Tanner Bros VS Bassett Ice Cream

A few weeks ago, I had an opportunity to make a taste comparison between to two  local and well known ice cream brands:

Bassett’s Ice Cream – America’s oldest ice cream company, five generations of the Bassett family have been serving ice cream to the greater Philadelphia area since 1861.  The store at the Reading Terminal Market has been in business since 1893.

Irish Coffee with Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Tanner Bros Dairy – A family run farm located in Bucks county, Pa. The Tanner family have been in the dairy business for over 100 years.

Vanilla Peanut Butter Ripple Ice Cream

Fresh Ice Cream

Tanner Bros Veggies

At Bassett’s in the Reading Terminal, I ordered a cup of Irish Cream Coffee ice cream with peanut butter sprinkled on top. The cup cost $7.25 and I savored the unique flavors while observing the comings and goings of people shopping at the Terminal Market.

At Tanner Bros, for roughly the same cost – $7.10 – I ordered a large cup of vanilla ice cream with peanut butter ripple AND purchased the vegetables pictured above. I wandered outside the store to gaze at the milk cows as I snacked on the sweet ice cream as it melted in the summer sun.

If you want the choice of a multitude of flavors while people watching in an urban farmer’s market – Bassett’s is the place for you. However, if you are after tasty home made ice cream and value for your money, I highly recommend a trip to Tanner Bros Dairy in Bucks County.

I’m not even going to discuss calorie counts with this project. It’s delicious ice cream – just go with it!


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