November 10, 2021

Vanilla sometimes gets a bad rap. Some people hear vanilla and think boring, generic, or plain.

But when your vanilla ice cream is award-winning like ours, those words just don’t apply.

We’ve got the world’s best French Vanilla, an award-winning Vanilla Bean and our classic, creamiest original: Creamery Blend Vanilla. No matter which vanilla flavor you choose, you know something special is in store. A vanilla scoop on its own can be amazing, but it’s also a flavor that pairs well with anything you could imagine—whether it’s your aunt’s famous pies at Thanksgiving or a night gathered with your besties watching Kevin McAlister’s hijinks for the 20th time.

While the uses for our vanilla flavors are endless, we’re sharing some of our favorite ways to make vanilla ice cream the star this holiday season.

The Cocoa Scoop

We skip the marshmallows in our hot chocolate every time. A scoop of vanilla in your cup will make that cocoa extra creamy—and cool it down just enough so you don’t have to wait to take that first sweet sip.

The Pie Topper

Some people might top their pie with whipped cream. Don’t fall for it. Vanilla ice cream is a match made in heaven with any slice of dessert pie around, and we refuse to believe anything different. Apple, cherry, chocolate, pumpkin—take your pick and top with your fave vanilla. You can’t go wrong.

The Sundae

Make it sundae any day. Here’s where your creativity really comes alive, and you don’t need to save it for those dry Christmas cookies your cousin likes to make. A vanilla sundae base is just waiting for your chocolate chips, your pretzel bits, your crushed candy cane pieces (you know they break anyway), or even your red and green sprinkles.

The Shake

Vanilla ice cream makes the best milkshakes. We don’t make the rules, we just follow them. You can customize your shake, just like your sundae, but this is just one example of when simple tastes like angels singing.

The Santa Claus Swap

Supposedly Santa Claus can’t get enough of that milk and cookies combo. We get it, but this year, it’s time to make your house the most memorable around by giving the big jolly guy his dairy fix in ice cream form instead. After all, those gifts aren’t going to deliver themselves, and a scoop of vanilla is sure to put you at the top of the nice list for next year.

The Classic Scoop

Don’t get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays that you can’t cozy up by the fire and dig spoon-first into dessert. Vanilla is the right flavor to get your ice cream fix when you just need a moment to soak in the season. Keep it simple; the holidays are complicated enough.

Honestly, how could anyone call vanilla boring? Consider one of our vanillas your canvas for creating the sweetest ice cream masterpieces this holiday season, and just start scooping.


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