Tuesday, April 30, 2013

REVIEW: Blue Bell Italian Cream Cake


Soon after introducing their rotational flavors for the month of May, Blue Bell also announced their newest creation. Cake-based offerings like Caramel Turtle Cheesecake and Birthday Cake seem to be common practice from this particular brand, but few have sounded as sensational as Italian Cream Cake. This latest release is comprised of a creamy vanilla ice cream with pieces of delicious Italian cream cake, shredded coconut, roasted pecans and a smooth cream cheese icing swirl.


According to Wayne Hugo, general sales manager for Blue Bell, “We’ve created a flavor that not only has all the ingredients of an Italian cream cake in each bite, but there are actual cake pieces in the ice cream too…We have had lots of success with flavors inspired by cakes so we figured we might just be onto something.” Although I’ve never personally seen this served at a wedding, apparently this is a very popular dessert for couples tying the knot in the Southern parts of the country and comes loaded with all the ingredients included in Blue Bell's lengthy description.


Most of their flavors revolving around cake tend to have more calories than others, so it comes as no surprise that Italian Cream Cake contains 200 calories per serving. The creamy vanilla ice cream scoops out of the half-gallon carton easily and shows off the absurd amount of actual cake pieces with each layer I remove. Although I’ve had Blue Bell’s vanilla ice cream before, it always serves as a suitable foundation to build upon when creating a new flavor and this is no exception. The smooth, fluffy consistency is only overshadowed by the classic, straightforward taste. A portion of the sweetness can be attributed to the cream cheese swirl, which ends up playing a pivotal part in the overall taste of this base. Although it isn’t the thick, standard sauce you’d find in a super-premium pint, this swirl provides some additional sweetness as well as a slightly different texture when involved in a bite.


In typical Blue Bell fashion, the actual squares of Italian Cream Cake are added in high amounts. These pieces are soft, chewy, bursting with coconut cake flavoring and each bite finishes with the unique texture of coconut pulp that’s left behind. The last and final component comes in the form of the roasted pecans littered about. Although nuts don’t do much for me in ice cream, these add a certain amount of authenticity. Blue Bell’s recent trend of releasing new, cake-based flavors has been very fruitful thus far and one I hope continues over the future months.


Where I Found It: Ingles Markets
Grade: A


16 comments:

  1. Great review. Can't wait to pick this up. Thanks Chad!

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    1. Thanks Cobbla. Hope you find it soon!

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    2. Blue Bell you are awesome!!! I just tried Italian cream cake ice cream and I love it!!! Thanks for another great ice cream.

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    3. Glad to hear you enjoyed Italian Cream Cake as much as me Karen!

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  2. The more I think about this flavor, the better it sounds. One knock I've had with almost every Blue Bell flavor is the inclusion of HFCS. Go figure, I don't see it here, but boy is that a novel worth of ingredients!

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    1. I wasn't ready for how much I actually enjoyed it. I thought it could be pretty good from the description, but it tastes even better than it sounds.

      I'm not too picky on avoiding high fructose corn syrup, so I didn't even notice this seems to be HFCS-free. As far as the long list of ingredients...those were my thoughts exactly. There are a lot of goodies packed inside though!

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    2. It does have high fructose corn syrup. There is more of it than pecans and coconut in this ice-cream.

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    3. While it does contain HFCS Charlotte, if you read the ingredients it appears to be in the cake pieces rather than the ice cream itself. Both pecans and coconut are listed in the first column of ingredients as well as the second. I believe the listing in the second column is from the cake pieces considering the inclusion of baking soda, etc.

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    4. It's actually in the ice cream, not the cake. The cake ingredients {in brackets like these} start on line two and go all the way to the second side, ending right before HFCS.

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    5. Yeah, the HFCS is in the cake. I remember a similar incident with Graeter's cookies and cream flavors due to the Oreos inside.

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  3. Finally got around to trying the ice cream myself. Have to say I'm quite pleased with it. Probably wouldn't buy it repeatedly, but it's still a real treat Here's my review, if interested: http://www.recaphub.com/2013/05/blue-bell-italian-cream-cake-review.html

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  4. I love this ice cream its the best ever

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  5. Best ice cream flavor EVER!!!

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  6. Where can I find this flavor again in Houston

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  7. Where can I find this flavor again in Houston

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