Thursday, April 11, 2013

REVIEW: Blue Bell Caramel Turtle Cheesecake


Last August, Blue Bell set up a contest in order to reintroduce one of their popular flavors from the past. The voting lasted a month and contained 24 possible winners; some dating back as far as 1975. With nearly 30 years of ice cream expertise under their belts, there was no doubt that the front-runner would be worthy of a review. When the dust had settled and the votes had been counted, Caramel Turtle Cheesecake had received the most tallies. This recently resurrected flavor consists of a luscious cheesecake ice cream with chocolate-coated caramel turtles, roasted pecans, and cheesecake pieces with a chocolate cookie crust all surrounded by a smooth caramel sauce. With all those succulent sounding ingredients, as well as the first layer on display after I remove the lid, it’s obvious why this flavor took the top-spot.


Strawberry Cheesecake remains one of my favorite flavors from Blue Bell, but the assortment of chocolate, caramel and cheesecake components inside could easily catapult this latest release even higher. The 210 calories per serving is quickly confirmed as my scoop is impeded by the massive amount of mix-ins that are littered about. I fill my bowl to the brim and begin to analyze the Crankin’ Back the Clock grand champion. The cheesecake base is beige in color and incorporates a nice balance of sweetness and the natural tartness of cheesecake. Each bite begins with a steady influx of sugar that eventually fades away for a tangy cheesecake finish. The various-sized pieces of roasted pecans add a bit of crunch and some nutty flavoring; all the while providing the same experience as sprinkling chopped nuts over a slice of actual cake would. The smooth caramel sauce is thick, sticky and does its best impersonation of the caramel drizzle on top. Fortunately for us, we still haven’t reached the top two components of Caramel Turtle Cheesecake.


Blue Bell’s chocolate-dipped caramel turtles come in the form of these small, round bite-sized candies. The outer coating provides a rich taste of milk chocolate that slowly melts down to release its buttery caramel interior. While these could have easily been the star of any given flavor, Blue Bell wasn't finished. To ensure their success, they’ve also added a ton of these cheesecake pieces; complete with a chocolate cookie layer to act as the crust. The small, dense squares are absolutely bursting with authentic cheesecake flavor and quickly become one of my new favorite mix-ins. With a flavor like this winning the Crankin’ Back the Clock contest, I still have hope for humanity.


Where I Found It: Super Wal-Mart
Grade: A

10 comments:

  1. I just tried this one! I'm not a fan of cheesecake but I loved this ice cream! The turtles and the caramel swirl take it over the top.

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    1. The turtles and the caramel swirl definitely take it over the top. This would have been a great flavor just with the cheesecake ice cream and cheesecake chunks.

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  2. Hated this ice cream on so many levels. Nasty base, equally bad add ons. Half eaten carton still sits our freezer weeks later. Probably time to throw it out.

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    1. Interesting opinion. I've only heard good things from everyone that tasted this flavor.

      But different strokes for different folks. Makes me wish they offered more of their flavors in pints. I've definitely had a few cartons I've had to throw out with lots of ice cream still remaining because I wasn't a fan of the flavor. The most notable being Key Lime Pie.

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    2. Please, if you keep talking bad about key lime pie flavor they may discontinue it. Then I would have to commit suicide.

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    3. Their Key Lime Pie just didn't sit well with me when compared to some of their other offerings. I highly doubt they take into account what I have to say, so you should be alright!

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  3. I can not find it anywhere...heard about it toward the end of April and searched all the local stores and it is no where.

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    1. Hmmm...have you tried a Super-Walmart? I've seen it in a couple of those nearby as well. Blue Bell is pretty good about extending their limited edition flavors over a number of months so I could see this one being featured as a rotational flavor throughout the summer. Good luck in your quest and let us know if you finally track it down!

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  4. Picked this up at Super Target. MY wife and I LOVED IT!. Go back to get more, all gone. I would rather drink gasoline and burp on an open flame than go to Walmart, but if they have this ice cream....

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    1. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it as much as I did. Still one of my favorite flavors from Blue Bell.

      I completely agree with the statement about Wal-Mart. I hate having to deal with everything that comes with a trip to that horrid store. Unfortunately for me, they have the biggest ice cream selection available in my area.

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