Teaberry ice cream tastes neither like tea nor berries. The teaberry has a minty, spicy flavor that some remember as an old-timey favorite, while others liken artificially-flavored versions to Bengay (a pain reliever made with lab-produced wintergreen oil). These crimson, pea-sized fruits grow off an evergreen plant native to New England, and Pennsylvanians love them in ice cream form.
Their shocking pink hue and medicinal flavor make for a polarizing treat, though the berries were once ubiquitous. In addition to occasional appearances in candies, cure-alls, teas, and wine, the D.L. Clark Company produced a teaberry gum that peaked in popularity during the 1960s. Although teaberry fever has subsided, Pennsylvania hasn't given up on the fragrant fruit. Harrisburg-based ice cream company Hershey's (no relation to the candy company) still sells a teaberry ice cream.
Teaberry ice cream is often a seasonal offering among smaller companies, as the berries ripen during mid-autumn. Keep an eye out for the Pepto-Bismol pink color at creameries throughout the Mid-Atlantic, but expect to find the bulk of the frozen teaberry confections in Pennsylvania.
I scream you scream, you know the drill. This summer's heat waves are sure to have you reaching for your favorite kind of ice cream. There are a plethora of flavors to suit every palate, from classic vanilla bean to inventive variants like Moose Tracks and Spumoni. However, there's one particular ice cream style that you've likely never tried, unless you come from a very specific part of the world.
The teaberry is an evergreen plant with bright red fruit (via Britannica). According to the USDA, the plant grows along the Atlantic coast, predominantly in the northeast states. You won't find it any further west than Minnesota, which helps to explain the flavor's relative obscurity. Pennsylvania is the only region where teaberry ice cream is made, but you can find the flavor in other products, just not by the same name.
The teaberry is also known as American wintergreen, per the USDA. If you've ever tried wintergreen gum before, you already have a sense of how teaberries taste. In fact, according to Atlas Obscura, teaberries were the base for D.L. Clark Company's gum. The brand achieved widespread popularity throughout the eastern states back in the 1960s, when it ran a series of commercials featuring Herb Alpert, a popular musician at the time who wrote them an original jingle (via oldtimecandy.com). While it has long since been overtaken by larger brands, you can still find Clark's Teaberry Gum in some classic candy shops.
When added to ice cream, teaberry imparts a brilliant pink hue. As described in the Morning Call, teaberry ice cream is quite similar in shade to strawberry ice cream, but the flavors could not be more different. The outlet reiterates that powerful wintergreen mint is the dominant flavor, but adds that the ice cream is distinctly sweet and a touch tart as well.
If this has you craving a taste of teaberry ice cream, we're sorry to say you won't find any outside of Pennsylvania. But don't let that stop you. You can order yourself some teaberry extract and add it to a batch of homemade ice cream.
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It's a late summer's day and you're sweltering, what better way to cool down than to get some ice cream Although there are many varieties, and the most popular ice cream flavor might surprise you, perhaps you want to enjoy a flavor you haven't tried before, such as one with a bright pink with a hue. If you happen to be in Pennsylvania, there's one ice cream flavor that might do the trick.
Teaberry ice cream is made from teaberry (Gaultheria procumbens) plants that are native to New England. According to New England Today, the plants are at their peak in mid-October, making this ice cream a seasonal and limited treat. Although its bubble-gum color makes you think it will be quite sweet, teaberry has a surprisingly spicy and minty flavor. Interestingly, Atlas Obscura reports that the plant was commonly used as a flavoring for chewing gum at the peak of its popularity in the 1960s, but more people called it \"American Wintergreen\" back then.
The popularity of teaberry might have waned through the years, but many Pennsylvanian ice cream shops are determined to make this almost-forgotten fruit and the delicious ice cream a prized specialty once again. Teaberry ice cream can be found at numerous smaller creameries in Pennsylvania (via Atlas Obscura). Still, there are also smaller limited-edition ice cream packs from brands such as Turkey Hill and Yuengling.
This novelty ice cream may be the source of a friendly argument, and with its unusual and intense flavor, it's something that people can certainly bicker about. Some will love it and some will despise it but we doubt there are those that can take it or leave it.
According to Wisegeek, teaberry is a source of wintergreen essential oil, which has a distinctively sharp aroma and has been used for scenting incense and candles in the past. So, naturally, some people compare its flavor with Bengay, a pain reliever containing artificially-made wintergreen oil. With that comparison, it does make teaberry seem like a tough flavor to swallow, but it can't be worse than Kraft's mac-and-cheese-flavored ice cream.
My parents used to make teaberry ice cream every summer. We used teaberry candies , they are small and red (pink when they melt) and about the size of small B-B's. I would love to make this again, but cannot find the candies anywhere. Dad used to buy them outside Harrisburg, PA, near Newport, PA...so instead of an actual recipe, I need an ingredient! Please, any help with this will be so much appreciated! Thanks, tish
hiive tried this three times now and i hope this gets to you this time. i am looking for a teaberry ice cream recipe. we used to get it every august when we would go to the marysville carnival. i sure do miss it. can you please share yours with methank you
It's a family secret, I really shouldn't.....just kidding! I live in Ga now, but I was passing thru Marysville in May on the way to visit Newport, Pa. This recipe probably came from there someplace, could be the one you were eating Someone there in Newport or maybe Sunbury gave it to my mom in the 1960's. When I finally got teaberries again, I cut the ingredients in half and used my Cuisinart ice cream maker. My folks used to double the ingredients for our old ice cream freezer. Happy eating! tish
Combine cornstarch, sugar & eggs - mix well. Heat canned milk until it begins to steam, remove from flame and pour over sugar slowly. Stir constantly. Add 1 qt milk. (now you can add a teaspoon of plain gelatin per quart, says it keeps it smooth - but we never did this). Put in ice cream freezer.
OK, recipe does not say to add the teaberries! A couple hours before getting the rest of the icecream mixture ready, My mom would measure the candies (little be-be size) in a measuring cup large enough to add some of the milk and let it sit, stirring occasionally until they mostly melted. She would pour this flavored liquid thru a sieve and into the pot last, after she had added the milk, just before it went into the the freezer cylinder. The teaberries never melted completely, there is a small white center left that tastes chalky, that is why it is seived, don't want that in your ice cream.
It is still my favorite flavor ice cream and I enjoy making it now and then. Now that I don't use a regular ice cream freezer, that rock salt flavor doesn't seep into the ice cream, sometimes when I put the icecream in my dish, I sprinkle just a little salt, it's a memory, ha.
I stumbled upon this page trying to find a place to purchase elderberries.My husbands grandmother used to make elderberry pies in Ohio and my husband hasn't had one in years...I found a place that sells elderberries and teaberries didn't know that an actual teaberry existed. All I ever had growing up in Sunbury PA. was teaberry ice cream and of course those little candies. How I miss that teaberry ice cream. Now I've got to find those little candies and make some.
Recently I was a visitor at Moosehead Lake in Maine where the hostess gave me, from her shrub, a teaberry leaf to taste. It tasted just like the old-fashioned teaberry gum. I've never had teaberry ice cream, but found the experience interesting. Live and learn,eh
If you've ever had teaberry icecream....and years later you get to taste it again....it tastes even better than you remember. Icecream is really good from the old ice churn freezers, but with the new small cuisinart kinds, it's quick and easy and you can have this special ice cream in no time.
I thought maybe those candies were just local to Pa, cause when we couldn't get them, we were told the factory that made them had a fire. They couldn't be found anywhere, so we thought maybe no one else made them. I was so happy when someone found them again! 59ce067264