Sunday, May 24, 2015

READER REVIEW: Ryan J's Review of Alden's Birthday Cake


Red 40, Blue 1, Yellow 5 and 6... For the growing number of people who follow a natural food diet, these synthetic colorings can create a challenge. They are a clever tool used to carry out deceptive marketing tricks such as making pickled peppers look a fresh yellow, or drawing young eyes to a mesmerizingly bright-colored candy. It also plagues a cult-favorite ice cream variety: birthday cake.


Thankfully, Alden's Organic Ice Creams has provided an exception. Alden's Birthday Cake is a vanilla cake batter ice cream with swirls of purple frosting, and spinkled with yellow and pink confetti flakes.


The vanilla cake batter base is very rich, and is unmistakably geared toward that celebratory flavor. The strength of it is almost like a French vanilla, but that may just be the batter talking. The purple frosting swirls are gooey and transparent. At first I thought it was fruit jam, but its just colored sugar. To add another element of birthday surprise there are the confetti sprinkles. They are not hard and crunchy like the classic sprinkles you'd find on your ice cream. They are soft, chewy flakes with the consistency of white chocolate shavings.


I was delighted by this flavor of Alden's and I've actually purchased it a few times. Unfortunately, it seems now that Alden's Birthday Cake has disappeared from store shelves and the website. If it is so, then R.I.P.


Where Ryan J. Found It: Whole Foods
Ryan J's Grade: A

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