Superman (ice cream flavor)
Ice cream dish - superman flavor.jpg
Superman ice cream in a paper dish
TypeIce cream
Place of originMichigan

Superman Ice Cream is a three-flavor ice cream that usually appears in red, blue, and yellow. Although it originated in the Midwestern United States, particularly Michigan and Wisconsin, it can also be found in various ice cream parlors such as Baskin Robbin's or where Hershey's brand ice cream is being sold across the United States.

The tricolor combination is commonly believed to be named after Superman, the DC Comics superhero character, whose costume comprises those colors, however the flavor originated before the character was created and has never been officially licensed, so some producers sell the flavor under different brand names to avoid potential legal issues. The exact flavor mixture is not defined as well as the color scheme, and different brands often vary the flavor components used to make up the swirl.[1][2]

Many of the traditional versions call for Blue Moon, as the blue component of the swirl. Blue Moon has a hard-to-place flavor and, like the Superman flavor which often incorporates it, was created in the early 20th century. The Blue Moon flavor can also be found around the United States in ice cream parlors which serve Hershey's ice cream, as well as select grocery stores and gas stations.[2][3][4]

The combination is commonly believed to have originated in Detroit, Michigan, at Stroh's Ice Cream during the Prohibition Era, however this isn't known to be definitively true.[1][2]

List of common brand and flavor combinations

Superman ice cream in a cone
Superman ice cream in a cone
Producer Brand Name Blue Flavor Red Flavor Yellow Flavor
Dean Foods "Super Rainbow" Blue Moon Red Pop Vanilla
Stroh's Ice Cream "Super Rainbow" Blue Moon Red Pop (Strawberry) Lemon [1][5]
United Dairy Farmers "Super Moo" Blue Vanilla Cherry Vanilla [6]
Hudsonville Ice Cream "SuperScoop" Blue Moon Black Cherry Vanilla [7]
Meijer (Purple Cow) "Scooperman" Blue Moon Black Cherry Vanilla [8]
Cedar Crest Ice Cream "Superman"/"Super Madness" Blue Raspberry Cherry Vanilla [1][9]
Laura Secord Chocolates "Super Kid" Blueberry Strawberry Banana [10]
Kroger "Tie Dye Burst" Blue Moon Cherry Vanilla [11]
Perry's Ice Cream "Super Hero" Blue Raspberry Cherry Bubble Gum Lemon [12]
Well's Blue Bunny "Scooper Hero" Vanilla Vanilla Vanilla [13]
Hershey Creamery Company "Superman" Blue Moon Strawberry Banana [14]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Superman Ice Cream Is a Distinctly Midwestern Treat". Atlas Obscura. Retrieved 2020-10-23.
  2. ^ a b c "The Truly Michigan Flavor Of Superman Ice Cream". Awesome Mitten. 22 April 2021. Retrieved 2021-05-30.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ "The Midwestern Mystery of Blue Moon Ice Cream". Atlas Obscura. Retrieved 2021-05-30.
  4. ^ Schoenberg, Nara (31 Aug 2007). "BLUE MOON". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 2021-05-30.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ "Flavors". Stroh's in Wyandotte. 30 May 2021. Retrieved 2021-05-30.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ "Super Moo". UDF. Retrieved 2020-04-28.
  7. ^ "SUPERSCOOP". Hudsonville Ice Cream. 30 May 2021. Retrieved 2021-05-30.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ "Product Details - Purple Cow Scooperman Ice Cream". Meijer. Archived from the original on 30 May 2021. Retrieved 30 May 2021.
  9. ^ "Superman". Cedar Crest Ice Cream. Retrieved 2021-05-30.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ "Super Kid". Laura Secord Chocolates. Retrieved 2021-05-30.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ^ "Kroger Deluxe Tie Dye Burst Ice Cream". Kroger. Retrieved 2021-10-13.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  12. ^ "Super Hero". Perry's Ice Cream. 26 April 2011. Retrieved 2021-10-13.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  13. ^ "Scooper Hero". Wells Enterprises. Retrieved 2021-10-24.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  14. ^ "Superman". Hershey's Ice Cream. Retrieved 2021-10-24.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)