Saturday, July 30, 2011

Ice cream review: Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Ice cream review by John
Score: 3.5 out of 5 scoops
Company: Ben & Jerry's

This is one of the finest cookie dough ice creams around, but I still found it somewhat lacking. The ice cream part, here a vanilla, is quite creamy and smooth and full of flavor, as are nearly all Ben & Jerry's products. There are little bits of chocolate pieces throughout, almost more like a chocolate chip ice cream than a cookie dough ice cream. And then there are, of course, the expected chunks of cookie dough, here looking and tasting like chocolate chip cookie dough.

All of that sounds great, right?

Well, it is good, I'll give it that. But great? Not quite. I found this to be a somewhat bland ice cream from Ben & Jerry's. Perhaps it's because this flavor is one of the older flavors from the company, and the more modern Ben & Jerry's flavors tend to have so many more gobs of goodness to them, and richness and variety and complexity.

Please do not misunderstand. This is a quality ice cream. But it feels like something is missing. Maybe some nuts or some chocolate syrup or a caramel swirl ... something. As is, I found it just a notch above plain.

If you search for this ice cream in the stores, it is labeled "Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough" in the pint and quart sizes, but it's simply called "Cookie Dough" in the single serve, 3.6 ounces size.

Bonus trivia: Did you know Ben & Jerry's created the very first chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream?

Friday, July 29, 2011

Ice cream review: Talenti Caramel Cookie Crunch gelato

Ice cream review by John
Score: 4.5 out of 5 scoops
Company: Talenti

Talenti is one of those companies of which I've yet to find a flavor I didn't like. The Caramel Cookie Crunch gelato is no exception. It's not quite a perfect ice cream, thus only 4.5 out of 5 stars, but it's pretty darn delicious.

The main part of this sweet treat is made up chocolate cookie ice cream with which most of us are familiar in one brand or another; there's lots of vanilla ice cream with bits of chocolate cookie pieces tossed in here and there. But right here is the only real complaint I have about this particular ice cream, that there's not enough of the broken cookies. There's plenty of the vanilla ice cream, and its an excellent, smooth vanilla, but I felt the cookie part was lacking. Maybe it was just the particular batch I tried.

The second part of Talenti's Caramel Cookie Crunch gelato is the creamy caramel swirl that rolls through all that vanilla and chocolate cookies. Think Milky Way candy bear caramel, or better yet soft Godiva caramel. Only better. I wouldn't quite say the caramel here is the best I've ever had, but boy it comes close. Also, this is not an overly rich or sweet caramel, but just right.

If you've not tried Talenti Caramel Cookie Crunch, or any other Talenit flavors, because of the prices (yes, it's kinda pricey) then you are doing yourself a disservice. Yes, times are tight, but don't cheat yourself by not trying some Talenti.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Ice cream review: PET Neapolitan

Ice cream review by John
Score: 1.5 out of 5 scoops
Company: PET

As might be expected from a premium brand ice cream, this is not something an ice cream snob wants to eat, at least not on a regular basis. Still, this is not the worst ice cream I've ever tasted, and there was a level of creaminess to the texture and flavoring.

What you've got here are your basic chocolate, vanilla and strawberry flavors, but don't expect these flavors to pack a punch. And if you were hoping for pieces of actual strawberries, you better break out a microscope.

Still, if you consider yourself a true ice cream connoisseur, then you probably need to stay away from this product. That being said, PET Neapolitan ice cream can be used to make a pretty good milkshake. Also, the price is fairly inexpensive and in certain parts of the U.S. PET ice creams are readily available just about everywhere, mainly in some regions of the South.

For kids' birthday parties and the like, this is the ice cream you want to buy. For special treats with that special someone on a special night, you can do much better.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Ice cream review: Ben & Jerry's Fair Goodness Cake!

Ice cream review by John
Score: 4.5 out of 5 scoops
Company: Ben & Jerry's

As the name implies, this ice cream is made with only Fair Trade Certified ingredients, apparently a growing trend with the Ben & Jerry's folks. Whether you have interests in Fair Trade foods or not, it works here.

This ice cream is another delightful addition to the Ben & Jerry's list of frozen goodies, though this is only a "Limited Batch" so who knows how long it will be around. Hopefully for a good, long time, because this is truly excellent ice cream.
But I can hear you screaming now, "What flavor is it?!?"

Okay, okay. It's chocolate ice cream with pieces of German chocolate cake and a swirl of coconut caramel.

Makes your mouth water just reading that, doesn't it? And it should. This stuff is a-w-e-s-o-m-e!

If you are a fan of other Ben & Jerry's chocolate varieties, you are in for a special treat here. I'm not sure if it's because of the Fair Trade ingredients, but the chocolate in this Ben & Jerry's flavor is more creamy and rich than other flavors, bordering on the smoothness of a Häagen-Dazs chocolate.

And as with most Ben & Jerry's flavors, there is no dearth of the cake pieces and the coconut caramel swirl.
Speaking of that coconut caramel swirl, it brings an extra creamy sweetness to this ice cream, on that is rich but not so much as to make you pucker. In other words, perfect.

The pieces of German chocolate cake are also a nice addition, being plentiful enough to add texture and an extra depth to the chocolate flavoring.

chocolate, chocolate, chocolate, hints of caramel

slight coconut flavor and texture with even more chocolate

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Ice cream review: Häagen-Dazs Spiced Peach Crumble

Ice cream review by guest
Score: 4 out of 5 scoops
Company: Häagen-Dazs

One thing I know about is peaches. I’m a Georgia girl, and we know about peaches. Peaches are one of my favorite fruits, and I eat them about any way you can prepare them. So when my husband brought home a new peach ice cream, it was my pleasure to taste it and give my review.The flavor is “Spiced Peach Crumble” from Häagen-Dazs. Before I go any further, I would be remiss if I did not tell you that Häagen-Dazs is my favorite brand of ice cream. I do like other brands of ice cream, but I have yet to find one that I believe is of superior quality. Hey, the blog is called “Ice Cream Snob.” If you were expecting an “all ice creams are created equal” approach, you may be very disappointed!

The base of “Spiced Peach Crumble” is a sweet cream ice cream. It is layered with a generous amount of gently cooked peach pieces and chunks of pie crust that are so buttery it will melt in your mouth. There is a light amount of nutmeg and cinnamon, just enough to enhance the flavor of the sweet, ripe peaches. These peaches must have been picked at the height of the season because they are perfectly sugary and tender.It is a 4 out of 5 scoops for me. I will rarely give a 5 scoops unless the ice cream comes with someone who will do the dishes for me.

fruity peaches, warm nutmeg and cinnamon

lingering butter and sweet summer peach

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

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