Wednesday, April 4, 2012

We All Scream

But it's not because of clowns this time.  It's because of this:

That's right, we're talking about ice cream.  And because I am a self-diagnosed ice cream-aholic, ice cream ratings will be a regular feature on my blog.  Not regular as in, you can set your watch by it, but regular as in, this will be happening again in the future, many many times.  So it's starting to be slightly warmer weather here and I figured that now I might be too insane to think that other people will want to be eating ice cream.  You see, as an ice cream-aholic, I love and even crave ice cream year-round, even in the winter when there's snow on the ground and I'm huddling under a blanket.  But anyway, sometimes it's difficult to choose a flavor of ice cream.  There are just so many flavors!  And sometimes you want to try something new, but aren't sure if you'll like it.  (I know, it's ice cream, what's not to like?)  Anyway, I will be sharing my thoughts on a few ice cream brands and flavors every so often, mainly Haagen Dazs, Ben and Jerry's, and Safeway brand (Judge me if you like but Safeway has some yummy ice cream varieties).

I'm sure you're all wondering what my favorite ice cream flavor is.  Well wonder no more, it's a (sadly discontinued) flavor called Caramel Apple Pie from Haagen Dazs.  It was so perfect and delicious.  It had salty caramel, sweet vanilla ice cream, and apple filling that you could use as an excuse to claim it was kind of healthy (It was not healthy at all).  Anyway, since that flavor has been discontinued (sad face), my new favorite flavor is also from Haagen Dazs and it's called White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle.  It's every bit as amazing as it sounds.  I would highly recommend it to anyone who likes their ice cream with lots of goodies in it.

Today I would like to review a few flavors that I have tried recently.  They are both from Ben and Jerry's, which is surprisingly a brand that I hadn't tasted until this year.  I wasn't really a fan of either one.  I am not giving up on Ben and Jerry's though.  There has to be a reason so many people adore it.  I have four other flavors in G's freezer and two in my own (I'm particularly looking forward to the Red Velvet Cake flavor, which is my favorite kind of cake.  Also, I'm very proud of myself for not even opening it yet, when I bought it three days ago. Willpower!).  Anyway, the first flavor was called Late Night Snack.  The premise is that it's both salty and sweet, which is a thing that I really enjoy.  It also has caramel swirled through it, which is a very good thing in my book.  The only problem I have with it is the treatment of the chocolate-covered potato chips (Yes, you did read that correctly.)  I have had chocolate covered potato chips before (from Trader Joe's, I think) and they were so delicious.  But the way that Ben and Jerry's do theirs is sort of small chip fragments covered in chocolate.  And the real problem is that they aren't very crispy.  Other than that, the ice cream was very good and I finished it all.  I give it 1 and a half stars out of 5.

The second flavor that I want to review was very disappointing.  It was called Cake Batter.  Seriously, how can you screw that up?  But they did, in my opinion.  It would have been so delicious if it had just been the cake flavored ice cream.  But they swirled chocolate frosting through it.  And I'm talking about the same proportion of frosting as there is ice cream, which in my opinion is too much.  I'm not the kind of person who likes eating frosting straight from the can.  Frosting is something that I enjoy in moderation, but there was no moderation here.  I did manage to finish the whole thing, over the course of a week, so I'll give it a 1 out of 5.

I know I'm coming across as a Negative Nancy, but these two flavors are really the only two that I would never buy again, aside from one other I've had in the past (Green Tea from Haagen Dazs. Just way too sweet for green tea; it wasn't right and I only took two bites and threw the rest away.)  In the future, things should be a lot more positive, especially after that Red Velvet Cake ice cream.


  1. Thanks, I am on a crazy panic diet and all I want now is ice cream. I kind of hate you... just saying. When I am removed from the beach by some environmentalists because they think I am a whale out of my proper habitat I will be looking to you to blame! Love Elle xo

  2. Oops. Well a great alternative is smoothies. My favorite is milk, vanilla yogurt, frozen strawberries, banana and orange slices, and a little bit of honey, all blended up. I never measure ingredients.

  3. Well you see I am one of those weirdos who doesn't like smoothies... but maybe that's because The Chef puts spinach and beetroot in them... :/ I will give it a try. Love Elle xo

  4. Yeah, smoothies are so much better if there aren't any veggies, maybe some carrot juice, but that's all the veggies that are allowed in my smoothies. Fruit makes them waaay better, like ice cream but mostly good for you (as long as you don't put in ice cream or whole milk or top it with whipped cream)

  5. oh man you took all the good stuff away! :) Aaanyway... I am here to give you some good news. I gave you an award!!! I know I am new around here, but I am really enjoying your blog and thought you deserved a wee prize. Come and check it out: and keep up the good work. You are a sweetie! Love Elle xo

  6. That Late Night Snack flavour sounds... interesting! Lol. I tend to prefer simpler flavours of ice cream, but I'll admit that white chocolate raspberry truffle sounds verrry tempting!

    My typical habit is to buy vanilla ice cream and make my own flavours by mixing things in: various fruits, spices, candies or chocolates. (Crushed candy canes or cinnamon hearts are great standbys.)


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