hope will show up seasonally.
Southern Blackberry Cobbler
Run, don’t walk when you see Southern Blackberry Cobbler hit the shelves. Though Blue Bell typically only sells this flavor in the summertime, it has a devoted fan base, like home and features editor Betsy Cribb, and sells out quickly. “The chunks of crust throughout are almost as good as the real, fresh-out-of-the-oven deal," she says of the creamy blackberry ice cream with flaky pie crust pieces and blackberry sauce swirl.
Originally introduced in 1977, Strawberry Cheesecake has been a crowd pleaser since. It has made a few appearances in recent years, but you never know when this rich ice cream with cheesecake pieces, chunks of real strawberries, and swirls of strawberry sundae sauce might come out of the vault again.
While this flavor first made an appearance in ice cream parlors two decades ago, Peachy Peach didn't make its grocery store debut until spring 2022, sending its fans into a flavor frenzy. We can only hope the creamy peach ice cream with chunks of sweetened peaches will make an appearance again this season.
Salted Caramel Brownie
Though new to the Texas-based creamery’s lineup, this indulgent flavor feels like it’s always been around. You can’t go wrong with this creamy vanilla ice cream speckled with big chunks of soft brownies and a salted caramel swirl. We’ll cross our fingers this fall-inspired flavor makes another appearance soon.
“Although I don’t stock my freezer with Blue Bell year round, I always look forward to the holidays when you can typically find their Peppermint or Peppermint Bark ice cream,” says homes editor Cameron Beall. The creamy mint ice cream loaded with rich dark chocolate chunks and peppermint bark specks always feels like a festive treat to start of the holiday season.
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