[Grammar] Can a comma set off a list?

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donnach

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Are these two sentences correct?

We make three flavors of ice cream, chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry.

Our ice cream comes in three flavors, chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry.

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It makes perfect sense, but I don't know about the commas at the beginning – be safe and stick with colons.
 

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I could be safe, but want I really want is to know the rule. I would think that someone here should know it...anybody?
 

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Or, if you prefer, do NOT use a comma.
 
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