35 Delicious Ice Creams, Ranked From Least to Most Popular
What’s your flavor? While most of us typically stick to our favorite ice cream flavors and rarely stray from the category we prefer, there are others who select the most out-there flavors they can find — which is how more playful concepts like brownie batter or honey lavender are born.
Curious to know what the most popular ice cream flavors really are? We’ve rounded up the most popular flavors based on user-generated research, and you might be surprised to see what reigns supreme when it comes to ice cream preferences. From coffee and Kit Kat to rocky road and rainbow sherbet, here’s the scoop on the best ice cream flavors.
Caffeine and ice cream — what’s not to love? While coffee-flavored ice cream doesn’t actually have that much caffeine in it (you could totally eat it after dinner and sleep fine), it’s still a well-loved option for those who particularly enjoy the taste of coffee.
* Rankings come from user-generated research on Ranker as well as FamilyMinded staff opinion.
34. Orange Sherbet
Orange sherbet seems like a curveball flavor to rank in the most popular ice cream flavors, but it’s a surprisingly tasty option for anyone who might be looking to consume a little less dairy.
The tangy-sweet dessert has a similar consistency to soft serve ice cream but has less fat than other alternatives.
33.Strawberries & Cream
Think of strawberries and cream ice cream as classic strawberry — with a little added sweetness.
The tasty treat is usually made from a base of strawberry ice cream with added chunks of real strawberries and a creamy berry-based sauce that ripples throughout.
32. Lemon Sorbet
Lemon sorbet is best described as ice cream’s cooler, more sophisticated rich aunt. The icy treat is typically made of diced lemon, peel, lemon syrup, water and sugar, all boiled down and frozen.
It’s often served as an in-between course at high end restaurants but is also commonly enjoyed on its own as a relatively healthy alternative to ice cream.
31. Butter Pecan
Butter pecan is a distinctly American ice cream flavor that typically consists of roasted pecans, butter and vanilla flavoring, all blended into a smooth vanilla ice cream.
It’s occasionally made with almonds in place of pecans — although that would technically make it butter almond!
The slightly more mouth-puckering alternative to strawberry-flavored ice cream, raspberry ice cream is typically red or deep purple in color.
It’s oftentimes made with real raspberry puree and occasionally has chunks of raspberries blended in as well.
29. Strawberry Cheesecake
Strawberry cheesecake ice cream is a popular option at ice cream shops like Ben & Jerry’s and Baskin Robbins for its decadent silky smooth texture and slightly tangy addition of strawberries.
It’s often on the chunkier side thanks to the addition of cheesecake pieces.
Unlike its strawberry counterpart, cheesecake ice cream is typically much less chunky.
Rather than chunks of cheesecake and pie crust, the cheesecake filling is usually blended directly into the ice cream, offering a sweet and slightly tangy — but totally smooth — flavor profile.
27. Peanut Butter & Chocolate
Peanut butter and chocolate are a match made in heaven — the sweetness of the chocolate and the saltiness of the peanut butter make for one of the tastiest ice cream flavors out there.
This flavor combination comes in quite a few variations, but it most often consists of a chocolate base with swirls of peanut butter mixed in.
Snickers on its own is just plain delicious — nougat topped with caramel, peanuts and milk chocolate is an unbeatable combination.
Add vanilla ice cream into the mix, and you have one of the most satisfying salty-sweet ice cream flavors out there.
25. Cake Batter
We’ve all snuck a little cake batter off the mixers at one point — but cake batter ice cream takes that naughty little indulgence one step further.
The decadent ice cream flavor is typically some sort of white cake mixed into vanilla ice cream — but birthday cake with sprinkles has also become a common variant.
You can pick up a couple of scoops of Oreo ice cream pretty much anywhere — from the grocery store freezer section to the McDonald’s drive through — and thank goodness for that.
The slightly chunky ice cream is oh-so good thanks to the perfect addition of both Oreo wafers and sweet-cream filling.
23. Moose Tracks
Owned and licensed by Denali Flavors Inc., Moose Tracks ice cream consists of a decadent combination of vanilla ice cream, peanut butter cups and fudge.
Interestingly enough, the name “Moose Tracks” stemmed from a mini golf course in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan that was located just across the street from where the ice cream flavor was invented.
22. Fudge Ripple
Think of fudge ripple as a deconstructed hot fudge sundae.
Made up of sweetened condensed milk and gooey hot fudge topping inserted into a base of vanilla ice cream, this delicious ice cream flavor is an excellent alternative to buying individual ingredients for a traditional sundae.
21. Mint Oreo Cookie
Mint Oreo Cookie ice cream is quite similar to its Oreo counterpart — but with a fresh addition.
It consists of blended up Oreo wafers and sweet-cream filling as well as a bright-green mint flavor.
20. Chocolate Chip Cookie
Chocolate chip cookies are delicious on their own … but mixed into ice cream? Even better!
The average chocolate chip cookie ice cream flavor typically uses Chips Ahoy or similar pre-packaged cookies — but any ice cream shop that uses the tender homemade variety gets bonus points in our book.
Named in the late 19th century for its presumed origins in Naples, Italy, Neapolitan ice cream consists of three distinct flavors, sometimes side-by-side, but more typically swirled into one another.
Flavors typically include vanilla, chocolate and strawberry but are sometimes substituted with pistachio or cherry.
18. Kit Kat
Kit Kat ice cream has become increasingly popular over the years — and for good reason.
The velvety-smooth chocolate and the slightly crispy wafers perfectly compliment the vanilla ice cream they’re most commonly blended and swirled into.
17. Rainbow Sherbet
Not only does rainbow sherbet look incredible — with its swirling oranges, pinks, yellows resembling a pastel tie dye dream — it tastes just as good.
The rainbow-hued sherbet typically consists of a combination of orange, raspberry, lime, lemon or pineapple flavors.
16. Rocky Road
If you don’t have a strong sweet tooth, it’s probably best to avoid rocky road ice cream.
It starts off looking like a classic chocolate scoop — but it’s mixed with whole marshmallows, nuts, and occasionally topped with more chocolate or dried fruit.
15. Extreme Chocolate
Chocolate lovers are sure to flip for this beyond-chocolatey ice cream flavor. Extreme chocolate is just what it sounds — chocolate ice cream with layers upon layers of added chocolate.
Typically a combination of chocolate chunks, chocolate chips, brownie and extra cocoa powder, this is chocolate lover’s dream.
14. Peanut Butter Cup
Nothing beats peanut butter cups — except maybe peanut butter cup ice cream.
This delicious treat usually consists of chunks (or sometimes whole) Reese’s peanut butter cups mixed into plain vanilla or chocolate ice cream.
13. Salted Caramel
Salted caramel ice cream comes as a happy medium between chocolate and vanilla — it’s sweet but not overpowering.
The addition of sea salt is perfect for those who want that sweet-salty combo.
12. Brownie Batter
Brownie batter has been on the up-and-up ever since Dairy Queen released its oh-so-popular Brownie Batter Blizzard back in the early 2000s.
The flavor consists of generous chunks of brownie blended into a basic chocolate ice cream.
11. Vanilla Bean
Vanilla bean ice cream is distinct from other types of vanilla flavors due to its incorporation of real vanilla bean.
You’ll know it’s a real vanilla bean ice cream not just by the specks of black or brown spice worked into the ice cream but by the noticeably more intense vanilla flavor.
Yes, you can almost taste the campfire when you take a bite of s’mores ice cream.
All the essential ingredients — graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallow — are perfectly blended into vanilla or chocolate ice cream for the best of both worlds.
9. Chocolate Brownie
Brownies? Yum. Chocolate ice cream? Delicious!
Not to be confused with brownie batter ice cream, chocolate brownie-flavored ice cream is it’s own delicious flavor.
The ideal combination of tender, chewy brownie and smooth, chocolate ice cream is just as satisfying as it sounds.
One of the three classic ice cream flavors, strawberry ice cream is well-loved for its slightly tangy taste that chocolate and vanilla simply don’t offer.
It’s most often blended until smooth but can occasionally feature chunks of real strawberry.
7. Chocolate Chip
Chocolate chip ice cream is a well-loved classic that adds just a little something extra to its vanilla base.
Featuring just the right amount of crunch without any overpowering texture, it’s perfect as a dessert or blended into a smoothie.
Sharing a cone with a date? Chocolate ice cream is probably going to be your best bet.
While it doesn’t feature the same bells and whistles as other flavors on the list, plain chocolate is sweet enough all on its own.
5. Mint Chocolate Chip
Some say mint chocolate chip ice cream tastes like biting into frozen toothpaste — but we happen to love it, and others agree.
The combination of mint ice cream and sweet chocolate chips is unmatched — especially if you’ve found a spot that uses real mint leaves in their recipe.
4. French Vanilla
What’s the difference between vanilla bean and French vanilla, you ask? While vanilla is often named after the regions in which it’s grown and produced, that’s not the case with this popular ice cream flavor.
French vanilla is named as such because its ice cream base contains egg yolks, whereas vanilla bean or regular vanilla does not.
3. Cookie Dough
Cookie dough ice cream is one of the most perfect flavor and texture combinations out there — what’s not to love about chewy, tender chunks of cookie dough mixed with decadent vanilla ice cream?
And while eating “raw” cookie dough may seem unhealth, in this case, it’s totally safe. The cookie dough used in ice cream has been heat-treated and doesn’t contain any trace of raw egg.
We know some consider it boring, but almost nothing beats homemade vanilla ice cream.
After all, the sweet, lightly floral taste remains a tried-and-true classic for a reason.
1. Cookies and Cream
Cookies and cream, however, reigns supreme when it comes to ice cream flavors — and we’re not surprised.
The chocolatey, slightly creamy ice cream consists of pre-crumbled chocolate cookie wafers, vanilla ice cream and a creamy, dairy-based topping that offers just the right amount of crunch and sweetness.
Grab a spoon already!