Friday, June 19, 2015

READER REVIEW: Matthew's Mass Review of Archer Farms Cookie Dough and Brownies, Private Selection Huckleberry Pie, Kemps Sea Salt Caramel Frozen Yogurt, Talenti Coffee Toffee, and Talenti Fudge Brownie

I just wrapped up 17 weeks of a weight loss phase in my power-lifting training. Near the end, I picked up one of Archer Farm's new pints. I'm a big fan of the Ben & Jerry's classic, Half Baked. So, when I saw Archer Farms had a more macro friendly version, I had to give it a shot. There's not much to be said about this pint. Clearly less dense than the B&J counterpart, it delivers a decent amount of mix-ins but an underwhelming base.

Grade: C

I honestly feel that Private Selection does not get enough representation. Every flavor I have tried has been wonderful, in my humble opinion. When I read "limited edition", "seasonal", etc, I usually hop right on board before they leave the shelves. I came across Huckleberry Pie at my local Kroger and took it home for a hot afternoon snack. Look how gorgeous this stuff is on a cone! THE CRUST PIECES. PS brought them in abundance in this pint. Definitely the highlight, but the Huckleberry base was delightful background noise to the crisp pastry star.

Grade: B

This is my first experience with Kemps. They easily just earned a repeat customer. I am a MASSIVE fan of anything sea salt caramel related. I really expected this to be a sub par offering, given the extremely welcoming calorie count and the fact that it's a froyo. The base is smooth and not gummy at all, the caramel comes through wonderfully. And there were PLENTY of Sea Salt Caramel truffles. All of which were on par with any of the premium ice cream truffles I've tasted. Easy revisit.

Grade: A

I am a coffee nut. Pot a day of the black gold guy here. So, when I saw my beloved Talenti had Coffee + Toffee (who doesn't like toffee??) combined, I went searching. Whole Foods had the hookup. Also picked up Oatmeal Cookie and Tiramisu while I was there. On to the review: Coffee flavor is prevalent and delicious in this gelato. Coupled with ample toffee, this pint is reminiscent for me of the Ben & Jerry's Toffee Bar Crunch, but with the usual Talenti top quality. I am all about this pint, and easily destroyed it in its entirety.

Grade: A

There's not much to say about this pint. It's a solid fudge brownie offering with chewy, delicious brownie mix-ins and solid base.

Grade: B

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