Wednesday, March 4, 2015

NEWS: 2nd St. Creamery Closes Up Shop

We're sad to announce that a company full of A-rated flavors have ceased to make any more pints. 2nd St. Creamery had this to say, "Unfortunately, the product line and all flavors have been discontinued for the 2nd St. Creamery Ice Cream. Although, many of our consumers did enjoy the product, it didn't sell as well as we had anticipated. We wish we had better news."

This comes as sad news, so let's say goodbye with a few money shots from some of their best (and head over to Reviews By Brand Page to see them all):

Monday, March 2, 2015

NEWS: Grasshopper Mousse Pie, Dairy Queen's Blizzard of the Month for March 2015

We always commend creativity and it seems Dairy Queen has done that with the debut of their Blizzard of the Month for March 2015. Dairy Queen had this to say about their latest release, "With a unique, light and airy texture and an explosion of cool flavors, the Grasshopper Mousse Pie Blizzard Treat is a mouthwatering combination of mint, choco chunks, whipped topping and graham cracker pie crust crumbles blended with creamy DQ® vanilla soft serve and crowned with more whipped topping! This delectable treat is available in four sizes, including the popular Mini, and also can be served in a waffle cone."

Sunday, March 1, 2015

READER REVIEW: Elliot's Review of McConnell's Dark Chocolate Paso Brittle

Like their "white" ice creams and coffee ice creams, McConnell's produces several chocolates across the concentration/flavor spectrum. They all have in common the same texture and smoothness. The previously reviewed Dutch Chocolate and Milk Chocolate and Raspberry Jam are excellent versions of what they are; perhaps the dark side has the same allure.

We're used to seeing ingredients (usually in the form of chocolate chips) from their long time partner, Guittard. Here, McConnell's pairs up with another iconic chocolatier, Valrhona, who provide a couple varieties of cocoa for this flavor. Paso Almond Brittle is a regional specialty. The crunch in this brittle comes from the almonds themselves, not a mass of crystallized sugar. As we've come to expect from McConnell's, they go light on the mix ins, using just enough to accent and feature the base rather than draw attention away from it.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

READER REVIEW: Elliot's Review of McConnell's Bourbon Pecan Crumble

Of all the flavor profiles reviewed on ICI, the Bourbon Pecan themed flavors seem to have the widest dispersion of opinions, ranging from hated it, must've gotten a "bum pint" to loved it. I think this is mainly attributable to the way alcohol freezes (or doesn't), and the simplest explanation, that some of those pints reviewed were probably just not very balanced with regard to flavor and/or texture.

McConnell's created a play on a southern classic, Bourbon Pecan Pie. This pint made it's way into a local specialty grocer's freezer a couple months back, overshadowed a bit by some holiday flavors like Peppermint Stick, Egg Nog, and Winter Cranberry Chip. In the spirit of trying all the flavors McC's puts out there, I dutifully took home a pint.

Monday, February 9, 2015

READER REVIEW: Ryan J's Review of Magnolia Lychee & Thai Tea

On my way home from the city the other day I stopped at a branch of the local health food store chain in hopes to see that Steve's "Sunday Morning" flavor had finally come to Louisville. (A branch I rarely visit where I made a request several months ago with no response.) Sadly, still forbidden. No distributor will carry it here. But I did make a different discovery - Magnolia Ice Cream, a line of tropical ice creams inspired by the "flavors of the South Pacific." The unique flavors, simple ingredients and charmingly adventurous packaging art persuaded me to buy two flavors.

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