Baskin-Robbins ice cream

From humble beginnings in Glendale, California, Baskin-Robbins has grown to become the largest chain of ice cream shops in the world.

The chain was born in 1945 when brothers-in-law Burt Baskin and Irv Robbins joined forces. Prior to teaming up, each one owned his own ice cream shop. Once they became partners, they concentrated on their idea to offer 31 flavors of delicious ice cream (one flavor for each day of the month) at a point in time when other ice cream shops were just offering two or three flavors.

Since then, Baskin-Robbins has experimented with more than 1,300 flavors — though they’re not all available at the same time.

While not all of the flavors at Baskin-Robbins are worth ordering, there is enough goodness in each location to leave you yearning for more. This is our definitive ranking of Baskin-Robbins’ most popular ice cream flavors, from worst to first.

15. Baskin-Robbins’ peppermint ice cream

Baskin-Robbins' peppermint ice cream

In theory, peppermint ice cream sounds like a refreshing treat that would make a hot summer’s day more bearable. Unfortunately, the reality is quite different.

The Baskin-Robbins’ Peppermint ice cream tastes like sweetened toothpaste. A few licks into your order, you’ll know what regret tastes like. To make matters worse, there are little chunks of peppermint candy intermixed within the ice cream. These chunks taste like that hard, crusty toothpaste that you spit into the sink if it accidentally gets into your mouth.

When you look at the original 31 flavors Baskin-Robbins had on offer, two of them contained peppermint — Peppermint Fudge Ribbon and Peppermint Stick. You’d think that with all their experience of mixing peppermint and ice cream, they’d be able to create something more edible… but it’s simply not the case.

If your child eats actual toothpaste, it may be necessary to contact Poison Control. While you and your children will survive eating this peppermint ice cream, that’s about all it has going for it.

14. Baskin-Robbins’ vanilla ice cream

Baskin-Robbins' vanilla ice cream

If you get up from your comfortable couch, trudge your way to your vehicle, fight traffic all the way to your local Baskin-Robbins, go face-to-face with the 31 flavors, and use those cute pink mini spoons to sample the options, are you really going to throw up the white flag in your decision-making process and order vanilla? Hopefully not, especially when their vanilla isn’t even that good.

Not all vanilla ice cream is underwhelming; there are vanilla bean and French vanilla flavors of ice cream you can find at your local grocery store that are actually worth buying. However, the vanilla at Baskin-Robbins is as bland as vanilla ice cream gets. If boredom and aloofness were distilled into a flavor of ice cream, this would be the result.

You’ve made the effort to get to this ice cream shop with a plethora of great flavors at your disposal, don’t punt your decision and settle for vanilla, or else you’ll be kicking yourself on your drive back home.

13. Baskin-Robbins’ egg nog ice cream

Baskin-Robbins' eggnog ice ream

If you wander into a Baskin-Robbins during the holiday season and see eggnog as an option, you may be tempted and give in to the notion that eggnog and the holidays go hand in hand. Don’t make that mistake. The egg nog ice cream at Baskin-Robbins is underwhelming. It doesn’t taste like you are imagining it will taste. In fact, it should just be called "nutmeg," because that’s the only flavor that stands out.

Even if you’re an eggnog fan, this Egg Nog ice cream won’t scratch your itch for the real thing. On your way home from Baskin-Robbins, you’ll probably have to drop into your local supermarket to get a carton of actual eggnog in order to get your fix.

Surprisingly, Egg Nog was one of the original flavors at Baskin-Robbins. They must sell enough during the holiday season in order to keep it around, but don’t let yourself fall victim. Be a Grinch and pick a better flavor of ice cream.

12. Baskin-Robbins’ chocolate chip ice cream

Baskin-Robbins' chocolate chip ice cream

The chocolate chip ice cream at Baskin-Robbins is a popular choice. You won’t be surprised to learn that it’s one of their five best-selling flavors. But the truth is that their chocolate chip ice cream is overrated. It’s basically just their vanilla ice cream but with small, underwhelming morsels of semi-sweet chocolate chips. The chips aren’t too flavorful, you don’t get a satisfying crunch, and the dominant feature remains the underlying vanilla ice cream.

For a child, sure, this is a fine choice. It’s a subtle introduction into the world of multi-flavored ice cream. If you’re ordering for a youngster, you can’t go wrong by picking it. But as an adult, you shouldn’t be ordering chocolate chip ice cream from Baskin-Robbins. It’s not as boring as the vanilla — but it’s close.

Instead of settling for mediocrity, spread your dessert wings and go for a flavor that will add a bit more excitement to your life.

11. Baskin-Robbins’ cotton candy ice cream

Baskin-Robbins' cotton candy ice cream

When you get a look at the cotton candy ice cream, you will see a happy mix of bluish purple and pink. You may think that there will be a medley of flavors at play if you order it. However, that’s simply not the case. The cotton candy ice cream at Baskin-Robbins is sweet — really sweet. You may like it after your first two or three spoonfuls, but eventually you will tire of the overbearing sweetness.

Unless you have a spectacular sweet tooth, you should probably stay away. Even if you do like really sweet ice cream, one scoop will do. Any more than that and it will become a chore to finish.

While real cotton candy is basically just sugar mixed with corn syrup, this cotton candy ice cream has a few more ingredients. But those ingredients don’t make it surpass the original. Stick with cotton candy you find at the fair rather than this frozen concoction at Baskin-Robbins.

10. Baskin-Robbins’ lemon custard ice cream

Baskin-Robbins' lemon custard ice cream

The lemon custard ice cream at Baskin-Robbins actually does a lot right. It has an authentic lemony flavor mixed with the creaminess you’d expect from a custard. As far as lemon ice cream is concerned, this is definitely well above average. If you like all things lemon, you’ll love this stuff.

There are two issues with lemon custard. First of all, it’s not a flavor that mixes well with anything else. It’s especially gross if mixed with chocolate — so keep that in mind if you’re getting multiple scoops of various flavors. Secondly, like the cotton candy ice cream, you will want to limit yourself to one scoop. Any more than one scoop and your taste buds will tire of the lemon flavor.

Lemon custard was actually one of the 31 original flavors. Two other original flavors featured lemon too: Lemon sherbet and lemon crisp. It’s safe to say Baskin-Robbins knows what they are doing with lemons, and you’ll enjoy lemon custard as long as you heed the caveats.

9. Baskin-Robbins’ Very Berry Strawberry

Baskin-Robbins' very berry strawberry

If you order the Very Berry Strawberry at Baskin-Robbins, you’ll be playing a game of ice cream roulette. Sometimes, if you’re lucky, your Very Berry Strawberry ice cream will be loaded with plenty of pieces of strawberries. If you get such a scoop, congratulations, you’ve hit the ice cream jackpot.

On the other side of the coin, there’s a chance that the scoop of Very Berry Strawberry ice cream you receive won’t have very many strawberry chunks in it at all. Instead of a celebration, you’ll be left with good, but not great, strawberry ice cream. Without the actual berries present, there isn’t anything that separates this Baskin-Robbins ice cream from every other generic strawberry ice cream on the market.

If you order this flavor, good luck on your gamble. If you want to improve your odds, your best bet is to make friends with your local Baskin-Robbins ice cream scooper. They may be able to accommodate.

8. Baskin-Robbins’ chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream

Baskin-Robbins' chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream

Baskin-Robbins has really good chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream. The combination of flavors and textures in each bite is lovely, and will remind you of those times you ate raw cookie dough even though you knew it was dangerous. In authentic raw cookie dough, not only can the eggs make you sick, but so can the flour. With this chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream, the only thing you need to worry about is getting too full if you overindulge yourself.

This ice cream flavor would be higher on the list except for the fact that there are so many cookie dough ice creams on the market that are as good or better. The ice cream industry has really taken this flavor to the next level in the last couple of decades, so the competition is fierce. If you are a cookie dough ice cream connoisseur, you may not be overjoyed by this offering from Baskin-Robbins, because while it’s really, really good, it’s not head and shoulders above the competition.

7. Baskin-Robbins’ chocolate ice cream

Baskin-Robbins' chocolate ice cream

Ordering chocolate ice cream at Baskin-Robbins doesn’t sound too adventurous, however it’s so good and chocolatey that it’s a completely understandable decision. This isn’t a situation like the vanilla ice cream where you’re better off picking up a carton at a corner store — the chocolate is as good as you’re going to find anywhere.

Baskin-Robbins describes their chocolate ice cream as creamy and rich — and that’s totally accurate. While the chocolate flavor is intense, it’s not overbearing, and you will thoroughly enjoy two (or three) scoops. If you like chocolate, you will shed a tear when you finish the last bite.

If you want something extra added, consider one of the many chocolate-based ice creams available at Baskin-Robbins. The best ones include German chocolate cake and chocolate almond. These two taste very similar to the regular chocolate, but with small, distinct differences and add-ins. World Class Chocolate ice cream is also extremely similar — with the only difference being a swirl of white chocolate added to the party.

6. Baskin-Robbins’ Oreo cookies ‘n cream ice cream

Baskin-Robbins' Oreo cookies 'n cream ice cream

Like the Chocolate Chip ice cream, Oreo Cookies ‘n Cream ice cream from Baskin-Robbins is a kid-friendly choice. It has a classic flavor that mixes their vanilla ice cream with a substantial amount of Oreo cookie crumbles added in. But unlike the chocolate chip flavor, this is one that adults can also fully enjoy and don’t have to feel guilty about ordering.

What makes this flavor stand out from similar ice creams on the market? The Oreo cookies, of course. You’ve tried knockoff Oreo cookies before and you know how no other cookie can quite copy the goodness of a true Oreo. Almost all other cookies ‘n cream ice creams you see for sale use those fake, knockoff Oreo cookies in their recipes and the result is usually okay… but not truly special. At Baskin-Robbins, you are tickling your taste buds with the real thing — not an imitation with subtle (yet unmistakable) shortcomings.

5. Baskin-Robbins’ rainbow sherbet

Baskin-Robbins' rainbow sherbet

If you can’t quite make up your mind at Baskin-Robbins, the Rainbow Sherbet ice cream is a safe choice. You will be met with varying flavors after each lick, depending on which color combination your tongue touched.

The original 31 flavors at Baskin-Robbins included raspberry, orange, pineapple, and lemon sherbet. Today, most of those flavors have combined to make rainbow sherbet. The pineapple and orange give the rainbow sherbet a tropical taste, while the raspberry adds the kick that makes it memorable.

While you can’t go wrong by ordering the rainbow sherbet, you might go wrong when it comes to pronouncing the second word. A lot of people misspell and mispronounce sherbet as sherbert — don’t let that be you. It can be pronounced "sher-but" or "shur-bit" — never "bert." Some people even pronounce it like "sorbet" and that’s even further from the correct way to say it because sorbet and sherbet aren’t the same thing. The good news is that the ice cream scooper will likely know what you’re talking about even if you butcher the rainbow sherbet pronunciation.

4. Baskin-Robbins’ Rocky Road ice cream

Baskin-Robbins' rocky road ice cream

While the chocolate ice cream at Baskin-Robbins can stand on its own two feet, their Rocky Road ice cream is undoubtedly the best chocolate experience they offer. Within the chocolate rests big chunks of almonds for a tasty crunch, and mini marshmallows for a burst of sweetness and added texture. Sometimes, Rocky Road ice cream you get elsewhere is more like Paved Road because it lacks substantial bits and pieces that force you to chew. That’s not the case at Baskin-Robbins, as the almonds and marshmallows are definite roadblocks your teeth will need to deal with before you can swallow.

While Rocky Road was one of the original 31 flavors, they aren’t the inventor of this flavor of ice cream. Supposedly, Rocky Road ice cream was created in 1929 by William Dreyer (co-founder of Dreyer’s) with the hope of bringing joy to the United States as it went through the Great Depression.

3. Baskin-Robbins’ Cherries Jubilee ice cream

Baskin-Robbins' cherries jubilee ice cream

The Cherries Jubilee ice cream is a lot like the Very Berry Strawberry — but better. You don’t have to worry about being shorted fruit-wise, because there are big cherry halves consistently mixed throughout this glorious concoction. And, yes, you get actual cherry halves, not flecks of cherries like you find in similar ice cream from competitors.

To further raise the bar, Baskin-Robbins adds the perfect amount of rum flavoring to Cherries Jubilee. It’s not enough rum to slow you down, but you can definitely taste it, and the flavor mixes perfectly with the cherry. However, if you’re ordering for a child, you might want to consider something a little safer and less hard-hitting.

Baskin-Robbins has been mixing cherries with alcohol-flavoring since the beginning. As part of their original 31 flavors, they had Burgundy Cherry. That one tasted like cherries mixed with a hint of red wine. While that sounds good, going from red wine to rum is an upgrade that everyone is pleased with.

2. Baskin-Robbins’ mint chocolate chip ice cream

Baskin-Robbins' mint chocolate chip ice cream

Mint chocolate chip ice cream is a polarizing flavor. Either you love it or you hate it — there is rarely any opinion between those two stances. If you’re in the camp that loves it, you owe it to yourself to head to Baskin-Robbins as soon as possible and order their mint chocolate chip ice cream. It’s legitimately the best of the best of this flavor of ice cream.

The perfection is a result of the mint. While it offers a cool, refreshing taste, it’s subtle enough to allow you to enjoy multiple scoops without the mint flavor becoming too much to handle. The chocolate chips don’t get in the way too much, but instead cheerfully play a supporting role.

While Baskin-Robbins has been serving ice cream with mint in it from the beginning, Marilyn Ricketts, a student in England participating in a contest to create an ice cream for a royal wedding, gets credit for inventing mint chocolate chip ice cream in 1973.

1. Baskin-Robbins’ Pralines ‘n Cream ice cream

Baskin-Robbins' pralines 'n cream ice cream

At Baskin-Robbins, one flavor of ice cream reigns supreme above the rest. It’s Pralines ‘n Cream ice cream, which can best be described as a heavenly dessert paradise that can be served with a scoop. The ice cream has extremely yummy pieces of pecans that are coated with praline to add sweetness, crunch, and flavor. But that’s not all, as Pralines ‘n Cream also has swirls of caramel running rampant throughout. Add it all together and you have the ultimate choice that you should pick the next time you’re at Baskin-Robbins if you want to taste ice cream at its best.

The world has taken notice, as Pralines ‘n Cream is now one of their top five selling ice creams. It was also announced by Baskin-Robbins that this ice cream was found to be one of the flavors that makes people the happiest. All it will take is one scoop and you too will have a big, praline-powered smile on your face.