Vivacious vanilla: five great ice cream picks

This article was originally published in June 2012

Who says vanilla has to be boring? Whether your prefer Danish, French or Madagascar-inspired vanilla ice cream, we have outstanding pints to pair with your favorite cake or pie, add to a waffle cone or simply eat alone by the spoonful.

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Three Twins Organic Madagascar Vanilla

Six simple, organic ingredients make up this outstanding pint, including Madagascar vanilla, which contains 2,000-plus flavor compounds to provide plenty of vanilla punch.

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Snoqualmie Danish Vanilla Bean

Using vanilla beans sourced from hand-pollinated tropical orchids raised by third generation farmers, this luxurious ice cream is handcrafted in small batches in Maltby, Wash.

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Double Rainbow French Vanilla

Double Rainbow sampled over 30 vanilla extracts before finding the one that was just right for its rich vanilla ice cream, a Bay Area favorite for more than 35 years.

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Straus Family Creamery Organic Vanilla Bean

Reminiscent of fresh-churned ice cream, this pint is flavored by the organic cream from the farm’s own dairy and vanilla extract with flecks of real vanilla bean.

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Coconut Bliss Vanilla Island

Certified organic and fair trade, this luscious, non-dairy delight is made with coconut milk, lending a tropical undertone to the rich vanilla flavor. Plus it’s vegan and gluten and soy free for the perfect alternative treat.

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