Cold Comforts for Hot Weather: Yuengling’s Ice Cream

Our summer-long series showcasing the county’s lick-worthy ice cream continues with this PA-based company whose name is commonly associated with beer.

So it’s 1920, Prohibition is in effect, and alcohol is illegal in America. What’s Frank Yuengling, president of Yuengling & Son, the oldest brewery in the US, to do? Start a dairy and introduce Yuengling’s Ice Cream to help support the family brewery (today they are two separate companies but still owned by family members.)

We missed including Yuengling’s, sold at local Pathmarks and A&Ps, in our recent vanilla and chocolate ice cream taste tests, and we needed (yes that’s right, needed) a way to celebrate July as National Ice Cream month, so we decided to sample five of their flavors for their lick-worthiness. Some 12 staffers graded the flavors from 1 (this is ice cream?) to 5 (yum-tastic!) and the scores were averaged.  

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Black & Tan (A Swirl of Belgian Chocolate Ice Cream and Salty Caramel Ice Cream) 4.5/5

This is Yuengling’s bestseller, and our group of taste-testers can see why. It’s soft and creamy, full of not-too-sweet caramel that’s intense and offers a bit of a bite.  

Original Sea Salt Caramel Swirl (Sea salt caramel ice cream with caramel swirls) 3.5/5

Coming in as the second favorite, this flavor had a smooth texture and nice balance of sweet and salt, plus a top-rate caramel that wasn’t overly sweet and with a good consistency.

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Vanilla Fudge Chunk with Pretzels (Madagascar Vanilla Ice Cream, Fudge Swirl, Chocolate Chips and Chocolate Covered Pretzels) 3/5

A solid flavor, with a good ratio of ice cream to mix-ins. 

Vanilla 2.5/5

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An average score for an average tasting vanilla. There was nothing exceptional about it from creaminess level to vanilla flavor.  

Chocolate Fudge Brownie (Belgian Chocolate Ice Cream with Fudge Swirl and Brownie Chunks) 2/5

This flavor got everyone excited but it disappointed, as the chocolate flavor was too subdued and the brownies a bit rigid.


Overall the brand is worthy of raising a spoon to and we’re looking forward to sampling some of their other flavors such as Caramel Popcorn, Root Beer Float, and Peanut Butter Cup.

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