Most readers fully understand the flavor and depth that nuts bring to ice cream. If you’re reading this article, you likely already have a favorite ice cream flavor with nuts that is your go-to to grab at the grocery store.
This article is designed to help readers expand beyond their norm. Below you’ll find several flavors of ice cream with nuts that you might consider grabbing during your next trip to the store.
Keep in mind that we realize that some flavors featured below don’t technically have nuts as defined by science. However, they do have “nuts” in the more liberal culinary definition of nuts. For example, peanuts are actually a legume but are often referred to as a “nut” around kitchens.
At any rate, here are the popular flavors of ice cream with nuts that are found in many grocery stores around America and beyond. We hope you find a new flavor to enjoy!
Not all brands that make this ice cream flavor produce it with nuts. However, an example of one with nuts is Tillamook Banana Split ice cream. It features vanilla & strawberry banana ice cream with walnuts, cherries, and fudge. Blue Bunny Banana Split is another example containing almonds and cashews.
Ben & Jerry’s
Okay, Ben & Jerry’s is an ice cream brand and not a flavor. We get that! However, the company makes so many ice cream flavors with nuts that we decide to just create a section for just Ben & Jerry’s flavors with nuts.
The following Ben & Jerry’s flavors have nuts:
- Chunky Monkey – banana ice cream with fudge chunks + walnuts
- Everything But The…-chocolate & vanilla ice cream + peanut butter cups + fudge-covered toffee pieces + white chocolatey chunks + fudge-covered almonds
- Campfire Trail Mix – chocolate ice cream + crunchy pretzel swirls + marshmallow swirls + fudge-covered almonds
- Netflix & Chill’d – peanut butter ice cream + sweet & salty pretzel swirls + fudge brownies
- New York Super Fudge Chunk – chocolate ice cream + white & dark fudge chunks + walnuts + fudge-covered almonds
- Peanut Butter Cup – peanut butter ice cream + peanut butter cups
- Peanut Butter Half Baked – chocolate & peanut butter ice cream + peanut butter cookie dough + fudge brownies
- Peanut Butter World – milk chocolate ice cream + peanut buttery swirls + chocolate cookie swirls
- Pistachio Pistachio – pistachio ice cream + lightly roasted pistachios
- Salted Caramel Almond – vanilla bean ice cream + roasted almond slivers + fudge flakes + salted caramel swirl
- The Tonight Dough – caramel & chocolate ice cream + chocolate cookie swirls + chocolate chip cookie dough + peanut butter cookie dough
- Peanut Butter Fudge – chocolate & peanut butter ice cream + mini peanut butter cups + peanut butter fudge core
- PB Over the Top – chocolate ice cream + peanut butter swirls + peanut butter cups + toppings of chocolate ganache + mini peanut butter cups
Black walnut ice cream with pieces of walnuts mixed in is typically what you’ll get with most brands that make this flavor. Prairie Farms, Stroh’s, and Kroger are just some of the brands that make this delicious flavor.
Butter pecan ice cream is a popular flavor of ice cream that typically consists of a rich, creamy, and buttery vanilla base mixed with roasted pecans.
The pecans provide a delightful crunch and nutty flavor, while the buttery elements add a smooth and indulgent taste. Butter pecan ice cream is loved for its combination of sweet and savory flavors, making it one of the classics down the ice cream aisle.
It’s a basic but tasty combination of chocolate ice cream with bits of almonds. Some varieties are made with chocolate covered almonds such as Hudsonville Chocolate Almond or Friendly’s Chocolate Almond Chip.
This is certainly not a popular flavor but it undoubtedly has its fans. Perry’s is one of the notable brands that makes this flavor. It is made with chocolate hazelnut ice cream with hazelnut fudge swirls.
If you prefer vanilla ice cream, Godiva makes Hazelnut Crunch consisting of hazelnut praline, crunchy hazelnuts and crispies in vanilla ice cream.
Chocolate Peanut Butter
Its the classic combination of chocolate ice cream with peanut butter swirled into it. The combination of the two flavors creates an amazing balance of sweet and salty, making it a popular choice among ice cream lovers on their favorite ice cream cone or in a bowl.
We love the Breyer’s brand featured in the image above but there are certainly many other brands you’ll love to try.
Coffee Almond Fudge
Coffee Almond Fudge is typically made with coffee ice cream, lines of fudge, and bits of almonds. Given the coffee component, there will generally be a low level of caffeine in this ice cream.
The uniquely named Heavenly Hash was first a candy invented in 1923 and eventually also became an ice cream flavor. The ice cream typically consists of chocolate ice cream, swirls of marshmallow, chocolate chips, and almonds. The almonds are sometimes covered in chocolate.
This flavor can be difficult to find at stores. It is sold at Publix and Wegman’s under their store brands. Additionally, Stewart’s Shops and Perry’s sell it to give you a few ideas of where to find this flavor.
This flavor is made with maple ice cream and chopped walnuts that are mixed into it. This flavor is not widely available but its certainly a must try for walnut lovers!
Peanut Butter Cup
You’ll find different variations of this ice cream from brand to brand. The classic version is made with vanilla ice cream with mini peanut butter cups peppered throughout the ice cream base. It’s also not uncommon to find ribbons of peanut butter and fudge inside this ice cream.
Pistachio ice cream is a frozen dessert made with a base of ice cream flavored primarily with pistachio nuts. It typically has a creamy texture and a pale green color. However, the shade may vary depending on the specific recipe and the amount of pistachios used.
The flavor is characterized by the rich, nutty taste of pistachios, which are typically chopped or blended into the ice cream mixture. Some notable brands that make this type of ice cream include Ben & Jerry’s, Blue Bunny, Häagen-Dazs, Halo Top, and Friendly’s.
Pralines ‘n Cream
Pralines, at least the ones that go in ice cream, are typical sugary and creamy coated pecans that taste like candy. The pralines are mixed inside vanilla ice cream to create Praline ‘N Cream. You’ll often find caramel syrup swirled into this type of ice cream as well.
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Rocky Road features chocolate ice cream with almonds and marshmallow pieces mixed into it. Dreyer’s Ice Cream founder, William Dreyer, is believed to have invented this flavor in Oakland California in 1929 along with candy maker Joseph Edy.
Another theory is that Rocky Road was invented at Fentons Creamery in 1929 when a candy maker employee mixed in a marshmallow and nut candy bar into ice cream.
Today, there are numerous brands that make Rocky Road with Dreyer’s/Edy’s being one of the premier brands. They make Original Rocky Road along with a collection of other Rocky Road inspired flavors like Cookie Cobblestone and Salted Caramel Pretzel Path.
Snickers is the top selling candy bar in the world. It features nougat, caramel, peanuts, and milk chocolate.
The ice cream is essential vanilla ice cream and Snicker bar pieces with swirls of caramel and chocolate-covered peanuts. If you love the candy, the ice cream likely won’t disappoint the taste buds.
This uniquely named ice cream is made with vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce, and peanuts. The details are murky on where it got its name and who invented it. However, it likely originated in Ohio during the early 1900s.
Two popular ice cream brands that make this flavor are Turkey Hill and Blue Bell. Both brands feature chocolate coated peanuts.
Toasted Almond Fudge
Its the combination of chocolate fudge ice cream and pieces of almonds. Blue Bunny, HEB, Smith’s, and Kemps are examples of brands that make this flavor.
This flavor is made with vanilla ice cream, coated pecans, caramel swirls, and caramel turtle candies. Examples of brands that makes this flavor include Dean’s, Mayfield, and Meadow Gold.
Häagen-Dazs makes Vanilla Swiss Almond ice cream. It is made with premium vanilla ice cream with roasted & chocolate-coated almonds. Simple and quality ingredients go a long way in this ice cream to help create a delicious dessert.