Friday, September 23, 2005

Boulder Ice Cream

A chance to say something nice for a change: Boulder Ice Cream, a super-premium made in yes Boulder, Colo & sold at WF. Unlike the corporate elephants who’ve (dining pun alert) devoured the ice cream world and turned it into a vanilla dead zone (nothing against vanilla), Boulder's a small co. w/ creative flavors: Mexican choc, green tea, coffee n toffee, ginger cream, banana almond nugget, & pearl street malt. (Malt: pinnacle of flavors.) They make their ice cream using milk from cows not treated w/ rGBH

29 Comments:

At September 23, 2005 12:42 PM, Anonymous Dean said...

Yippee, I'm first! Take that Captain!

 
At September 23, 2005 12:57 PM, Anonymous peanut gallery said...

Bastard!

 
At September 23, 2005 1:28 PM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

*Quizzical dog face*

Anyway, ginger cream and banana almond both sound yummy.

 
At September 23, 2005 1:35 PM, Blogger Twisted Dog said...

YOU'RE THE UGLIEST DOG I'VE EVER SEEN.

 
At September 23, 2005 1:45 PM, Anonymous m.b. said...

Everyone's so hard on the Captain today! T.G., where is this ice cream sold?

 
At September 23, 2005 4:21 PM, Anonymous Captain Crunch said...

WF = Whole Foods.

Gotta get that to go along with the Sazerac's at the Hurricane party tomorrow!

 
At September 23, 2005 6:14 PM, Anonymous captain fantastic said...

HURRICANE: Served in a 26 oz. hurricane glass, named after the shape of a hurricane lamp.
INGREDIENTS:
1 1/2 oz. each of light and dark rum
1oz. passion fruit syrup
3/4 oz. lime juice
Shake with ice and serve in a hurricane glass. Garnish with a flag.

 
At September 23, 2005 7:10 PM, Anonymous captain kirk said...

Beam me up one of those!

 
At September 24, 2005 10:17 AM, Anonymous Dean said...

Just how many Captains are there?

Oh, and ginger cream tastes great with sushi.

 
At September 24, 2005 12:11 PM, Anonymous ms.ery said...

this is the first ice cream you have featured that actually sounds good! i plan to try it.

 
At September 24, 2005 3:03 PM, Anonymous captain ahab said...

You won't have to hunt too long to find it. There's at least four Whole Foods markets around here.

 
At September 24, 2005 3:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

TG,
Where do you buy this Boulder ice cream in Dallas?
TD

 
At September 24, 2005 3:19 PM, Anonymous captain queeg said...

Does this ice cream come in a strawberry flavor?

 
At September 24, 2005 3:40 PM, Anonymous captains courageous said...

This Whole Foods - does it also sell fish?

 
At September 24, 2005 4:27 PM, Anonymous ms.ery said...

I live almost cattycorner from the whole foods on greenville so i shop there fairly often, though kroger's is my main grocery.

 
At September 24, 2005 5:03 PM, Anonymous captain flint said...

Whole Foods is an absolute treasure.

 
At September 24, 2005 11:35 PM, Blogger TG said...

what up w/ all these captains?

hey so i spotted boulder ice cream out at market street in colleyville, the most awesome-est s'market i've ever been to. when it opened (over a yr ago), the DMN made it sound like another eatzi's. but instead it's like a combo of whole foods and a regular supermarket and eatzi's too. i always have to split my shopping between a couple of stores but this place is one-stop all the way. it's enough to make you want to move to colleyville

 
At September 25, 2005 12:34 AM, Blogger david said...

TG - Finally, we agree on something (mainly after our less than agreeable thoughts about JITB and Qudoba)...malt is the pinnacle of flavors, esp. for ice cream and...well, malts. I am a big fan of the green tea ice cream though. Thanks for the tip on Boulder IC. //DPG

 
At September 25, 2005 1:54 PM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

Boulder is full of asshats.

 
At September 25, 2005 8:17 PM, Blogger Scott--DFW said...

My local Whole Foods (Lemmon & Lomo Alto) only had 3 flavors of Boulder Ice Cream when I dropped by last night. I picked up a pint of their chocolate, which they accurately describe as tasting like "chocolate pudding" (as in Jello-brand chocolate pudding). Texture-wise, it was competitive with the better premium pint brands, being fairly dense, smooth, and without much iciness. At $3.69 a pint, it was a bit pricier than the competition. For a straight chocolate, I'd prefer one of the Dreamery-made Godiva line (particularly the Belgian Dark) over Boulder's chocolate. That may mean taking in some trace amounts of recombinant bovine growth hormone, but I'll take my chances. (I would be interested to try their "Mexican Chocolate," if I can find it anywhere locally.)

Scott

 
At September 25, 2005 10:16 PM, Blogger TG said...

scott - glad to hear you tried it. they had nearly all the flavors at the greenville store last time i was there (few wks ago).

for me, the excitement of this line was that they had UNUSUAL FLAVORS (which i thought i'd emphasized in my item). for that reason, going w/ basic chocolate would seem to be beside the point. but hey, thanks for the analysis on that texture situation. you know i'm a fan of dreamery.

as for the hormone issue, for me, it isn't just what i'm putting in my stomach - it's also about trying to make a decision on where i'm gonna spend my $$$. cows, pigs, and chicken are all harvested in horrible ways. so any time a company takes the humane route (and that includes no rGBH), i try to support their effort, even if it costs 15 cents more than the other brands

 
At September 25, 2005 10:18 PM, Blogger TG said...

rBGH! i keep getting it backwards!

 
At September 26, 2005 7:11 PM, Blogger Scott--DFW said...

TG,

From what my wife (whose father is a dairy farmer) tells me, rBGH is used sparingly on most diary farms. First, because some evidence suggests it's associated with higher mortality for the cows; and (pace Moses) it's bad business to kill the golden cow. Second, I'm told the stuff is incredibly expensive, creating another disincentive for its use. But, used judiciously, it adds to the bottom line.

As far as I can tell, Boulder's concern for cows is limited to whether they're treated with rBGH (though they make much of that on their site and cartons). They don't use organic milk, which means (apart from the rBGH) other antibiotics and steroids are fair game, feeds have almost certainly been treated with pesticides, and the cows have not been allowed to freely graze. In other words, the cows supplying milk for Boulder Ice Cream are unlikely to be happier (to the extent bovines are capable of the sentiment) than the ones whose milk goes into Blue Bell or any other supermarket ice cream.

Scott

 
At September 26, 2005 8:13 PM, Blogger Kirk said...

Bovine Growth Hormone (BGH) -- the non-recombinant form -- has been in use (and controversial) for at least 25 years. Does anyone know if "rBGH-free" products can be made with bovine products treated with BGH?

By the way, TG, your previous use of "GBH" is apt in some ways. English law includes the charge of Grievous Bodily Harm (aka GBH), which is equivalent to aggravated assault and battery in the U.S.

 
At September 26, 2005 8:54 PM, Anonymous peanut gallery said...

TG, I don't know if I'd trust the word of a dairy farmer. Eeven if they do make possible the existence of cheese. Let's put it this way, I've known nsome dairy farmers.

 
At September 26, 2005 10:24 PM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

The case against rBGH is far more complex than what it merely does to cows. Without rBGH, cows produce far more milk than the world can handle. The chemical makes them produce more. Why? Who needs it?

 
At September 27, 2005 12:36 AM, Blogger Scott--DFW said...

Twisted Link asks, "The chemical makes [the cows] produce more [milk]. Why? Who needs it?"

That's not really the point. Even if there's no need to produce more milk, use of rBGH allows for the same amount of milk to be produced with fewer cows, which means lower production costs. Lower production costs are good for farmers' profits, such as they are (and, even if we tell enormo-agribusiness to sod off, isn't it still the fashion to care about the remaining small farmers who are already at a competitive disadvantage?), and ultimately mean lower costs to consumers. I won't lose any sleep over that.

Scott

 
At September 27, 2005 12:39 AM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

If you're under the impression that these cows are used to produce only milk, you're a bigger moron than everybody thinks you are.

 
At September 27, 2005 2:38 PM, Blogger TG said...

i love a good rousing comment section

meanwhile i neglected to celebrate all that is malty with david. you MUST have a sophisticated palate to appreciate the greatness that is malt. that's one of the main reasons i wanted to write about boulder ice cream: malt is one of their new flavors. Dreamery (which i've mentioned once or twice) also has an excellent malt (tho i've not seen it in stores lately).

david, did you tell me that Qdoba had branches here? becuz i JUST discovered that there are four. i've never been (i'm really just a JITB enthusiast) but i vow to try one soon. i assume you saw that JITB shut down its JBX spinoff? sob i have a feeling i would've liked it

 

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