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Ed Levine's 13 Favorite Frozen Desserts in America

I know it's just barely spring, but I'm already thinking about ice cream, gelato, sundaes, and other frozen desserts. Admit it, you've already had your first iced coffee of the season or started daydreaming about your favorite scoop shops to hit this summer. Here are some of my all-time favorite frozen treats from across America, from vanilla soft serve with maple-pecan-bacon streusel in Chicago to sundaes in Ohio. Chime in with any others I missed. More

Fair Food Roundup at the Orange County Fair in California

Some of the best guilty pleasures can be found at your local county or state fair. In a spectacular show of gustatory bravery, a couple of pals and I tackle the most daunting treats at the Orange County Fair in California. As the chocolate columnist, I stick to chocolate as much as I could—that's just a life choice, really—but these treats span the spectrum of sweet. More

Soft-Serve Poll: Vanilla, Chocolate, or Swirl?

It's a question you'll hopefully have to ask yourself many times over the course of the summer. You're at the soft-serverie and someone is ready to pull down on a nozzle, but which? Vanilla can be synonymous with boring, but sometimes it's all you want. Chocolate, on the other hand—a pretty bold move. And then, ah, the swirl. So, what's your pick? Take the poll! » More

Fast Food Dessert Battle: Wendy's Twisted Frosty vs. McFlurry vs. BK Sundae Shake

The big three fast food chains—McDonald's, Wendy's, and Burger King—are all offering some type of blended dessert. At McDonald's, of course it's the McFlurry, a soft-serve ice cream with toppings mixed in. Burger King has introduced the BK Sundae Shake, a choice of shake—chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry—with Oreo topping, whipped cream, and a dash of hot fudge. And not to be outdone, Wendy's is offering a Frosty Redux called the Twisted Frosty—a chocolate or vanilla Frosty base with toppings "twisted" in. Which is the sweetest? More

Dairy Queen's Blizzard Turns 25

When it comes to fast-food dairy desserts, I'll take a DQ Blizzard over a McDonald's McFlurry or a Wendy's Frosty any day of the week. And, if the Blizzard fan club is any sign of things, I'm not alone. This year the Blizzard celebrates its 25th birthday and as part of Blizzard Customer Appreciation Week (April 19 to 25) participating Dairy Queens are offering a buy one any-size Blizzard and get a second one for a quarter. Are you able to get your Blizzard fix where you live? What's your favorite flavor? More

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