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Vanilla ice cream is the BEST flavor.

Updated on February 4, 2014

Do you love vanilla ice cream too?

I learned so much making this lens about vanilla ice cream.

For instance, I learned that Marco Polo may have brought the first ice cream-like stuff to Italy from China. Who knew?

Also, there are stories about Roman emperors eating ice cream! Well, it was made out of snow and honey. But it was close.

Is vanilla YOUR favorite flavor of ice cream? I know it's mine.

Read on and find out some more facts about it. Then vote for your favorite flavor of ice cream. (Hint: VANILLA is a good choice!)

This photo is of ice cream in Paris. It was taken by Vicci, who has a blog called moon, stars and paper.

Why do I like vanilla the best?

For me, it's all about the flavor, the memories, the fragrance, and more.

There is something about vanilla ice cream that is just so great. I never get tired of the wonderful flavor.

It tastes pure and natural. Also, vanilla ice cream doesn't stain clothing or couches as easily as other colors of ice cream.

I have wonderful memories of eating vanilla ice cream in the past. Just breathing in the smell of vanilla makes me feel good.

Vanilla ice cream is unique because you can most easily add other flavors to it if you want. It also goes with so many different desserts. After all, what is apple pie (or ANY pie) without vanilla ice cream on top?

My favorite way of eating vanilla ice cream is PLAIN. Just by itself.

There is nothing like a vanilla ice cream cone. - Well, maybe one that is a LARGE vanilla ice cream cone.

A vanilla ice cream cone.
A vanilla ice cream cone.

If you want to make your OWN vanilla ice cream, you need NATURAL vanilla. - Natural is just best, for many reasons.

Simply Organic Pure Vanilla Extract, Certified Organic, 4-Ounce Glass Bottle
Simply Organic Pure Vanilla Extract, Certified Organic, 4-Ounce Glass Bottle

I have used this brand before. And glass is a good container for it.

 
Rodelle Pure Vanilla Extract, 8-Ounce
Rodelle Pure Vanilla Extract, 8-Ounce

And here is another kind to pick from. It is Certified Organic.

 
Spicely Organic Extract Vanilla - Bottle
Spicely Organic Extract Vanilla - Bottle

This one is also... and just 2 ounces.

 

Other people also are crazy about vanilla ice cream.

It's the most popular ice cream flavor. Other flavors are also popular, but most people (like me) like vanilla best.

And some people are way TOO crazy about vanilla ice cream. - Have you ever known somebody like this?

woman in the hospital having some vanilla ice cream
woman in the hospital having some vanilla ice cream

Notice she is eating the vanilla section first.

It is in the middle.

And WHY is she eating it first? Because it is the best flavor!

A vanilla orchid
A vanilla orchid

Did you know... Real vanilla comes from an orchid!

I didn't know that! You might have though.

Now vanilla is grown all over the world. There are several types - - and much is grown on plantations.

Real vanilla is said to be the second-most expensive flavoring because the making and gathering of it is very labor-intensive.

You can buy vanilla at the grocery store, or from specialty shops or vendors.

Vanilla is dried - - and the dried sections are called vanilla beans.

Here are some wrapped-up vanilla beans.
Here are some wrapped-up vanilla beans.

I wonder... who makes the BEST store-bought vanilla ice cream?

On this site, Häagen-Dazs gets the most votes.

And what about making your own vanilla ice cream? - Get your recipe cards ready, because here come some GREAT vanilla ice cream recipes.

A green swirly border
A green swirly border

You can make ice cream at home now, and not just at summer camp or outside.

Here are some great recipes that you can use to make TERRIFIC vanilla ice cream.

Here are some recipes from online sites.

These are all-natural recipes using real vanilla.

This girl loves her vanilla ice cream cone. - She had better lick the bottom of it right now before it falls off.

A girl loving her vanilla ice cream cone.
A girl loving her vanilla ice cream cone.

I guess I'd better say that some people do prefer other flavors of ice cream besides vanilla.

But this group does not include me - - usually.

And also vote here. What flavor ice cream do YOU like best? - I hope it is vanilla. Just saying.

Which type of ice cream is your favorite?

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What do you think? Leave your comment below.

You can also vote for YOUR favorite ice cream at the voting poll below here.

What kind of ice cream do you like? Is it vanilla?

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      aishu19 6 years ago

      I do like vanilla... interesting topic for a lens

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 6 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      Thank you!

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 6 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      @aishu19: Thank you! I appreciate that!

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      Rhonda Albom 6 years ago from New Zealand

      My daughters favorite is also vanilla. We should pool our dessert lenses together, as your vanilla ice cream would be great with my hot fudge sauce lens :)

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 6 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      @RhondaAlbom: What a great idea! :-)

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Chocolate for me. But a good vanilla ice cream is a nice treat.

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 6 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      @SandyMertens: I like chocolate when vanilla isn't available. ::grins::

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      When we stop to get soft ice cream, it is always vanilla for me. But I like other flavors if it's "hard" ice cream:-)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Don't tell anyone, but I sometimes eat other flavors too. (Shhhhhh!)

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      Treasures By Brenda 6 years ago from Canada

      I'm bad at picking favorites but I do like vanilla.

      But I also like strawberry.

      But not as much as I like chocolate.

      Neopolitan works well for me.

      As does butterscotch...

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      hlkljgk 6 years ago from Western Mass

      vanilla is certainly versatile, but i love to experiment, and my go-to flavor would have to be coffee - although, i just discovered coffee oreo!

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 6 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      @TreasuresBrenda: Yes, I can understand. I am tempted to put caramel or butterscotch flavors on my vanilla at times.

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 6 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      @hlkljgk: Coffee oreo - - I had not heard of that! I like coffee and oreos, so I would probably like that too.

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      clouda9 lm 6 years ago

      Oh I'd crumble bits of peppermint candy in my vanilla ice cream :) Lots of information here, thanks for sharing!

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 6 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      @clouda9 lm: That definitely sounds interesting! Crunchy, too!

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      Brookelorren LM 6 years ago

      I like lots of different flavors. Including vanilla.

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      resabi 6 years ago

      My 2 fave flavors are jamoca almond fudge and peanut butter chocolate (yes, Reese's peanut butter cups are my favorite candy). I have to admit, though, that a little Kahlua over vanilla icecream is pretty great...

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      Susanna Duffy 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Give me caramel any day! But heck, vanilla is pretty good too. All ice cream is good Like your lens, Blessed by an angel today

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 6 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      @SusannaDuffy: Thank you, Susanna! I look forward to seeing your lenses too. :-)

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      JenOfChicago LM 6 years ago

      I just had some vanilla ice cream last night! Blessed by a squidangel

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 6 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      @resabi: The Kahlua over vanilla ice cream sounds fantastic! Someday I will try that.

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 6 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      @JenOfChicago LM: Thank you so much, Jen! And I understand why people eat vanilla ice cream. What a stupendous flavor. Really.

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      Well, I pretty much like all ice cream -- but the nutty ones, coffee and chocolate are my favorites. Vanilla is good for soft serve. Now I must have some!

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 6 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      @julieannbrady: Enjoy that soft serve. That sounds SO good right now to me too.

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      Twmarsh 6 years ago

      Big vanilla fan here too. There is nothing like homemade vanilla ice cream!

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 6 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      @Twmarsh: You are SO right, Twmarsh!

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      Lee Hansen 6 years ago from Vermont

      Absolutely love vanilla; we make our own - we even make our own vanilla extract! But I do confess I love coffee and chocolate flavors, too.

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      PleasantValley LM 6 years ago

      I'm a devoted chocolate ice cream person, but I would never refuse a serving of vanilla.

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      ICanCook 6 years ago

      I used to love Vanilla until I found Cherry Vanilla. Now, that's my favorite.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have to agree that vanilla ice cream is the best, its my favorite. I like to put hot fudge topping on mine. I don't eat much ice cream, that's kind of a luxury item in my house. It must be over a year since I had ice cream. That may be my treat this month instead of a pizza.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      Well, coffee is my favorite, but French vanilla REAL heavy duty French vanilla is great!

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      poutine 6 years ago

      Vanilla 100%

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      JennySui 6 years ago

      Vanilla ice cream is the best. Nice share.

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      Have to say my preference is towards chocolate. Great lens and featured on Holiday Cooking.

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      I find vanilla to be a very underrated flavor - it's great to use as a base to put other flavors into.

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      A special April Fool's Day blessing and featured this on Arpil Fool's Day Blessings. You are charged with preparing this dish and bringing it to the special angel's bus that is buzzing around today so we all get fed.

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      blanckj 6 years ago

      I love ice cream and I love vanilla and chocolate. Thanks for sharing some great vanilla facts.

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      WindyWintersHubs 6 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      I agree that vanilla is the best flavor but occasionally love a bit of chocolate. I enjoyed the history you found on the vanilla bean. It's amazing!

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      jaredsgirl 5 years ago

      This is such a cute, creative lens! Vanilla is my favorite as well...it's so easy to mix with everything. Nice work :)

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      OrganicMom247 5 years ago

      One of the best ice cream that ever existed! Yummy, I am just craving for one!

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      Kathryn Grace 5 years ago from San Francisco

      I do enjoy vanilla ice cream. Definitely one of my favorites. I also love pralines and cream, black walnut, triple chocolate, butterscotch--oh dear, I could go on and on. In fact, I'm in the process of building a lens right now about some of my own homemade ice cream recipes. I'm having so much fun tweaking them that I need to add a workout to my daily routine just to compensate!

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      marsha32 5 years ago

      Vanilla is my top choice too.....followed by cookies n' cream

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      Aquavel 5 years ago

      Great lens with yummy eye candy! Chocolate is still my favorite, but my all time favorite sundae is vanilla ice cream with hot fudge sauce and peanuts! Sinfully delicious!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Vanilla was and is still my Favorite, I don't think I will ever Out-grow and Ice Cream Cone! ;)

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      siskiyoucowgirl 4 years ago

      Fun Lens! Happy Independence Day! I'm visiting this lens as part of the Squidoo "red, white and blue" quest.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I up for trying any flavor of Ice cream except onion, fish and red pepper!

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 4 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      @anonymous: Yeah, those sound really bad!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love ice cream.

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 4 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      @anonymous: Me too! I have cut back on carbs, but I know I will still have to have SOME ice cream every now and then...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love ice cream.

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 4 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      @anonymous: Me, too. Thanks so much for visiting my Squidoo lens.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Ice cream is delicious, it's tough to pick one flavor. Great lens!

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 4 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      @anonymous: Thank you for visiting!

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      My favorites are vanilla and chocolate!

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 3 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      @Charito1962: I have to admit, I DO like chocolate a bit too. It's very good.

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      Sage 2 years ago

      i love vanilla because every time i go out of my comfort zone, i do not like anything other than vanilla

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