What’s In Your Ice Cream Hoboken?

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See what she has to say about what’s in your ice cream in the Mile Square!

A deeper look at Hoboken Ice Cream Shops

I love Ice Cream. Be it frozen yogurt, frozen custard, soft-serve, hard-packed, you name it – I love it.

I recently acquired an ice cream maker of my own, and am overjoyed with how easy it is to make. You basically just throw in some cream, milk, sugar, and vanilla and let it churn. So, then why is it that some ice creams are packed with dyes, chemicals, and additives? Now, I’m not a stickler for eating low fat or low-calorie per se, however I do pay attention when it comes to “real” food. So, this month I decided to investigate some of my favorite ice cream shops to see what they’re using in their ice cream.

The results may surprise you

  • Ben and Jerry’s: Vermont’s finest hippie ice cream producers are completely transparent when it comes to ingredients. A few clicks on their website and I found the complete ingredient list for their “Scoop Shop” vanilla ice cream. Along with the basic ice cream ingredients, there are two additives that sound a bit odd: guar gum and carageenan. Have no fear, these are all-natural additives that are common in ice cream to improve texture. The vanilla in their ice cream is also fair-trade so you can feel good about that.
  • Rita’s Ice: I first had Rita’s when I moved to NJ a few years back and I fell in love, especially with the gelati. Lately however, I’ve felt like the flavor has changed and not for the better. The custard went from a rich, creamy treat into a somewhat off-tasting substitute. Checking the website I found nutrition information, but no ingredient list. I walked over to the shop to check it out, and the proprietor was more than happy to assist me. He didn’t have an ingredient list but handed me the vanilla custard mix container no questions asked. The ingredients were listed on the side. There was your cream, egg yolks, and vanilla, but also artificial vanilla, tetrasodium pyrophosphate, and polysorbate 65 and 80. Doesn’t sound too appetizing. These additives are FDA approved, and they are very common, but when it comes to ice cream I’d rather stick to the real stuff.
  • Cold Stone Creamery: I was convinced their ice cream was going to be a science experiment, but after checking out their ingredients for vanilla ice cream on their website I was pleasantly surprised. They use all-natural additives (guar gum, carageenan, cellulose gum, and annatto extract) except for polysorbate 80, but no dyes. Good job Cold Stone. I’ll take a Birthday Cake Remix please!
  • Koa Koa: Let’s just say I’m a frequent flyer. They claim to be fat-free, have a wide variety of tasty flavors, and their toppings bar is mesmerizing. When the website didn’t tell me anything about their ingredients, I went in incognito to check it out. I asked the girl at the counter and she was about to go in the back to write down some ingredients, until she decided to ask her boss first. That’s when I was basically scolded for inquiring as it was a “secret” recipe. She kept pointing to the nutrition facts on the ice cream dispenser and told me all I needed to know was on there… even food allergy information. Yeah, not really. She did assure me, however, that they use fresh, all-natural ingredients with nothing artificial. I’d love to take her word for it, but I was a little turned off by her refusal to disclose the ingredients.
  • Applegate Farm: Opening Spring 2011 so get ready. Applegate Farms was THE place to go when I lived in Montclair, so I was excited to see that we were getting one uptown. They aren’t shy on their website when it comes to ingredients and nutrition facts, so I scrolled down to simple vanilla ice cream and was shocked. Could someone tell me why vanilla ice cream needs sodium benzoate, yellow #5 and #6, and red #40? Vanilla ice cream should be a simple concoction, right? These additives are very controversial, so much that right now the FDA is hearing testimony about a food dye-ADHD link. Sodium benzoate is recognized as safe by the FDA in small amounts, however a study was done at the University of Sheffield that linked it to cell damage. I understand there are two sides to every story and studies aren’t always accurate, but honestly I would probably just avoid this whole situation and go somewhere else.

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23 Comments on "What’s In Your Ice Cream Hoboken?"

pawzclawz
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pawzclawz

I went to Ralph’s Famous Italian Ice for the first time last night. It’s very overwhelming in there. I had something called a twister. It’s a layer of ice cream and a layer of ice etc. I had cantaloupe water ice. It was refreshing as is cantaloupe. It seemed to have dried pieces of cantaloupe in it. It was good not great. I had the vanilla chocolate twist soft serve ice cream. It again was good not great. Is the Ice Hut still in business? They are great. They used to open as The Soup Hut in the winter. I don’t think they do anymore. I think they just close for the fall winter season.

mooshu
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mooshu

Hey, pawz. Not sure how you feel about coconut, but if it’s your thing, Ralph’s sells a coconut sherbet that’s pretty good. I don’t remember the name, but it has chocolate chips in it.

[quote comment=”205596″]I went to Ralph’s Famous Italian Ice for the first time last night. It’s very overwhelming in there. I had something called a twister. It’s a layer of ice cream and a layer of ice etc. I had cantaloupe water ice. It was refreshing as is cantaloupe. It seemed to have dried pieces of cantaloupe in it. It was good not great. I had the vanilla chocolate twist soft serve ice cream. It again was good not great. Is the Ice Hut still in business? They are great. They used to open as The Soup Hut in the winter. I don’t think they do anymore. I think they just close for the fall winter season.[/quote]

pawzclawz
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pawzclawz

Love Coconut, Coconut with chocolate chips is even better[quote comment=”205603″]Hey, pawz. Not sure how you feel about coconut, but if it’s your thing, Ralph’s sells a coconut sherbet that’s pretty good. I don’t remember the name, but it has chocolate chips in it. [/quote]

pawzclawz
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pawzclawz

I went to Ben & Jerry’s the other night. I tried one of their new flavors. It’s called Late Night Snack. It’s vanilla ice cream,chocolate covered potato chip clusters and like a caramel swirly type thing. I was not a fan.

escaped68
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I have had in a couple of different places some thing called creamsickles or something like that. Its 1/2 soft vanilla and 1/2 sherbet either cone or cup best in a cup. Whatever flavor you get –it is good i never had a bad one.

pawzclawz
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pawzclawz

I’ve had those as well. I’ve never had them in a cup or cone. I’ve always had them on a stick. I’m not wild over them. I thought they only came Orange with Vanilla. I like Orange. I like Vanilla. There is something about the two flavors together that doesn’t sit well with me. [quote comment=”205563″]I have had in a couple of different places some thing called creamsickles or something like that. Its 1/2 soft vanilla and 1/2 sherbet either cone or cup best in a cup. Whatever flavor you get –it is good i never had a bad one.[/quote]

escaped68
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No they are not anyway near the pops but in name, they come out of a machine twirled together. I have had them with lemon and watermelon. There are some others flavors but they weren’t appealing. If you come across a place that makes them ask for a sample.[quote comment=”205592″]I’ve had those as well. I’ve never had them in a cup or cone. I’ve always had them on a stick. I’m not wild over them. I thought they only came Orange with Vanilla. I like Orange. I like Vanilla. There is something about the two flavors together that doesn’t sit well with me.

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Suzanne
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What, no Hoboken Ice Cream truck?

mooshu
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mooshu

That’s really funny. I still have a soft spot for soft-serve with sprinkles from random ice-cream trucks. [quote comment=”205522″]What, no Hoboken Ice Cream truck?[/quote]

pawzclawz
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pawzclawz

When I was a kid it had to be Mr.Softee soft serve vanilla with rainbow sprinkles in a soft cone. [quote comment=”205523″]That’s really funny. I still have a soft spot for soft-serve with sprinkles from random ice-cream trucks. [/quote]

westcoastbound
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westcoastbound

Fascinating. We are all terribly interested in the taste buds of someone who is still lamenting the loss of Boston Chicken/Boston Market. [quote comment=”205523″]That’s really funny. I still have a soft spot for soft-serve with sprinkles from random ice-cream trucks.

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mooshu
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mooshu

Gee, for someone who’s so intelligent sane, you sure do stalk people quite a bit and have trouble reading: bring it the Bitchez and Catfights forum. This thread is about ice-cream.[quote comment=”205532″]Fascinating. We are all terribly interested in the taste buds of someone who is still lamenting the loss of Boston Chicken/Boston Market.

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roging
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roging

Another place you should try locally is at the corner of Willow and 7th — can’t remember the name, but its a coffee shop which features several daily homemade ice cream choices. Very good.

AnnaHeyDelicious
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AnnaHeyDelicious

Oh cool… thanks for the recommendation! I enjoy their coffee and pastries too. Cool little place for sure.[quote comment=”205467″]Another place you should try locally is at the corner of Willow and 7th — can’t remember the name, but its a coffee shop which features several daily homemade ice cream choices. Very good.[/quote]

pawzclawz
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pawzclawz

The name of the place is Maroon.[quote comment=”205467″]Another place you should try locally is at the corner of Willow and 7th — can’t remember the name, but its a coffee shop which features several daily homemade ice cream choices. Very good.[/quote]

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