Friday, March 6, 2015

READER REVIEW: Steve's Review of Blue Bell Chocolate Decadence

It's been over 3 years since Chocolate Decadence was in Blue Bell's rotation, and since I wasn't eating ice cream the last time it was on shelves, this was my first chance to sample the flavor. Blue Bell describes Chocolate Decadence as a rich, chocolate fudge ice cream with layers of whipped cream topping and bittersweet chocolate chips. I am a big fan of all those ingredients, so this sounded rather tempting to me. However, Blue Bell's chocolate offerings are a mixed bag (I ♥ Chocolate is excellent, while Triple Chocolate is mediocre) so I wasn't sure how much I was going to like it.

Peeling back the lid, one is met with evidence of all the declared ingredients. The eyes settle on a dark fudgy-chocolate base, with a generous swirl of the whipped cream topping, and also some signs of the advertised chips. But when I transferred the ice cream from spoon to mouth, I didn't quite get what I was hoping for. The chocolate fudge base tasted more like a regular dark chocolate ice cream. I didn't detect anything particularly fudge-like about it. I found the base too bland, a problem I've had with other Blue Bell chocolate bases in the past. Also, the whipped cream topping, while provided in plentiful quantity, tasted much more like marshmallow than "cream". As marshmallow is not something I like in my ice cream, I found this to be disappointing as well. Finally, while the chocolate chips were large shards, and also plentifully supplied, I found the flavor to be rather tasteless. I prefer chocolate chips to have a sweet flavor, and this mix-in, while not bitter, lacked the desired sweetness.

If you have a taste for Blue Bell and chocolate, there are two much better flavors still in rotation - I ♥ Chocolate and marbled cream cheese brownie - to choose from. This flavor just doesn't live up to its name. It was bland, not decadent. At the very least, Blue Bell should have added a thick ribbon of chocolate syrup to bring the flavors together and make them pop. I won't be having this flavor again.

Where Steve Found It: Walmart
Steve's Grade: C

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