Wednesday, July 10, 2013

READER REVIEW: Mo's Review of Steve's Bourbon Pecan Pie

On a recent trip over to Whole Foods, I decided to stock up on some premium pints of locally produced ice cream. I spotted a few interesting flavors of Steve’s Ice Cream, a brand that’s become quite legendary among ice cream aficionados, and decided on Bourbon Pecan Pie as the one I’d try first.

The flavor is described as "vanilla ice cream swirled with bourbon pecan pie." It’s a relatively simple concept that I’ve seen executed fairly well by local artisan creameries in the past, so I had pretty high hopes that my almost $7 investment would yield some pretty tasty results.

When I first peeled back the lid, I was a little underwhelmed by the lack of pecan pie pieces. I’m a big fan of mix-ins, and even though I’m used to digging my way toward the good stuff, I usually like to see a little hint of what’s to come peeking out on top. Fortunately, as I dug deeper, I discovered that Steve’s is fairly generous when it comes to the pecan pie bits.

I then decided to specifically take a pecan pie-free bite of ice cream to get a sense of how the base would fare on its own. I have to admit that the initial dose of bourbon threw me for a loop. The bourbon flavor was really strong—almost too strong for me at first. But the more I tasted this ice cream, the more I enjoyed and appreciated how the bourbon flavor seemed to be totally infused into the base.

Now let’s talk about the pecan pie pieces. These were just awesome. I don’t know where they came from (a local Brooklyn bakery perhaps), but they were just amazing—chewy, flavorful, and full of texture. All in all, you get a pretty decent pie-to-ice cream base ratio in this pint, which renders this vanilla-based flavor far from boring.

Having said that, I was a little taken aback when I realized just how calorie-laden and fattening this stuff is. Now I’m not one to count calories when it comes to ice cream. I mean, the stuff’s not exactly being marketed as health food, right? But at the same time, when a 1/2-cup serving comes in at the 300-calorie mark, I tend to expect absolute and utter greatness. For 300 calories and 21 grams of fat per serving, this flavor does do a good job of packing a lot of creaminess into each bite. At the same time, it’s so smooth that you could easily scarf down half a pint without even realizing how much you’ve put into your stomach. I can’t decide if that’s a good or bad thing.

If you’re a fan of pecan pie and don’t mind bourbon-flavored ice cream where you can actually taste the bourbon, this one is definitely for you. But if the idea of potentially getting buzzed while eating dessert is enough to scare you off, save your money for a different Steve’s flavor. Supposedly they’re all pretty fantastic, and I can’t wait to sample some more.

Where Mo Found It: Whole Foods
Mo's Grade: A


  1. For those interested, the Bourbon Pecan Pie pieces comes from Pies 'n' Thighs Bakery in Brooklyn.

  2. You must have gotten a better pint than I did. Mine appeared to have so much bourbon that the liquor-iest spots were full of icy crystals. It really does pack a lot of bourbon punch, though!

    Oh, and Pies-n-Thighs is not a bakery but a restaurant that specializes in, well, exactly what the name says. They mostly serve savory Southern dishes like fried chicken, catfish, and collard greens, but also make pies and doughnuts. It's definitely worth a visit or two. :)

    1. My mistake! I've heard everything they serve is pretty delicious.

      I hate when swirls are full of ice crystals...ruins the experience.

  3. Pies n Thighs has the best biscuits and gravy ever made. I might even say this particular version is one of my favorite dishes of all time. Kind of ridiculous coming from a simple dish, but whatever.

    Anyway, the reader writing the review should probably realize that alcohol and nuts are very calorie dense, thus the high calorie count. As far as nut flavors are concerned, this is pretty on par with other stuff in my opinion.

    1. I'm a big fan of well-made biscuits and gravy, so that sounds delicious to me. I wish I lived close enough to check the place out. I'll definitely have to add Pies 'n' Thighs to my to-do list on my next NYC trip.

  4. I must have had a really defunct pint. I tasted a sort of 'bourbon' like vanilla, with sparse bits of pecan pie. VERY disappointing.

    1. I hate when a flavor is ruined by a bum pint. That's the worst.


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