Tuesday, May 5, 2015

READER REVIEW: Timothy's Review of McConnell's Chocolate Almond Brittle

Ah, Santa Barbara! Brings back a lot of memories. My uncle lived there back in the 80's and we would visit him and always had a great time. Fast forward 20+ years later, and Santa Barbara was the first place I moved to once I left the nest (my parents house). I lived there for 6 years in my early 20's and had the time of my life. It was my favorite place I ever lived and hopefully some day I can retire there! What does all of this have to do with ice cream? Well, let me tell you.... McConnell's is a local Santa Barbara ice cream producer and I ran across their pints in Whole Foods today. Their ice cream is one of the things I miss most about Santa Barbara. I knew I had to pick one up for old times sake. I decided to go with the Chocolate Almond Brittle (it was between that and the Churros Con Leche). I took it out to my car and dug in!

Chocolate Almond Brittle is described as "Mouth-filling, medium dark Guittard chocolate melted into California Central Coast, grass-fed milk & cream, then marked by chunks of house made, smoky, salt roasted almond brittle". I took the lid off the the pint and noticed the nice light brown color of the chocolate base. I took a bite and was impressed. The chocolate base is made with Guittard (Based out of Burlingame, CA...up near San Francisco) dark chocolate. The chocolate base had a taste of both milk and dark chocolates. It was rich but not as sweet as a milk chocolate and then it was slightly bitter but not as bitter as a lot of dark chocolates. It was a nice mix of flavors, sweet enough but not overpowering. It was unique and I liked it. I got into some of the almond brittle next. These little pieces of candy were great! They were crunchy, savory, sweet and a little bit salty! Most of the pieces were medium/small sized, but occasionally I would run across a nice sized chunk that gave me a good chew/bite. They weren't as big of pieces as what you find in Ben and Jerry's Toffee flavors, but they were definitely noticeable and more than just flecks of brittle Throughout the pint, the layering of these things was perfect! I ate the whole pint pretty quick and enjoyed every last bite!

This pint was very good! If you like brittle/toffee and chocolate, this is right up your alley. Don't know often I will be buying this stuff ($7.49 a pint), but it let me enjoy a trip down memory lane and it definitely hit the spot on this warm May day. I would buy it again but would want to try out more McConnel's flavors before coming back to this one.​

Where Timothy Found It: Whole Foods Market
Timothy's Grade: B

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