Tuesday, June 21, 2016

REVIEW: Mad Minis - Blondie, Black Raspberry, Chocolate, and Vanilla

Back in May we were contacted by a company called Mad Minis. While we've had plenty of ice cream sandwiches on our blog before, this company had put a slight spin on things. Instead of full sized sandwiches, Mad Minis has introduced a smaller, more traditional looking sandwich cookie filled with ice cream. Not only are the cookies smaller than your standard ice cream sandwich, but they also come in at an incredibly low 60 calories each. As of right now Mad Minis are offered in Blondie, Black Raspberry, Chocolate and Vanilla. 

Despite being frozen, these sandwich cookies manage to keep their chewy, flaky feel straight out of the freezer -- no thaw time required. Each bite brings together the soft sandwich cookie consistency you've grown to expect, but instead of the usual cream filling you'd find with a non-frozen variety, you get a cool infusion of ice cream. The result is one of the better novelty ice cream items we've tested.

All four flavors were impressive in their own regard, and while I gravitated towards the Black Raspberry and Blondie variety, some of my other tasters leaned towards the classic Chocolate or Vanilla. Regardless of the box you choose, we doubt you'll be disappointed!


Black Raspberry



Friday, June 17, 2016

REVIEW: New Orleans Famous Snoballs To Go

Along with the wonderful batch of Po'Boy Ice Cream Sandwiches sent by New Orleans Ice Cream Company, we were also fortunate enough to try one of their sister company's new, very popular summer treats. We've all had generic snow cones before with crunchy bits of shaved ice topped with colorful, sugary syrups, but these Sno-Balls To Go are uniquely New Orleans. Instead of the usual granulated texture we've come to expect from snow cones, these Sno-Balls implement a fluffy base made up of finely shaven ice. 

With summer officially arriving in just a few days, this should be the perfect way to usher in 90 plus degree heat, and at only 340 calories per pint, should keep our beach bodies in check to boot.

We started with Pina Colada and spooned out samples of all 10 flavors currently available. As advertised, the texture is something completely different from your run-of-the-mill snow cone. The soft, airy feel from each bite, coupled with the sugary summer flavors were a big hit with us all. While the Sno-Ball is different than many of the ice creams you see on this site, they are certainly something you'll want to cool off with as the warmer months roll through. See an under-the-lid view of every pint below.

Pina Colada
Blue Cotton Candy
Ice Cream
Wedding Cake


Thursday, May 26, 2016

REVIEW: Mr. Mochi Ice Cream

Along with a few pints of Mr. Green Tea Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla from Mr. Green Tea, they also wanted us to try out a new novelty item they have introduced to the public: Mochi Ice Cream. So first things first, what exactly is mochi ice cream?

This would serve as our first experience with mochi ice cream, so we asked a few questions to the VP to get some things set straight. Mr. Green Tea has been selling these to restaurants around the country for about 30 years, but only began to sell them to retail starting February of 2016. Another benefit of Mr. Mochi: since the dough on the outside is made out of rice and not wheat, every piece of Mr. Mochi is 100% Gluten Free; a big benefit to some consumers. Couple that with Mr. Green Tea's top notch premium ice cream and we were ready to try this new-to-us ice cream item.

We started our taste test with the Green Tea version, a flavor that earned top marks in our initial ice cream only taste test, and went from there. Each box of Mr. Mochi contains six individually wrapped mochi pieces. Depending on how long the mochi had been exposed to room temperature determined the exact consistency of the sweet rice dough exterior. After just a few minutes of thawing out, the outside became pliable and developed a chewy feel with a slightly sweetened taste. When combined with the premium green tea, vanilla, strawberry and chocolate ice creams, the result was something new, exciting, and very fun to eat when compared to a traditional pint of ice cream. Here's how we ranked each of the four flavors.

Green Tea Mochi Rank: 1st

Chocolate Mochi Rank: 2nd

Strawberry Mochi Rank: 3rd

Vanilla Mochi Rank: 4th

Sunday, May 15, 2016

REVIEW: Mr. Green Tea Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla

Back in September of 2015 I had the pleasure of performing my own Mr. Green Tea taste test on the six available flavors including incredible creations such as Ginger and Fortune Cookie. Our initial experience with this New Jersey-based creamery showed us first-hand the effectiveness of their choice to use only rBGH free milk & cream, pure cane sugar, hand-picked tea leaves, imported azuki beans, fragrant baby ginger & authentic chai spices. By using top-notch ingredients, you get top-notch ice cream. More recently this company started making the flavor shown above, Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla: all natural ice cream made with pure bourbon vanilla.

READER REVIEW: Timothy's Review of Haagen Dazs Belgian Chocolate (Destination Series)

Decided to pick up another pint of Haagen-Dazs "Destination Series" today and I went with the Belgian Chocolate pint. This one is described as "Our Belgian chocolate combines rich, velvety chocolate ice cream with finely shaved Belgian chocolate for a uniquely textured experience". I took the pint out to my car and dug in. Here is how it was............

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

READER REVIEW: Timothy's Review of Tillamook TCHO Double Dark Chocolate

I made my way through the first 3 pints I received, and saved this one for last. TCHO Double Dark Chocolate Gelato is described as, "TCHO, 70% dark chocolate gelato and thick chocolate fudge, topped with dark chocolate fudge pieces". Sounded like a winner. Here is how it was............

I unwrapped the pint and noticed that there was a top layer of goodies! It was very similar looking to their other pint I had (Chocolate Covered Strawberry). It looked like chocolate chips as well as a fudge type coating. I dug my spoon in and noticed that the top fudge layer was dense and thick (kind of reminded me of magic shell, but firmer). I got a bite of the fudge chips, some gelato and some of that fudge crust. It was a great first bite! The gelato was smooth, and the chocolate flavor was intense! It kind of reminded me of Molly Moons "Melted Chocolate" flavor up in Seattle. I'm not the biggest fan of dark chocolate in bar form, but in ice cream form, it tastes less bitter and is way more appealing IMO. I did notice that once I got past this top layer, it was mostly all gelato down to the bottom 1/4. Once I got down to the bottom 1/4 of the pint, there were some nice layers of thick, creamy fudge mixed in. Not sure if Tillamook intended to do this, or if it was a one off and that is the way the pint kind of settled? If the fudge topping, chocolate pieces etc was layered throughout, it would have been better than it already was. Saying that, I made my way through that pint in no time at all.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

READER REVIEW: Timothy's Review of Tillamook Stumptown Cold Brew Coffee

So, I am making my way through the 4 pints I acquired, and the next one up was the Stumptown Cold Brew Coffee. This flavor is described as, "Silky-smooth ice cream blended with Stumptown Cold Brew Coffee for the ultimate coffee lover." I am a big fan of coffee ice cream, and this sounded right up my alley. Here is how it was.........

I took the lid off the pint and noticed the light brown base. Tillamook touts this ice cream as "extra creamy ice cream". They aren't lying about that! My first bite in, I loved the smooth texture of this ice cream on my tongue! It kind of had the same texture as their gelato products, but this might have been even more smooth. It was almost like eating a soft serve type custard! The incredible coffee flavor immediately hit my taste buds, and it was mighty fine! I could definitely see why, too. Tillamook partnered with Stumptown Coffee Roasters! Stumptown is a Portland based coffee roaster that makes its cold brew coffee without heat, steeping it for over 12 hours until its smooth and sweet. This pint is very "basic" looking with no coffee ground flecks, no mix ins etc, but don't let that mislead you. This pint is pretty much just pure goodness of coffee flavored ice cream. This flavor was excellent! I mowed through this pint in record time.

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