This is what happiness looks like.

This is what happiness looks like.

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As I'm sure you already know, Blue Bell has recalled all of its ice cream from store shelves because of concerns about Listeria contamination. As we face the harsh reality of a life without Blue Bell, we're left wondering how to fill the void.

This is what sadness looks like.

This is what sadness looks like.

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Let's get one clear right off the bat: There is no acceptable freezer-case ice cream substitute for Blue Bell. It is the One True Texas Ice Cream. 

But there are other desserts you can enjoy during this dark time -- even ice cream-based ones. 

Get a scoop of Henry's Homemade Ice Cream

You can get this ice cream not only at the Plano store; it's served at just about every restaurant around here that wants to serve delicious high-butterfat ice cream. At Henry's, they believe that "ice cream makes you pretty." We do too.


Henry's Homemade Ice Cream

Henry's Homemade Ice Cream

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The Drunken Nut

The Drunken Nut

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Have a slice of pecan pie

Pecan pie is perhaps the most inherently Texas dessert. At Emporium Pies, their creations contain no artificial preservatives, hydrogenated oils, dyes or corn syrup. So you can feel good about your caloric intake. The Drunken Nut pie is pecan pie taken to the next level with bourbon.

Or, for a true slice of Texas, order a pie from Royers Round Top Cafe. Consider the Texas Trash pie, with chocolate chips, caramel, coconut, graham cracker and pretzels. Or maybe the Sweet N' Salty, with chocolate, caramel and sea salt. If you are concerned about the long-term Blue Bell outlook, pony up for the Pie Plan for three, six or 12 months. 

Try not to think about the fact that you can't have a scoop of Blue Bell's Homemade Vanilla with it.

Find a paleta vendor

For pure frozen flavor on a stick, flag down a paleta vendor and try a cool Mexican-style pop.

Paletas

Paletas

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Have a sundae at Braum's

Yes, we know Braum's is based in Oklahoma and not Texas, but it is such a big part of Texas life that we feel like it belongs on this list.

Photo via Yelp user Priscilla P.

Photo via Yelp user Priscilla P.

So frosty!

So frosty!

Photo via Yelp user Anthony V.

Get a root beer float at the Dairy-Ette

If you haven't had a root beer float in a frosty mug at the Dairy-Ette on Ferguson Road, then you are truly missing out.  If we weren't working, we'd go get one right now.

Have a DQ Blizzard

When was the last time you hit up a Dairy Queen and had a Blizzard? Fun fact: Though the first Dairy Queen was in Illinois, and the company's headquarters are in Minnesota, Texas has more DQs than any other state. In fact, the Texas Dairy Queen restaurants have their own separate marketing arm apart from the rest of the DQ corporate structure. So if you've ever wondered why you can get a Hunger Buster here and not Missouri, there you go.

It's going to be OK. We will get through this.

If you're still in a deep Blue Bell depression, we understand. We understand so much, we have written haiku about our Blue Bell feelings. To wit:

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