I'm a vanilla ice cream nut. I live for Haagen-Dazs vanilla ice cream.
The vanilla ice cream used in the various different mixes (choc chip, cookies and cream, caramel swirls, etc etc) always taste different from plain vanilla. I'll pick a super premium ice cream brand and will try it's plain vanilla, then try it's various flavor's with a vanilla base. I almost always find that the vanilla in the other mixes tastes different, more bland. Why is it?
One thing I was thinking was maybe a lot of companies use a sweet cream base vs vanilla, or simply choose not to make the vanilla in mixed flavors as strong as just plain vanilla ice cream. Is it because they can get away with having a cheaper vanilla?
I just can't stand when I dig into choco chip, cookies and cream, etc etc and the vanilla ice cream tastes very bland and not even close to as bold and creamy as it is in their just plain vanilla ice cream.
There might be more to it, I just need to know WHY!