It's a strange tradition that I have every year during the holidays.  My oldest daughter and I wait for November to roll around, and then the race is on to find our favorite brand of eggnog (not going to say which it is).  The first to buy it and take the first drink of the holiday season has bragging rights for the next two months.

Like I said, it's strange, but it goes to show you how much we love our eggnog.  So, I was extremely excited to hear that Blue Bell (as of today, Nov. 22) is bringing Eggnog Ice Cream to stores throughout the area.

The flavor is a delicious eggnog flavored French ice cream with flecks of nutmeg and a whipped topping swirl.

“Many people compare eggnog to ice cream because of its creamy texture,” said Jimmy Lawhorn, vice president, sales and marketing for Blue Bell. “Our ice cream captures the flavor of eggnog perfectly. Your first spoonful is sweet, then you immediately taste a hint of nutmeg. Eggnog is a very popular drink during the Christmas season, but we think our new ice cream could very well take its place.”

I don't know about the ice cream taking the place of the drink, but I do know that I plan to have plenty of both on hand during the Christmas holidays. Eggnog Ice Cream is available in the half gallon size for a limited time.

Two additional holiday inspired flavors are also now available in stores, Christmas Cookies Ice Cream and Peppermint Ice Cream. Christmas Cookies combines chocolate chip, snickerdoodle and sugar cookies in a tasty sugar cookie ice cream with red sprinkles and a green icing swirl throughout. Peppermint is a cool, refreshing peppermint ice cream sprinkled with peppermint candy pieces. Both flavors are available in the half gallon size, but only while supplies last.

For more information about Blue Bell and for a complete list of flavors now available visit

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