Organic ice creams are hit-or-miss, but I finally found one that tastes really good and is mostly clean in regard to ingredients. Three Twins Ice Cream, based in northern California, is delicious and devoid of some of the emulsifiers that other organic ice creams employ.
I've only tasted two flavors—vanilla bean speck and sea salted caramel—of the 13 the company makes (the store I found it in only carries four), but both pass muster. The vanilla's ingredients are simple enough: organic milk, organic cream, organic fair trade evaporated cane juice, organic egg yolks, organic non fat milk, organic fair trade vanilla extract and organic vanilla beans. The salted caramel is just as basic (a good thing): organic milk, organic cream, organic evaporated cane juice, caramel (organic sugar, organic cream, organic non fat milk, organic tapioca syrup, organic caramelized sugar, sea salt), organic egg yolks, organic non fat milk and organic vanilla extract.
The base for all flavors (milk, cream, sugar and egg yolks) is uniform and is a standard starting point for real ice cream. The other flavors' add-ins are as basic. For example, the strawberry has organic strawberries and organic balsamic vinegar while the chocolate peanut butter contains organic cocoa powder and organic peanut butter. Why can't all products follow this formula?
Three Twins Ice Cream, according to the company's website, can be found in "approximately 1,000 specialty and conventional grocers, corner markets and restaurants spanning some 35 states." To find where the brand is available, click here.
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