Welcome to the Tillamook Mountain Huckleberry ice cream review. This stuff is different from any other ice cream you may have eaten. First off, it is creamy and smooth. Because the taste is so good I almost want to describe the texture as fluffy. I don’t know if that is really true. The product is mostly a white creamy ice cream with minimal patches of sweet mountain huckleberry. One thing you will notice about premium ice cream is the fillings are not overdone. If this was Walmart ice cream if would be stuffed to the gills with huckleberry flavoring. Instead, there are perfect swirls of huckleberry in every scoop.
What Does Huckleberry Ice Cream Taste Like?
This is not my everyday ice cream. But boy is it a nice way to take a break from the standard chocolatey flavors I am usually inclined towards buying. In general, Tillamook Ice Cream is known for being extra creamy and this flavor is no exception. Tillamook describes it best as a “creamy vanilla ice cream with a tart huckleberry swirl”.
Why Is Tillamook Ice Cream So Creamy?
Tillamook Ice Cream is so creamy because it is made with extra cream sourced from local Oregon dairies, using all natural ingredients.
Where Do Huckleberries Come From?
Western huckleberries are the variety that grows in the Pacific Northwest. They come in during April and May and thrive in acidic soil. Only a trained eye can make out the difference between a huckleberry and a blueberry at first glance. According to Garden Guides, huckleberries have 10 large seeds so they will crunch when bitten. So that is how you distinguish between a huckleberry and blueberry!
Tillamook Mountain Huckleberry Ice Cream Review
Now, to the important part. Huckleberries have a mostly sweet flavor with a little bit of tart edge. This makes it the perfect filling for a rich, creamy ice cream. This combination of flavors takes my taste buds on a journey. Tillamook always does a great job making sure the different ingredients complement each other well.
A serving size of this stuff is two thirds of a cup. It comes in around 210 calories. How does this compare to other flavors? Well, a serving of the Tillamook Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream flavor comes in at about 240 calories per serving.
Blue Bunny Premium Huckleberry Ice Cream
Huckleberry ice cream is a specialty item. A quick google search only brings up the Tillamook brand. If you dig deeper you will see that Blue Bunny also produces a huckleberry flavor. The problem is that Blue Bunny is not a national brand. So availability of huckleberry ice cream will be based on your geographic location.
Where Can I Buy Tillamook Huckleberry Ice Cream?
Tillamook Ice Cream is a Pacific NW thing. The brand is strongest in the West but it can be found all across the country. The Tillamook website has a “Find Tillamook Near You” feature that will help you track down your favorite ice cream flavor. I have purchased it at Safeway, QFC, Target, and Albertsons.
Do you plan to visit the Oregon Coast anytime soon? Then stop by the Tillamook Creamery and get a fresh scoop right from the source.
The Tillamook Ice Cream Size Controversy
I only have one complaint. Tillamook Ice Cream has recently changed the size of their containers. Of course this occurred without a reduction in the price. It was sort of a sneaky move, as the containers showed up one day looking suspiciously smaller. This is known as shrinkflation. The website states this was due to a increase in costs for the all natural ingredients such as the locally sourced berries. I do understand this aspect. The problem is that Tillamook Ice Cream is already on the expensive side. Check out the Reddit discussion below:
Deceptive Marketing Campaigns
In reality, the suit says more than two-thirds of the co-op’s milk comes from one massive farm in Eastern Oregon.” – Oregon Public Broadcasting
I love Tillamook dairy products so much that I feel bad going down this negative news rabbit hole. But did you know that the Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a class action lawsuit “accusing the association of tricking consumers into thinking their products are sourced from small, local dairies within Tillamook County”. I am not sure what I think on this issue.
Related: A Safeway Ice Cream Review
Boozy Huckleberry Ice Cream Float
Do you like hard seltzer and creamy ice cream? There is something special about the combination of alcohol and premium ice cream. You can even add in some Huckleberry jam for a little more flavor. Check this out!
Tillamook Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream?
Loyal Off Brand Guy readers. We are considering checking out the Tillamook Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream flavor for a future review. Does anyone have feedback? Or has anyone tried the Tillamook Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream sandwiches. This combination of waffle cookie with Tillamook Ice Cream is referred to as a Tillamookie! Let us know.