I have had this recipe for Vanilla Ice Cream Popsicles with Roasted Strawberry Swirls on my mind all summer, and every time I ventured out to pick up the ingredients, I would forget the ice cream. Towards the middle of July, the fine folks at Tillamook surprised us with a package of ice cream, and their timing was perfect as we were having a heatwave.
Before receiving this delivery of icy goodness, we didn’t even know that Tillamook made ice cream. We thought they were all about cheese and yogurt as that is most often what we can find near us. It turns out they are getting their hands dirty all over the dairy, as they also churn out butter and sour cream. We stand behind what Tillamook is about as they only use the highest quality of cows milk which has not treated with artificial growth hormones. As well their ice cream contains 13.5% of rich and delicious butterfat. You know what that means? Their ice cream has an ultra smooth and creamy texture, just the way ice cream should be.
Another great that we like about Tillamook is that they are a co-op opposed to a major corporation. All of the farmers live on or close by the land that they farm, and raise their cattle on; basically, they share the land with the animals they care for. Over a hundred years ago small creameries teamed up with the Tillamook Country Creamery Associate to make sure the quality of the cheese made was of high standards. They worked together towards this goal and ended up producing better products. They practice what they preach, and stick to their values. We like that.
Back to ice cream. They were so kind to send us six (6) different flavors to try out:
- Fireside S’mores
- Chocolate Peanut Butter
- Marionberry Pie
- Old Fashioned Vanilla
- Oregon Strawberry
- Tillamook Mudslide
So far we have tried all of them except the Oregon Strawberry. The verdict? Yep, we are enjoying Tillamook ice cream. As mentioned above the ice cream is creamy, and the flavors stand out. Our favorites by far have been the Fireside Smores, Tillamook Mudslide, and the Marionberry Pie. Have you ever had a marionberry? We hadn’t until we tried this ice cream, and now we want it all the time. It screams summer.
I decided to play around with the Old Fashioned Vanilla and make some popsicles. Originally, I was going to make an orangesicle but then decided to roast summertime strawberries. The caramelized strawberries are a dream when mixed with this creamy vanilla ice cream and make the vanilla bean pop even more.
Thank you Tillamook for cooling us down, we are having an even more delicious summer thanks to your generosity.
What to try Tillmook for yourself? I have three coupons for a free container of ice cream, and will pick three people on August 15, 2013. All you need to do is leave a comment telling us which flavor you are dying to try. Be sure to go to the Where to Buy area of their site to make sure the ice cream is sold in your area before entering. Thanks!
** Disclaimer Tillamook supplied us with ice cream to taste but did not require us to write about it. This write-up and all opinions are our own