Limitless and Free with Bruno

By: Dinko Cirkic

We are proud to have another great chef join us here on Cheap Eat$ for College Peeps. Chef Bruno Mondello, from Chicago, who has been involved with food since he was a child. Bruno is a proud Italian-American who knows his culture’s dishes like the back of his hand, but his skills don’t just rest there Bruno knows a thing or two about your culture’s cuisines as well.

Dinko: Bruno, where did the love of food resonate for you?

Bruno: My love of food began as a child growing up with authentic Italian cooking since my father immigrated to America. He prepared the cuisine that he grew up on and his passion for cooking was infectious.

D: Tell us a little bit about your schooling and professional background?

B: I have attended the Illinois Institute of Art and completed half of my culinary degree prior to transferring to Kendall College, which I will graduate in Jan 2011. I have worked in the food and beverage industry, mostly as a bartender, for nearly 18 years prior to changing focus to follow my passion in culinary. I have worked at JEM Café as Nighttime Head Chef prior to arriving at Whole Foods Market, which I have helped out in bakery, prep foods, seafood, and worked in both customer service and the meat department.

Chef Bruno at a Fundraiser

D: What is your specialty in the culinary arts?

B: My culinary specialty is International cuisine. I believe there are incredible dishes in every culture and I pride myself on being able to cook a wide range from Indian, Moroccan, French, Regional Italian, Sicilian, German, Asian (Korean, Japanese, Thai, Chinese – Mandarin, Cantonese, Szechwan, American contemporary, Cajun, Latin American – Puerto Rican, Regional Mexican, Cuban, Jamaican, Argentinean, Brazilian, Greek, Mediterranean, etc.)  to name a few. I also work in baking and pastry, and garde manger.

D: What is your favorite cuisine? What other cultural culinary cuisines are you fond of and would like to master?

B: My favorite cuisine is Moroccan and Mediterranean. I would like to learn more about and master Middle Eastern cuisine.

 

Bruno's Wicker Park Potbelly

 

D: What is your role at Potbelly‘s? Our blog is centered on “Cheap Eats for College Peeps” are there any great deals at Potbelly’s that you would recommend?

B: I am completing my internship at Potbelly in their management-training program while working at Whole Foods. Potbelly does have affordable eats our food is very high quality and priced reasonable with our regular sandwiches priced at $4.50, Big’s sandwiches which at 30% larger and more of what you love priced at $5.50, hand dipped shakes and smoothies made with real frozen yogurt or ice cream at $2.69.

D: What’s your favorite cheap eats place in Chicago?

B: One of my favorite cheap eats in Chicago is the Taco and Burrito House, 3939 N. Broadway in Lakeview. I have been going there since the 80’s for inexpensive Mexican food that is incredible and worth the visit.

D: What is one meal you would recommend a student being able to cook up under $20?

B: For an inexpensive tasty meal I recommend is Spaghetti Carbonara (Poor Man’s Spaghetti).

Spaghetti Carbonara

2-3 cloves of garlic (minced)

½ box to a box of spaghetti or angel hair pasta

2-3 Tbs. Butter

2-3 strips of Bacon

Dash fresh ground Pepper

¼ cup of Fresh Grated Cheese (Parmesan, Romano, Asiago)

Cook the bacon until crispy and set on paper towels to drain and set aside.  Bring to boil, lightly salted water in a pot and add pasta when boiling point is reached.  Cook pasta until al dente and strain in a colander, reserve a Tbs. of pasta water. In another pot sauté the minced garlic in butter until a light brown then add the pasta, more butter, bacon crumbled up in pieces, grated cheese, and then black pepper.  Stir continuously while on low heat for a couple minutes, until all the flavors are incorporated.  You may add any combination of the cheeses mentioned above.  A variation on the recipe would be to add peas at the end, frozen peas are perfect, approx. ¼ cup.

 

Spaghetti Carbonara

D: Do you prefer catering over being a house chef?

B: I enjoy catering events up to 75 people, being a personal chef, and of course restaurant cooking. Basically as long as I am cooking I am happy, food is the international language and a symbol of hospitality/culture.  I share the same passion of my father and enjoy sharing my gift with people and making them happy.

D: I noticed you were a member of the American Culinary Federation and the National Restaurant Association. What are some special perks associated with those fine groups?

B: The American Culinary Federation (AFC) s responsible for the prestigious culinary accreditation such as master chef, certified executive chef etc.  The AFC and National Restaurant Association (NRA) have both provided opportunities to network within the industry and stay on top of trends.

D: Thank you Bruno.

B: It was my pleasure. Peace and Dishes.

There you have it Cheap Eat$ Peeps another great Chicago chef taking time out of his busy schedule to talk food. I hope you enjoyed my conversation with Mr. Mondello. So, to recap, this man can do it all. I hope you guys take a look at that recipe and make it your own at home. Next time I’ll as Bruno to hook us up with some crazy alcohol concoctions. Well, like always leave some love for us here at Cheap Eat$ for College Peeps you know we love hearing from you guys and like Bruno said, “Peace and Dishes.”

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Ashley Greene’s Holidays with a Twist

By: Nicole Kucharski

Out with the old and in with the new, is this holiday season’s motto. Ashley Greene, originally from Alabama, has been living in Chicago for the past few years working her way up the corporate ladder. However, her career isn’t what makes Ashley a perfect fit for my holiday blog. Instead, it’s Ashley’s ability to give traditional holiday ea$ some funtastic twists. From her holiday mac n’ cheese, to her Winter Wonderland Jello, Ashley enjoys incorporating her foodie skills with her favorite season: Christmas.

Nikki:What are some past holiday foods that you have put an ‘Ashley twist’ on?

Ashley: Well, you know the feast of seven fishes? Yea, well last Christmas I chose to make my own feast of seven pastas. The pastas weren’t necessarily anything fancy. Two of the pastas were even simple boxed mac and cheese and canned ravioli. Also, for some friends who don’t eat meat of Christmas eve, it was the perfect meat-less alternative.

How would you make your mac 'n cheese more...Christmassy?

Nikki: That’s neat. Other then on Christmas Eve, have you taken everyday meals and made them more holiday-ish?

Ashley: Of course! That’s my favorite part about Christmas. I have a reason to take normal meals and give them a holiday twist without looking like a loony. My specialty is desserts, so let me start with that. Two years ago I came up with this idea to make a Winter Wonderland Jello. The jello is usually blue and before refrigerating I put little edible pieces, like snowmen or christmas trees, inside so it looks like they are living in a big jello globe. Last year I took the idea of a christmas tree and made it edible. I did this by making holiday cookie ornaments and using them as decorations for my smaller Christmas tree.

Homemade cookie ornaments are fun and easy to make.

Nikki: You mentioned your holiday twists on dessert, but have you attempted to put a holiday twist on breakfast or dinner meals?

Ashley: I have. One time, as a joke to one of my hispanic friends, I had taken a Santa figurine and positioned him on a plate so that it looked like he was pulling a bag of presents with him. The “bag” was actually a wrapped up tortilla stuffed like a regular burrito. We both got a good laugh out of it. Another simple idea is to take food coloring and make green and red tortilla chips. The chips are safe to eat and look eye-catching.

Red tortilla chips are easy to find in hispanic supermarkets/grocery stores.

Nikki: Okay, now I have to ask where do you get these inspirations from and how do you find the time to create so many holiday inspirred eats?

ASHLEY: Well first of all I went to culinary school and even though I never did anything with that I always had a passion for food. My godmother who I am very close with is an amazing chef so her love for food kinda rubbed off on me. All of my ideas come randomly. Like the jello idea came to me one day when I was thinking about snow globes and how I always loved them as a kid. And it’s amazing how many everyday food items can be used to give meals a holiday twist. Simple powder sugar can give that snowy effect. M & M’s can be used as buttons or rudolph’s nose. I think that since I’m detail oriented it’s easy for me to notice little things like that and then be able to put them to good use.

What would Rudolph do without his red M&M nose?

Nikki: Tell me a little more about how everyday food items can be used to make holiday food decorations.

Ashley: Let me think…the obvious one is frosting. You can turn anything into a frosty wonderland with some colored frosting. Coconut bits can be used as fur or santa’s beard. A simple bun cake can suddenly become a christmas reef. Chopped green onion or peppers with chopped tomatoes can add a holiday touch to any mac ‘n cheese. I even do simple little things like stick a candy cane in a hot chocolate or martini to make it a christmas drink.

Nothing like a hot chocolate topped off with some holiday cheer...peppermint!

Nikki: Alright, final question: What is your favorite christmas eat$ recipe if you had to choose.

Ashley: Does this have to be a traditional christmas dish or something that I’ve made in the past?

Nikki: Either or.

Ashley: Okay, well then I’d have to say that one of my favorites is my very own christmas cinnabon. It tastes like a regular cinnabon but i decorate it with green and red icing as well as sugar snowflakes, which you can buy at a grocery store. I already said I love dessert, so any dessert I can put a holiday twist on is definitely a winner in my book.

Sugar snowflakes are a simple and sweet decoration for any holiday treat.

Nikki: Thank you Ashley for taking the time to talk to me about your holiday ideas. They were all so wonderful!

Ashley: No problem, ask me again next year and I’m sure I’ll have more ideas up my sleeve.

There you have it Cheap Eater$, advice from a seasoned holiday chef. Ashley is a smart cookie when it comes to holiday spins on desserts and I thank her for sharing some of her unique ways of putting a little Christmas cheer into everyday meals. I hope you try some of these holiday food tricks for yourselves. As always, let us know what worked for you and what did not.

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The Healthy College Cookbook

Check out “The Healthy College Cookbook,” by Alexsandra Nimetz, Jason Stanley, Emeline Starr, and Rachel Holcomb.

Cheap Eat$ Peeps- whether you love cooking, hate cooking, or have never tried cooking something besides a grilled cheese, this cookbook has amazing recipes and will help you save a lot of money! Three college students in Massachusetts wrote two editions of “The Healthy College Cookbook.” The purpose of the book is to give college students healthy meals on a tight budget with a busy schedule, and no cooking experience.

I came across “The Healthy College Cookbook,” on Amazon.com. First, I looked at the price: $9.37 with $3.99 shipping. That’s not bad, and it definitely costs less than your average TV show or celebrity cookbooks. Not to mention they expect you to know how to flambé or puree something right off the bat, or chop something up with the food processor you probably don’t own. Yes, these types of books work for people who have settled down in life, but not for us college peeps. Since we are constantly on the run, we don’t have much time to think about healthy eating. Instead, we get the cheapest and quickest thing we can find on-the-go. That’s when “The Healthy College Cookbook” comes in.

After reading the book. I felt my life transforming from college junk food bum to healthy and happy college undergrad. Now, I wanted to see how this book worked for other college students. So I let two of my friends use the cookbook separately for a week each. Each friend of mine has different characteristics so I was interested to see how this all would turn out. Melissa does not like to cook at all, and she likes simple recipes when she has to. Most of the time I give her crap because she’s always cooking frozen food, which isn’t very healthy or satisfying compared to a home cooked meal. Jason doesn’t mind cooking, but often finds himself cooking the same thing over and over…. Pasta and chicken, pasta and sauce, ramen noodles…you get my point.

After two weeks, I asked each one of them about how they felt after using the cookbook. Both seemed to agree on quite a lot of things.  Melissa told me that the intro was the most helpful for her because it was very easy to understand. “For someone that hates to cook or just sucks, like me, this was really convenient. It helped me get everything I need. One thing I liked a lot was the cooking terms section, because half the time I have no idea what some of the terms mean when trying to read other standard cookbooks.” The Intro contains all of these sections in very easy to read language, and has an easy and clean visual appeal. It includes, cookware and cupboard essentials, “filling the fridge,” cooking terms, herbs and spices and the foods they compliment, healthy substitutions, helpful hints including shopping tips to saving costs, reheating, handling meats, and cleaning up. They even have helpful conversions like how many ml are in a teaspoon.

Jason said that he could see how the intro would be helpful to a lot of college kids, since it gives so much detail in regards to setting up your first kitchen at a college dorm and/or apartment.  He said, “My favorite part about this book is how it’s organized. First off the recipes were really cheap and didn’t require a bunch of ingredients. The money aspect is important to me of course, because I like to save money for beer and going out. The recipes were very easy too, and I liked that it wasn’t obvious and traditional food. They had some real good stuff in their like Peanut Butter Oatmeal and Spicy Edamame Snack.”

The book features 11 sections of recipes including: Champions Breakfast, Appetizers and Snacks, Soups and Salad, Vegetarian Meals, Pasta, Seafood Chicken Dishes, Meat lovers, Side Dishes and Sauces, Bread and Muffins, and Dessert.

Personally, I agree with Jason about the organizational aspect of the cookbook because it provides easy-to-follow instructions from cooking, kitchenware, to living health. The book even provides a symbol map with one to four symbols that appear on each recipe. These symbols are: Vegetarian, Vegan, Super Quick, and Dorm Room Favorite. This made it so easy to flip through and decide one, what sounded good and two, if it was fast enough for what I needed. I am also a big health freak, so the fact that all of these recipes were on the healthier side made it even better! My favorite recipe was the Slow Cooked Chicken Fiesta. It was so good that it tasted as if a restaurant made it. It had tons of healthy veggies and all I had to do was mix them up and throw it in a slow cooker. Delicious!

Cheap eater$, I definitely recommend this cookbook. Not only is it cheap, but also saves you time and a heavy tummy (from constant junk food binges). Let this book be an inspiration to you, whether it is in life or as a book that inspires you to write you very own cookbook!

 

By: Steph

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A Cheap Eat$ look @ X-Mas Eve

By: Nicole Kucharski

The best christmas tree...is one that you can eat

Depending on one’s religious and cultural background, every family has their own food traditions on Christmas Eve. I remember last year sitting with my family eating traditional polish eats (no meat!) which included red bet soup with cabbage and mushroom filled dumplings, vegetable salad, fish in jello, pierogi, and others. Now that I have shared a little bit about my Christmas Eve dinner, let’s take a look at how different Chicago peeps spend their traditional Christmas Eve, as well as, how some have tweaked tradition.

Roman Catholic families, such as mine, abstain from meats on holy days such as Christmas Eve. The tradition of abstaining from meat usually acts as a penitence for past sins , however, it’s likely that other reasons for this traditions exist. Maria says, “Every year my family and I sit down and indulge in assorted pastas, veggie salads, and different types of fish. A few times, my aunt hosted the “Feast of Seven Fishes” which consists of seven types of fish from cod to salmon.” The importance of the number seven stems from Roman Catholicism. “The reason for the number seven is due to its religious importance. Seven stands for the seven days of creation and seven days of sacraments of the Catholic Church,” states Maria.

Polish red "barszcz" with "uszka" a.k.a. little ears or dumplings

Agnes Koscielniak comes from a Polish family, just as I do, and every she and her family sit down and eat a 12-dish Christmas Eve supper. “The number twelve stands for the twelve apostles,” says Agnes. “The Christmas Eve menu usually includes fish, such as carp, stuffed cabbage, borscht, and little cabbage dumplings. For dessert we usually serve makowiec, a poppy seed pastry, and piernik, a honey and spice flavored cake.” However, before her family can sit down and eat, they must first perform a ritual. “The breaking of the ‘oplatek’,”explains Agnes, “allows for each person to go up to someone else and tell them what they are thankful for and what nice things they wish you.” F.y.i. cheap eater$, oplatek is an unleavened wafer that is thin and fragile in nature, and usually imprinted with some sort of religious image.

"Menudo" a traditional Mexican stew

Dan Ramirez of Chicago, enjoys a traditional Mexican Christmas Eve supper each year. “We always have tamales and menudo, a type of soup with meat and hominy (a type of corn). We also have punch, one spiked and the other without alcohol for the kids. For dessert we usually have bunuelos, which look like small doughnuts, and champurrado, a special hot chocolate,” says Dan. “The only thing that might not be very ‘traditional’ about our Christmas Eve,” says Dan,  “is that we don’t wait until midnight to eat supper. We usually eat a little earlier, like around 9pm.”

"Champurrado" a sweet mexican hot chocolate

Each family, big or small, has a dish they call familiar or special each Christmas Eve. For students who can’t spend Christmas Eve with their families, this is the time to make your own food traditions. From Christmas cookie trading, to perhaps your very own “Feast of the Seven Pastas,” the possibilities to make your Christmas Eve unique are endless.

Take Ashley's idea and make your own holiday cupcakes

Ashley Greene from Alabama, doesn’t always get to spend Christmas Eve with her family, so she started a new tradition with friends. “During my five years in Chicago, two of the times I was unable to spend Christmas Eve with my family so I made my own ‘Xmas Eve Din Din’ with friends and colleagues. While I try to accommodate some traditional food pieces, I had a few new ideas of my own,” admits Ashley. Ashley makes Christmas cupcakes for dessert because as she says, “it fits into my budget and time availability.” “For the entree I don’t only stick to cheapie food, but do incorporate a sort of student twist to traditional pasta entrees. Like for example, I make canned ravioli and mac&cheese as two of my pasta dishes. Also, the two times that I hosted Christmas Eve at my apartment, I made it a sort of potluck event, since everyone who came by brought something of their own,” says Ashley.

Whether it’s old or new, traditions can begin at anytime. So, Cheap Eater$, whether you will be spending this Christmas Eve with family or friends, one thing to remember is that no matter the food or company, the special time you spend this holiday will be one to always cherish and remember.

Maria, Agnes, Dan, and Ashley have their special themes maybe a fun theme might be just the thing for you and your family and friends.  Please, if you have any meal suggestions post them in our comment box. We appreciate all the love.


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French Toast Ala You!

By: Dinko Cirkic

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and it’s the one that you can afford to stock up on sugar because you’ll eventually burn it off throughout the day. Too much sugar in your diet is never a good thing, but if consumed earlier in the day it will be worked off walking to class, work, or even before the gym. If you’re a regular Cheap Eat$ reader than you know I love breakfast, French toast, and pancakes. So, I thought today I’d give you guys a fun recipe to try out in your very own kitchen. French toast is my favorite and it’s not difficult to make so here goes nothing Cheap Peeps.

First: Ingredients

  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup, warmed in microwave for 20 seconds
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 1/2-inch country loaf, brioche or challah bread
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • Powdered sugar to top it off

Second: Directions

In a medium size bowl mix and whisk together the half-and-half, eggs, honey, and salt. It can be done the night before if pressed for time that following morning. When you ready to get going and cook, pour the custard into a pan and set it aside because we’ll be getting to it soon.

Preheat the oven to 375 Degrees F. Dip the brioche or challah bread (which ever one you got) into the custard and let it soak for 30 seconds on both sides. Then move it to a rack so it’s suspended and being cooled. Do this to let air hit it and let any sogginess get out.

French Toast W/ a tad Powdered Sugar

Last phase is to melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a big enough pan over medium-low heat (do this with the other set of slices too). Cook the slices in 2’s until golden brown (2-3 min per side). When those 2 slices are done place them in the oven to keep warm until the whole meal is complete. Finish, the recipe with the rest of your slices. You have 8 1/2-inches of bread and an inch for every slice should be your goal because you want to have a fluffy slice. Once finished add that powdered sugar some more maple syrup and enjoy.

Add some fruit to give you French Toast some extra Pazzaz

The ingredients to complete all this should come up around $15. The cooking time should take around 20 minutes because it is fairly easy. I hope you guys enjoy this recipe and try it out. Leave some “comment love” if you found this recipe helpful or if you have a better way of cooking some FT.

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Season of Gift Giving

By Nikki: Kucharski

Black Friday: The most stressful shopping day of the year

With Black Friday being only a week and a half away, and Christmas being a mere month and a half away, the reality of Christmas shopping is slowly setting in. We here at Cheap Eat$ for College Peeps love our cheap eater$ so much that we have compiled a short, but sweet preview of some fun food-related gifts your friends and loved ones will surely get a merry kick out of.

Fondue set: It is the perfect romantic foodie gift for cheap eat$ lovers. What girl doesn’t love chocolate, fruit and a romantic evening with her special someone on a chilly wintry night? A Fondue set is a perfect gift for cheap eater$ to let loose and enjoy some homemade dessert.

Love at first sight: When chocolate meets strawberry

The 2-in-1 kitchen tool: Need to save space in your not-so-spacious kitchen? Why not get a kitchen appliance that does two things at once? This is the perfect breakfast duo by far.
Customized M&M’s: What better then sweet chocolate candies that melt in your mouth? Sweet chocolate candies with your face on it! Now it doesn’t necessarily have to be your face, but either way it’s a neat idea for any candy-lover.

M&M-ify yourself

Cooking classes: Many places in Chicago offer cooking demonstrations and hands-on classes. One place, The Wooden Spoon, is constantly changing their classes around offering something exciting and new every month. This is a great place to take your friends and/or loved ones to make some kitchen magic together!
Margarita maker: Who doesn’t love to relax at home with a couple of close friends? A margarita maker seems like the perfect game night/girls night/happy hour power hour companion.

It’s 5 o’clock somewhere…

Girly kitchen sets: We all know guys love their power tools, but what about our lady cheap eater$?  Put a little spice your woman’s kitchen by buying her the ultimate kitchen tools…..with a touch of princess pink!
Your brand beer: Who doesn’t love their name plastered all over brand name products? Considering our self-centered nature, personalized gifts are always a win. Plus, who wouldn’t get a kick out of personalized beer labels: Mrs. Cheap Eat$ beer anyone?

“Hand over a bottle of Choppy’s why don’t cha?”

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I Scream for Ice Cream 2.0

By: Dinko Cirkic

I always make it a point to have dessert when I eat out. Whether I’ve stuffed my face with three cheeseburgers, fries, pop, and some nachos I always have just enough room for dessert. If you were at an Italian restaurant you might have gelato, if at a Greek restaurant baklava is a sweet dish to follow your meal, or maybe you go to a vegan joint and after your tofu you have a nice vegan gluten free carrot cake. No matter where you might enjoy a brunch, mid afternoon snack, or dinner something sweet is always welcome right after.

My personal favorite is ice cream. I find ice cream or gelato to be wonderful and sweet treats. Now I know you might want the whole restaurant experience, but sometimes the desserts are not worth the price. However, I have a suggestion for you instead of getting dessert at the original place of dining go and pick up a pint of ice cream and enjoy it on the walk home, in the park, or even with a friend. The waiter might tell you one thing about that chocolate cake that you’ve been eyeing on the menu since you stepped foot in the place, but it might end up being smaller than expected or an unoriginal slab piece masqueraded as a delicatessen.

I’ve decided that my job for today is to review some great ice cream for my cheap eaters. I posted a review of three gelatos a month ago and would suggest you glancing at them for recommendation because I enjoyed all three. Nevertheless, this time ‘I scream, You scream, We all scream for ice cream’ has gotten a little bit more ambitious. So here are the nominees for best natural ice cream the second time around.

1. Bubbies Ice Cream and Desserts Hawaii
Premium Mochi Ice Cream $8.99

Bubbies Ice Cream

Ingredients: Cream, sucrose, skim milk powder, corn syrup solids, strawberries (6%), rich flour (5%), egg whites (1%), mono and diglycerides, locust beam gum, guar gum, natural flavour, carrageenan, natural colour, (with 11.5% milk fat)

Bubbies Ice Cream and Dessert Hawaii is the best ice cream mochid dessert ever. It comes in a variety of flavors. For this experiment I went with strawberry and I was not disappointed. Bubbies is super soft, has a great mochi texture, and sweet. Now, I know 8.99 might be a little too hefty of a price for a lot of college peeps, but out of all the choices this one is worth the price. It comes in a cool box packaging 8 beautiful round joys. Cheap Eat$ Peeps may find this amazing ice cream in grocery stores. I picked up my box at Whole Foods Market. I rate this ice cream 10/10.

2. Nice Cream Chicago “Small Batch Handcrafted Ice Cream’” Blueberry Pie $8.99

Nice Cream

Ingredients: Organic cream, organic evaporated cane sugar, vanilla beans, blueberry pie (blueberries, sugar, corn starch, lemon juice, cinnamon, flour, salt, vegetable shortening)

There isn’t any other way of describing this pint of Ice Cream other than an ice cream that legitimately tastes like blueberry pie. If you take a look at the ingredients it clearly shows a blueberry pie. Its texture was soft and the flavor was good as well. I enjoyed Nice Cream very much, but for the retail $8.99 a pint I wouldn’t buy it again. I picked this local ice cream up at Whole Foods Market as well. As far as price, enjoyment, and flavor I have to give Nice Cream a 7/10.

3. Good Karma Organic Rice Divine Mint Chocolate Swirl Creamy Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert $3.99

Good Karma Mint Chocolate

Ingredients: Organic Rice Milk (Filtered Water, Organic Rice Syrup Solids, Organic Whole Grain Brown Rice), Organic Dehydrated Cane Juice, Organic Chocolate Fudge (Organic Dehydrated Cane Juice, Water, Organic Dutch Cocoa Powder, Organic Tapioca Starch, Natural Flavors, Salt, Carrageenan), Organic Sunflower Oil and/or Organic Canola Oil and/or Organic Safflower Oil, Chicory Root Extract, Natural Peppermint Flavor, Organic Tapioca Starch, Organic Locust Bean Gum, Soy Protein Concentrate, Organic Guar Gum, Carrageenan, Xanthan Gum, Soy Lecithin, Natural Flavor, Sea Salt.

Nondairy, Gluten free, Lactose free, Vegan, Organic

Good Karma Organic Mint Chocolate Swirl is a very good “ice cream.” I put it in quotation marks because it’s actually a non-dairy frozen dessert.  Now, I have to admit that mint is not my favorite flavor, but this dessert made me appreciate it. I totally savored the mint-chocolaty flavor. I would recommend this dessert to anyone who wants to try something different (Rice Milk) because it’s different I have to give it 8.1/10.

4. Benn & Jerry’s Stephen Colbert Americone Dream $3.99
Vanilla Ice Cream with Fudge Covered Waffle Cone pieces & a Caramel Swirl

Americone Dream

Ingredients: Cream, Skim Milk, Liquid Sugar, Water, Sugar, Corn Syrup, Egg Yolks, Coconut Oil, Wheat Flour, Butter, Cocoa, Milk, Milk Fat, Soybean Oil, Vanilla Extract, Natural Flavor, Soy Lecithin, Guar Gum, Salt, Carrageenan, and Sodium Bicarbonate.

Stephen Colbert gets his own ice cream in the “Americone Dream” and the ice cream does not disappoint. Colbert is a hilarious fake news anchor who parodies right winged conservatives very well on his TV program “The Colbert Report.” His ice cream doesn’t parody ice creams rather enhances their reputation. The “Americone Dream” is a delicious ice cream that has to be tried by everyone. The vanilla and waffle pieces really bring a sensational cone waffle flavor every time you take a scoop out. I got my Colbert ice cream at 7-11 and it may be picked up anywhere that ice creams are sold. I give the “Americone Dream” an 8.5/10.

There’s the list of the fantastic four ice creams chosen by me. Cheap Eat$ for College Peeps would love to hear from you guys on what your favorite ice cream is. Please leave us a comment or suggestion we love to try anything.

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