For those of you who’re not from the Midwest, here’s an introduction to Superman ice cream, how it tastes like (is it three tastes or one), where to find it, and where it comes from.
What is the Superman Ice Cream?
We all know the DC Comics hero. Superman Ice Cream is simply ice cream of three intertwining colors: red, blue, and yellow, which are Superman’s signature colors.
There’s actually quite a bit of interesting history behind the three-color ice cream.
It’s said to originate from the Stroh Brewing Company in Detroit, Michigan.
Under the Prohibition in the early 1920s, the brewery’s owner Julius Stroh struggled to come up with a new offering that would keep him afloat.
In the end, he rebranded his brewery into what he called Stroh Products Company and started selling ice cream, soft drinks, birch beer, and malt products.
The tricolor flavor was created by the Stroh Ice Cream Company, however, at the time, it was not called after Superman since the comics were released a decade later.
After the Prohibition ended, the company went back to producing beer, but the unique ice cream flavor became popular across the Midwest, and, after the Superman comics were released and got universal acclaim, the ice cream was named after the superhero.
Due to DC Comics’ licensing though, you can only find it under the names “Scooperman”, “Super Scoop”, or “Super Hero”.
The official name was later established as “Super Rainbow”.
However, colloquially it is most widely known as Superman ice cream.
It’s not just vanilla ice cream with different colorings, it’s three different flavors combined. The actual flavors though differ from store to store, or even from region to region:
|Red||Black cherry, Cherry, Raspberry, Strawberry, or Red Pop|
|Blue||Blue Moon, a flavor popular in the upper Midwest. The taste is somewhere in the middle between bubblegum and marshmallow.|
|Yellow||Vanilla, Lemon, or Banana.|
Essentially, the Superman ice cream is Fruit loops in the form of ice cream.
Where to Get Superman Ice Cream
If you’re in the States, you can get it in several places, predominantly in the Midwest:
|Stroh’s||Super Rainbow||Lemon, Blue Moon, and Red Pop|
|Meijer’s Store||Scooperman||Vanilla, Black Cherry, and Blue Moon|
|House of Flavors||Lemon, Cherry, and Blue Moon|
|Hudsonville Creamery & Ice Cream Company||SuperScoop||Vanilla, Black Cherry, and Blue Moon|
|Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream Company||Vanilla, Blue Moon, and Cherry|
For those from Canada, you can find the ice cream here:
|Laura Secord Chocolates||SuperKid||Banana, Strawberry, and Blueberry|
|Scooper’s Ice Cream Treats||Super Hero||Banana, Strawberry, and Blueberry|
Superman Ice Cream
- 2 large mixing bowls
- 1 hand mixer or a stand mixer
- 3 medium bowls
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- blue food coloring
- red food coloring
- yellow food coloring
- 1 tbsp berry blue Jell-O mix
- 1 tbsp cherry Jell-O mix
- 1 tbsp lemon Jell-O mix
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the heavy whipping cream.
- Whip the heavy cream with a hand mixer or a stand mixer until stiff peaks form. This should take only a few minutes.
- In a separate large mixing bowl, combine the sweetened condensed milk and vanilla extract. Whisk until smooth.
- Fold the whipped cream into the sweetened condensed milk mixture with care. Make an effort to keep the mixture light and fluffy.
- Divide the mixture into three medium bowls. In one bowl, combine blue food coloring and berry blue Jell-O mix. In the second bowl, combine red food coloring and cherry Jell-O mix. To the last bowl, add yellow food coloring and lemon Jell-O mix.
- Stir until everything is combined. If necessary, add more food coloring to achieve the desired colors.
- Alternately spoon the colors into a shallow freezer-safe dish. For the best results, avoid stirring them together.
- Freeze for 5-6 hours, or until the mixture is firm. Scoop and plate.