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Blue Bell ice cream at Outback Steakhouse

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In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day. Ice cream is a fun food that is enjoyed by a majority of the nation's population. In 2014, National Ice Cream Day will be Sunday, July 20.

Although there are many excellent ice cream shops and brands in St. Louis, it is very difficult to find one of the very best - Blue Bell. Blue Bell is the number-three selling branded ice cream in the U.S. – despite the fact that it is only sold in parts of 20 states. What makes Blue Bell so good? According to the product’s website:

“As you’d expect, we use the finest milk, cream, sugar and other ingredients money can buy. Then, we mix in our secret homemade recipe. We top it off with the special skills and knowledge we’ve developed over years. And, we never skimp on quantity. Blue Bell Ice Cream is still a true half gallon. Our half gallon cartons contain two quarts of ice cream, nothing less.”

Blue Bell has come up with a new flavor appropriate for the month of July:

“The newest flavor from Blue Bell is the perfect addition to any backyard barbecue or family gathering. Celebrate all your get-togethers with the refreshing and flavorful new Red, White & Blue Bell® Ice Cream. We proudly make Blue Bell Ice Cream the old-fashioned, traditional way, so it tastes just like it was hand-cranked.”

Even Blue Bell’s Vanilla flavored ice cream gets rave reviews. Here’s one from The Ice Cream Informant:

“As an ice cream traditionalist, I’ve grown to appreciate simplicity in ice cream and Blue Bell’s Homemade Vanilla embodies this. Even though the flavors aren’t overly complicated, the subtle sweetness released as the ice cream melts down can certainly compete with its super premium counterparts. I thought I’d quickly grow tired of the monotony, but I continuously found myself going back for another bite. Although I wasn’t able to give this an A without the assistance of any mix-ins, Blue Bell’s Homemade Vanilla had no problem holding its own.”

So where can you go to find this great tasting ice cream? Outback Steakhouse serves it in its three St. Louis locations, as well as its St. Charles and O’Fallon locations. According to Outback’s website:

“Every Mini Milkshake is made to order with hand-scooped Blue Bell® Homemade Ice Cream and topped with house-made whipped cream. Choose your individual flavor: Strawberry, Vanilla, OREO®, Chocolate or our latest addition, Peanut Butter Cup.”

If you want to receive a FREE Blue Bell Ice Cream treat just visit Outback Steakhouse on your birthday. According to Jake Larose, manager of the St. Charles restaurant, customers can receive a “Spotted Dog” for their birthday at no cost. This treat is vanilla ice cream covered in chocolate sauce, Oreo cookies and whipped cream.

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