After sampling a whole bunch of ice cream to find this summer's best new flavors, we at HuffPost Taste discovered a trend for which we are exceedingly thankful: scoops filled with cake pieces.
We're not talking about cake-batter flavor, and we're not talking about ice cream cake -- although that is awesome too, especially when it involves a tower of waffles. We're talking about ice cream mixed with cake pieces -- real, chewy, moist morsels combined with the base. It's a glorious concept and when executed well, it's the stuff our ice cream dreams are made of.
Why, you might ask? Well, a real cake piece just does something to ice cream. The contrast of textures -- cold cream versus soft cake -- make both components come to life. The different flavors -- be it brown-buttery cake versus a vanilla base or chocolate cake versus a cake batter base -- enhance one another.
There was one particular flavor that inspired this post: Let this be a love letter to Ample Hills' Ooey Gooey Butter Cake, "the smoothest, creamiest vanilla ice cream with gobs of St. Louis Ooey Gooey Butter Cake pieces," and all other ice creams out there that contain cake pieces. Check out the seven flavors that we're really excited about below.
Ooey Gooey Butter Cake From Ample Hills
Brooklyn's Ample Hills
is the all star of this year's ice cream season, in our opinion. One of their most exciting and delicious flavors is not necessarily one of their craziest. The simplicity is part of the reason we love it so much. According to one of our taste editors, the he cake is the "chewiest, moistest, brown butteriest cake you've ever eaten."
Red Velvet Ice Cream From Blue Bell
Lemon Doberge Ice Cream From New Orleans Ice Cream Co.
Facebook/New Orleans Ice Cream Company
Piece Of Cake Ice Cream From Perry's
Perry's Piece of Cake
contains light yellow cake ice cream with chocolate flavored frosting swirls and pound cake pieces. Perry's is a New York-based ice cream company that sells ice cream in New York, Western Pennsylvania, New England and Northeast Ohio.
Carrot Cake Ice Cream From Moomers
Red Velvet Ice Cream From Dreyer's
Dreyer's Red Velvet
ice cream is red velvet light ice cream with a cream cheese frosting swirl and red velvet cake pieces. The caption to this photo says it all.
Lazy Sunday From Ben & Jerry's
Ben & Jerry's new SNL-themed flavor Lazy Sunday
contains a vanilla cake batter ice cream base with chocolate and yellow cupcake pieces and a chocolate frosting swirl. It's based on the famous SNL sketch with Chris Parnell and Andy Samberg, "Lazy Sunday," and it's no joke.
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