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Here’s a quick guide to help you understand what is in your ice cream and how to choose the cleanest, Real Food for you and your own during your special holiday traditions.

 

Artificial vs. Natural Flavors & Colors

Big Food uses artificial flavors & colors to imitate natural flavors and make food appear more flavorful. But lurking beneath the surface is a synthetic mess that can be made from things that are not always originally edible. These are often used because they are cheaper than the natural alternatives.

Tillamook is Real Food and Real Food uses natural flavors that come from edible sources like fruits and vegetables, and natural colors that are derived from fruits, vegetables, seeds and spices.

 

Artificial vs. Natural Stabilizers

Mono & Diglycerides, Polysorbate 80, Mocrocrystalline Cellulose, and Cellulose gums. Recognize those names? Probably not, but if you’ve eaten Big Food ice cream chances are you’ve had plenty of them. They’re all emulsifiers used to preserve the texture of ice cream – helping it keep its shape and even prevent melting. You can also find these ingredients in cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, toothpaste, and other household products.

On the other hand, guar gum, tara gum, and egg yolks are the Real Food version of emulsifiers. They’re sources from nature- guar gum from the Guar bean and Tara gum from the tara tree. The pasteurized egg yolks in our Tillamook Ice Cream combined with the gums help preserve the smooth and creamy texture without using ingredients you can’t pronounce.

 

rBST vs. No Artificial Growth Hormones

rBST is a synthetic growth hormone injected into cows to increase their milk production. The use of rBST is prohibited in many countries, but it’s a Big Food staple in the U.S.

At Tillamook Real Food means using milk from cows not treated with artificial growth hormones, which means the only growth hormones in the milk we use to make products are the cow’s natural hormones. All farmers who supply milk for Tillamook products pledge not to use rBST or any artificial growth hormones*.

*The FDA has stated that no significant difference has been shown between milk derived from rBST and non-rBST treated cows.

 

Partially Hydrogenated Oils vs. Coconut, Canola, & Safflower Oils

Partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) are fatty oils with high levels of trans fat that have been converted to a more solid form. PHOs are often found in Big Food products like margarine or shortening. The FDA recently decided that all manufacturers will have to remove PHOs from their products in 2018 because they are no longer recognized as safe.

We’re proud to say that Tillamook had previously eliminated all traces of PHO’s in our Ice Cream. We use Real Food oils like coconut oil, canola oil, and safflower oil because they are plant-based oils that are easier for your body to process.

What does Real Food mean to you? What do you look for in ice cream? Share your thoughts below!

60 comments

Roland Young

Your Ice Cream is definitely the best, however, here the markets let it sit at room temp, then refreeze it, more than once. We are lucky if we don't get ice crystals all through it. In the summer, it is impossible.
Ro

December 12th, 2016 at 2:38 pm

Sharon Davey

Thanks for the information--- I will buy Tillamook ice cream the next time---which will be soon!!

December 12th, 2016 at 2:46 pm

Judy

When I buy ice cream, I read labels. Can I pronouce the ingredients? Is the ingredient list short? The shorter, the better, in my book. I have always trusted the TIllamook name.

December 12th, 2016 at 2:48 pm

Leslie Hirsch

I love your yogurt which I get in Portland and Las Vegas, but alas, I live in Chicago, and cannot find it in stores with zip code 60089, Northwest suburbs. Please advise...

December 12th, 2016 at 2:56 pm

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Roland,

Sorry to hear the stores in your area have been having trouble keeping our ice cream frozen! Have you tried speaking to the store manager about this problem? If you email our Consumer Relations team, we'd love to get some more information from you!

Thanks,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

December 12th, 2016 at 3:04 pm

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Sharon,

We're glad to hear this information was useful to you! Let us know what you think about our ice cream once you give it a try!

All the best,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

December 12th, 2016 at 3:06 pm

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Judy,

Wonderful! We're glad to hear you are paying attention to the ingredients in your food and we are so grateful for your support. I'll tell the team here at Tillamook to keep up the good work. Thank you for taking the time to stop by our blog!

Best wishes,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

December 12th, 2016 at 3:07 pm

Jim

Love your products.

We never get smoked cheddar cheese down here in the Bay Area. : (

Please help us!!!!!!!!!!!!1

December 12th, 2016 at 3:09 pm

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Leslie,

Aw, I'm sorry to hear you can't find our yogurt in your area! Unfortunately, our yogurt is not yet available in Chicago but we are always working on increasing our distribution. Hopefully someday soon you will be able to get all of our products in your area. In the meantime, I will be sure to let our Sales team know they have a fan waiting in Chicago.

Thanks for reaching out,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

December 12th, 2016 at 3:09 pm

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Jim,

Sorry to hear you are having trouble finding our Smoked Medium Cheddar in your area! That can be a tough one to find. Have you tried using our Where to Buy tool? If so, I would suggest speaking to your local store manager and asking them to order this product for you, since they and their regional buyers decide which products to stock. Please feel free to use our Product Request Template, which you can fill in, print out, and hand directly to a store manager.

I hope that helps!

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

December 12th, 2016 at 3:11 pm

Noreen

Love your ice cream but my Stater Brothers does not stock it, only some cheese and yogurt. I'll ask for it.

December 12th, 2016 at 3:13 pm

Marion Jewell

I love your ice cream. Now that I have discovered it, I
won't buy any other brand. However, as a low income
senior, can you please send me some coupons to continue to buy Tillamook ice cream.
Marion Jewell

December 12th, 2016 at 3:15 pm

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Noreen,

I'm sorry to hear your local Stater Brothers does not stock our ice cream! We recommend speaking to the store manager directly, since they work with their regional buyer to decide which products to stock. Please feel free to use our Product Request Template so you can give your store manager a written request.

Fingers crossed!

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

December 12th, 2016 at 3:18 pm

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Marion,

We're glad to hear you are enjoying our ice cream! I deleted your mailing address from your comment for safety reasons, but if you would like to receive coupons please sign up for our email newsletter or contact our Consumer Relations team and we would be happy to help.

Thanks for reaching out!

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

December 12th, 2016 at 3:24 pm

Dave

Re: Ice cream ingredients

Is Tillimook ice cream considered to be organic? If not,
what would be required for it to be considered organic?

December 12th, 2016 at 3:34 pm

Elizabeth Jost

Since discovering your excellent ice cream I will buy nothing else! Everything about it is awesome!!!

When I saw egg yolks on the label I thought of all the yummy frozen custard I ate as a kid. Makes it so rich and creamy the natural way!

Thanks for your fine products!

December 12th, 2016 at 3:41 pm

Bob Berger

I have a long family history with ice cream beginning when my grandfather immigrated here and was given some. When he could afford it, he had some before bedtime each night with his children and that carried to my generation. I have migrated through many brands but am currently happy with Tillamook if I can get my Safeway to stay in stock on more than 2 flavors.

I have recently discovered the small boxes of flavors that must have been concocted by a true chef, not some guy just adding another strawberry to the mix. I was shocked at ripping off the purity lid on the the strawberry-chocolate. What a view.

I appeal to you again to make small Dixie cups with assortments of flavors. Good for me and good for you too as you can acquaint customers to the larger sizes.

So, good job. Keep it up. Invite me to your next flavor testing.

Bob

December 12th, 2016 at 3:46 pm

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Dave,

Thanks for your comment! No, TCCA does not make any certified organic products at this time. For Tillamook products to be certified organic, every farm that makes up our cooperative would need to individually attain organic certification. This is not something our farmer-owners have decided to pursue at this time, but I will certainly let our team know that you would be interested in organic products. Thank you for taking the time to ask!

All the best,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

December 12th, 2016 at 3:56 pm

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Elizabeth,

Thank you for sharing such wonderful feedback! We are so thrilled that you are enjoying our ice cream. I'll tell the team (and the cows!) their hard work is noticed and appreciated. Thanks again for taking the time to comment!

Best wishes,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

December 12th, 2016 at 3:58 pm

Ann Merklin

That White Chocolate Rasberry Yum, is just that! YUM! Took me a while, but have already eaten 1 container, and have #2 waiting in the freezer! The Pumpkin Spice was great too! Still working on that one! Thank you SO much for these new flavors! Still cling to Chocolate Peanut Butter, but am really enjoying these new ones! You've done it again! Merry Christmas!

December 12th, 2016 at 4:01 pm

joseph diomede

it would be nice if you sent me a quart of huckleberry ice cream. I will gladly pay for it. Cant get it here in Illinois.Thank you Joseph

December 12th, 2016 at 4:02 pm

Iris L. Alter

Dear Tillamook:

Although I really love your ice cream and am happy to hear that you use real ingredients, I was disappointed when you never responded to my last e-mail to you where I told you that both your "Oregon Cherry ice cream" and your Oregon strawberry ice cream" lacked "chunks or pieces of fruit."

Can't you include more fruit in your fruit ice creams. I only found ONE STRAWBERRY IN AN ENTIRE 1/2 GALLON OD ICE CREAM!

December 12th, 2016 at 4:03 pm

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Bob,

Thank you for the feedback! We're honored to be your ice cream of choice. I agree, our Super Premium flavors are delicious, especially the Chocolate Covered Strawberry (my fav). I've forwarded your suggestion for individual servings of assorted ice cream flavors to our Product Development team before, but I will certainly send it to them again so it stays on their radar. We appreciate the suggestion!

Sincerely,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

December 12th, 2016 at 4:03 pm

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Ann,

Thank you so much for reaching out with some positive ice cream reviews! I'll tell our Product Development team they are doing a wonderful job and to keep up the good work. We will be releasing some more new seasonal flavors soon, so keep an eye out!

Thanks again,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

December 12th, 2016 at 4:07 pm

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Joseph,

Thanks for your comment. I'm sorry our ice cream is not yet available in Illinois! Unfortunately, we do not ship our ice cream because it is very expensive and can be very messy. That being said, we will definitely keep working on expanding our distribution. Thank you for your patience!

Sincerely,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

December 12th, 2016 at 4:08 pm

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Iris,

Thanks for your comment. I'm sorry to hear of the trouble you're having with our ice cream. It looks like we responded to your email on October 24th, so perhaps check your spam filter? I will also send you an email from my Tillamook email address to ensure that you receive it so keep an eye out!

Thanks,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

December 12th, 2016 at 4:10 pm

Yodamom Ford

My family will only eat your company's ice cream. The French vanilla is my favorite treat in Alfogatos. We are even converting our stubborn neighbors who eat a Southern brand of ice cream that has many unnatural ingredients. Keep on being real Tillamook !

December 12th, 2016 at 4:23 pm

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Yodamom,

Thanks for spreading the good word about our ice cream to your friends and neighbors! We are delighted to be your favorite ice cream brand. Have you tried adding our French Vanilla Ice Cream to your coffee when you run out of creamer? Amazing! And an easy way to justify ice cream for breakfast....

Thanks again for all your support!

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

December 12th, 2016 at 4:27 pm

wendy hartman

do not like corn syrup in your greek yogurt. love ice cream, regular yogurt, sour cream and cheese. used to be able to get reg yogurt in spearfish sd until Albertson took over safeway. if I am in sd I have to go 2 hours to get reg yogurt at an iga. easy to get yogurt in egene or where I am going to school. now

December 12th, 2016 at 4:35 pm

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Wendy,

Thanks for stopping by our blog! Actually, we do not use corn syrup in any of our yogurts. You can see the ingredients for all of our yogurt products on our website by visiting our Yogurt Product Page if you are interested.

I hope that was helpful!

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

December 12th, 2016 at 4:38 pm

Cindy

Ummm...."Natural Flavors." While they may be derived from animal or plant sources, they are molecularly identical to artificial flavors when added to food, and can still come with an aftertaste. That may be one reason I don't buy much Tillamook ice cream. And guar gum being used in fracking has made it an awfully expensive ingredient.

December 12th, 2016 at 4:45 pm

Ann Smith

hello . i love your cheddar cheese and pepper jack BUT when i try to get the wonderful Yogurt, none in Walmarts here in Sterling,Colorado?used to get it at Fort Collins with no problems? so why cant i get ii here???

December 12th, 2016 at 4:47 pm

Sandra

When are you going to provide Lactose Free products?

December 12th, 2016 at 5:08 pm

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Cindy,

Thanks for your comment! Yes, it is true that often you cannot taste the difference between natural and artificial flavors and often artificial flavors or ingredients are less expensive than more natural alternatives. We certainly respect everyone's right to choose what products to use! This was just a quick reminder to be aware of what ingredients are in your food, regardless of what you are purchasing. Thanks for voicing your thoughts!

Sincerely,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

December 12th, 2016 at 5:22 pm

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Ann,

I'm sorry to hear you are having trouble finding our yogurt in your area! We are certainly willing to sell it to stores in Colorado. I would suggest using our Where to Buy tool to see which retailers sell it in your area. Let us know if you need help!

Thanks,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

December 12th, 2016 at 5:24 pm

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Sandra,

Good question! As of right now, I don't know of any plans to make lactose-free products but I will share that request with our Product Development team to consider. In the meantime, you may be interested to know that most cheddar cheese as well as Greek yogurt is very low in lactose because of they way they are made. We always suggest speaking to your doctor before making any dietary changes, but those may be good options for you. Feel free to email us at info@tillamook.com if you would like to learn a little more about lactose in our cheddars or Greek yogurt!

All the best,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

December 12th, 2016 at 5:27 pm

Wilbert Landrum

My favorite is vanilla bean. So smooth, rich, and creamy. I too have had problems with the grocer or distributor refreezing a thawed batch, which causes ice crystals and a different taste. Perhaps because of the great distance from producer to customer? I will keep buying, however. I love it.

December 12th, 2016 at 5:44 pm

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Wilbert,

Vanilla Bean is definitely a classic. Can't go wrong with that! Yes, unfortunately the further away you are from Oregon, the longer the ice cream is in transportation which is often when melting occurs. It is especially a problem in warm areas. If it is a recurring issue, I would suggest speaking to the store manager and letting them know. Sometimes it is as simple as turning the temperature down in the store freezers.

I hope that helps!

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

December 12th, 2016 at 5:54 pm

Dave Kingsborough

I see you carry cheese at the Weis store in Hummelstown and Mechanicsburg PA. Any chance to get ice cream? Right now its bitterly cold, so we don't have to worry about the ice cream thawing. Have you tried marketing to Wegmans? They are a high-end store, they carry a lot of specialty and natural food items. Thanks

December 12th, 2016 at 6:41 pm

Mary

Tillamook has been my favorite ice cream for decades. Old Fashioned Vanilla is even better than the Vanilla Bean and the French Vanilla, but the Toffee Crunch is the most delicious, in my opinion. Unfortunately ice cream has calories - those pesky things that mean we have to eat something else besides ice cream in our days. Sad!

December 12th, 2016 at 6:49 pm

Jenny

I live near Phoenix, Arizona, and I've never noticed a quality problem with ice crystals. Maybe I need to do a LOT more product testing of Tillamook ice cream...yum!

December 12th, 2016 at 6:54 pm

jan

I don't know if there is a product you make that I don't like. Only buy your cheese and your ice cream is the best. yum....now, can you make a green chili and cheddar cheese loaf. :)

December 12th, 2016 at 8:08 pm

Suzanne

Thanks for making such a nummy ice cream!
Now my husband refuses to eat anything else!
Love the cheese and ice cream. I am just waiting to try the cheese curds.
Thanks for making hubby happy!
Hug a cow for us.

December 12th, 2016 at 8:25 pm

Cindy

We are big fans of all your delicious products! My grandson's favorite yogurt was banana or banana vanilla. We cant find it anymore..Do you still make it?

December 12th, 2016 at 11:09 pm

Duane McCallum

I found the great taste of your ice cream while vacationing in Oregon, again in Utah and while visiting my brother is Arizona. However, I live in Virginia and can not get it out here. Any thoughts of building a production facility in Virginia? Coor's Brewing Company had a similar situation as you and has since built a plant in Rockingham County, Virginia.

December 13th, 2016 at 5:50 am

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Dave,

Unfortunately, our ice cream distribution has not yet reached Pennsylvania, but rest assured that we are always working on increasing our distribution!

All the best,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

December 13th, 2016 at 8:38 am

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Mary,

Glad to hear you are enjoying our Old-Fashioned Vanilla and Caramel Toffee Crunch Ice Creams! You know, whenever you get your fill of ice cream there's always yogurt and cheese. Did you know we make an Old-Fashioned Vanilla Greek Yogurt? It's definitely a favorite around here!

Thanks for stopping by our blog!

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

December 13th, 2016 at 8:45 am

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Jenny,

Excellent! You definitely need ice cream to cool down in Arizona, so we're glad you haven't noticed any problems with ice crystals. We agree, the more taste testing the better. We actually have two new seasonal ice cream flavors coming out soon, so keep an eye out in your local stores and let us know what you think!

Happy taste testing!

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

December 13th, 2016 at 8:49 am

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Jan,

Aw, that's so nice of you to say! We always love hearing that our products are being enjoyed:) I will definitely let our Product Development team know you would like to try a green chili pepper cheddar. Have you tried our Garlic Chili Pepper Cheddar? It is made with red chilis and roasted garlic. Yum!

Thanks again,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

December 13th, 2016 at 8:51 am

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Suzanne,

Thanks for taking the time to share such wonderful praise! We are so excited that you and your husband are enjoying our cheese and ice cream. Did you know you can order our Squeaky Cheese Curds online and have them shipped? They make wonderful gifts, as long as you gift them while they are still fresh.

Thanks from all our farmers and cows!

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

December 13th, 2016 at 8:55 am

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Cindy,

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but unfortunately our Banana Vanilla Yogurt was discontinued due to low sales. I'm sorry! I'll definitely let our team know you would like to see it brought back to the Tillamook family. In the meantime, you could always slice some fresh bananas and mix them with our Lowfat Vanilla Bean Yogurt to get a similar flavor.

I hope that helps!

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

December 13th, 2016 at 8:58 am

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Duane,

Thanks for the suggestion! We don't have any plans to build a production facility in Virginia, but we are continually working to increase distribution in the eastern states. One of the best ways to increase demands for our products is to speak to your store manager and let them know you would like to try our products. We may need a few more cows, but we will get there eventually!

Thanks,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

December 13th, 2016 at 9:04 am

Donna

Is your ice cream gluten free
I'm celiac really need to know.
I Buy your ice cream for husband but really want to eat it also
Thank you 😊

December 16th, 2016 at 9:13 am

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Donna,

Good question! Most of our ice cream is gluten-free, but some of the flavors with cookie or brownie pieces do contain gluten. Please visit our Ice Cream page on our website and on the right there is a button where you can filter out flavors with gluten. Feel free to contact us with any questions!

Thanks,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

December 16th, 2016 at 9:56 am

Jackie

Love these clean ingredients lists! I had no idea what I was eating in ice cream before I found Tillamook!

December 19th, 2016 at 1:34 pm

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Jackie,

Thanks for the feedback! Here at Tillamook, we work very hard to keep our products simple and to help explain what Real Food is to our fans. I'm glad this was useful information for you. I'll tell the team to keep up the good work!

All the best,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

December 20th, 2016 at 9:50 am

Paula acosta

For some reason a lot of our winco stores stopped carring Tillamook butter in southern California

December 20th, 2016 at 6:59 pm

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Paul,

I'm sorry to hear you are having trouble finding Tillamook Butter in Winco stores in your area. Have you tried speaking to a manager? Please feel free to use our product request template, which you can fill in, print out, and hand directly to a store manager: http://www.tillamook.com/where-to-buy/request.html

December 21st, 2016 at 9:11 am

Naomi

Love your cheese would like to know if your products are non GMO.

January 8th, 2017 at 6:34 pm

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Naomi,

Thanks for stopping by our blog! I'm glad to hear you are enjoying our cheese. At this time, we do not make any certified GMO-free products. If you have more questions about our products or would like some more information, please email us at info@tillamook.com and our Consumer Relations team would be happy help!

All the best,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

January 9th, 2017 at 11:16 am
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