Yarnell's: 75 Years And Going Strong (Fifth Monday)

by Jan Cottingham  on Monday, Jul. 30, 2007 12:00 am  

Some of the faces behind Yarnell's, the 75-year-old ice cream company based in Searcy.

There's no accounting for taste, but if you make ice cream, it's your business to account for taste, and Yarnell's has had some stunning successes and a few dismal failures.

First, the successes.

- Homemade Vanilla. It remains the company's best-seller. Great for topping an apple pie or, even better, a blackberry cobbler, it's fine all on its own -- just plain vanilla.

- Woo Pig Chewy. In honor of the Arkansas Razorbacks, this brownie-flavored ice cream with bits of brownies debuted last August and was a huge hit. It will be back on store shelves come football season. Christina Yarnell's then-boyfriend came up with the name. She married him.

- Pumpkin Pie. It appears around Thanksgiving.

- Peppermint. Another seasonal favorite that appears in stores during the holiday season.

Now, the misses.

- Moon Pie. It seemed like a good idea at the time Ð the mid-80s Ð Rogers Yarnell says, but was, instead, "a dismal failure."

- A peanut butter and jelly ice cream sandwich. No explanation necessary.



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