July 20, 2010, - 12:08 pm

FUN VIDEO: Baskin-Robbins Retires Five Flavors

By Debbie Schlussel

One of my favorite American retailers is Baskin-Robbins.  Because of the high-calorie content of the product, I don’t patronize it much, but I love the company’s story. Founded by two Jewish Americans, brothers-in-law Burt Baskin and Irvine Robbins, the chain developed as a result of Burt Baskin’s’ service in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He made ice cream and developed different flavors for his fellow troops, who enjoyed them.  (Irv Robbins served in the U.S. Army during World War II.)  Today, the ice cream retail giant is all over the world including in Saudi Arabia, where they hate “evil Zionists” like Baskin and Robbins, but love Baskin-Robbins. Muslims would never be hypocrites, right?

Now B-R is retiring five flavors, including French Vanilla. Say it ain’t so. Sometimes the plain flavor with a tinge of high-class creamy richness tastes good. The other retirees: Caramel Praline Cheesecake, Campfire S’mores, Apple Pie a La Mode, and Superfudge Truffle. Mmm . . .


Baskin-Robbins Founders, Burt Baskin & Irvine “Irv” Robbins

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16 Responses

I miss black licorice…haven’t seen it in 45-years.

#1 Vato on July 20, 2010 at 12:38 pm

Oy, Debbie! You worry about calories in ice cream and slurp Slurpees? Do you know that there are fewer calories and the satiety rate is way higher in one scoop of the cream than in either a Slurpee loaded with GMHFCS or a big glass of OJ? You are putting yourself into insulin resistance big time and that is why you battle the pounds. Fruit juice is just plain concentrated sugar and I’m talking the real stuff not “Hi-C” type drinks.

MK: As I’ve noted in past posts, I rarely have a Slurpee b/c it’s high in sugar, although there are dietetic Slurpees (which taste horrid). I have a Slurpee 2-3 times a year. That won’t kill me. I barely consume any sugar and have a very healthy diet. Once in a while isn’t death. Where did I say I drink fruit juice? I don’t. DS

mk750 on July 20, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    Sorry about the Slurpee misunderstanding. What fruits do you eat? Are they low glycemic index? People assume that fruit is healthy, Not so much, actually. And fats that aren’t trans fats aren’t unhealthy.

    mk750 on July 20, 2010 at 2:00 pm

I wouldn’t have posted this one today when I’m fasting, but…I’ll be sorry to see French Vanilla go. Not the others. I really want to see Pistachio Almond Fudge again, but that’s not going to happen.

“Oy, Debbie! You worry about calories in ice cream and slurp Slurpees?”

If I can’t go buy a Slurpee, it isn’t civilization!

Solomon2 on July 20, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    Sol, see above, I was under the misimpression that Debbie puts away a fair number of Slurpees. I’ve apologized.
    You want great ice cream, make aliyah. How’s that for an inducement? We have one that is half pistachio and half hazelnut. Incredible, and the dark chocolate is amazing. I do miss a serious French Vanilla tho.

    I don’t object to a Slurpee in principle. It’s just a takeoff on Italian Iced drinks but all those chemicals and corn syrup?

    mk750 on July 20, 2010 at 2:06 pm

This would have been a marginal but really nice post, if you wouldn’t have abused it once again to verbally harass muslims.

Jamal on July 20, 2010 at 1:25 pm

Jamal’s opinion = unimportant. Jamal’s religion (sic) = insufferable. Jamal’s grammar = Atrocious!

Bodee on July 20, 2010 at 1:43 pm

Just great, now I’m craving ICE CREAM!

samurai on July 20, 2010 at 2:18 pm

Might I ask why, on a day you are fasting, as am I, you have to bring up Baskin-Robbins. It’s just cruel. You put up photos and everything.

Ilan on July 20, 2010 at 2:33 pm

Couldn’t you have waited until after Tisha B’Av to post this?

Have a meaningful fast, Ms. S.

chsw on July 20, 2010 at 2:47 pm

… and Kosher. One of my kids favorite spot.

Lex on July 20, 2010 at 6:27 pm

I don’t ice cream too often for health reasons. But when I do and go to Baskin-Robbins, my favorite is choclate chip ice cream. I would be upset if they were to ever retire that flavor. As it is, it is sad that French Vanilla is being retired, as that is also a good flavor.

JeffE on July 20, 2010 at 11:39 pm


The beginning of my post at 11:39 pm should read, “I don’t eat ice cream…”

JeffE on July 20, 2010 at 11:40 pm

Its been a while since I’ve been to Baskin Robbins but I certainly remember Chocolate Almond, and not being able to find it anywhere else.

Barry on July 21, 2010 at 9:02 am

As long as they don’t get rid of Rainbow Sherbet we’re all good. *grin*

V5 on July 22, 2010 at 8:58 am

When they retired my favorite “Here Come de Fudge” a part of me died. I wonder what old B&R favorites others miss?

dan on June 5, 2011 at 8:50 pm

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