Tillamook is an Oregon-based dairy company that is best known for its cheese. They also make yogurt, cream cheese, sour cream, and butter. However, Tillamook also produces some of the best ice creams in the world. They are well-respected as ice cream, as they use more cream, higher quality ingredients, and less air than other popular ice cream brands. Some people like their ice cream chocolatey or savory, while others like their ice cream fruity and sweet. You might enjoy ice cream with chunks and bits of delightful extra ingredients or smooth and creamy consistency. Tillamook offers a wide variety of flavors, and there is sure to be something for everyone. And regardless of which flavor you choose, you can be sure to enjoy the extra creaminess and premium flavor that the dairy brand is known for. Here are some of the best Tillamook ice cream.
Mudslide is one of the best Tillamook ice cream flavors because it is jam-packed with nutty, savory, and buttery flavors. It incorporates cocoa, peanut oil, coconut oil, egg, and salt for a perfectly blended mix of flavors. The ice cream is also dynamic due to the addition of chocolate chips and melted fudge. I love eating Mudslide ice cream at night after a light yet salty meal, such as a small poke bowl. The distinct taste of the ice cream is best enjoyed when a heavy meal does not bog down your palate.
Coffee Almond Fudge
Tillamook’s Coffee Almond Fudge is absolutely to die for, especially if you’re a coffee lover like myself. It has a distinct, rich coffee flavor complemented by silky fudge and crunchy bits of almond. The agave syrup, cocoa, and cornstarch create a smooth and creamy consistency. This ice cream is perfect for those mornings when you need an extra caffeine boost after your regular cup or just a little sweet pick-me-up to start your day. I also enjoy a scoop or two in the evening as a little dessert.
Rocky Road is one of the oldest and most classic ice cream flavors. It’s a chocolate ice cream with marshmallows and nuts, and Tillamook’s version does not disappoint. The chocolate flavor is rich, and the marshmallows are perfectly fluffy. The addition of almonds gives the ice cream a lovely crunch. This flavor is excellent for those who want something chocolatey but not too heavy. This Rocky Road also includes a bit of safflower oil, which some studies showed may help improve inflammation and other benefits. Rocky Road is also a great choice for those who want a classic ice cream flavor with a Tillamook twist.
Cookies & Cream
My favorite ice cream flavor of any brand tends to be Cookies & Cream, and Tillamook uses rich, tasty French Vanilla ice cream as a base for theirs, which is an excellent start. The ingredients include vanilla extract, cocoa, and locust bean gum, so you can feel assured that you’re eating top-quality ingredients in the cookie and cream portions of this ice cream. I love Cookies & Cream at any time of the day or night, but I find it particularly appealing after fruity salad. Perhaps it’s because the vanilla ice cream cuts through the sweetness of the fruit, or maybe it’s just because it’s delicious.
Chocolate Peanut Butter
Chocolate Peanut Butter is not usually my favorite, but I know many people who are obsessed with Tillamook’s version, so I decided to try it – and wow! It’s quite spectacular. The chocolate is rich and creamy, while the peanut butter is smooth, salty, and satisfying. Combined, they make a delightful duo that will please anyone with a sweet and salty tooth. It incorporates vegetable oils like coconut, soybean, and peanut to add additional creaminess and flavor. I think this ice cream is perfect for a summer day when you want something sweet but not too heavy. This ice cream is also ideal for those who want something chocolatey but a little more on the salty and savory side than just sweet.
If you haven’t had huckleberry, it’s a fruit closely related to blueberries, and it grows in the mountainous regions of the western United States. Tillamook’s Mountain Huckleberry ice cream is a delightful mix of sweet and tart, with a lovely purple hue. The huckleberries are complemented by a hint of citric acid, which brings out their flavor. I find this ice cream to be the perfect summer dessert, particularly after a light meal. The sweetness of the ice cream is a nice contrast to the savory flavors of many summer dishes, like roasted chicken and sautéed spinach.
Vanilla Bean is a classic, timeless ice cream flavor that Tillamook uses as a base for many of the company’s other flavors, including Mountain Huckleberry mentioned above. However, some companies offer vanilla bean that does not use actual vanilla beans, just similar flavors. But Tillamook’s version uses real crushed vanilla bean seeds that give the ice cream a lovely flecked appearance and a delicious, long-lasting flavor. This flavor is my go-to Tillamook ice cream when I want something that tastes like real, old-fashioned ice cream. It’s perfect for those who want a classic flavor without any frills or to use as a side for other desserts like a fresh apple pie or a hot fudge brownie — yum!
If you like standard cookie dough ice cream, you’ll likely fall in love with Tillamook’s Monster Cookie ice cream. This flavor takes standard cookie dough up a notch by incorporating crispy oats, a slated peanut buttery swirl, sweet candies, and chocolate flakes. Some ingredients in this ice cream aren’t particularly common for ice creams, such as butter, chocolate liquor, and molasses. In turn, the Monster Cookie is the exact opposite of Vanilla Bean for people looking for an over-the-top, in-your-face flavor. It’s perfect for those with a major sweet tooth or who love having various flavors and textures at once. It also looks fun and colorful, making it a common choice for kids’ birthday parties.
White Chocolate Raspberry
White chocolate — which doesn’t contain cocoa solids like other chocolates — and raspberry are two flavors that are excellent on their own. Still, the result is untouchable when Tillamook puts them together in their White Chocolate Raspberry ice cream. They use real raspberry purée in their ingredients for a sweet and tart kick that goes swimmingly with the buttery taste of white chocolate. Like Monster Cookie above, White Chocolate Raspberry also includes real butter. This flavor is ideal for those who like the sweetness of chocolate without the bitterness of darker chocolates, as well as for those who love mixing savory, buttery flavors with tart, citric ones.
Now that you know Tillamook isn’t afraid of experimenting with regional flavors, given the Huckleberry ice cream mentioned earlier, you shouldn’t be surprised to hear that they have a Marionberry Pie ice cream as well. Marionberry is a type of blackberry that is sweeter and more flavorful than the standard blackberry, and it’s only grown in Oregon — where Tillamook was founded. This pie-flavored ice cream contains all the classic fixings: vanilla ice cream, pieces of pie crust, and ripe marionberries. Brown sugar, vanilla extract, and citric acid combine to create the perfect “pie filling” flavor without being overly sweet. This flavor is a must-try for those visiting Oregon, particularly in the summertime.
Oregon Dark Cherry
Oregon Dark Cherry is another flavor that celebrates Tillamook’s home state, and it also happens to be my personal favorite. It’s similar to Marionberry in that it incorporates a fruity flavor, but instead of embedding it in vanilla ice cream, Tillamook uses dark cherry ice cream for a bold, double-dark-cherry flavor blast. Additionally, instead of just the purée of the fruit, this ice cream has real bits of dark cherry throughout it for a more interesting and inviting consistency that I absolutely can’t get enough of! This is my favorite ice cream at any time of the year, but especially in the summer when Oregon cherries are ripe.
If you can’t decide whether you prefer milky chocolate or white chocolate, Tillamook says you don’t have to. They created Udderly Chocolate for genuine chocolate fans that don’t discriminate. In addition to the white chocolate and milk chocolate pairing, this ice cream has bits of chocolate pieces sprinkled throughout it because you can never have enough chocolate! My favorite time to eat Udderly Chocolate is after dinner. It can be a bit too heavy during the day, but perfect for when I’m relaxing on the couch with no more plans for the evening.
Caramel Toffee Crunch
Tillamook’s Caramel Toffee Crunch takes a more traditional flavor profile and puts its unique spin on it. They use caramel ice cream as the base and sprinkle toffee, almond, and pecan bits throughout the cream for a crunchy finish. For me, this tends to be a little too crunchy, especially cause I have sensitive teeth and don’t like to chew so much when eating my ice cream, but I know others love it. In any case, I think it makes for a lovely dessert or cheeky afternoon snack.
You can’t go wrong with Chocolate Chip ice cream — it’s just a fact. Tillamook does a great job of being innovative when they want to but sticking with the basics when necessary. I appreciate that they stick with the basics for their Chocolate Chip flavor by simply adding chocolate chips to creamy vanilla ice cream. The Chocolate Chip stands out as one of the best because of the high-quality ingredients they use, because the recipe is simple, and high-quality ingredients are a must; otherwise, it would just be subpar ice cream. Tillamook only sources the best milk, cream, cocoa, and coconut oil to use in this ice cream, making it an excellent choice any time of year.
Last but far from least is Tillamook’s outstanding Banana Split ice cream. This unique ice cream flavor is perfect for those who like the idea of doing a banana split but just want to cut to the chase and get to taste all the flavors in one bite. But how do they do it? They use a mixture of vanilla ice cream and strawberry-banana ice cream as the base, then incorporate cherries, walnuts, and a ripple of fudge. Genius! This ice cream is my favorite to bring to events, as it tends to be both a conversation starter and a crowd pleaser.