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Unboxed: 9 next-gen pints, bars, pops and bites

Flavor, function and flair—today's ice creams embrace innovation and give consumers plenty to scream for.

We might be nearing the end of National Ice Cream Month, but that doesn’t mean we have to stop indulging in this favorite hot weather treat.

The truth is, there’s no one way to eat ice cream. On its own in a bowl, straight out of the pint, as a bar or sandwich, a frozen mochi-like ball, in a cone, cake or sundae; as the main event, or melting invitingly on a piece of cake or pie… 

No one type of ice cream fits the bill either. Innovation and changing consumer habits are driving product development, with many of today’s product launches reflecting people’s growing concern for their health, and that of the planet. In the frozen desserts category this translates into attributes including better-for-you treats, less sugar, more organic and cleaner ingredients, an increasing number of allergy-friendly profiles, functional add-ins like protein and collagen, and, particularly, more plant-based, nondairy alternatives.  

Feast your eyes on the sweet treats featured in the following gallery to get a “taste” of the next generation of ice cream.

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