Sunday, October 20, 2013

READER REVIEW: Mason's Review of Publix Premium Peanut Butter Cup Frozen Yogurt

I traveled to Florida recently, for reasons I shan’t divulge (though I will say they involved a large ship, lots of open ocean and all you can eat buffets) and I had the wonderful opportunity to sample some Publix brand ice creams and frozen yogurts. Since I live near the west coast and my ice cream selections are pretty sparse - you damn east coasters get all the best stuff - I had to get my fill of Florida ice cream goodness. However, after several days of nonstop, delicious food, I wasn’t in the mood for anything incredibly heavy when I returned. I opted, then, to start my journey with some light albeit delicious, frozen yogurt.

This particular half gallon is Peanut Butter Cup, which happens to be one of my favorite flavors. The description, since I know it’s absolutely tiny in the picture, reads “Peanut Butter Frozen Yogurt with Chocolate-Dunked Peanut Butter Cups”. Sounds fantastic. I ripped open the lid and dove in, because who has the patience for bowls when peanut butter cups are in your imminent future.

The first thing I noticed, surprisingly, was a very prevalent peanut butter flavor. I expected the frozeney yogurt flavor to be front and center, with the peanut butter playing second fiddle, but it really jumped right out at me. Of course, it still tastes like frozen yogurt, but only after a moment or two of resting on your tongue. You can really taste the peanut butter flavor over everything else. Big plus for me.

After a nice sampling of the base, I when for the “Chocolate-Dunked Peanut Butter Cups”, and here was where I was disappointed. Based on the description, I had expected either full cups, a-la Talenti, or large chunks like in Ben and Jerry’s. Alas, it was not to be. The cups were more like slivers. Little shards of peanut buttery goodness that lingered all too fleetingly on the tongue, never quite satisfying. I kept waiting for a large chunk, something substantial to bite into, but I never found one.

To be honest, I really enjoyed this one. It was light and tasty, and really hit the spot. It was by no means a groundbreaking flavor, but it was, for most intents and purposes, exactly what I expected. The addition of large chunks of peanut butter cups would have made this flavor better, but for what it is, it’s not too bad. Considering the Publix house brand is usually on sale (I got two half gallons, this and a limited edition ice cream flavor, for $5.00) and it’s a peanut butter flavor that clocks in at a whopping 130 calories per serving, you could do much, much worse. This one gets a B.

Where Mason Found It: Publix
Mason's Grade: B

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