It has to do with cookies and cream ice cream.
|Three scoops is the minimum recommended serving size.|
Blue Bell is made in Brenham, Texas, northwest of Houston. It's full of cows...Brenham, that is, not Blue Bell. Blue Bell is full of cow milk. For years it's been said that the reason Blue Bell ice cream tastes so good is that the cows think Brenham is heaven. The company's advertising is full of corny homespun humor like that. But it doesn't affect the flavor of the ice cream, which is awesome.
Blue Bell first popularized cookies and cream as an ice cream flavor in the early 1980s. There's some debate as to who actually invented vanilla ice cream with Oreos (or similar chocolate sandwich cookies) crumbled up in it. But there's no doubt (in my mind) that Blue Bell does it best.
|If you don't see this in your local supermarket, |
you live in a land of ice cream barbarism. I weep for you.
There is a very specific reason the current household debate centers around Blue Bell Cookies 'n Cream. Quite simply, you're not going to find an intact sandwich cookie in any other brand. (Here's what it looks like, as captured on someone's Flickr page.) In other brands, you're lucky to find fingernail-size chunks. Mostly you get crumbs or fragments. With some of the cheaper brands, you get vanilla ice cream that seems to be plagued with black speckles, so pulverized are the "cookies" within. They go farther when you grind 'em up small, and it's cheaper that way.
But Blue Bell has a magical ratio of small bits of cookie that pleasantly flavor the ice cream to large pieces that you actually have to chew and swallow separately. Digging the scoop into a carton of Blue Bell Cookies 'n Cream and coming up against a solid chunk of cookie is akin to what treasure hunters must have felt when their shovel finally fetched up against a pirate's chest after a long day of digging.
|Yar, there be Moose Tracks here!|
|Winner winner cookie dinner.|
(Oh, and if you know of some other brand of c and c that is generous with its chunkage, let me know that, too!)