Monday, September 1, 2014

READER REVIEW: Raghavan's Review of Blue Bell Malt Shoppe

While looking to buy some of my favorite Blue Bell flavors from the grocery store, my eyes were instantly drawn to the bright, light blue color of the Blue Bell Malt Shoppe ice cream carton. While the color was exciting, the description on the front of the carton was a bit less so: “Chocolate Malt Ice Cream with Malted Milk Balls”. Still, I’m not one to pass up trying a new flavor, so I gave it a shot.

READER REVIEW: Steve's Review of Blue Bell Malt Shoppe

When the Ice Cream Informant posted notice that Blue Bell was releasing a new flavor for September, called Malt Shoppe, I knew I was going to be all over it. Blue Bell describes Malt Shoppe as a tasty chocolate malt ice cream loaded with milk chocolate-covered malted milk balls. Pretty simple, but as a life-long fan of both malt balls and chocolate malt milk shakes, I was excited when I came across a tub of this concoction a few days before the official September release date.

Dipping my spoon into the tub, I quickly realized that one important aspect of this ice cream was going to be positive: It is indeed loaded with malt balls! From the moment the spoon cracks the surface, it will likely collide with one of these malt balls, which litter the ice cream top to bottom. Better still, these are real chocolate-coated malt balls, not flakes or pieces of them. Fully-formed and round, these treats abound, and they taste excellent, just as if someone were to pour a box of malt balls into a tub of ice cream. The balls are not as large as movie theater candy malt balls, but that is no loss, as they are plenty big enough to pack both a rich malted center and a nice coating of chocolate. Equally impressive is the chocolate-malt ice cream. Blue Bell wisely uses a milk chocolate foundation and combines this with a rich malted flavor. When you eat a spoonful that has no malt balls (and these are few and far between!), it does taste like an old-fashioned chocolate milk shake. This chocolate malt base has nice synergy with the mix-in malt balls, creating a pleasurable sensation on the taste buds.

Friday, August 29, 2014

NEWS: Follow Us On Instagram for Incredible Ice Cream Shots!

If you're a member of the Instagram community and haven't followed our page @theicecreaminformant yet, take the time to do so now! Not only do we update our profile with all the reviews we publish on our blog, but we also share sensational ice cream related shots from our followers. From here on out, we'll also be sharing these on our website as well. We usually post a handful each week so submit your own or follow along for some ice cream inspiration! Here are some of the best we've seen so far:

A lovely shot from @eatswithspoon of her cup of Peanutty Pretzel from @phinandphebes — This was enjoyed at the @bkflea if you’re interested in checking out the same scoop of peanut butter ice cream with chocolate pretzel bits!

Sicilian Pistachio Gelato from @talenti and mini original glazed donuts from @krispykreme — a match made in munchies heaven! Thanks to @vannyyn for sharing.

Thanks to @lingzhou for sharing this sensational shot of her waffle cone full of the @benandjerrys scoop shop exclusive: Salted Caramel Blondie.

Thanks to @_inceptionist for sharing this sensational looking sundae complete with Blue Bell Banana Pudding Ice Cream, Golden Double Stuffed Oreos, cashews and topped off with some Reddi-wip whipped cream.

@jackiesuli takes a page out of the @coolhaus cookbook to create this fun Froot Loops & Milk flavor. Tag someone that needs to buy you the Coolhaus Cookbook!

Has anyone checked out Coconut Seven Layer Bar? This combination of coconut ice cream with coconut & fudge flakes, walnuts and swirls of graham cracker & butterscotch is only available at @benandjerrys scoop shops -- Thanks to @ttmharrison for sharing this great picture!

@yourstrulylu gives us a look at some true gourmet munchies via @jenisicecreams Orchid Vanilla Ice Cream Sandwich: "Voluptuous Ndali Estate Vanilla Bean ice cream and black currant jam between chewy, light-purple almond macaroon cookies. A drop-dead, delicious beauty.”

@hanna81banana captured this incredible shot of @stevesicecream Avocado Chip in a salted pretzel cone recently at the @bkflea Ice Cream Bonanza. Delicious AND interesting!

@coolhaus customers keep the incredible ice cream sandwich creations coming -- @highlowfooddrink chooses Sweet Corn and Blueberry Ice Cream between a gluten free almond coconut cookie and a snack cookie.

@whodatnation and his brilliant use of Blue Bell's Cookies 'n Cream: stuffed between a Krispy Creme doughnut. Tag a friend who you'd share this ultimate ice cream sandwich with!

While making crazy combinations is part of the allure of @coolhaus and their custom ice cream sandwiches, @avamarie keeps it simple with some Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream surrounded by gluten free coconut almond cookies. Looks incredible and thanks for sharing!

Fenway Park serves as a nice backdrop to enjoy this delicious looking waffle cone full of Blue Bell’s Cookies & Cream. Thanks to @andreagarzonf for sharing!

Has anyone had the chance to check out any of the SNL-inspired @benandjerrys exclusive scoop shop flavors yet? Thanks to @chompdallas for giving us a close up of Gilly’s Catastrophic Crunch!

If this doesn’t give you the munchies, we don’t know what will! Thanks to @migseg2 for sharing this one of a kind eating experience from Schlitterbahn Waterpark — Tag a friend that would enjoy this funnel cake topped with a scoop of Blue Bell chocolate ice cream, drizzled with strawberry sauce and dusted with powdered sugar!

@lianarama shows off her @coolhaus ice cream sandwich combination: Whiskey Lucky Charms ice cream between two Peanut Butter Cap’n Crunch cookies. If you have access to these incredible looking sammies, we highly suggest you checking them out!

Sunday night snack time courtesy of @vivianteresa — chocolate chip and white chocolate chip cookies with some @talenti Tahitian Vanilla Bean gelato for good measure.

Thanks to @letseattoronto for sharing this epic picture of the Campfire Sammie from the Moo Milk Bar in Toronto, Canada — ice cream, brown sugar cookies, melted chocolate, toasted marshmallows and a graham cracker crumble.

If you’re new to Blue Bell Ice Cream may we suggest Krazy Kookie Dough, @instagraham69 gives us a nice look at this cake batter ice cream loaded with sugar cookie dough pieces in bright shades of green, blue and pink straight from the factory in Brenham, Texas.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

REVIEW: Klondike Cookies & Cream Kandy Bars

Time and time again we walked past these new Klondike Kandy Bars before finally giving in and picking up a box of four. At only 190 calories, these would serve as nice option for curbing a sweets craving, but the elongated description of the Cookies & Cream version we chose served as some reason to worry: artificially flavored vanilla light ice cream with dark chocolate crunch pieces topped with chocolate fudge, in a white chocolate flavored coating with dark chocolate crunch. Any item involving the terms "artificial" and "light" typically already start out at a disadvantage. While the differing textures of the crunchy, white chocolate coating, the soft, quick melting ice cream inside and the thin layer of chocolate fudge were nicely done, the low-calorie taste left us with little choice but to rank these even lower than average. Unless these are on sale or you're a dedicated fan to Klondike products, we'd suggest passing on the new Kandy Bar lineup.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

REVIEW: Three Twins Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Sandwiches

Even though we're located on the opposite side of the country from where Three Twins operates, a handful of their products still make the journey all the way from California to North Carolina. We've tested quite a few of their prepackaged pints of ice cream and their Sea Salt Caramel Ice Cream Sandwiches turned out to be our favorite. In no way did we think that their more subtle sounding Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Sandwiches with organic vanilla bean ice cream sandwiched between chocolate chip cookies could outperform its salty counterpart, but fortunately for everyone involved, we were wrong with that assumption.

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